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Tewksbury School Committee Names New Superintendent

At a meeting today the Tewksbury School Committee selected Brenda Theriault-Regan as the next superintendent of Tewksbury Public Schools, succeeding Chris Malone, who retired in February.

The selection was not initially unanimous, with chair Bridget Garabedian, vice-chair Keith Sullivan and members Nick Parsons and Richard Russo casting their votes for Theriault-Regan and clerk Kayla Biagioni-Smith choosing Brent Conway. Biagioni-Smith changed her vote so that the Board would be unanimous.

Residents can watch Conway’s and Theriault-Regan’s interviews on Tewksbury TV’s YouTube channel.

Theriault-Regan is currently Tewksbury’s acting superintendent and has worked in the district for over 20 years. She started her career as a classroom teacher at the Ryan Elementary School in 2000, and in 2009 she was appointed interim vice-principal of the Ryan before being hired permanently for that position. She was a member of the TMHS Building Committee and in 2012 was selected to replace the outgoing TMHS principal, coming on just as the school was opening. She held this position for a year and a half before becoming assistant superintendent, where one of her main focuses has been curriculum. 

In March 2022, she took on the role of acting superintendent when former superintendent Chris Malone retired. Theriault-Regan holds a Master’s of Education Degree from Fitchburg State and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from American International College in educational leadership.

Conway is a town resident with two children in Tewksbury schools, one at the Ryan and one at the Wynn. Also under consideration were Darcy Fernandes, superintendent at Athol Royalston Regional School District in Athol, and Nan Skiff Murphy, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for Marblehead Public Schools.

The School Committee thanked all the finalists as well as Tewksbury Telemedia, the parents, community members and staff who participated in the search committee.

Lorna is a 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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