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Academy at Charlemont names new school head

CHARLEMONT — Brian D. Bloomfield, the executive director at a charter school in St. Paul, Minn., will become the new head of school this summer at the Academy at Charlemont.

Bloomfield is director, chief academic adviser and financial adviser for Nova Classical Academy — a kindergarten through Grade 12 charter school that currently has about 85 students enrolled. The Academy at Charlemont has 96 students.

Formerly, he was a teacher/administrator at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md.

Bloomfield, a magna cum laude graduate of Oberlin College, received his master’s degree in English and his Ph.D. in education from the University of Maryland.

He will be starting his new position on July 1, although he and interim Head of School Nell Todd will be working together to smooth the transition.

“The board is inspired by Brian — his intellectual depth, his calm and sure presence as an educator, his immediate understanding of the school, his commitment to classical education and his great rapport with the students,” said David Epstein, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We all look forward to welcoming Brian and his wife Jill into our community, and beginning this significant and exciting new chapter in the Academy’s history.”

According to the Academy, Bloomfield was drawn to the Charlemont-based classical education school “because of its clear emphasis on personal expression paired with classical values.” He told the Academy he is thrilled to become a part of the Academy at Charlemont community.

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