Figueiredo moves up to public board’s top job

News Jun 18, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Their four-month search for a new education director drew candidates from across the province, but Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees opted to stick close to home for a change by promoting from within.

Manny Figueiredo, presently executive superintendent of leadership and learning, assumes the top job on Aug. 1.

He replaces John Malloy, who left in December to become an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Education.

Unlike Malloy and predecessor director Chris Spence, who were both from the Toronto area, Figueiredo, 44, has a strong Hamilton connection despite hailing from Cambridge.

He attended McMaster University, where he met his wife, who is from Hamilton and teaches at the Catholic board.

They have two children – both attend Catholic schools – and have lived in Hamilton since 2002, when Figueiredo began his career here as vice-principal at Cardinal Heights elementary school on the central Mountain.

From there he moved to R.A. Riddell on the west Mountain before becoming principal at Guy Brown in Waterdown, Memorial in the lower east end and Sir John A. Macdonald high school in downtown Hamilton for summer school for four years.

After leaving to become a superintendent at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for a year, he returned to the Hamilton board in 2010 in a similar role before becoming executive superintendent in 2013.

Board chair Todd White said Figueiredo brings many qualities to his new job, including hard work and the humility to recognize when something isn’t working and needs to change.

His experience also gives him an understanding of the city’s dynamics and the board’s history as trustees develop new strategic directions for the coming term, he said.

“We need a director that’s based and focused on Hamilton and for the long term, and Manny’s shown just that,” White said.

“His heart and soul is in this organization, but at the same time he’s objective enough to be able to assess our game plan.”

Figueiredo said he’s excited, honoured and nervous about his new role “all at the same time.”

“I think it was important for the trustees to have someone who knew our culture, knew our past, knew our present and could help us move forward,” he said.

Pam Reinholdt, the board’s executive superintendent of student achievement, has been serving as interim director since February, when she replaced initial interim director Wayne Joudrie, who stepped down for health reasons.

Reinholdt, who did not seek the director’s job, will return to her previous position, Figueiredo said.

Figueiredo moves up to public board’s top job

Chair lauds new director’s humility, hard work and Hamilton focus

News Jun 18, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Their four-month search for a new education director drew candidates from across the province, but Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees opted to stick close to home for a change by promoting from within.

Manny Figueiredo, presently executive superintendent of leadership and learning, assumes the top job on Aug. 1.

He replaces John Malloy, who left in December to become an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Education.

Unlike Malloy and predecessor director Chris Spence, who were both from the Toronto area, Figueiredo, 44, has a strong Hamilton connection despite hailing from Cambridge.

“His heart and soul is in this organization, but at the same time he’s objective enough to be able to assess our game plan.”

He attended McMaster University, where he met his wife, who is from Hamilton and teaches at the Catholic board.

They have two children – both attend Catholic schools – and have lived in Hamilton since 2002, when Figueiredo began his career here as vice-principal at Cardinal Heights elementary school on the central Mountain.

From there he moved to R.A. Riddell on the west Mountain before becoming principal at Guy Brown in Waterdown, Memorial in the lower east end and Sir John A. Macdonald high school in downtown Hamilton for summer school for four years.

After leaving to become a superintendent at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for a year, he returned to the Hamilton board in 2010 in a similar role before becoming executive superintendent in 2013.

Board chair Todd White said Figueiredo brings many qualities to his new job, including hard work and the humility to recognize when something isn’t working and needs to change.

His experience also gives him an understanding of the city’s dynamics and the board’s history as trustees develop new strategic directions for the coming term, he said.

“We need a director that’s based and focused on Hamilton and for the long term, and Manny’s shown just that,” White said.

“His heart and soul is in this organization, but at the same time he’s objective enough to be able to assess our game plan.”

Figueiredo said he’s excited, honoured and nervous about his new role “all at the same time.”

“I think it was important for the trustees to have someone who knew our culture, knew our past, knew our present and could help us move forward,” he said.

Pam Reinholdt, the board’s executive superintendent of student achievement, has been serving as interim director since February, when she replaced initial interim director Wayne Joudrie, who stepped down for health reasons.

Reinholdt, who did not seek the director’s job, will return to her previous position, Figueiredo said.

Figueiredo moves up to public board’s top job

Chair lauds new director’s humility, hard work and Hamilton focus

News Jun 18, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Their four-month search for a new education director drew candidates from across the province, but Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees opted to stick close to home for a change by promoting from within.

Manny Figueiredo, presently executive superintendent of leadership and learning, assumes the top job on Aug. 1.

He replaces John Malloy, who left in December to become an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Education.

Unlike Malloy and predecessor director Chris Spence, who were both from the Toronto area, Figueiredo, 44, has a strong Hamilton connection despite hailing from Cambridge.

“His heart and soul is in this organization, but at the same time he’s objective enough to be able to assess our game plan.”

He attended McMaster University, where he met his wife, who is from Hamilton and teaches at the Catholic board.

They have two children – both attend Catholic schools – and have lived in Hamilton since 2002, when Figueiredo began his career here as vice-principal at Cardinal Heights elementary school on the central Mountain.

From there he moved to R.A. Riddell on the west Mountain before becoming principal at Guy Brown in Waterdown, Memorial in the lower east end and Sir John A. Macdonald high school in downtown Hamilton for summer school for four years.

After leaving to become a superintendent at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for a year, he returned to the Hamilton board in 2010 in a similar role before becoming executive superintendent in 2013.

Board chair Todd White said Figueiredo brings many qualities to his new job, including hard work and the humility to recognize when something isn’t working and needs to change.

His experience also gives him an understanding of the city’s dynamics and the board’s history as trustees develop new strategic directions for the coming term, he said.

“We need a director that’s based and focused on Hamilton and for the long term, and Manny’s shown just that,” White said.

“His heart and soul is in this organization, but at the same time he’s objective enough to be able to assess our game plan.”

Figueiredo said he’s excited, honoured and nervous about his new role “all at the same time.”

“I think it was important for the trustees to have someone who knew our culture, knew our past, knew our present and could help us move forward,” he said.

Pam Reinholdt, the board’s executive superintendent of student achievement, has been serving as interim director since February, when she replaced initial interim director Wayne Joudrie, who stepped down for health reasons.

Reinholdt, who did not seek the director’s job, will return to her previous position, Figueiredo said.