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Framingham Public Schools Announces Two Finalists for the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

Framingham Public Schools

  Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager

Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099


For Immediate Release

Framingham Public Schools Announces Two Finalists for the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

Community members are invited to ‘Meet the Candidates’ at a virtual forum taking place on Tuesday, December 14, 2022 from 6:00pm - 7:10pm 

December 10, 2021 (Framingham, MA) - In September the District began the search process for a new Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement (Family Communication from September 24, 2021). Through the work of volunteers from different stakeholder groups, internal interviews, and a writing assignment, the District has identified 2 finalists. As part of this community-focused process to hire the right candidate, community members are now invited to ‘Meet the Candidates’ at a virtual forum taking place Tuesday, December 14, 2022 from 6:00pm - 7:10pm. Each candidate will have 30 minutes to offer an introduction to the community, as well as to answer attendee submitted questions.

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. Prior to being a Principal in Wellesley Public Schools, he’s also been a Principal in Brookline Public Schools and Boston Public Schools. Mr. Martinez speaks Spanish and conversational Portuguese. 

The “Meet the Candidates” Forum for all community members will take place virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, December 14th from 6pm - 7:10pm. 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. 

  1. Systems Thinker: An understanding of how diverse organizations / cities operate

  2. Cultural Competency: Understanding how cultural differences may lead to inequities

  3. Charismatic / Approachable / Relationship-builder: The ability to connect with various cultural and people groups 

  4. Mobilizer: Understanding the team, empowering the team

  5. Doer / Implementer / Visionary: Willing to move what has been started or begin a new aligned vision

  6. Advocate / Ally / Supporter: Ability to create access for all families

  7. Change Agent / Innovator: Facilitates innovation in school settings, the ability to support in implementing Inclusive Pedagogy and narrowing the opportunity gap

  8. Informed / Resourceful: Possesses the knowledge and understanding of district resources

  9. Emotionally Intelligent / Self-Aware: Ability to facilitate difficult conversations and empower school leaders and the community to have them. 

The District is grateful to all of the community volunteers for their time, effort, and service to assist with this important undertaking and looks forward to continuing with this community-focused process to hire the next Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement. 

Anyone with questions can contact Inna London, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

(This information is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on the FPS Website: https://bit.ly/FPS121021b

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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