The Board of Trustees at MAVA (Mass. Virtual Academy) voted unanimously to name Dr. Judith Houle, the current interim director, as the permanent executive director for next year.
"We conducted a regional search - throughout New England and beyond - for our next executive director and as we went through the process, it became more and more clear to us that the person we wanted was right in front of us the whole time," said Daryl Essensa, chair of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Houle brings a depth and breadth of expertise in educational leadership that few other instructional leaders can match, Ms. Essensa said, but it is her enthusiasm and commitment to MAVA's mission that makes her the ideal leader for MAVA at this time.
"I am humbled by the Board's faith in me and thrilled to help MAVA establish itself as a statewide leader in educational excellence," Dr. Houle said.
A former music teacher, principal, and curriculum director, Dr. Houle served as superintendent of schools for Belchertown from 2009-2014. More recently, she served as interim superintendent of schools for the Granby Public Schools while the school committee searched for a permanent superintendent.
"MAVA is a very unique and exciting school," Dr. Houle said. "In a very short time, I've come to realize what a difference this school makes in the lives of the students we serve."
Dr. Houle brings expert level qualifications in school administration, strategic planning, budget management, data collection, professional development, and the use of technology to enhance instruction.
A graduate of Barrington College, Dr. Houle earned her master's degree in educational administration from Westfield State University, and holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.