PITTSFIELD – James Horner, formerly the head of Greenbrier Episcopal School in West Virginia, is the new dean of academics this fall at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
The school, which is a private boarding school but also serves as the secondary school for students from Pittsfield, Detroit and Burnham, also has hired Kelly Potter of Waterville as director of academic and career planning.
Horner will lead faculty in initiating, revising and assessing the curriculum to meet the needs of all MCI students. He also will serve as the school’s liaison for special education services with SAD 53. An adjunct history professor at Greenbrier Community College Center and at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, Horner previously was the academic dean at Dublin School in New Hampshire. He also was head of the Upper School at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in South Carolina, admissions director at the Knox School in New York and principal of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia.
An experienced teacher of English, he was head of that department at The Stony Brook School in New York and taught English at the Virginia Episcopal School for a number of years after graduating from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Horner, his wife, Eileen, and their daughter Helen will reside in the Pittsfield area.
Potter is a Maine-certified principal, having served formerly as assistant principal at Mount View High School in Thorndike and in SAD 47. During an administrative internship at Waterville High School, she initiated and administered the school’s volunteer program and served on a Learning Results Committee that matched curriculum to the state document. She also was part of the District Program Review Committee.
She became a mentor teacher at Waterville High School, a position she held for five years. During that period she organized and led five student tours to Europe. From 1989 to 1998, and again this past year, she was the French Club adviser.
She served as foreign language department head at Mount View High School, in addition to her role there as assistant principal.
Potter lives in Waterville with her husband, Greg, her 13-year-old daughter, Lauren, and her twin 10-year-old sons, Brian and Matthew.