FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools announced tonight, December 10, 2 finalists for Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement.
The new individual would replace Joseph Corazinni, the first-ever person to hold the position.
The finalists are:
Tiffany Lillie is currently the Director of Community Resource Development for Framingham Public Schools. Ms. Lillie has three years of teaching experience and 10 years of administrative experience. Prior to working in Framingham Public Schools, she was an Inclusion Specialist for the City of Cambridge, MA; an Assistant Program Director for Wayside Youth and Family Network; a Student Advisor for Dynamy, You inc.; and a Youth Development Coordinator for the YWCA. Ms. Lillie is bilingual and bicultural, with fluency in both Spanish and English.
Gerardo Martinez is currently a Principal in Wellesley Public Schools. Mr. Martinez has six years of teaching experience and 21 years of Administrative experience. He’s also held Principal positions in Brookline and Boston Public Schools. Mr. Martinez speaks Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
There will be a meeting the Candidates Forum for all community members virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, December 14 from 6 to 7:10 p.m.
Community Members are encouraged to attend the webinar (Passcode: 395687); there will be live interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese, and American Sign Language (ASL).
Attendees will be able to hear from the candidates, ask them questions, and will then be presented with a survey (that will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) to offer feedback to the Superintendent of Schools regarding each candidate
.A Screening Committee established the key characteristics for the Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement. The most significant contribution of the next Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement will be to serve as a change agent who facilitates innovation and inclusive school settings where students, regardless of differences, participate, engage and thrive in a democratic environment.
- Systems Thinker: An understanding of how diverse organizations / cities operate
- Cultural Competency: Understanding how cultural differences may lead to inequities
- Charismatic / Approachable / Relationship-builder: The ability to connect with various cultural and people groups
- Mobilizer: Understanding the team, empowering the team
- Doer / Implementer / Visionary: Willing to move what has been started or begin a new aligned vision
- Advocate / Ally / Supporter: Ability to create access for all families
- Change Agent / Innovator: Facilitates innovation in school settings, the ability to support in implementing Inclusive Pedagogy and narrowing the opportunity gap
- Informed / Resourceful: Possesses the knowledge and understanding of district resources
- Emotionally Intelligent / Self-Aware: Ability to facilitate difficult conversations and empower school leaders and the community to have them.