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About DIIT

The Department of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT) consists of the Technology Leadership Team, which includes representatives from each of our departmental teams:

  • The Network Infrastructure Team
  • The Digital Learning Team
  • The Library Media Team
  • The Systems and Support Team

Members of each of these teams are listed below.

DIIT Leadership Team

Ms. Suzana Somers
Administrator of Educational Technology Integration
(781) 314-5477
Suzana joins Waltham Public Schools as Administrator of Educational Technology Integration. Her professional experience includes being a former elementary school teacher, technology specialist, and Director of Academic Technology. 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.

A strong believer in purposeful technology integration, Suzana is passionate about empowering educators to create learning experiences that today’s learners need to thrive in their future. 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.

As a first-generation American, Portuguese was Suzana’s first language. Suzana has spent countless summers with her family in São Paulo, Brazil, and was raised with a strong sense of her cultural heritage. Outside of work, Suzana enjoys skiing and competing in triathlons, and hopes to someday participate in the Boston Marathon.
Mr. Pedro DeLeon
Network Administrator
(781) 314-5538
Ms. Jaime Maclone
Systems Specialist

DIIT Network Infrastructure Team

Mr. Don Davidson
Assistant Network Administrator
Don joined the team in 2003. His responsibilities include keeping the Servers and Networks running while contributing to special projects and technology roll outs. When not at work, Don enjoys the challenge of getting through his daily runs and spending time with his family.
Mr. Fernando Sanchez Duran
Technology Support Specialist, Waltham High School
Mr. Garrett Klatt
Technology Support Specialist, Waltham High School
Mr. Ryan Foley
Technology Support Specialist, McDevitt Middle School
(781) 314-5528
Ryan Foley graduated from Waltham High School in 2003 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Endicott College in 2007. Ryan began working in the Waltham Public School System in 2007 in the Special Education department. He found that he enjoyed working closely with students and the endless possibilities that technology brings to our schools and joined the Network Info Structure Team in 2013. Ryan is also a softball and hockey coach at Waltham High School. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys watching sports, staying active, playing hockey and running.
Mr. Greg Davidson
Technology Support Specialist, Kennedy Middle School
Mr. Robert Kennen
Technology Support Specialist, MacArthur, Northeast, and Fitzgerald Schools
Bob Kennen is a technician with the WPS and is responsible for the troubleshooting and repairs of a wide range of technology, at the Fitzgerald, Northeast, and MacArthur schools. Bob has over 28 years of experience, troubleshooting many different technologies, with the last 16 at the WPS.

DIIT Digital Learning Team

Mr. Michael Lebeau
Instructional Technology Specialist, Waltham High School
Ms. Sandy Malec
Instructional Technology Specialist, Kennedy Middle School
Ms. Allison McCrary
Instructional Technology Specialist, McDevitt Middle School
Allison McCrary is an Instructional Technology Specialist at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, MA, where she has worked with teachers and students in grades 6 – 8 for nearly seven years. Prior to joining the Waltham community, Alli taught Video Production and Computer skills to teachers and students at Dedham Middle School in Dedham, MA. Her professional experience also includes 14 years of video, televison and web production for various educational institutions, including WGBH, Channel 2 in Boston at MCET in Cambridge. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Television Production, and a K-12 Instructional Technology teaching license from Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to being inspired by middle school children every day, Alli enjoys running, yoga, hiking, gardening, and being with her two children (ages 7 and 12) and two Siamse cats (ages 4 and 5).
Ms. Judy Vizard
Instructional Technology Specialist, Fitzgerald Elementary School
(781) 314-5680
Judy Vizard has been working in the Waltham Public Schools since 2003. She is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the FitzGerald and Whittemore Elementary Schools. In addition to Instructional Technology, she is also a licensed elementary teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a graphic designer and web designer. She loves working with students and teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum and their daily lives. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Judy and her husband Joe have two little ones that keep them very busy. She loves that she gets to see so many students whenever she’s out walking around the neighborhood!
Ms. Margaret Keohane
Instructional Technology Specialist, MacArthur Elementary School
Peggy Keohane started working in the Waltham Public Schools in 1998, first as a permanent sub for the Instructional Technology Department, then in the Title I program and starting in 2005 as an Instructional Technology Teacher. The first three years she taught at McDevitt Middle School and currently teaches at the MacArthur and Plympton Elementary Schools. After college and while her four children were in school she worked as a Medical Lab Technologist at Waltham Hospital. Her interest in the laboratory becoming computerized made her realize there was a real need of teaching K-12 students about computers and the constantly changing technologies. After Waltham Hospital closed Peggy continued her studies, and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. She is always taking courses and attending conferences to keep up to date with the latest educational technologies. When not at school she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family, especially her 6 grandchildren.
Allison Serafin
Instructional Technology Specialist, Northeast Elementary School
Mr. Zak Kolar
Instructional Technology Specialist, Plympton Elementary School
Ms. Kimberly Cox
Instructional Technology Specialist, Stanley School Elementary School
Ms. Lindsay Ong
Instructional Technology Specialist, Whittemore Elementary School

