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.
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.
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.