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Academy Hill School Head Named To State ACT Council

Melissa Earls, the head of Academy Hill School in Springfield, has been named a member of the Massachusetts ACT Council, which oversees a statewide organization of education and workplace professionals in the state.

ACT state organizations are advisory groups established by ACT, Inc., which provides assessment services for schools and workplaces, including the ACT college admissions test. The organizations provide opportunities for educators, administrators, academic advisors and other professionals to connect, drive policy and exchange practices for student success.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, both for me and for the school,” said Earls. “It gives us a voice in addressing the educational needs of students throughout the state. And it helps us advance our mission of developing the visionaries, innovators and leaders of tomorrow.”

Nationwide, there are more than 11,800 members and 661 state council members, according to ACT. Each state organization holds numerous events, including webinars, conferences, workshops, summits and training sessions.

“Melissa will provide leadership for the Massachusetts ACT Council,” said Scott Montgomery, senior vice president of public affairs at ACT. “We look forward to working with her in support of college and career readiness initiatives throughout the Northeast.”

Earls has been head of the private elementary and middle school since 2016. She had previously served as principal of Southbridge Middle High School in Southbridge, MA. She is also a former area director for the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson.

About Academy Hill

Academy Hill School is an independent day school in Springfield serving students from Prekindergarten through grade 8. The school embraces a classical humanities education paired with 21st century readiness skills.