There’s new blood coming to the Hart School District.
Two new junior high school assistant principals, Chad Powell and Melanie Hagman, have been announced by the Hart School District.
They were approved to be appointed at the Governing Board meeting on June 22, and their new positions are expected to be effective in July. Their school assignments will be determined in the next few weeks.
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The Hart School District began searching for replacements for the positions following the retirement of Patricia McHorney, from La Mesa Junior High School, and the acceptance of a position out-of-state by Sam Yuhan, from Rancho Pico Junior High School.
Powell has served as a teacher and ASB Director in the Hart School District since 2002 and Hagman has worked as a counselor for Granada Hills Charter School.
Previously a teacher at Placerita Junior High, Powell says he is looking forward to his new position within the District.
“It’s been a goal of mine for a long time and I’m excited to start serving the District as an administrator,” Powell said.
Powell, who received his administrative credentials from California State University, Northridge in 2007, has been the Interim Assistant Principal at Rio Norte Junior High, in addition to serving as a history teacher, department chair, Associated Student Body Director, cross-curricular team leader, and professional development team member.
He was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 from Rio Norte Junior High and has previously been recognized for excellence in teaching. Powell also spent the summers of 2006 and 2007 as a summer school administrative intern in the Hart District and is scheduled to serve in that capacity again this summer. Powell started his teaching career at Lompoc High School in 1996, where he was also a football coach.
Powell resides in Santa Clarita with his wife and two daughters.
“Chad truly represents the high standard of teacher leadership and experience expected of those individuals entering the administrative ranks,” John Costanzo, Rio Norte Principal, said. “Chad routinely implements creative and dynamic programs which focus on student achievement.”
Hagman brings 15 years of middle and high school teaching, counseling and administrative experience to the Hart District. She is currently serving in leadership and counseling positions at Granada Hills Charter School. During her career, she has served as the Magnet Coordinator, Department Chair for Out of Classroom Personnel, school leadership team member, and Gifted Coordinator, in addition to other leadership roles.
Hagman received her administrative credential from UCLA in 2005. She also holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration and a Masters Degree in School-Based Family Counseling.
“This is a great opportunity to accept new challenges,” Hagman said. “I’m looking forward to every moment of working for the Hart School District.”
Hagman resides in Pasadena with her husband and daughter.
The District conducted a statewide search that fielded 200 candidates from counties throughout California and included teachers, counselors and sitting assistant principals and principals from other districts. Additionally, 30 applicants from within the District applied for the two open positions.
Following a screening process by three district administrators and two current principals, 13 external candidates and four internal candidates were invited to participate in a brief screening interview to discuss their credentials and experience. Eight candidates were then selected to participate in the District’s extensive assessment center process which involves multiple activities throughout an 8-hour day. The top five candidates following this process interviewed with Rob Challinor, Superintendent. Powell and Hagman were selected for the positions from a very experienced and competitive pool of applicants.