ARHS Principal Search

Dear ARPS Parents/Guardians, Students, Faculty and Staff:

The interview committee has met with the candidates for the open Amherst Regional High School Principal position, and three highly-qualified individuals are being brought forward to the community. Below you will find, in order of their interview dates, a brief biography of each candidate as well as the schedule for the week of April 8, 2019.

Alan Strauss (See Resume)

Mr. Strauss currently serves as Principal of Weymouth High School. He has worked directly with students, parents and staff in every aspect of the school community, across instructional levels and within the greater local community to build programs, create a myriad of opportunities and collaboratively develop academic, civic, global and interpersonal accountability frameworks. Mr. Strauss has a diversified range of curricular experiences and has assisted with the development of globally-based experiences for students and faculty. He re-established, cultivated and implemented the Weymouth High School’s academic, athletic, and community service programs and oversaw the day-to-day operations, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) and all programs.

Shannon Magee (See Resume)

Ms. Magee currently serves as the interim Dean at Amherst Regional High School and was formerly a High School Principal at the British International School in Ghana, West Africa where she oversaw the planning, implementation and evaluation of the school’s curriculum and instructional program. She also served as a former Director of Academics at Albany Community Charter School. Ms. Magee has worked with and mentored new teachers, and monitored and coached teachers in the use of appropriate classroom management strategies as needed. In addition to her experience in secondary education administration, Ms. Magee is a former Cultural Affairs Academic Specialist for the U.S. Department of State--U.S. Embassy.

Gene Jones (See Resume)

Mr. Jones received a B.A. from Boston University, holds an M.A. from Old Dominion University, has completed Post Graduate work at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech and, most recently, was enrolled in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as principal of Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, which was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. Mr. Jones was appointed to the Principal position at William Fleming High School in the Roanoke Public City Public Schools, where he increased the four-year graduation rate from 69% to 80%.

Finalist Schedule:

  • Alan Strauss: Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Shannon Magee: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Gene Jones: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Daily Schedule for Each Candidate



10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Meeting with ARHS administrative team

ARHS Main Office

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Available to meet with students


12:10 to 12:40 p.m.

Meeting with Superintendent

Middle School

12:45 to 2:15 p.m.



2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Available to meet with staff


5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Available to meet with Parents/Guardians and the community

Choral Room