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Mr. Doug Harris, Principal

Doug Harris, Principal of Oxbow High School, has devoted his career to working with teachers and administrators on school and district school improvement strategies, leadership development, and student well-being. He has served as a classroom teacher, a principal, and a superintendent and is co-author of five books on educational reform. He has taught at the University of Vermont focusing on research, strategic planning and program evaluation. A native Pennsylvanian, Doug moved to Wells River in 1982 and h



1004 (2).jpgJean Wheeler, Interim Principal

Jean Wheeler has worked as a teacher and administrator in the field of education since 1984. As a teacher, Jean developed and implemented a curriculum for early childhood studies, nursing and Psychology. As an administrator, Jean served as Dean of Students and Director of College and Career Counseling. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Administration. Born in Vermont to a strong education family, Jean has carried on the tradition bringing her passion for education and  many strengths to the role as Principal – organizational and community development, curriculum development, behavior management, and counseling. Jean will become the Principal at Oxbow High School in July 2017.


AdministrationMr. Joseph Donarum, Dean of Students

Joseph F. Donarum has worked as a teacher, counselor, consultant, and administrator in the fields of education and mental heath for over thirty years. He received a BA in English/Education from Providence College, RI, and a Masters in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA. Since moving to Vermont with his family fifteen years ago, Mr. Donarum has worked as the Child and Family Program Director at Clara Martin Center and as Hartford District Office Supervisor for the Vermont State Department of Children and Families. For the past five years, he has served as OHS School Social Worker and Behavior Intervention Specialist. As Dean of Students, Joseph, as most students and staff know him, will continue in his role as student advocate and liason. He has recently put together a pro-active team of staff and students who will incorporate “restorative model” best practices when addressing issues related to tardiness, absenteeism, conflict resolution, and other disciplinary concerns. “I am very much looking forward to continuing to work closely with students, parents, the teaching and support staff, as well as, our community partners and stakeholders to co-create an environment of academic excellence. I am completely committed to fostering the intellectual and social social-emotional development of every OHS student by encouraging participation in academic rigor, extra-curricular activities, athletics, the arts, community service and various student leadership opportunities.”