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November 26, 2013

Hunt to step down at Salem Academy


Since opening the school, Hunt has married and become the mother of two young children. Her 4-year-old daughter will enter kindergarten in the Salem public schools next fall.

“I am tremendously proud of what Salem Academy has become over the last 10 years through the collective efforts of our staff, families, trustees, students and friends,” Hunt wrote in an email sent to the Salem Academy community last night. “I have been dedicated to Salem Academy since 2002 when the school was only an idea, and my loyalty and devotion to the institution will continue indefinitely.

“This year, however, will be my last as head of school. I have spent most of my professional career at Salem Academy — in fact, over a quarter of my life! I love and will miss enormously everything that is Salem Academy.”

In her letter, Hunt also announced future changes at the school.

Lower School Principal Stephanie Callahan, who oversees grades 6 to 8, will retain those duties and also assume Hunt’s role next school year as head of school.

Salem Academy will form a search committee and begin interviewing candidates to be principal of the Upper School (grades 9 to 12), the role Hunt has filled.

Sean O’Neil will remain as executive director.

Hunt said Salem Academy has built a solid foundation and “will only continue to grow and develop. I expect great things ahead. It’s a very exciting moment.

“I feel the school is at a place where it’s ready to take a step forward without me.”

As for herself, Hunt said she doesn’t expect to be idle long.

“I plan to stay in education,” she said. “I don’t plan to be in a principal role next year, but I plan to stay in education.”

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