Welcome, Dean Akosua
After the resignation of principal Mark Jackson, when Miki Gromacki moved up to the position of principal, Mary Custard moved up to assistant principal.
So ARHS needed to hire a new staffer to fill Ms. Custard’s previous role as dean of students.
Shannan “Akosua” Magee was asked to move up from the middle school and fill that position here at ARHS.
Prior to coming to Amherst Ms. Akosua was a school leader for over 13 years, working in a variety of different schools in many different positions.
She was the principal of an international school based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. She also had roles working at the U.S. Embassy as a Cultural Affairs Specialist in West Africa where she managed U.S. Fulbright Programs. However, her most recent job was dean of students at the middle school.
“I was dean at the middle school and I was asked if I would consider moving to the high school to fill a vacuum position created by the retiring of Mark Jackson,” said Ms Akosua. She accepted the position because she “absolutely loves working with young people.”
Ms. Akosua enjoys helping them “find their way” and helping them “become the person they want to be.” She feels that as the dean of students you can get to know all of your students on a first name basis, whereas when she was a principal she was more involved with the adults in the building.
She said she would much rather be working with the students than managing them. At ARHS her role is simple: “to help students succeed.”