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Friday, March 7, 2008


Dr. Joyce Mehaffey hired as Carlisle Middle School Principal


Dr. Joyce Mehaffey. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

Dr. Joyce Mehaffey has accepted the position of Carlisle Middle School Principal offered by Superintendent Marie Doyle after a final interview last week. Doyle spoke with Mehaffey about the acceptance and said, “She is delighted to be joining our educational community.” Mehaffey will be replacing interim Middle School Principal Jim Halliday.

Mehaffey, who is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Greenfield Public Schools, visited Carlisle School on February 28 at the invitation of the Carlisle School Association. She spoke in the Corey dining room with a small group of parents and school administrators about her experiences, which include serving as an elementary school principal in Greenfield (1998 -2004), a school psychologist, and a special educator.

Mehaffey took questions from the audience after her talk. She explained she wanted to be “more involved” with parents and students and expected to begin in Carlisle over the summer. She was eager to spend time with students, hoping to visit the playground during recess and classrooms during the day.

When asked about her discipline philosophy she said she would “learn what has been done in the past,” paying attention to “what worked and what didn’t work.” She felt attendance at school is “critical” and in cases where a student is missing classes, she would talk with both the student and the parents. Her experience in middle school is both as a special educator and as a school psychologist, she explained. She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology, and has certification as a K-8 principal, a superintendent and in school psychology.Some of her “pet projects,” she said, were Internet safety, and “cyber bullying.”

The search committee consisted of three school administrators, three faculty members and three parents. In a letter to the school community regarding the hiring process, Doyle explained that the committee “screened 26 resumes, ... and five respondents were interviewed.” She said Mehaffey was unanimously chosen as the “one candidate [who] stood out above the rest having the experience and skills for the position.”

Although her home is about 1 1/2 hours away, Mehaffey said she doesn’t have plans to relocate at this time. She added that she may commute some days and may also reside close to Carlisle during the week, heading out to Greenfield on the weekends.

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