Meet Your School Committee Members
David Pollak, Chairman, was elected to the School Committee in April 2013. He is Founding Principal of Abacus Architects + Planners, has taught for many years at RISD and Roger Williams University and has served on corporate and non-profit boards and several Brookline boards and committees.He has degrees in Drama from Dartmouth College and Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He and his wife Emelia Benjamin have lived in Brookline since 1984 and his children Noah and Rebekah attended the Driscoll School. Mr. Pollak’s present term expires in 2019.
Julie Schreiner-OldhamVice Chairman617-730-2430
Julie Schreiner-Oldham, Vice Chairman, was appointed to the School Committee in January 2017. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham has worked at the law firms of Arrowood Peters and Todd & Weld in Boston and the Nashville, TN office of Frost Brown Todd. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor in Massachusetts. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham served on the executive board of the Baker School PTO. She is married to Dr. William Oldham and has three girls, two of whom are currently students at the Baker School. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham’s current term expires in 2020.
Helen CharlupskiMember617-566-5329Helen Charlupski was first elected to the School Committee in 1992. She holds a BA and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1994-2004 and has been the Massachusetts Association of School Committees representative to the Department of Early Education and Care since its inception in 2005. Ms. Charlupski was the Chair of EDCO (Education Collaborative, which Brookline belongs to along with 17 other communities west of Boston) from 2009-2012. Ms. Charlupski is married to Dr. Joseph Biederman and has three children who graduated from the Runkle School and Brookline High School. Ms. Charlupski’s present term expires in 2019.
Susan Wolf DitkoffMember617-730-2430
Susan Wolf Ditkoff was elected to the School Committee in 2008. Ms. Ditkoff advises philanthropists on issues related to poverty, racial equity, environmental justice, and centering beneficiaries in decision-making. She was formerly the Vice President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors and a Visiting Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Formerly in her career she was a bilingual public school paraprofessional, a financial analyst, and on the launch team of a healthcare startup. She and her husband have three children at Driscoll. She has a BA from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Ditkoff’s current term expires in May 2019.
Michael Glover, was elected to the School Committee in 2014. He is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Northeastern University. Prior to working at Northeastern, Mr. Glover worked at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation where he focused primarily on real estate matters. Mr. Glover has also worked at the law firms of Goulston & Storrs and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord). Mr. Glover was a member of the Brookline Override Study Committee in 2013 and 2014, on which he served as chairman of the Municipal Services Subcommittee, and as a member of the School's Subcommittee and the Population and Special Education Task Force. He holds a J.D. from American University and a B.S. in journalism from Northeastern University. Mr.Glover and his wife have two young children and are Lincoln School parents. Mr. Glover’s current term expires in 2020.
Jennifer MonopoliMember617-716-9159Jennifer Monopoli was elected to the School Committee in May 2018. She has been an educator for fifteen years working in both urban and suburban districts. She has taken leadership roles in the schools she has worked in as a member of Site Council, the Leadership Team, as a Lead Teacher and has written curriculum in several districts. Jennifer currently teaches fourth grade in the Newton Public Schools. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University at Albany, and an M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Houston. Jennifer is the mother of two children in the Public Schools of Brookline. Her daughter attends the Lawrence School and her son attends the Lincoln School. Ms. Monopoli’s term expires in 2021.
David A. PearlmanMember617-894-6893David Pearlman was elected to the School Committee in May of 2018. He works as a child welfare attorney in the private counsel division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, representing indigent parents and children at the Trial and Appellate levels. Mr. Pearlman has twice been elected to Brookline Town Meeting where he continues to serve. He also volunteers his time to several Brookline neighborhood associations. He earned his B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University and his J.D. from Boston University. A near life-long resident of Brookline, Mr. Pearlman is a product of the Brookline Public Schools. He attended the Pierce School for pre-school, the Lincoln School for grades K-1, the Devotion School for grades 2-8, and Brookline High School for grades 9-12. Mr. Pearlman's present term expires in 2021.
Barbara Scotto was elected to the School Committee in May 2009. She is a graduate of Wilson College and has an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S and an M.A. from Simmons College where she was an adjunct member of the faculty for many years.She is Co-Director of Children’s Literature New England and is also actively involved in the work of The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools. Ms. Scotto joined the Brookline School System in 1976, beginning as the librarian for the BEEP project.She spent most of her career at the Driscoll School where she taught from 1981 through 2006. In 2002 she was the winner of the Brookline Foundation’s Ernest Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching.Her two children graduated from Devotion School and Brookline High. She has been a Town Meeting member, first in Precinct 2 and currently in Precinct 8, since 1973. Ms. Scotto’s present term expires in 2021.