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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. Sandy Malec
Interim Administrator of Educational Technology Integration
Phone
(781) 314-5477
Bio
Sandra Malec is currently the Instructional Technology Specialist at Kennedy Middle School where she teaches a Technology Literacy Class to sixth graders and works with amazing teachers to assist them in integrating technology into their curriculum. She graduated from BSU with a Master’s of Education and began teaching third grade at MacArthur School in 1997. In 2000 she completed a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and in 2001 became an ITS in Waltham Public Schools elementary schools and eventually middle schools. When she is not helping students and teachers work with technology, or taking courses to keep up with the latest and greatest in tech, she can be found at various sports fields and courts watching her children play football, soccer, basketball or softball. She also enjoys traveling and watching the Patriots with her family.
Mr. Pedro DeLeon
Network Administrator
Phone
(781) 314-5538
Ms. Linda Harper
Systems Specialist
Phone
(781) 314-5469
Ms. Jaime Maclone
Systems Specialist
Ms. Judi Paradis
Library Teacher, Plympton Elementary School
Bio
Judi has been a K-5 library teacher for 15 years in Arlington and Waltham and has also worked in the Arlington Public Library Children's Room for 8 years managing a grant for children's programming. Judi is the past president of the Massachusetts School Library Association, is a representative to the American Association of School Libraries Affiliate Assembly, and serves as co-chair of the Sessions Committee for the 2015 AASL Annual Conference.

Judi has presented workshops on collaborative teaching, reading incentives, research process and multiculturalism in school libraries for MSLA, AASL, Salem State University and Simmons College. Her work has been published in the MSLA Forum and in School Library Connection. Judi has her BA in English Education from the University of New Hampshire and her MEd in Library/Media Studies from Salem State University, and is licensed in Library/Media, Instructional Technology, and Secondary English. Judi is highly dedicated to developing and teaching research skills in cross-curricular projects and multicultural collection development and outreach. When she’s not thinking about these important things, she can be found reading, cross-country skiing,or traveling!

DIIT Network Infrastructure Team

Mr. Don Davidson
Assistant Network Administrator
Bio
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
Phone
(781) 314-5528
Bio
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. Kevin Berte
Technology Support Specialist, Whittemore, Stanley, and Plympton Schools
Mr. Robert Kennen
Technology Support Specialist, MacArthur, Northeast, and Fitzgerald Schools
Bio
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

Ms. Kelly Doherty
Instructional Technology Specialist, Waltham High School
Ms. Arianna Drane
Instructional Technology Specialist, Kennedy Middle School
Ms. Allison McCrary
Instructional Technology Specialist, McDevitt Middle School
Bio
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
Phone
(781) 314-5680
Bio
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
Bio
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.
Ms. Elizabeth Peterson
Instructional Technology Specialist, Northeast School 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

DIIT Systems and Support Team

Ms. Debi Guelli
Waltham HS Library Staff
Bio
Debi Guelli has been an employee at Waltham High School since 1999. She worked in the Special Education Dept. as a student aide for 3 years. For the past 13 years, she is a paraprofessional in the Library/Media Center. Her main responsibility is managing the physical and digital collections and the daily operations of the library. She has also provided professional development for other library paras for cataloguing downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Her two daughters have graduated from Waltham High School and have started their own businesses in the beauty industry. In her free time, Debi likes to travel to new places and do home improvement and design projects.
Ms. Joyce Guelli
Waltham HS Library Staff
Bio
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
Bio
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
Phone
(781) 314-5560
Bio
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
Phone
(781) 314-5597
Bio
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. Linda Bergantino
District Library Paraprofessional
Nancy Womboldt
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