DIIT Library Media Team

Ms. Rebekah Tierney
Library Teacher, Waltham High School
Rebekah Tierney, known as Reba, is the library teacher at Waltham High School. Reba has over 12 years of experience as a high school librarian, having previously worked in Boston and Quincy. Reba has also worked in Academic and Public libraries, and currently works as a Sunday sub for the Duxbury Public Library. She is active in The American Library Association, The Young Adult Library Services Association, and is currently serving as the American Association of School Libraries Affiliate Assembly, through the Massachusetts School Library Association. Reba has previously served on the Massachusetts Library System Youth Services Committee. She received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2003. Her passion is connecting students with books and opening up the world of reading for them, as well as promoting equitable access to library resources for all students.

Reba is an avid lover of animals, nature, and random trivia. When she is not working, you can find Reba reading, traveling, hanging out with her husband and family, or spending as much time as possible on the beach or near the ocean.
Ms. Carol Klatt
Library Teacher, Kennedy Middle School
(781) 314-5567
Carol Klatt completed her MBA and began her professional career in a high tech start up managing all facets of the manufacturing side as Director of MIS and eventually began her own consulting business modifying and programming business software. She took a break from full-time work to raise her two children, during this time doing technical writing contract work from her home office. When Garrett and Kaylyn were in upper elementary school, she returned to the workplace as a paraprofessional in a middle school library and later in the computer lab. While working at the middle school, she realized she had a passion for teaching and returned to graduate school to become a certified Library Teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. She is an avid skier and competed in freestyle in her younger years. She has skied from Switzerland to Italy for lunch and back and many other places in Europe and the United States. She is also a dog lover, currently spending time babysitting her daughter’s two rambunctious beagles, Lily and Porter!
Ms. Lucy Clerkin
Library Teacher, McDevitt Middle School
(781) 314-5597
Lucy Clerkin is a Library Teacher at McDevitt Middle School with 15 years of experience in school library programming and management. Lucy brings a passion for collaboration, curriculum design, and technology integration into the school library and classroom environments. Lucy co-chairs the Waltham Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Committee, is a New-Teacher Mentor, a member of the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), an active member of the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA), EDCO Collaborative, and serves as Research Assistant and member of the Waltham Integration Network Project. Lucy has an MS from the Library and Information Science School Library Program from Simmons College, MS in Administration from Boston College and a BA in Communication from Boston College.
Ms. Elizabeth McKeever
Library Teacher, Fitzgerald School
Liz McKeever started her first year as the library teacher at the Fitzgerald Elementary School in September 2019. She began her career at the Fitzgerald, student teaching in both kindergarten and first grade, before taking on the role as reading specialist and later, as a classroom teacher. Her educational background is in early childhood education and elementary literacy and language. She is an outgoing, lifelong learner and avid reader, always up for talking about books with children and adults. She is passionate about early literacy development and strives to instill a lifelong love of reading in her students. Liz is a member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha honor society of the International Literacy Association. When Liz is not at school, she can often be found cooking with her husband, running, doing yoga, or visiting with friends, and family.

