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Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

Phone

413-362-1810

Address

170 Chestnut Street,
Amherst MA 01002

District Leadership

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Douglas Slaughter
Interim Superintendent/Director of Finance
(413) 362-1823
slaughterd@arps.org

Doug Slaughter has worked in the Amherst, Pelham and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School districts since 2007, first as Assistant Director and Data Analyst for the Information Systems department. In 2020, Dr. Slaughter was appointed as Director of Finance for the three districts. He began serving the Districts as Interim Superintendent in September 2023.

Dr. Slaughter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He holds multiple licenses from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, including Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and School Business Administrator.

Dr. Slaughter lives in Amherst with his family.

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Dr. Faye Brady
Director of Student Services
(413) 362-1834
bradyf@arps.org

Faye Brady joined the districts as the Director of Student Services in 2012 after serving in that role in New Jersey.   Prior to serving in an administrative role, Dr. Brady worked as a school social worker for 15 years and as a preschool teacher and childcare center developer.  She also has more than 30 years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker, working with youth and families in both private practice and treatment centers.  Other areas of expertise include disaster response and domestic violence crisis counseling.

Dr. Brady holds a BA from Antioch College, an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, and Ed.S and Ed.D degrees from Seton Hall University.  She enjoys teaching and has provided numerous professional presentations and trainings on co-teaching, family engagement/partnerships and leading effective team meetings.  Dr. Brady has also served as an adjunct professor at Mt. Holyoke College.

Dr. Brady lives with her family in Hadley.

Marta Guevara
Dr. Marta Guevara
Director of Student and Family Engagement
(413) 362-1871
guevaram@arps.org

Marta Guevara joined the district in 1999 as a Spanish teacher at Amherst Regional High School.  Since that time, she has served in various roles including Assistant Principal of ARHS, Student Services Administrator and as a District Director.  Dr. Guevara has been a member of the MSAN Research Practitioners Council for the past 10 years, presenting at various conferences for both adults and students.  She holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prior to beginning her work in Amherst, Dr. Guevara worked with grade K-12 students in other school districts in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico and has also taught both undergraduate and graduate students in the field of education and served as an administrator at the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Guevara believes education is the key to opportunity and freedom and is committed to removing obstacles for students to succeed.  She has devoted the last five years to founding and developing programming for the ARPS Family Center, which serves all families in the district with a comprehensive tiered support system.  The ARPS Family Center also oversees the out-of-school-time programming, as well as student leadership, for the district.

Dr. Guevara is a dancer with Grupo Tradiciones, a Latino Folk Dance group based in Amherst, whose members are also staff in the district.  She has two children and five grandchildren.

Micahel Gallo O’Connor
Director of School Nutrition
(413) 362-1839
oconnellmg@arps.org

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Jerry Champagne
Director of Information Systems
(413) 362-1884jchamp@arps.org

Jerry Champagne joined the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools in July 1999 when the town and the schools decided to split the IT department to better serve each organization. He was hired as a Network Analyst with a primary focus on the Amherst and Pelham Elementary Schools, sharing support for the district infrastructure. He then became the Director of Information Systems following the departure of the previous director. Prior to joining the district, he was employed as a network and service technician in the private sector. He has been supporting technology of various kinds for almost 30 years. Mr. Champagne received his BSME from Western New England College. Mr. Champagne lives in Easthampton with his wife. He has one son and two grandchildren.