Nashoba Technical High School Principal Denise Pigeon was officially named as the school’s new superintendent earlier this week.
Pigeon had been selected as the new first choice of the Nashoba Tech School Committee after former candidate Leo DeSimone of Somerville High School decided not to pursue the position.
Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes of Shirley said the committee is pleased to have Pigeon signed on as superintendent.
“The School Committee is very excited to have this part of the
process done and excited about moving forward,” Rhodes said. “We are
pleased to have Denise taking the reins of Nashoba Tech and continuing
to move the school forward.”
Pigeon has been with the district since the 2005-06 school year,
starting as its director of curriculum before being named principal in
She replaces Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, who started as superintendent
with the 1996-97 school year and is retiring in her 20th year leading
“The district is filled with outstanding educators and outstanding
students, and I look forward to working with them as a team,” Pigeon
said. “I’m excited to continue to serve the district in this new
Klimkiewicz had officially retired on Dec. 31, but had stayed on through a per-diem basis as the search for a superintendent continued and will stay on on Feb. 29 to help with the transition.
The committee and Pigeon, 40, signed a contract through the 2018-2019
school year. Her starting salary will be $145,000 per year, with
potential raises each year based on performance.
Pigeon is currently working on the final phases of her doctorate in
educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She received
her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in educational leadership
and occupational administration from Fitchburg State College, her
Master of Education in technology in education from Lesley University,
and her Bachelor of Science in health education from Worcester State
Before coming to Nashoba Tech, Pigeon worked at Whittier Regional
Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill as a teacher, cluster
chair and instructional technology specialist.
She is an Amesbury native, and currently resides in Salisbury with
her husband, Andrew, and their three children.