Ms. Stephanie South
Library Teacher, MacArthur School
(781) 314-5727
Stephanie Gehlen South is originally from Germany (English is her second language), has raised her two children in a bilingual and bicultural home, and loves helping her students discover different cultures and languages! She worked as an environmental journalist and editor before becoming a library teacher in Waltham in 2011 and appreciates that both jobs provide the opportunity to learn new things all the time. At work she focuses on new children’s literature, research, technology, and the maker movement (sometimes all at the same time). Outside of work she likes to discover new things too, on her own or with her family: books, music, recipes, places, and events. Her favorite part about being a library teacher is seeing students get excited about what they are learning and/or reading!
Ms. Jen Ostayan
Library Teacher, Northeast School
Liza (Elizabeth) Halley
Library Teacher, Plypmton Elementary School
Ms. Keri Johnson
Library Teacher, Stanley Elementary School
(781) 314-5627 ext. 5627
Keri Johnson has been working in Waltham at Stanley Elementary School for two years as the school library teacher. She began her career in Chelsea as the library teacher to 2,600 students in grades 1-4. She absolutely loves exploring new books and authors with students and working one on one with them to find that perfect book. She also enjoys teaching kids to be independent researchers of the boundless information the library offers. When Keri is not at school, she loves hiking with her husband and two Siberian Huskies, visiting her family and getting together with friends.
Ms. Kristie Hanley
Library Teacher, Whittemore Elementary School
Ms. Mary Sprogell
Library Teacher, Dual Language School

DIIT Systems and Support Team

Ms. Joyce Guelli
Waltham HS Library Staff
Joyce has been working in the WHS library for 30 years! During those years, she was lucky enough to have had her own children (three daughters) graduate from Waltham High school and see them through college. Joyce has seen so many changes in the library over the years, from managing TVs and VCRs to now making sure the Innovation Lab and iPads are up and running; she is a true adaptor of change! Joyce enjoys attending many school activities including Dance Theater, Senior Review, and was a big part of the One School, One Story 24hr Read-a-thon this year. You can see Joyce overseeing the Student Services workers, preparing a teaching space for a class, and making sure things throughout the entire library are running smoothly. You might even catch her in a few of the WHS Lip Dubs, if you look closely! When Joyce isn’t working, she enjoys the lakes region of New Hampshire, her family, and is the foremost expert on all things Martha’s Vineyard.
Ms. Jeanne McDonald
Waltham HS Library Staff
Jeanne Magno McDonald has been volunteering/working in the Waltham Public Schools for 11 years. When her oldest son was born she gave up her business career and became a stay-at-home mom. Once her oldest started Kindergarten she became a volunteer in the school library and a PTO board member. Shortly after, she started substitute teaching in the elementary
schools and currently is also a part time paraprofessional at the High School Library. Jeanne has three boys, one in elementary school, one in middle school and one in High School. She enjoys being able to see her son as well as his friends while they are in school; always eager to help them in the Library and maybe even give them a snack as they pass by her desk. In her free time you will find her at the hockey rink, basketball courts and baseball fields. Jeanne is very active in the community and keeps busy volunteering for many schools and sports organizations. You will see her cooking French fries and stocking up the candy shelves at the Baseball field, on the board for some Waltham sports organizations, at the McDevitt School planning events and maybe even coaching a few basketball games for PALS basketball league.
Ms. Laurie Kiley
Kennedy Middle School Library Staff
(781) 314-5560
Laurie Kiley has been a lifelong resident of Waltham. She has been volunteering and working for the Waltham Public Schools for the past 20 years. She is the mother of three children that have gone through the Waltham Public Schools. She has always been involved volunteering in the school system in a variety of different positions. Laurie was a former Co-President of Northeast Elementary PTO and Vice President of the Kennedy Middle School PTO.

Mrs. Kiley has spent many sleepless nights volunteering and lining up all the food donations for the All Night Party. She has been involved with numerous high school sports booster clubs and hosting team dinners. Laurie enjoys speaking to and assisting students at the Kennedy Middle School. She enjoys having her summer time off, going to the beach, and boating.
Ms. Barbara Walsh
McDevitt Middle School Library Staff
(781) 314-5597
Barbara Walsh has volunteered/worked in school libraries for 25 years, the last 9 of them in the McDevitt Library. Working at McDevitt has been the perfect combination of all her interests: books, education and crafts. With a degree in English/Education and a lifelong pursuit of all things arts and crafts, she enjoys making the ever-changing library a welcoming supportive environment. When not in the library, Mrs. Walsh enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Ms. Kimberly King
District Library Paraprofessional
Ms. Nancy Womboldt
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