Linus J. Guillory Jr., PhD
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Linus Guillory is the new Superintendent for the Public Schools of Brookline. He brings a wealth of experience to the community, having been a classroom teacher, a principal, curriculum leader, and deputy superintendent over his 20-year career in education across the United States. The Public Schools of Brookline is excited to work with Dr. Guillory and his collaborative leadership team in putting students first and experiencing the joy of learning.
Prior to joining Brookline, Dr. Guillory served as the Chief Schools Officer in the Lowell Public Schools, where he led the improvement of instruction, professional development, and performance management for the district’s twenty-five schools. Dr. Guillory also worked as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Chief of Schools, and Director of Science at the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY. In those capacities, Dr. Guillory helped shape the district’s improvement efforts, co-chairing a 10-year strategic financial, facilities and education master planning team, as well as realigning and diversifying staff to appropriately support students and their needs.
In addition, he worked at the NASA Space Center in Houston for 6 years as an education specialist helping educators to access NASA education products. Dr. Guillory also served as the program director for the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pre-Service Teacher Fellowship Institute, a program designed to recruit, identify, support, and expose underrepresented future teachers to NASA and establish networks with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Dr. Guillory earned his BA in Biology with a minor in chemistry at Texas A&M; he went on to earn his PhD in Environmental Science at Oklahoma State University.
Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Finance
Samuel (Sam) Rippin joins the Public Schools of Brookline as the Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Finance. Mr. Rippin will develop and manage the school budget process, oversee the operating and capital budgets, and work with town departments with respect to facility operations and capital needs in Brookline.
Mr. Rippin last worked as the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance at the Dedham Public Schools, a post he held since 2014. Prior to that he served in similar positions with Winchester, Saugus and Billerica Public Schools. Prior to joining public education, Sam worked in various capacities at Tufts University from 1989 through 2001 in both the Central Administration and in its School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he has served on boards for various non-profit entities, including the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO).
Mr. Rippin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the States of Massachusetts and Ohio and has been a tax practitioner for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, a Master of Business Administration from Bentley College and a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies from Boston College in the area of Education Leadership.
Lesley Ryan Miller
Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Lesley Ryan Miller joins the Public Schools of Brookline’s Senior Leadership team as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Ms. Miller brings to this position over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher and as a school and district administrator. Most recently, she served as the Principal of the Pierce School. Prior to taking on the principal position at Pierce, Ms. Miller was Brookline’s Senior Director of Teaching and Learning where she oversaw K-8 curriculum in math, literacy, social studies, science and world language.
Before joining the Public Schools of Brookline, Ms. Miller was the Director of Teacher Development and Advancement for the Boston Public Schools where she led new teacher induction, teacher leadership and professional development opportunities for all Boston Public School educators. This followed almost a decade of classroom teaching as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
Ms. Miller received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Boston University and holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a member of Boston University’s Black Alumni Leadership Council and the Boston University Alumni Council. She is also a Trustee at The Park School, an independent school in Brookline, and a member of the Girls on the Run Greater Boston Board--a positive youth development program serving girls ages 8-13.Casey Ngo-Miller
Deputy Superintendent for Student Services
Casey Ngo-Miller was appointed Deputy Superintendent for Student Services in May 2018. Prior to becoming the Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Ngo-Miller was the district’s Co-Director of PK-8 Special Education. Through her work in Brookline, Ms. Ngo-Miller is known for her collaborative approach to problem-solving, her calm and organized demeanor, and her careful follow through.
Before coming to Brookline, Ms. Ngo-Miller was the Director of Special Education for the UP Education Network. She has also served as the Director of Special Education of the early learning center and the elementary school of the Community Day Charter Public Schools; as an Administrative Intern with the Director of Special Education at Framingham Public Schools; as the School Psychologist and Team Chair for Fort Lee School in New Jersey; and as the Program Coordinator and Residential Teacher at the May Institute for Neuro-Rehabilitation.
Ms. Ngo-Miller earned a Master of Education in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Arts in School Psychology from Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University. Ms. Ngo-Miller holds a Professional License for Special Education Administrator and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Senior Director of Equity
Jenee Uttaro accepted the position of Senior Director of Equity in June 2021. She will lead the development of a clear district mission committed to equitable access, process, treatment and outcomes for students; create and oversee ongoing professional learning experiences for staff that address unconscious bias and systematic racism; work with the Office of Teaching and Learning and school administrators to remove barriers for students; and work across PSB central offices to ensure that equity is foundational. She will also partner with students, families and community members in our collective efforts toward continual improvement, and conduct an Equity Audit to identify root causes for equity gaps in the district and plan for ways to address them.
Before coming to Brookline, Ms. Uttaro taught English at Boston Latin School for nine years. She began her tenure with PSB as an English Language Arts teacher at the William H. Lincoln School and transitioned to Brookline High School in 2008. Since then, at BHS her positions included Program Administrator for The Literacy Project, Program Coordinator for the Content-Area Reading Initiative, Interim Executive Director of Steps to Success, Dean of Faculty, and most recently the Dean of the Old Lincoln School.
Ms. Uttaro received her Masters of Education from Boston College and her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Endicott College. She is an instructor of graduate students in education leadership and professional learning and is a Council Member of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Racial Imbalance Advisory Council.
Senior Director of Data and Strategy
Erin Cooley was named Senior Director of Data and Strategy for the Public Schools of Brookline in July 2020. Prior to becoming the Senior Director, Ms. Cooley served as the Director of Data Analysis and Information Management in Brookline since December 2016. In this new role, Ms. Cooley oversees the Office of Strategy and Performance and serves as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent. Her dedication, attention to detail, analytical thinking, and organizational skills are what colleagues appreciate about working with Ms. Cooley.
Before coming to Brookline, Ms. Cooley worked in different capacities for the Boston Public Schools including Data Analyst, Senior Data Analyst, and the Manager of Research, Evaluation and Partnerships. While employed in Boston, she was integral to the creation of the BPS Opportunity Index and the BPS School Quality Framework.
Ms. Cooley earned her Masters of Science in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Writing and Rhetoric from Trinity College.
Director of Human Resources
Tye’sha Fluker joined the Public Schools of Brookline as the Director of Human Resources in July 2021. In this capacity, Ms. Fluker will provide guidance and support to PSB staff regarding district policies, procedures, and other human resources strategy. Her focus in collaborating and building relationships with educators, municipal officials, and other stakeholders will provide important leadership and create positive outcomes for the Brookline community.
Ms. Fluker most recently served as the Secondary Network - Human Capital Manager at the Boston Public Schools, overseeing the district’s staffing assignments and reorganizations. Prior to that position, she served as the Human Resources Recruiter & Coordinator at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA, where she developed the organization’s first Applicant Tracking System. Ms. Fluker played in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for three seasons, after leading the University of Tennessee to three Final Four appearances and two SEC Titles in her collegiate basketball career.
Ms. Fluker has her PHR Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She received her Masters of Arts in Human Resources at Ottawa University, and a Bachelor of Science in Service Management from the University of Tennessee.