Latest candidates for Pinellas top job
The postmark deadline has passed for the Pinellas superintendent job, but resumes that beat the Friday midnight cutoff continue to trickle into the School Board office. Seven more applications have arrived since Friday, bringing the total at this point to 35.
Among the candidates: a Pasco County high school principal whose wife was raised in Pinellas and "would like to move back into that area since her family still resides there;" a school superintendent from Sandwich, Mich., who stepped down July 1, less than a year into a three-year contract; and a former state superintendent of education in Illinois and Michigan who served as state deputy superintendent in Delaware and Louisiana.
A quick sketch of the latest contenders follows, in the order their applications were received. Stay tuned to the Gradebook for a link to all the candidates' resumes and cover letters.
- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter
Christopher M. Dunning
New Port Richey
Current job: Principal, Paul R. Smith Middle School, District School Board of Pasco County, and adjunct professor, University of South Florida.
Previous jobs, all with the Pasco County School District: Supervisor of employee relations and chief negotiator, 2003-06; principal, Calusa Elementary, 2000-03; assistant principal, Cotee River Elementary, 1997-2000.
Sherrie Burnette Nickell
Current job: Associate superintendent, Polk County Public Schools.
Previous jobs: Director of human resource development and educational leadership, Polk County Public Schools, 1998-2005; adjunct instructor, University of South Florida, Lakeland, 2002-05; principal, Polk County Public Schools, 1993-1998.
Kansas City, Mo.
Current job: Superintendent, Grandview (Mo.) School District
Previous jobs, all with Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools: Assistant superintendent, 2001-06; division director for secondary schools, 1998-2001; speech/language teacher, 1977-83.
Nancy Elizabeth Young
Most recent job: Superintendent of schools, Barrington School District, Sandwich, Mich.
Previous jobs: Superintendent, Holliston (Mass.) Public Schools, 1996-2004; superintendent, Swanton (Vt.) Local Schools, 1994-96; superintendent, Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union, Ludlow, Vt., 1992-94.
West Palm Beach
Current job: assistant superintendent for Learning Support, School District of Palm Beach County.
Previous jobs, all in Palm Beach County: Assistant superintendent for curriculum and learning support, July 2006-July 2007; director of secondary education, August 2003-July 2006; north area director, July 2000-August 2003; high school principal, July 1996-July 2000.
Robert E. Schiller
Current job: Education consultant, RES and Associates
Previous jobs: Senior deputy superintendent and chief academic officer, Los Angeles Public School District, Sept. 2007-April 2008; State superintendent of education, Illinois State Board of Education, July 2002-October 2004; state superintendent of public instruction, Michigan Department of Education, 1991-96; state deputy superintendent of public instruction, state of Delaware, November 1989-November 1991; state deputy superintendent of education, Louisiana Department of Education, August 1988-November 1989.
Stephen Todd Evans
Most recent job: Superintendent, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, October 2000-May 2008.
Previous jobs: Principal, Detroit School of Industrial Arts, January 1999-September 2000; principal, New Directions Institute, Pontiac, Mich.; Cornerstone University, adjunct instructor, Troy, Mich.