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3 finalists eyed for Charlemont Academy head

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont has interviewed three finalists for its top position, and the search committee hopes to hire a new head of school by January.

“We’re very excited that we have three great finalists,” said school trustee Jaka Saarony, a 1995 Academy of Charlemont graduate from Greenfield.

Nell Todd, an alum who grew up in Ashfield, is currently serving as interim head of school this year, after the departure of Mark Efinger. The new headmaster would be expected to start in July.

Stacey Lynn Nicholson of Pawlet, Vt., was most recently academic dean at the Long Trail School in Vermont. She was responsible for oversight of the academic program, athletic program, college counseling and of support services for students with learning difficulties. Before that, she was dean of students at Madeira School in McLean, Va.

For 11 years, Nicholson was on the faculty of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and was the science department co-chair for five years there. Nicholson also taught science at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. She has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Lynn Vanacore Bloom of Concord, has been director of academics at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School from 2009 to 2013. Before that, she was an English teacher at the Winsor School (2004 to 2009) in the Boston area, and at the Newton Country Day School, where she was also director of middle school students.

She has also taught at Lesley University, Brandeis and Wesleyan universities. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Wesleyan University.

Brian D. Bloomfield of St. Paul, Minn., is currently head of school and Chief Academic and Financial Officer for Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul. He has been there since 2008. During his years there, according to his resume, the school grew from 404 students to 850. From 2002 to 2008, he was a teacher and co-coordinator of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md.

He has a doctorate in education and organizational leadership from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in English literature from that school. He also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio.

According to Saarony, the search committee included school trustees, faculty members, students and alumni. The three finalists were interviewed separately in town-meeting style events held in the evenings so that students, school parents, alumni and other members of the school community could attend. Also, said Saarony, these meetings were video taped.

“We wanted this process to be as inclusive as possible,” she said.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at: dbroncaccio@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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