FITCHBURG — Eric J. Olson, chairman of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s District School Committee, has announced that the committee voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Sheila M. Harrity superintendent-director of Monty Tech.
Dr. Harrity has been serving as principal of Worcester Technical High School s since 2006.
Following a thorough search, Dr. Harrity was the School Committee’s primary choice because of her “proven instructional leadership, her commitment to serving students, her enviable accomplishments in vocational education and her demonstrated skills in community engagement,” Olson said in a statement.
“The School Committee is certain in its choice of Dr. Harrity, and confident that under her leadership Monty Tech will continue to be recognized as among the best career and technical schools in the state and in the nation,” Olson added.
“We are confident that we’ve found the best person for Monty Tech,” he said. “During the interview and hiring process we’ve learned a lot about the positive impact she has made as an educational leader at Worcester Technical High School, and as an innovative teacher in the classroom in the city of Worcester. She has a proven track record of extraordinary passion for high-quality teaching, relentless focus on student achievement and a dedication to vocational technical education.”
Dr. Harrity received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in social work from Providence College. She earned a master’s degree in moderate special needs from Assumption College and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Worcester State University.
She earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northeastern University in 2013. In addition, she received two honorary doctoral degrees in 2014, one from Becker College and the other from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
In 2013, Dr. Harrity was selected as the Massachusetts Principal of the Year and last September she was selected as the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year. She also received the 2013 Terrel Bell Award by the U.S. Department of Education for Outstanding School Leadership.
Dr. Harrity was selected the 1997 Teacher of the Year for Worcester Public Schools and has been inducted into the Worcester Public Schools’ Teacher Hall of Fame as well as the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.
She was a Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year semi-finalist and received the Worcester Business Journal “40 Under 40” Award, the Sports Alive Outstanding Community Service Award and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Outstanding Service Award. She also received the Worcester State University Distinguished Alumni for Outstanding Achievement in Education Award.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I have agreed to be the next superintendent-director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. I have a long career in public education as a teacher and administrator, at both the district and the building level. Each step on this path has led systematically to my focus on career-technical education. Career-technical education is an area of our profession that truly changes lives by providing young people with both college and career skills, and as such, it is an endeavor that fuels my passion each and every day that I come to school,” said Dr. Harrity.
Dr. Harrity will replace acting Superintendent-Director Tammy Crockett in the next several weeks, Olson said.