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
Mrs. Marian Parrella
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and School Committee
Mrs. Andrea Landry
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
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.
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.
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.
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