Brian Reagan joined the Waltham Public Schools as superintendent in July 2020. Prior to coming to Waltham, he spent more than two decades in school leadership serving the community of Bedford as a High School Assistant Principal, Shrewsbury and Hudson as a High School Principal and most recently Wilmington as an Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Reagan began his career as an instrumental music teacher.
Dr. Reagan believes in the power of shared decision-making. As a school leader, he has always focused his work around building teams and developing a common vision that speaks to equitable access to rigorous and enriching programming. His own experiences as a student, where the music program grounded him to school, has influenced his approach to teaching, learning, and leadership.
A Waltham native, Dr. Reagan is a 1990 graduate of Waltham High School. He credits his early desire to become a public school educator to the talented and caring teachers who supported him while he was a student in Waltham. Dr. Reagan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, a Master of Educational Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University. Dr. Reagan is honored to lead the Waltham Schools and looks forward to working with the community to enhance opportunities for all students so they graduate high school as college and career-ready citizens eager to be active contributors to the world in which we live.
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and School Committee
Mrs. Andrea Landry
Sarah Kent joined Waltham Public Schools in 2021. Prior to coming to Waltham, she
spent over twenty years in urban education, serving as a 4th Grade
Sheltered Immersion English teacher, Math Coach, STEM Coordinator, Chief
Academic Officer, and Assistant Superintendent in Chelsea Public Schools. Ms. Kent
started her career in Laconia, New Hampshire as an itinerant EL teacher. Ms. Kent
has also spent time as both a student and a teacher in Brazil. Ms. Kent believes in
promoting deeper learning opportunities for all students that center around student
voice and choice that capitalize on students’ strengths and foster engagement.
Ms. Kent obtained her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her Masters of
English Language and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire. Her passion
is leading initiatives related to curriculum, academic programming, professional
development, and assessment that improve student outcomes. A strong believer in
distributed leadership, collaboration, and the power of teams, Ms. Kent uses data
informed decision making and goal setting to promote equity and to enhance
purposeful, rigorous instruction.
When not at school, Ms. Kent enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She is
an avid sailor who loves being on the water and competes regularly in Maine as well
as up and down the east coast. She also enjoys crafts and making jewelry.
Ms. Dianne Saran
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
Dr. Sara Hamerla has taught English as a second language, social studies, and bilingual Spanish content. Her teaching experience also includes teaching history and language arts in Colombia and Ecuador. Over the past 20 years, she has served as an ELL coach and administrator in public schools in Massachusetts. Recently, she began a project to support teachers as they implement academic conversations. She is a co-author, with Jeff Zwiers, of The K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations: Practices, Scaffolds, and Activities.
Sara Hamerla earned an A.B. from Brown University (1991); an M.A.T. in History from Boston University (1992); an M.Ed. in TESOL from Boston University (1993); and an Ed.D. in Literacy, Language, and Cultural Studies from Boston University (2002). She enjoys co-presenting at conferences with her colleagues and facilitating professional development.
Sara and her family live in Framingham. She is the proud bio, adoptive, and foster parent to many bilingual children (and a dog). She is a mountain biker and often travels to Central and South America.
Ms. Pierre has over 10 years of experience in public education in multiple school districts in the Metropolitan Boston Area. She began her career in the Medford Public Schools as a Bilingual Special Education Paraprofessional and Applied Behavior Analysis Home Trainer. In 2012, Ms. Pierre began working as a Human Resources Specialist for the Cambridge Public Schools. She then worked for the Boston Public Schools first as a Recruitment Manager and then as the Director of Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives at the Paul A. Dever Elementary School. As a human resources professional, Ms. Pierre has helped districts increase the diversity of their workforce and organized and led a variety of different recruitment efforts. She has built various partnerships with universities and community organizations to strengthen recruitment practices. Ms. Pierre also has experience leading professional development on a variety of topics including school culture, conflict resolution and culturally relevant practices. She has established new hiring processes and developed systems to help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the human resources departments she has worked in and led. Ms. Pierre earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
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.
Suzana Somers comes to Waltham Public Schools after working as an Elementary Teacher in Texas, Technology Specialist, and Director of Instructional Technology. A strong believer in purposeful technology integration, Suzana is passionate about empowering educators to create learning experiences today’s learners need to thrive in their future. Suzana serves on the Communications Committee of MassCUE, the state’s leading organization for educational technology. She has also presented at the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) and SXSWedu. In 2018, Suzana was one of 36 educators across the nation invited to become a Google for Education Innovator and participate in a year-long mentorship and certification program focused on solving meaningful challenges in education.
Shelly Chin has served in a myriad of roles in the nonprofit and education sector. She started her career in education as a teacher in Los Angeles public schools. She then moved on to NYC and served as the Associate Director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University that worked with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to earn their masters degree and teaching certification in NYC public schools. She has also worked as an educator preparation specialist at MDESE before joining WPS.
She earned her B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a Masters of Education in Urban Elementary Education at University of California, Los Angeles and studied Education Policy at Teachers College.
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