MDI High School gets new principal

Posted March 22, 2009, at 7:38 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Michigan man has been chosen to be the new principal at Mount Desert Island High School.

Matthew Garrity-Janger, an English teacher with a doctorate in educational foundations and policy from the University of Michigan, was one of 12 candidates who applied for the job, according to school Superintendent Rob Liebow. Garrity-Janger is expected to begin his new duties at MDI High on July 1, Liebow said.

Liebow said Garrity-Janger was not chosen because of any specific aspect of his background but rather for his “broad and diverse” experience and accomplishments.

“He has a good sense of vision,” Liebow said.

According to a copy of the new principal’s resume, Garrity-Janger has been an elementary school principal and a research assistant and associate at the University of Michigan and in Washington, D.C. He holds an MBA degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College, where he graduated in 1985.

He has worked at schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, has been a consultant for schools in New York City and New Haven, Conn., and has worked as an intern for Project Hope in Budapest, Hungary, and for “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.”

Garrity-Janger will take over for principal Sally Leighton, who is retiring at the end of June. Leighton has been principal at MDI High since 2004. Before that, she had worked at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan for 23 years, including six as principal just before her stint at MDI High.

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