The Hartford Board of Education will be introducing its two finalists for the position of Superintendent at three public forums on Wednesday April 16, 2014. In January of this year, the Board of Education engaged Ray and Associates Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to help retain the services of a new superintendent.
The search comprised 219 potential contenders from 35 states with 59 candidates concluding the application process. The search committee selected 17 of these candidates who were further reduced to 13 contending for semifinalist positions.
Six semifinalists were selected to undergo the in-depth interview process, four returning for a second round of semifinalist interviews. Of these, two finalists were selected.
Dr. Ronald Taylor is the Superintendent of the Willingboro Public Schools in New Jersey. He is a past Regional Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools, New Jersey, and a former Washington D.C. Public School Principal. Dr. Taylor earned his B.A. in Education at Morehouse College, an M.Ed. in School Administration from Trinity University in Washington D.C., and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from George Washington University.
Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez is the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Support and Improvement in the Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. She previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. She is a former Pittsfield Public School Principal of an elementary and middle school. Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University, and an Ed.M. in School Leadership and an Ed.D. in Urban Superintendency from Harvard Graduate School of Education.