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Henderson names Interim Principal for Hardy

Interim DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson has announced that Daniel Shea, a retired Montgomery County principal who currently serves in the central office, will start this week as Interim Principal of Hardy Middle School. In a letter to parents, Henderson noted Shea's record -- including service as principal of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg and Westland Middle School in Bethesda -- along with his current role as head of scheduling for DCPS high schools and middle schools.

"This expertise will be particularly useful as the current Hardy class schedule configuration has consistently been identified to me as a primary concern of many parents and staff," the letter said. Parents have expressed ongoing frustration at this year's schedule, which was overhauled in the first half of the year by administrators. Henderson said she wanted to "personally thank" Hyde-Addision Principal Dana Nerenberg, who was assigned part-time to Hardy last summer while continuing her full responsibilities at Hyde until she was abruptly removed from Hardy by Henderson in late January. "Both schools are better because of her work," Henderson wrote.

Shea, according to his bio, began working with Montgomery County Schools in 1974 and taught at Julius West and Martin Luther King middle schools. He was an assistant principal at Seneca Valley High School and principal at Westland before moving to Quince Orchard.

In receiving an award from the Montgomery County Association of Administrative and Supervisory Personnel, an organization he previously led, Shea was recognized by his peers in 2005 as "a seasoned leader who also supports and fosters the potential in others." He “serves for the purpose of serving, not for his own ambition or reward,” said one colleague. “This is the hallmark of a truly excellent leader.”

While the LSRT and PTA were not informed of Henderson's decision before she announced it at Hardy in her letter, Henderson said she is committed to working closely with parents and stakeholders in the selection of a permanent principal for Hardy.