Leeds Elementary zeros in on two candidates for principal

  • Sal Canata, the principal at Leeds Elementary School who will be leaving for a position in Holyoke, talks with students, left, Ruby Ferrari and Anna Mansfield. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/11/2019 1:59:29 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The district has named two finalists for principal of Leeds Elementary School.

From of field of 17 candidates, Lisa Desjarlais, currently the principal of Pelham Elementary School, and Catherine Wenz, the assistant principal of Peter Thacher Elementary School in Attleboro, are being considered for the job, according to Superintendent John Provost. 

The two candidates will speak at a public forum 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in the Leeds Elementary School cafeteria, and the district will collect participants’ feedback.

Desjarlais has been principal of Pelham Elementary School since 2010; before that, she worked as the assistant principal of Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst and spent more than a decade as a fourth-grade teacher at Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley.

Wenz has been working in Attleboro Public Schools since 2011 in various positions including co-head teacher and technology integration specialist. She became an assistant principal in 2014. Before going into administration, she taught in an elementary school in Webster. 

In May, Sal Canata, who has been principal of Leeds Elementary since 2013, announced his upcoming departure. The longtime Holyoke resident took a position starting July 1 as principal of Holyoke STEM Academy, a public middle school.

Provost has said the district hopes to name the new principal by mid-June.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.

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