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Our Waltham School Committee

Honorable Jeannette A. McCarthy: Mayor and School Committee Chairperson
Honorable Jeannette A. McCarthy: Mayor and School Committee Chairperson

Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy is a life-long resident of Waltham, MA.  Mayor McCarthy attended Waltham public schools and is a graduate of Waltham High School, Boston College, Suffolk University Law School, and Northeastern University.  Prior to being elected Mayor, Ms. McCarthy served two years as a Councillor-at-Large, and served six years on the Waltham School Committee.  She was also employed for 7 years as a city solicitor, and became Mayor of Waltham in 2004.  Mayor McCarthy had a private law practice, and also volunteered her time for many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens, and Waltham Partnership for Youth.

Contact: (781) 314-3100

Dr. Brian Reagan, Superintendent and School Committee Clerk
Dr. Brian Reagan, Superintendent and School Committee Clerk

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.      


Contact: (781) 314-5400

Mrs. Elizabeth AlJammal: School Committee Member
Mrs. Elizabeth AlJammal: School Committee Member

Liz and her husband have made Waltham their home since 2000. They have two daughters who are students in Waltham Public Schools.

Liz earned a Bachelor?s in Psychology from Rhode Island College and a Master?s of Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Liz and her family are members of the PTOs at the Fitzgerald and McDevitt Schools. She served on the School Site Council at Fitzgerald and is currently serving on the McDevitt School Site Council. She has served on multiple Principal and Assistant Principal Search Committees, the Special Education Task Force and the Strategic Planning Team.

Liz is the daughter of two immigrant parents and began kindergarten with very limited knowledge of English. She strongly believes that given the appropriate resources, all students can excel and be successful. 

(617) 212-8298

Ms. Margaret Donnelly: School Committee Member
Ms. Margaret Donnelly: School Committee Member

Margy has served on the School Committee for 20 years. She has a lifelong love of education demonstrated by serving in many aspects of the field. Margy taught in Marlboro for 36 years, ten of them while serving on the Waltham School Committee. She grew up in Newton and graduated from Regis College with a BA in Psychology, UMass Boston with an M.Ed in Guidance Counseling and acquired an additional 64 Graduate Credits in many areas of education. She is also a Certified Professional Ski Instructor who taught at Killington part time for 15 years.

While serving on the School Committee she has worked with several superintendents and administrators. She was a member of the Waltham School Building Committee for eight schools for ten years during the project. She has been on many other Committees including searches for Administrators, the Park and Recreation Committee, the EDCO Collaborative, Curriculum Committees and State Legislative Committees, among many others.

Margy believes that education and learning is the most important part of life. She is very pleased to continue to be a part of all the aspects of it and to impact our many Waltham families in a positive way.

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Mr. John A. Frassica II: School Committee Member
Mr. John A. Frassica II: School Committee Member

John and his wife Ann have called Waltham their home since marrying in 1991.  Their son and daughter are proud students of the Waltham Public Schools.  John has served on the Waltham School Committee since January 2014. During his time on the school committee, he has served twice on the bargaining team for teacher negotiations. He served as a member of the new superintendent search committee. He is a member of the policy manual committee. He serves as the school committee representative on the School Building Committee and has been appointed to the Designer Selection Panel for the project. He serves on the Innovation School Team investigating an alternative school for Waltham fine arts students. He serves on the Advisory Council for the Waltham Family School. John, along with his colleague Ms. Dowcett, was successful in implementing the approval of three youth representatives from the high school to sit as members of the school committee during meetings. John is proud to serve the students, parents, citizens and educators of Waltham.

(617) 775-8702

Mrs. Jane Gately: School Committee Member
Mrs. Jane Gately: School Committee Member


Jane is a life-long resident of Waltham and resides on Totten Pond Road with her husband David to whom she has been married for 42 years. They are the parents of three boys all of whom attended the Waltham Public Schools and graduated from Waltham High School. Jane is a graduate of the Waltham High School Class of 1970 and served previously as a member of the Waltham School Committee from 1978-1990.  She attended Framingham State University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in School Administration. She was employed in the Waltham Public School system for 37 years working as a teacher in grades 4-6 at Northeast Elementary, an assistant principal at both the Whittemore and MacArthur Elementary Schools and finished her career as the Principal of the MacArthur Elementary School. She looks forward to joining the School Committee once again to continue her efforts to support quality education for all Waltham students.

Mr. Edmund Tarallo: School Committee Member
Mr. Edmund Tarallo: School Committee Member

Edmund Tarallo, whom most people know as Teddy, was first elected to the Waltham School Committee in 2011 and is now serving his second four year term on the Committee. Teddy is also the Chair of the School Committee Policy Manual Subcommittee. He and his wife, Lauren, own a home in North Waltham and are the proud parents of their newly born daughter, who will be a member of the class of 2034. 

Teddy attended the Waltham Public Schools, graduating in 2000, and then went on to graduate from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004. Teddy also has a Masters of Education in School Administration. Professionally, he has been a high school math teacher in another community for nearly a decade, making education the focal point of his professional life. As an educator with a deep understanding of and an appreciation for the importance of a quality education and the opportunities it affords to students, Teddy brings this understanding and knowledge to the Committee.


Mrs. Debbie Coleman: School Committee Member
Mrs. Debbie Coleman: School Committee Member

Debbie Coleman graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Minor in Organization and Leadership Supervision, and Concentration in Human Resources.  She has spent over fifteen years working in Human Resources, specifically Recruiting and Immigration.  Debbie moved to Waltham in 2007 from the suburbs of Chicago and resides in North Waltham with her husband and two daughters.

Debbie's oldest daughter attends Northeast Elementary School, where Debbie is the current PTO President.  Her youngest daughter will attend Northeast starting the 2022-2023 school year.  Waltham has been Debbie's home for nearly fifteen years, and she looks forward to serving the city's students, families, Waltham Public Schools staff members, and the community to ensure each student has the education they deserve.
Mrs. Andrea Landry: Administrative Assistant to the School Committee



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