2012 Somerville School Committee
Paul Bockelman, Chair, Ward 6, 617-623-8863, 64 Wallace Street, Somerville, MA 02144
As chairman of the School Committee, Mr. Bockelman draws from his substantial experience working with communities. He currently serves as the Director of Administration and Finance at the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Massachusetts cities and towns. Previously, he served as Town Manager for 13 years in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he oversaw town budgets, negotiated with municipal unions, and facilitated communication between town government and the School Committee. A long time volunteer in the Somerville Public Schools, Paul helped coordinate public participation in the School Superintendent search process. As a frequent classroom volunteer at the Healey School, he also served as co-chair of the citywide Choice Program for three years. Paul has served on numerous city committees including the Municipal Building Committee, Charter Committee, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). Mr. Bockelman holds a Masters in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor's Degree from Hampshire College. He and Cathy have two children, Corey and Mattie, and have made Somerville their home for more than 25 years.
Mary Jo Rossetti, Vice Chair, Ward 7,617-623-0092, 80 Electric Avenue, Somerville MA 02144
Mary Jo Rossetti is completing her tenth year on the Somerville School Committee representing Ward 7. She Chaired the Committee for two years and has held leadership positions with Subcommittees for Curriculum & Instruction, Finance & Facilities, Rules, and Personnel Committees. A former Somerville High School PTA president and co-chair of three school councils, Ms. Rossetti additionally was active as a youth sports director, Girl Scout leader, religious education instructor, and prolific fund raiser for public education. Ms. Rossetti is a leader in statewide School Committee advocacy. In 2006, she accepted a leadership position with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) as Division II Secretary/Treasurer, moving quickly to Vice Chair and Division Chair in 2007, a position she currently holds. She continues to be active in the association's Urban Division (Division IX). In 2007 she accepted the position of Chair of the state-wide Advocacy Committee which supports public policy approved by the Delegate Assembly. She continues to hold this position. In this capacity, she has overseen the development of several MASC public policy documents, spoken at the Day on the Hill, appeared at Joint Conference sessions, and accompanied the MASC delegation to Washington as a member of the Federal Relations Network in 2007 and 2008. Last year, Rossetti was named PTA Person of the Year in Somerville. Ms. Rossetti and her husband Rick are life-long Somerville residents and both graduates of SHS. Both of their daughters received Bachelors Degrees from Stonehill College following their graduation from Somerville High School.
Honorable Mayor Joseph A. Curatone, 617-776-5159 or 617-625-6600 x2100, 130 Ten Hills Road, Somerville MA 02145
Joe Curtatone has been Mayor of Somerville since 2003. Prior to that he served as a member of the Board of Aldermen. Learn more about Mayor Curtatone on the City of Somerville website.
Thomas F. Taylor, President, Somerville Board of Aldermen
Maureen Bastardi, Ward 1 617-628-0784, 14 Virginia Street, Somerville MA 02145
A life-long resident of Somerville and graduate of Somerville High School, Ms. Bastardi has represented Ward 1 since January of 2004. Prior to being elected to the Somerville School Committee Maureen worked in the Somerville Public Schools as a Paraprofessional in both the classroom and in the Special Education Department. Maureen has served as an officer on both the Edgerly and ESCS PTAs, is a former School Council member for the Edgerly and was the past PTA liaison to the School Committee for the City Wide PTA Council. While raising her two daughters, now in college, in her home on Virginia Street, Ms. Bastardi has consistently been active in multiple civic initiatives and community organizations. Says Bastardi, "The value of civic and community pride was instilled in me as a child and is something I have instilled in my daughters Jessica and Jillian."
M. Teresa Cardoso, Ward 2, 617-666-3445, 9 Adrian Street, Somerville MA 02143
Teresa Cardoso, representing Ward 2, has served on the Somerville School Committee since 1992. Mrs. Cardoso, who was an active member of the PTA at the now Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park when her daughter was a student, believes her role on the School Committee is as an advocate for families and students. Still an ardent supporter of the Somerville PTA, Mrs. Cardoso also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville and is an active member of the Portuguese community in Somerville.
Adam Sweeting, Ward 3, 617-666-8787, 44 Montrose Street Somerville MA 02143
Adam Sweeting has represented Ward 3 on the School Committee since 2008 and is the father of two children enrolled in the Somerville Public Schools. Before joining the School Committee he was active in school-specific and city-wide discussions concerning education and was a volunteer coach in the Somerville Youth Soccer League. Mr. Sweeting brings an extensive background in higher education to the School Committee. He earned a doctorate in American Studies in 1993 and since 1996 has been a professor of Humanities at Boston University, where he was named the Teacher/Scholar of the Year in 2006. He is currently serving a two-year term (2010-2012) as Chairman of the Boston University Faculty Council. He has also been a member of the BU Board of Trustees since 2010. Mr. Sweeting served as Chair of the School Committee in 2011, and is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Boston University Children's Center.
Christine Theberge Rafal, Ward 4, (617) 335-0164, 122 Heath Street, Somerville MA 02145
Christine Rafal has represented Ward 4 since 2010. She and her husband Howie have two daughters in the Somerville Public Schools. Prior to joining the School Committee, Christine served on the Healey School Council, beginning as a community representative when her elder daughter was one year old. She also taught in an after-school program, served on the after-school program design team, and volunteers for book groups and field trips. Christine's professional background includes teaching English and writing, conducting classroom research, crafting performance assessments, developing online courses, and both writing and adapting special-topic curricula. Christine earned her doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments, and is especially pleased to chair the Educational Programs and Instruction subcommittee as well as serve on the Finance and Facilities subcommittee.
Mark Niedergang, Ward 5, 617-629-8033, 29 Conwell Street, Somerville MA 02143
Mark Niedergang, representing Ward 5 since 2006, is a 30-year resident of Somerville and owns and lives in a two-family home on Conwell Street. He has been married to Marya Axner for 18 years and has a daughter who attends the Somerville Public Schools High School. Mr. Niedergang, in his current role as Vice-Chair of the School Committee, led the most recent school budget process and worked hard to ensure an open and transparent process and that there were multiple opportunities for public comment. Mark works as a consultant to non-profit organizations, and he has applied his problem-solving, fundraising, and strategic planning skills to his School Committee work.
Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi, Secretary to the School Committee, 617-625-6600 x6008, 42 Cross Street, Somerville MA 02143
Superintendent Pierantozzi started his career in public education as a middle grades health teacher in 1968 immediately upon completing his undergraduate degree in education at Rutgers University. He has also worked in public schools as a track coach, Dean of Students, Principal, and, since 2001, as a Superintendent. Pierantozzi joined the Somerville Public Schools as Superintendent in the Summer of 2005. Pierantozzi holds a Master's degree in Education Administration from Salem State College and is licensed as a Superintendent in Massachusetts. He also holds permanent licenses in teaching and administration in New York. In addition to being Superintendent of Schools, Pierantozzi is the President of the Somerville Rotary and is on the Board of Advisors for the Community Action Agency of Somerville and the Duhamel Education Initiative. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State College.