Dr. Stephen Mahoney is Assistant Superintendent. He is responsible for driving exceptional academic achievement and ensuring positive, inclusive school environments across the district. The departments of school leadership, academics, multilingual learning, social emotional learning, and family community engagement fall under Dr. Mahoney’s purview. He also collaborates closely with the Pupil Services team to ensure coordinated delivery of academic services to all students.
Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Mahoney served as HPS Chief of Schools and Executive Director of School Leadership (EDSL) from 2020-2022 and Executive Principal of Holyoke High School from 2018-2020.
During his time in Holyoke, Dr. Mahoney has led a successful high school redesign that merged all high school campuses into one “Holyoke High School” to promote equitable access to the full high school experience. He oversaw the revitalization of Dean Campus as a sought-after high school option and the expansion of the high school’s dual enrollment and early college programming, with significant increases in both enrollment and diversity of program participants. He also led the district’s leadership development work in partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, which has greatly contributed to increased alignment and effectiveness of instructional practices across the district.
Dr. Mahoney brings more than 35 years of experience as a teacher, coach, school leader, and district leader, with more than half of that time in Western Massachusetts. Before joining HPS, Dr. Mahoney served as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Associate Director of the Harvard Teacher Fellows. From 2005 to 2015, he founded and led the Springfield Renaissance School, an award-winning urban middle and high school, from which his three sons all graduated. He was a school leader at Norwell High School in Norwell, Mass., and Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif. He also taught history, English, and math and coached boys and girls soccer and basketball. He holds degrees from Brown University (B.A., International Relations), Stanford University (M.A., Curriculum and Instruction), and Boston College (Ed.D., Educational Leadership).
Dr. Mahoney and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 31 years and have three sons: Liam, Gavin, and Eamonn, and, like Steve, are passionate soccer players and fans. Dr. Mahoney is a reader, an occasional surfer, and a fan of all things Holyoke. Go Knights and Hawks!