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Open House for Assistant Superintendent Candidates

posted May 19, 2017, 4:03 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated May 19, 2017, 4:52 AM ]
From Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of Holliston Public Schools:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I am pleased to report that the process for hiring Holliston’s next Assistant Superintendent of Schools is nearing completion and entering the phase where public input is being sought. The purpose of this communication is to inform you that the Screening Committee (consisting of Holliston educators, members of the Holliston School Committee and several Holliston parents) have completed their screening of the 50+ applications received, interviewed 10 semi-finalists and have recommended the following 4 finalists to the Superintendent of Schools. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Peter Badalament
  • Peter Botelho
  • Cari Perchase
  • Colleen Worrell
A brief biography of each finalist is included at the bottom of this announcement.

The next phase of the selection process includes a ½ day long site visit to Holliston where candidates will tour our schools and meet our staff and students. Each site visit will conclude with a one-hour Open House, where parents/guardians are invited to meet the candidate and ask questions in an informal environment. Each Parent Open House will take place from 3-4 PM and be held in the Holliston High School Library. The schedule for the Open Houses is as follows:
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 – Peter Botelho
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Colleen Worrell
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Cari Perchase
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Peter Badalament
Parents who attend any and all of the Open Houses are welcome to offer feedback on the candidates to me through email (jacksonb@holliston.k12.ma.us) no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017. I will be announcing my choice on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the meeting of the Holliston School Committee.

I welcome your input and assistance in making this critically important decision for the Holliston Public Schools.


Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent Finalists

Peter Badalament

Peter Badalament is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of New England teaching graduate classes for UNE Master of Science in Education program. In addition to the graduate classes he runs his own consulting company, Creating Truly Student-Centered Schools. He previously worked as the Principal of Concord-Carlisle High School from 2007-2016. He has also served as a Principal in Bellingham and Hanover, Massachusetts. Prior to assuming leadership respsonsibilities, Mr. Badalament taught Social Studies and English at the High School level in Connecticut, Washington, DC and New Jersey. He earned his Master of Education at Harvard University in Administration & Social Planning and his Bachelor of Arts at Wesleyan University.

Peter Botelho

Peter Botelho is currently the Principal of the Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston. He previously worked as an Assistant Principal and History/Humanities teacher in Somerville: as a teacher and curriculum coordinator for an alternative education/dropout prevention program in Revere; a Art and Humanities teacher at a Massachusetts charter school; and as a history teacher at a private school in San Francisco. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Boston College, his Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College.

Cari Perchase

Cari Perchase is currently the Principal of Medway Middle School. She previously worked as an Assistant Principal at Medway Middle School and a Grade 6 ELA and Social Studies teacher at Duxbury Middle School. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education; Curriculum, Teaching. Learning and Leading at Northeastern University, and has received her CAGS in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State College, her Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts - Boston and her Bachelor of Arts at University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Colleen Worrell

Colleen Worrell is the Director of Center for Innovation at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. She previously worked as the Technology Integration Specialist at Hopkinton High School and at The Education Collaborative working with the Teaching American History Grant, and served as Manager of Professional Development for Virtual High School. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, her Master of Arts at the College of William and Mary and her Bachelor of Arts at Colby College.