Meet the three finalists:
For the past 5 years, Dr. Kathleen Burnham has served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Wilmington Public Schools where she leads the district’s curriculum development and revision, chairs the district-wide professional development committee, oversees the preparation of federal/state grants, and leads the new teacher orientation. In addition to working as an Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State College in Education since 2008, Dr. Burnham served as a Curriculum specialist in Tyngsborough and Lowell Public Schools, and a science teacher in Chelmsford and Lowell Public Schools.
Dr. John M. Marcus has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Sharon Public Schools for the past 5 years. In this role, Dr. Marcus guided the merger of the Library and Technology departments into a Digital Leadership Team, leads the district’s Data Team and steers new curricular initiatives including STEAM reconfigurations. Prior to moving to a Central Office position, Dr. Marcus served as a Principal in Sharon and Stoughton Public Schools and taught 1st grade in Milton.
Theresa McGuinness serves as the Principal of the Village School in Marblehead, Massachusetts for the past 4 years where she leads her building through increased student achievement and cultivates cultural change. Prior to joining the Marblehead Public Schools, Ms. McGuinness served as a Teaching Fellow at Boston University, a Middle School Principal in the Andover Public Schools, and as an Assistant Principal for the Nashua Public Schools. Before becoming an administrator, Ms. McGuinness supported students as a guidance counselor and science teacher in Stratham and Nashua New Hampshire.