Putnam Avenue Upper School Principal Search

Putnam Avenue Upper School Principal Search
Posted on 04/07/2022

Dear Putnam Avenue Upper Schools Staff and Families,

I am writing to share news with the Putnam Avenue Upper School community on the upcoming search for the next Principal of the PAUS.

We are grateful to Dr. Phanenca Babio-James for leading the PAUS as interim Upper Head this year and for Ms. Michelle Calioro who has served alongside her as the Interim Assistant Principal. Their commitment to the students, families and educators has been remarkable. They both have used their skill and expertise as teachers, coaches and administrators to support the PAUS school community through this transition.

Selecting a principal is one of the most critical decisions I make as Superintendent. We are committed to having an inclusive search and selection process that is reflective of your school community’s voices. In embarking on the search for the next Principal of PAUS, the first opportunity for engagement in this process is to respond to the Principal search survey, which you may access online here. I want to encourage everyone to share your thoughts and feedback on the professional and personal attributes of what you would like to see in the next Principal.

Dr. Gittens will lead the interview process and will be reaching out to engage a representative group of individuals to serve on the interview panel. Dr. Gittens is working collaboratively with the Human Resources Department, which has posted the job description on multiple professional platforms to ensure a high quality pool of applicants.

In embarking on the search for the next Principal of PAUS, we will follow a clearly delineated process to ensure that we are engaging with multiple stakeholders and capturing a variety of perspectives. The interview process for the position will take place in the following three phases, beginning in April:

  • Phase one is the first interview with a panel of school, district and community representatives.
  • Phase two will be an interview with the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of the top three candidates.
  • Phase three will be a community meet and greet with the candidate(s) that the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent choose. During the meet and greet, the community will be allowed to engage the candidates and submit questions to be asked of the candidate and at the end. Participants will take a survey to share their feedback about each candidate. The Superintendent will then make the final decision about who will be hired.
    We anticipate the new Principal being named during the month of May with a start date of July 1, 2022.

Thank you and I look forward to partnering with you to secure the best possible future for all members of the Putnam Avenue Upper School community.


Victoria L. Greer PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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