HARWICH – There will be new faces in administration at the Harwich Elementary School when the doors open for another school year in September.
Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter last week announced the hiring of Dr. Christie Cutone as the new principal. She will be replacing Principal Mary Oldach who left at the end of the school year to take an off-Cape administrative position.
Assistant Principal Sharon Hughes will be retiring in November, and a few weeks ago, working through a hiring committee, Carpenter announced that Allyson Joy, who served as assistant principal at the Eddy Elementary School in Brewster this past year, will replace Hughes as assistant principal.
Carpenter said the Harwich Elementary School Hiring Committee, made up of teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community members, overwhelmingly rated Cutone as the top candidate.
The new principal will be coming to Harwich from the Claypit Hill Elementary School in Wayland, where she served as principal since July 2015. Cutone served as assistant principal at the Countryside Elementary School in Newton for nearly two years before taking the position in Wayland. For 12 years, from 2000 to 2013, she served as a learning disabilities specialist in the Chelmsford Public Schools.
Cutone’s educational background includes a doctorate in education from American International College, with a certificate of advanced graduate studies as an administrator of special education and a master’s degree in special education and teaching from Lesley University.
“In my initial research and in conversation with Dr. Carpenter and other members of the community, I have become increasingly impressed with the work that is being done in the Monomoy Regional District. I am thrilled to join this enthusiastic and dedicated team,” Cutone wrote in an email.
She was also drawn to the position based on the desire to live on Cape Cod. Cutone said she and her husband have a home in Brewster, and “we have often wished not to return to Boston via the bridge every Sunday evening.“ When she saw the HES principal posting, she knew she wanted to explore the possibility, she said.
“When reviewing the feedback from the hiring committee, Christie was the clear top choice of our teachers and staff, parents, administrators, and community members,” Carpenter said in a statement. “She brings a wealth of administrative and classroom experience, as well as a kind and compassionate approach to leadership. I am confident she will work well mentoring and collaborating with new Harwich Elementary School Assistant Principal Allyson Joy. Her focus on building and strengthening relationships will be an asset, along with her student-centered approach to education.”
“I am excited by the recent success of the new literacy curriculum implementation and I look forward to supporting the next steps in that process,” Cutone write in the email. “I am also pleased to learn more about the diversity and equity work in the district. My initial focus will be to build relationships with colleagues and members of the community while supporting the next steps in these initiatives.”
In the coming weeks, Carpenter said, there will be opportunities for the school community to meet with Cutone and Joy.