On July 1 2015, Drew Echelson began work as Superintendent of Waltham Public Schools. Echelson began his career in education first as a City Year-Boston corps member working with middle school students in out-of-school time and then as an elementary school teacher in the Hartford (CT) Public Schools. Echelson was appointed principal of the Tucker School in Milton (MA). After one year of his leadership, the school was designated as a Level 1 School and recognized for high overall performance and closing of achievement gaps, an honor it held for many years after his departure.
After proudly serving Tucker, he served as Superintendent intern and Chief-of-Staff in the Seattle (WA) Public Schools where he worked closely with union, political and business leaders in the city to develop and communicate district strategy. He was then selected to serve as a Network Superintendent in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In this role he coached, supported and supervised school leaders in Mattapan, Dorchester and parts of Hyde Park. Three of the top five schools in state with largest 2015 ELA student growth improvement were from his network of schools.
Echelson completed his undergraduate work in the Honor’s Program at the University of Connecticut and earned a Master’s and doctorate in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). His dissertation focuses on the role central office leaders can play to partner with and support principals to improve teaching and learning at the school level.
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
Ms. Pat Chadbourne
Ms. Marian Parrella
Elizabeth Homan came to Waltham Public Schools in 2015 after working as middle school, high school, and post-secondary teacher in the Midwest and as a Digital Learning Specialist for Boston Public Schools. As Administrator of Educational Technology Integration and leader of the Department of Instructional and Information Technology Department for Waltham Public Schools, Dr. Homan seeks to promote and support innovative education that makes purposeful and rigorous use of digital technologies in Waltham classrooms.
Before moving to Massachusetts, Dr. Homan completed her doctoral work at The University of Michigan, where her dissertation work focused on secondary teachers' social learning and integration of digital technologies across disciplines. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from The University of Illinois in 2007 and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University in 2009. During these years she also taught 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English Language Arts in Indiana and university courses in writing and ELA teaching methods at both Purdue and Michigan.
When Dr. Homan is not thinking about how educators can richly integrate digital technologies into their practice, she can be found spending time with her daughter Finny, cooking in her kitchen, or enjoying a run with her dog along the Charles River. Her hobbies include crocheting, inventing new recipes, web design, and reading young adult novels.
Ms. Dianne Saran
Prior to beginning his work as a part time Administrator for Human Resources in 2012, Mr. Frost worked in the Acton / Acton- Boxborough schools in a variety of roles for 39 years. He served as a teacher / coach and Assistant High School Principal for 23 years; then moved to central administration as an Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent for Operations. During his time in Acton, he oversaw over $100 million in building construction projects while also handling all personnel functions for the districts.
After retirement from Acton, Mr. Frost became Superintendent of the Ayer Public Schools. In this role, Mr. Frost led the effort to form a new regional school district with the Shirley Public Schools. The effort was successful and the Ayer Shirley Regional School District became the first new regional school district in Massachusetts in nearly 30 years. As part of this process, Mr. Frost wrote a successful statement of interest for a new high school building project which resulted in a $75 million project.
Mr. Frost has also done extensive consulting work for the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools focusing on long term planning projects. He has also served as President of MASPA (state wide organization of personnel administrators.
Ms. Pat Chadbourne
Ms. Marian Parrella
John Pinzone came to Waltham Public Schools in 1994 as the district Fiscal Coordinator. He worked closely with the Business Manager and the bookkeeping and payroll offices. He assisted in the preparation of the budget and maintained accurate accounting systems in accordance with state and federal laws. In 2012, he became the Acting Director of Facilities then became the Director the following year.
As Director of Facilities, Mr. Pinzone works closely with school administrators to assure that the buildings and grounds meet the educational and developmental needs of the students and staff. He oversees the maintenance and custodial staff to ensure clean and safe buildings, oversees the quality of all work and is committed to reducing energy costs and protecting the environment. He is a member of the School Environmental Management System Committee, City Environmental Committee, Emergency Planning Committee and School Safety Committee.
Mr. Pinzone graduated Cum Laude from Salem State College with a degree in Business Administration. He is married and has 2 children, Matthew and Taylor. Mr. Pinzone is an avid golfer and enjoys running, weight lifting, watching his children's sporting events and vacationing.
While Nadene Stein began working in Waltham in 2001, when she was hired as the Principal of Northeast Elementary School, she began her journey as an educational leader over 20 years ago as a principal at a residential program for middle and high school-age adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. After leaving Wayside Union Academy, she worked as an Assistant Principal at the Fuller Elementary School in Gloucester. Dr. Stein has been the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services since July, 2015. With each professional move, Dr. Stein has worked to build and develop opportunities where teachers and students flourish as leaders and learners.
Dr. Stein has earned a B. A. in English from Boston University (1984); an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston University (1986); an M.Ed. in Special Education with a Specialization in the Transition from School to Adult Life from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (1994); a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (1998) and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a Specialization in Educational Leadership from Lesley University (2012). Her dissertation is titled, “The Role of Elementary School Principals Supporting Teachers in The Instruction of Reading for English Language Learners.” She is currently an adjunct professor at Lesley University in the Special Education Division and a RETELL (Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners) Instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
An active member of the Waltham community, Dr. Stein is the President of the Board of Directors of Healthy Waltham and both the Waltham Land Trust. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Charles River Community Health Center. A favorite activity of Dr. Stein’s is playing the baritone horn with the Waltham High School Band. When not working, volunteering or making music, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting and gardening.
Leanne Wilcinski began working for the City of Waltham in 1987, where she worked in the City Auditor’s Office until transferring to the role of School Business Administrator in 2006. Through her tenure, Leanne has gained a breadth and depth of municipal finance knowledge and experience that crosses both school and the municipal boundaries.
When not working, Leanne enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga and weekends on Cape Cod.
Secretary to Business Manager