“Dennis is well respected by faculty, students and parents,” said Robert Murphy, principal of Swampscott High School, in a statement. “He has a wide range of expertise and knowledge and he’s a known entity to the school and the community. He is ready to take it to the next level as an educational leader.”
Kohut has been teaching at the high school for 11 years, and was named the English department chair in 2016. He has a master’s degree in school administration from Endicott College and a master’s in education from UMass Boston.
“I was very happy as a teacher and department chair, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Kohut said in a statement. “Swampscott feels like a home away from home. I know a lot of families. It’s a great town with great kids and supportive parents. The faculty is focused on accomplishing what needs to be done for students.”
Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said: “Dennis will be a valuable addition to the leadership team at Swampscott High School. He is highly regarded by the school community and well prepared to step into this role.”
As part of his master’s program at Endicott, Kohut spent the 2014-15 school year as a principal intern and was mentored by Lytania Mackey, assistant principal at Swampscott High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UMass Dartmouth.
Kohut is a Quincy native who lives in Concord with his wife, Melissa, and their two young sons, Nolan and Colin.