People Watch: Carmen Fariña takes helm of New York City Public Schools
Former principal and superintendent Carmen Fariña is the new chancellor of New York City Public Schools, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December. Fariña helped develop de Blasio’s education platform to include proposals for universal pre-K and more after-school programs for middle schoolers.
Dana T. Bedden became superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Virginia in January. As former superintendent of Irving ISD in Texas, Bedden earned recognition from the state for financial management, academic progress and expanded AP course offerings.
Kurt Sutton, principal of Krause Later Elementary in Armada Area Schools in Michigan, was named 2013 Outstanding Practicing Principal by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. He has helped raise math and reading scores by over 10 percent.
Lori Bein was named superintendent of Arlington Heights School District 25 in the Chicago suburbs. Bein is currently superintendent of nearby Roselle School District 12, where she led a technology movement and put interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
Superintendent James Meza of the Jefferson Parish Public School System in New Orleans received a humanitarian award from the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice in December. The school system’s state rating has improved from a D when he arrived in 2011 to a B this year.