GROTON -- Crunching numbers is Timothy Sheehan's
specialty, not to mention speaking Spanish, teaching, computer analysis and business applications.
originally applied for the position, school officials were immediately impressed with his
credentials.But having never gone through the difficult task of balancing a school budget, kept him from getting hired into a contracted position. Sheehan
has worn many other hats over the years that Genovese anticipates will bring something unique to the table.
, 57, has worked in Lowell Public Schools
for 10 years, teaching Spanish as well as fourth grade.Prior to a career in education, he worked at Raytheon for 10 years as a procurement specialist and business and computer analyst.Sheehan has a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, a master's in business administration from Babson College and a master's in education from UMass Lowell.He served six years active duty in the Navy, 20 years in the Coast Guard and is also a certified business administrator.
first day on the job, Sheehan
spent Thursday taking a tour of the schools and getting briefed on the tasks that lie before him as the new school year quickly approaches.
"It's a learning situation, but I'm looking forward to every minute of it," Sheehan
said."I'm sure I'll miss teaching but I knew eventually I'd want to work in education in some other capacity." Sheehan said his business background seemed a perfect fit to manage school finances -- a vital role in keeping valuable programs and resources available to young learners.
While the position is temporary, the interim director of business and finance can apply for full-time contract position when the school district sends out another call for the job in the spring.
But for now, Sheehan
eager to soak up as much information as he
can about the school district.
"In a way, I'm still in the classroom," he
said, "and enjoying the opportunity to learn."