Haverhill Schools Pick Andover Woman to Lead Nettle School; Candidate Now Works in Malden

Nettle Middle School. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News)

Shereen Escovitz of Andover has been named principal at Haverhill’s Dr. Paul Nettle School pending salary negotiations.

Escovitz, who has served two years as one of four Malden High School house principals, succeeds Timothy Corkery. After six years in Haverhill, Corkery was named in May as principal of Andover’s West Middle School.

School Committee Scott W. Wood Jr., who represented his colleagues on the screening committee, said Escovitz was one of four candidates interviewed.

“She is young, energetic and very bright,” he said.

Besides Wood, the screening committee was composed of about a dozen people, including Chief Academic Officer Beth Kitsos, teachers and parents. They narrowed a larger list of candidates to four and then ranked each one.

Going into the interviews, Wood said his “biggest concern in ranking candidates is that Nettle’s problem is more in school climate and discipline areas. I was looking for the strongest candidate with experience in those areas.”

Before serving as a house principal overseeing 425 students, Escovitz served as Malden’s interim director of STEM for a year and was a match teacher for six years before that. She began her career as a math teacher in Medford in 2007.

City spokesman Shawn Regan said Superintendent Margaret Marotta offered the job to Escovitz this past weekend.

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