Central Office Administration
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Matthew Geary
A Fairfield University graduate, Geary taught Math at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge before serving as Assistant Principal and then Principal of Watertown High School. He was hired as principal of Manchester High School in 2012. After two full years there, he was appointed superintendent in July 2014. Geary and wife Lisa have four children including two who attend Martin Elementary School.
of Finance & Management
Karen L. Clancy
She began her career in education working for Wethersfield Public Schools, spending 16 years as an administrative assistant, accounts payable coordinator, finance department supervisor and director of business services. Clancy then served as Business Manager for Watertown Public Schools and Cromwell Public Schools before coming to Manchester. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Central CT State University. She and husband Brian live in Newington and have two grown children.
Chief Performance Officer
Before coming to Manchester, Mr. Jones was principal for six years at Simpson Waverly School in Hartford, which during his tenure was recognized as one the most improved schools in Hartford in the areas of climate and culture. His leadership has also been impressive at Verplanck, where through hard work and collaboration he has helped build a positive climate to ensure all scholars are challenged and supported. Passionate and visionary, Mr. Jones is committed to utilizing data to inform programming so that all students have what they need to be successful and he also is deeply committed to the district’s ongoing race and equity work.
Assistant Superintendent of Human
Capital & Talent Development
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, bilingual, and proud of her heritage and roots, Ms. Gomero has over 20 years of experience as a teacher at the elementary and high school level and as an educational leader at the elementary and middle school levels, including Illing Middle School. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, a 6th year in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University and is finishing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from CCSU. Iris is committed to staying true to the Manchester Public Schools mission of providing all students a quality and equitable 21st Century education and creating spaces where students feel safe, connected and are able to thrive.
Amy F. Radikas, Ed.D.
Before taking over in 2012 as the district’s ‘chief academic officer’, Dr. Radikas worked for six years at the Connecticut State Department of Education supporting Connecticut’s 15 Priority School Districts. Before that, she spent 15 years as a classroom teacher, reading consultant, and a PK-5 District Language Arts Coordinator. She and husband Raymond are the youngest siblings in large families and have two children themselves, thus their weekends tend to be filled with family functions and dinners or at youth sporting events.
Chief of Staff
Erin Ortega, Ph.D.
Erin holds a Bachelor’s in graphic design, a Master's in adult education, and a Ph.D. in education. Before joining the MPS community she interned at a prestigious NYC advertising agency, worked in landscape design for Fortune 500 corporations in Manhattan, and provided online course design/development consultation services for higher education institutions across the country. Before transitioning into her current role as Chief of Staff, Erin spent 4 years with Manchester Adult Education and 5 years with the MPS Office of Equity and Partnerships. Erin works to support many important district focus areas, including but not limited to: communications, data, equity, partnerships, and grants.
Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement
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Latasha Easterling-Turnquest serves as the Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement for the Manchester Public School System. She has been serving the Manchester community for the past 15+ years. In her role she has worked alongside families, community members and school staff. Implementing programming for youth in the schools, and building the capacity of adults through a variety of classes and workshops. She has also worked with families that had children under the age of 5 facilitating playgroups, home visits and developmental screenings. Her work focuses on strengthening relationships, building the capacity of parents and staff, and creating opportunities while reducing barriers. Mrs. Turnquest provides oversight of the Manchester Public School’s seven Family Resource Centers, Parent Leadership Trainings, School Governance/Advisory Councils, Community Partnerships, Student Engagement Specialists, and the Welcome Center, where centralized registration for grades K-8 occurs.
Mrs. Turnquest obtained her Masters in Education Degree at the University of Hartford.
Latasha will tell anyone that she LOVES her job because she gets to work everyday to uplift and support children and families in her community! Her motto is that “The higher you go in position only means the more people that you now have to serve.”