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Dr. Hamlet Appoints Three School Leaders to His Executive Cabinet

(PITTSBURGH, PA) October 19, 2016 – Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet this evening brought three Executive Cabinet appointments to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors at its Legislative meeting. The appointments of Chief Academic Officer, Chief of School Performance and Chief Human Resource Officer come after the recent appointment of Deputy Superintendent Anthony Anderson. Efforts began in June to aggressively fill the positions when pre-planned retirements resulted in the high-level vacancies. To find the best possible candidates, Hamlet directed the District’s Human Resources Department to expand the search process.

“While many viewed the vacancies as a steep challenge, I viewed it as an opportunity to build a uniquely transformative team and directed staff to bolster recruitment and vetting efforts. I’m happy to report that we have a very strong team in place,” said Hamlet. “What is most important about my cabinet is that all leaders have not only strong educational backgrounds, but also hands-on experience teaching and instructing students in urban school settings.”

Interviews have begun for the last remaining Cabinet appointment, Executive Director Equity. In addition to traditional advertising, the District reached several thousand school administrators in the Northeast and South through an Education Week e-blast. Nearly 300 applicants applied for the positions. A panel of six administrators including Dr. Hamlet then interviewed dozens of those candidates.

In addition to the appointments, the Board voted to approve and advertise for a Community Schools Coordinator, who will be responsible for implementing the recently adopted Community Schools Policy.

“The board is very pleased with the high caliber of candidates brought forward this evening by Dr. Hamlet,” said PPS Board Chair Dr. Regina Holley. “The geographical and experiential diversity that we see here is exactly what our students and teachers need. We’re also excited to act on implementing our plan for community schools. On all fronts, we see evidence that Dr. Hamlet is moving swiftly and effectively in the direction of district-wide transformation.”

Chief Academic Officer - Seema Ramji
From tailored approaches to improve students’ comprehensive reading and writing abilities, to individualized professional development to aid teachers in improving classroom outcomes, Seema Ramji has focused her nearly 10-year career in education on implementing results-oriented programs in challenged urban school settings. A graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College and The George Washington University’s Educational Leadership and Administration. Ramji most recently was the Director of Reading and Language Arts for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. In that role, she oversaw more than 200 schools with over 120,000 students, guiding their improved reading and writing successes. Prior to that she was Director of Elementary Literacy for District of Columbia Public Schools, where she was a key leader in expanding the district’s literacy program that ultimately led to nationally recognized gains in the NAEF Reading Assessment.

Chief of School Performance - David May-Stein
David May-Stein has worked for the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 25 years as a teacher, principal and most recently as an assistant superintendent. In his recent role as Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Leadership, May-Stein supervised a cohort of principals, providing direct support and supervision for 15 schools. In addition, he led the instructional leadership support and served as the team leader for the School Crisis Response Team. He is near completion of his doctorate in Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chief Human Resources Officer - Dr. Milton Walters
Dr. Milton Walters most recently served the Youngstown City School District in Ohio as its Assistant Superintendent and Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing student achievement initiatives and implementing talent management and professional development best practices for the district’s nearly 1,000 employees. He was an adjunct professor in North Carolina and Maryland, teaching legal compliance, human resources, diversity and leadership, among other subjects. Walters led operations and human resources training and development for non- and for-profit entities in his hometown of New York City. In addition to several educational leadership-based professional certifications, Walters received his  Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University.  Dr. Walters is currently pursuing a second doctorate in Educational Leadership, specializing in K-12 administrative leadership, from Morehead State University.