CANTON — Superintendent Derek Folan is pleased to announce that Jonathan Mulhern has been selected as the new principal of the William H. Galvin Middle School.
Mr. Mulhern will begin in his new position July 1, 2022.
Mulhern comes to the Canton Public Schools from the Boston Latin School, where he has served as the Associate Head of School since July 2018. In this role, he was responsible for supervising a team of 30 teachers and three guidance counselors, assisting in the school’s annual budget preparation, serving as Lead Facilitator for the school’s Instructional Leadership Team and grade-level teams.
Prior to his role as Associate Head of School, Mulhern served as Assistant Head of School from 2011-2018 and as history program director from 2010-2011. Before transitioning to his roles in administration, he was an English teacher at both Boston Latin and at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, where he taught grades 9-12 including AP Literature.
“We are thrilled that Mr. Mulhern will be joining our school community. For the last decade, he has proven to be a highly effective leader for middle grades, facilitating best instructional practices to promote strong student achievement, educational equity, and effective social and emotional growth,” Superintendent Folan said. “His ability to develop authentic and engaging relationships with students, families and staff, and to work collaboratively and effectively with all educators, was strongly praised by his current school community. His forward-thinking approach, problem-solving skills, and high expectations rose to the top as well.
“Additionally, as the entire Canton school community looks forward to entering the next stages of the Galvin Middle School building project, we are confident that Mr. Mulhern will be uniquely qualified to lead the way and collaborate with all stakeholders to shape the educational vision and priorities for a new or renovated building.”
Mulhern holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Boston College, a Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary English from Simmons College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Emmanuel College.
“I am thrilled to have earned the opportunity to serve the Galvin Middle School community as the next principal,” Mulhern said. “In my career as an educator, I have always subscribed to the philosophy articulated by William Butler Yeats that, ‘education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ I look forward to working with the terrific staff at the Galvin, and partnering with our students’ families, to help our young people find their voices and to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.”
Superintendent Folan also extends his thanks to the members of the GMS Principal Interview Committee, which he co-chaired along with Director of Technology and Digital Learning Julie Shore. The committee also included members of the Canton School Committee, District administrators, representatives from the Canton Educational Support Personnel Association and Canton Teachers Association, parent representatives and student representatives.