February 11 2020

Four Finalists Named in Search for New Shawsheen Tech Superintendent

By: Rich Hosford

The search for Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s next superintendent is down to four finalists. 


As reported by BNEWS, in March of 2019, Superintendent Timothy Broadrick notified the Shawsheen Tech School Committee that he was stepping down to pursue a new opportunity in New Hampshire. Since that time the regional school district has been under the leadership of Interim Superintendent Melanie Hagman. 


In September the school committee put out a request for feedback from the community on what qualifications and experience they would like the new superintendent to bring to the table. In October they announced the formation of a screening committee to vet applicants. 


At the January 28 School Committee meeting the four finalists for superintendent were announced. They are: Jenna Lesko, Thomas Aubin, Dr. Kelly Fay and Dr. Susan Kustka.


Jenna Lesko 


Lesko is currently the assistant principal at Shawsheen and has had that position since 2018. Prior to that she was the school’s Math Department Chair from 2011 until 2018 and she before that she was a math teacher starting in 2005. She has also worked as a math teacher in Wilmington and Billerica High Schools and as an adjunct mathematics faculty member for Middlesex Community College, a position she still holds. She also has worked as a part time employee as an operations research analyst for the MITRE Corporation. 


Lesko has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Merrimack College where she graduated with distinction. She holds a Master of Education Degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College. 


Thomas Aubin


Aubin is currently the superintendent/director at Greater Fall River Vocations School District in Fall River, a position he has held since 2016. From 2003 until 2016 he was the vocational coordinator in the same district. From 2002 to 2003 he was the Dean of Students for the district. Before that he worked in Middleborough High School as the assistant principal from 2001 to 2002. 


Aubin has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southeastern Massachusetts University. He also has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Fitchburg State College. 


Dr. Kelly Fay


Fay is currently the coordinator of curriculum, staff development and grants for Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, a position she has held since 2006. From 2004 to 2006 she was a State Board of Directors member as a teacher representative for the Title 1 Dissemination Project. Also from 2003 to 2006 she was a department head and grant facilitator at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. From 2000 until 2006 she was also a reading teacher, after school tutor and JV cheerleading coach for the school. From 1999 until 2000 she worked as a music teacher in the Randolph Public Schools. 


Fay has a Bachelor of Science in human development from Wheelock College where she concentrated on Elementary Education with specialities in English as a Second Language and Interdisciplinary Teaming in Urban settings. She has a Master of Science in Language and Literacy from Wheelock College and a Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. 


Dr. Susan Kustka


Kustka most recently worked as the assistant superintendent for administration and personnel at Weymouth Public Schools from 2013 until 2019. From 2010 to 2013 she was the director of teaching and learning at Hanover Public Schools. From 2009 to 2010 she was the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Cedar Elementary School in Hanover and from 1999 to 2009 she was an elementary school teacher at Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth. She also worked as a special educator at Gates Intermediate School in Scituate from 1994 to 1999. 


Kustka has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has a Master’s in Education with a focus on Special Needs from Boston College and a Doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning & Leadership from Northeastern University. 


The Shawsheen Tech School Committee will now meet and interview the four finalists. The new superintendent is expected to start on July 1.


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