Mary Jo Rossetti , Chairman, Ward 7,617-623-0092, 80 Electric Avenue, Somerville MA 02144
Mary Jo Rossetti, current Chairman of the School Committee, is in her 13th year on the Somerville School Committee, representing Ward 7. She previously Chaired the Committee for two years and has held leadership positions with Subcommittees for Curriculum & Instruction, Finance & Facilities, Rules and Personnel. A former Somerville High School PTA president and co-chair of three school councils, Mrs. Rossetti additionally was active as a youth sports director, Girl Scout leader, religious education instructor, and prolific fund raiser for public education. She continues to be a leader in statewide School Committee advocacy; becoming active in the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), serving as Metropolitan Chair (representing 49 communities). Beginning in 2007, she became a member of their Board of Directors, elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer in 2009, Vice President in 2010, and currently holds the position of President-Elect. A former chair of the statewide Advocacy Committee, she oversaw the creation of several public policy resources for school finance. Mrs. Rossetti was cited by legislative leaders for her role in helping to secure the nation's first legislation requiring the gathering of data and research as it relates to mobile students. Appointed by Governor Patrick, she currently serves as a member of Massachusetts' Local Government Advisory Commission. Rossetti was named PTA person of the year in Somerville. She and her husband Rick are lifelong Somerville resients, both graduates of SHS. Their daughters received Degrees from Stonehill College following their graduation from Somerville High School.
Christine Theberge Rafal , Vice-Chair, 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 Finance and Facilities subcommittee.
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.
William A. White, Jr., President, Somerville Board of Aldermen
Steven Roix, Ward 1, Somerville MA 02145. Mr. Roix currently serves as a member of the Educational Programs and Rules Management Subcommittees.
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 currently serves as the Chair of the Rules Management Subcommittee and member of the Educational Programs Subcommittee. Mr. Sweeting is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Boston University Children's Center.
Mark Niedergang , Ward 5, 617-629-8033, 29 Conwell Street, Somerville MA 02143
Mark Niedergang has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee since 2006. He 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 20 years. Their daughter graduated from Somerville High School in 2010 and attends Tufts University. From 1995-1998, Mr. Niedergang worked in the Somerville Police Department as the Grants Manager and in the Mayor's Office of Human Services as a Planner under Mayor Mike Capuano. Mr. Niedergang currently serves as a member of the Finance and Facilities and Rules Management Subcommittees. He has been active in many Somerville community organizations, including serving as President of the Somerville Community Corporation in 1998. He taught Sunday morning religious school at Congregation B'nai Brith for 10 years and has helped revitalize the congregation over the past 25 years. Before joining the School Committee, Mr. Niedergang volunteered on a weekly basis in his daughter's classroom, served on the Healey School Council, and created a parent and community group that actively participated in the Superintendent selection process. He works as a consultant to non-profit organizations, developing programs, managing projects, raising funds, and planning for the future. These problem-solving and strategic planning skills and experience have been invaluable in his School Committee work. He has a B.A. from Tufts University and a Masters degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Paul Bockelman, Ward 6, 617-623-8863, 64 Wallace Street, Somerville, MA 02144
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. Mr. Bockelman currently serves as the Chair of the Educational Programs Subcommitte. 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.
Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi , Secretary to the School Committee, 617-629-5211, 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.