THE FOUR FINALISTS
The Everett Superintendent Search Committee met on seven occasions over a two-month period to review applications and conduct initial interviews for the position of superintendent of schools. The members served diligently and thoroughly reviewed the submissions of 21 candidates. They selected and conducted lengthy interviews with ten individuals.
The search committee presents to the school committee the following individuals for public review in a public process. Members of the school committee will be presented with the full applicant submissions for your review. It is our understanding that the resumes of the candidates are to be considered public documents. They are presented here in alphabetical order
Chief Academic Officer, Providence Public Schools
Mr. Flanagan has been a teacher, special educator, and administrator in Virginia and now in Providence, RI. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief of the Division of Specialized Instruction of the Washington, DC public schools. His diversity of experiences and record of working successfully with teachers and colleagues has earned him strong support from highly credible reference sources. He has met all the requirements for and is in the process of completing the necessary administrative documentation for certification and licensure in Massachusetts which is anticipated in final, formal issuance within days.
Superintendent Fellow, Worcester Public Schools
A former teacher and principal in the Worcester Public Schools, Stewart will receive his doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard in the spring of 2020. He was recruited into the program based on his successful work with faculty. He left his principalship to enter advanced graduate studies. In his current position, he is working with the administrative team in the Worcester Public Schools. His references cite his student-focus and his well defined sense of mission for public education as well as his ethical compass. His understanding and depth of knowledge is clearly evident in his interviewing.
Assistant Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Currently working on her doctorate, Ms. Tahiliani has academic credentials from Harvard and Boston University. She currently oversees the Office of English Language Learners having spent almost 20 years as an educator and administrator in Boston. Ms. Tahiliani, who is bilingual, has demonstrated great depth of knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning and student concerns and is well known in her field and among her colleagues. She has been noted for her excellent communications skills and her understanding of students at risk, including new immigrants and those just learning English.
Senior Director of Policy and Partnerships, Teach Plus
Mr. Toner has a long record in the classroom and working with teachers and school leaders in Massachusetts. He takes a somewhat non-traditional but highly relevant course to the superintendency. He served as President of the MA Teachers Association in a period where he successfully earned for his association a key seat at the tables where public policy was made. He settled two major educational public policy disputes on collective bargaining and teacher evaluation and set an intelligent and passionate tone for collaboration. The presidency of the MTA involves considerable administrative management and oversight, exceptional ability to understand and communicate with diverse constituencies, and direct work with teachers and constituents. He was educated at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and has a law degree from Suffolk University.
Tom Abruzzese (Chairperson)
MASC Staff Support: Kathleen Kelly and Glenn Koocher