Finalists

The Des Moines School Board will be interviewing the following finalists for the position of Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. Click here for a schedule of when the interviews will take place.

Thomas Ahart

Thomas Ahart
Interim Superintendent
Des Moines Public Schools

Mr. Thomas Ahart is currently the Interim Superintendent with the Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, IA. 

Previously, Mr. Ahart was the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with the Des Moines Public Schools. Prior to that he served as principal of the Warren G. Harding Middle School.

Mr. Ahart earned his Education Specialist (with Superintendent License) Degree from Drake University, Des Moines, IA.


James Browder

James Browder
Superintendent
Anchorage School District

Dr. James Browder is currently the Superintendent of Schools with the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, AK. 

Previously, Dr. Browder was the Senior Vice President of Charter Schools & Operations with the Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL. Prior to that he served as Superintendent of the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, FL.

Dr. Browder earned his Doctorate Degree from Argosy University (University of Sarasota) in Fort Myers, FL.


Carey Wright

Carey Wright
Chief Academic Officer
District of Columbia Public Schools

Dr. Carey Wright is currently the Chief Academic Officer with the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, DC. 

Previously, Dr. Wright was the Deputy Chief for Teaching and Learning with the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, DC. Prior to that she served as the Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD.

Dr. Wright earned her Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.