McQuaid Jesuit has announced the appointment of Dan Hershel as its dean of academics (formerly Assistant Principal for Academics). He brings a broad range of professional experience to the role, including serving as McQuaid’s director of curriculum development since 2016.
As dean of academics, Hershel will provide oversight of the overall academic program of the school, collaborating with principal Adam Baber in the development and implementation of school policy and professional development for teachers and staff; with John Serafine and counselors in coordinating and monitoring student academic progress; with Janet Dacey in developing and supporting the middle school course of study; and with department leaders and teachers in the continuous evaluation and improvement of the school’s academic program.
“This is a central leadership role within the school community, to which Dan will bring energy, creativity, and a spirit of cura personalis for teachers, students, and parents alike,” says principal, Adam Baber. “I am confident that he will continue to serve our students, families, and teachers with the dedication, vision, and compassion that mark a Jesuit school in the twenty-first century.”
Prior to joining McQuaid Jesuit’s faculty as an English teacher in 2012, Hershel served as department chair at Trinity Catholic High School in Newton, MA and Spaulding High School in Barre, VT. He is a graduate of Boston College, having earned his bachelor of arts degree in English and his master’s in Education from the well-known Jesuit institution in Massachusetts. More recently, he is a graduate of the Jesuit Schools Network’s Seminars in Ignatian Leadership.
Hershel will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.