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Ed.D. student, recent graduate earn school district promotions

December 16, 2016

Current Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) student Kristin Baranski and recent Ed.D. graduate Michelle Harmeier are the latest in the program’s notable promotions. 


Michelle Harmeier

Harmeier, who graduated in May, begins in January as the assistant superintendent for human resources for the Anaheim Elementary School District in Orange County. “I am thrilled to welcome Michelle to the team,” said Superintendent Linda Wagner. “Her diverse experience, enthusiasm and commitment to building the capacity of all employees while supporting student achievement will make her a tremendous asset.”

During hooding ceremonies in May, Harmeier told Brandman News, “I am a different leader now than I was three years ago when I started this program and my organization has benefited from this, my family and friends have, and I have, so it is definitely worth the journey.”

Harmeier served as a middle school or high school principal in several districts in the Bay Area. Read more here.

Kristin Baranski

Kristin Baranski

Baranski becomes superintendent of the Santee School District in San Diego County in February. She is currently director of curriculum, instruction and professional learning at the district. She expects to complete her doctorate at Brandman in 2018.

“Kristin was selected as our finalist from an outstanding field of candidates, including sitting superintendents and assistant superintendents from across the nation. Her credentials and 18 years of administrative experience in the district will be a tremendous asset in providing leadership as the district continues to grow and focus on supporting students and staff,” Barbara Ryan, president of the school district board told The Californian.  Read more here.


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