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Chenery Principal Finalists “Day in the District”

Dear Chenery Community,

You are invited to meet the finalist candidates for Principal of the Chenery Middle School on Tuesday, May 19. The two finalists are:

  • Karla Koza – 6:30-7:15 pm
  • Jonathan Hartunian – 7:30-8:15 pm

A brief bio for each candidate can be found at the end of this letter.

These virtual meetings will be conducted via Google Meet. To Join the event on Tuesday evening:

In this format, I will be asking each of the finalist candidates questions submitted by you.  Please follow these directions to submit your questions:

  • Add each of your questions as a separate new bullet
  • Be careful not to move/change/delete anyone else’s submitted questions
  • Similar questions will be combined by Human Resources
  • While every effort will be made to cover all question topics, time constraints may be prohibitive
  • Please note that during the Google Meet, all participants except the moderator and candidates will remain Muted
  • Questions must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Monday, May 18.

You will have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback via Google Forms. Following the meeting, please use this link to submit your feedback for each candidate: CMS Principal Finalist - Feedback from Chenery Community

We hope that you find these interviews informative, and we value your participation and feedback in the selection process.



Judy Malone Neville, Ph.D.
Interim Director of HR


Jonathan Hartunian has been the Assistant Principal of Chenery’s Lower School since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Hartunian taught mathematics and physical science at Revere’s Garfield Community Magnet School from 2000 to 2002, and seventh grade mathematics at Chenery from 2002 to 2015.

In addition to his teaching and administrative experience, Mr. Hartunian has coached several seasons of Belmont High School athletics (assistant football coach 2003-2005, 2007-2012; Head Wrestling Coach 2000-2013), and served as Belmont Education Association’s Treasurer from 2008 through 2015.

Mr. Hartunian received a Master of Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge MA; an Education Specialist degree from UMass Lowell; and undergraduate degrees in Physics and Psychology from Syracuse University, New York.


Karla Koza is an experienced educator who began her career as a Reading and Language Arts teacher in 2001. For the past five years Ms. Koza has served as Assistant Principal of Grafton High School; for 12 years prior to that she taught in the English Department, serving five years as Department Head.

Ms. Koza’s tenure at Grafton High School has involved evaluating and coaching faculty, and spearheading school wide initiatives connected to social emotional learning.

Ms. Koza holds a Master of Education from DePaul University, Chicago; a Master’s degree in English Literature from Simmons College, Boston; and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from American University, Washington, DC.