Senior Leadership

    Dr. James Marini

    Dr. James Marini

    Interim Superintendent of Schools
    (617) 730-2401
    Dr. James Marini was appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools by the School Committee in June 2020. He comes to Brookline with a wealth of experience in all facets of education. Dr. Marini's experience - as a teacher, principal, administrator, superintendent, and mentor to new superintendents and principals - makes him uniquely qualified to join the Public Schools of Brookline and lead our school district during these unprecedented times.
    Dr. Marini’s experience includes five years as Superintendent of Schools in Winchester. He spent a total of twenty-eight years in the Newton Public Schools as Interim Superintendent (one year), Assistant Superintendent for High Schools and Operations (three years), Principal of Newton North High School (nine years), Assistant Principal of Day Junior High School (seven years), and Math Teacher at Day Junior High School (eight years).

    Dr. Marini also served as Interim Superintendent in North Andover for two years and as a middle school principal and associate principal in Concord, Massachusetts for five years. After retiring, Dr. Marini was a mentor to new superintendents enrolled in the DESE/Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ induction program, and since 2012 he has been a coach to school leaders and school-based leadership teams through Teachers 21.

    Dr. Marini earned his Ph.D. at Boston College and his M.Ed. at Antioch Graduate School of Education

    Mary Ellen Normen

    Mary Ellen Normen

    Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance
    (617) 730-2425
    Mary Ellen Normen (Dunn) joined the Public Schools of Brookline in July 2015. As the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance, she is responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the Brookline Public Schools including budget, finance, facilities planning, operations, and emergency response. 
    Ms. Normen currently serves as an instructor and mentor for many school business administrators in the areas of municipal finance law, policy analysis, program evaluation, and is an advocate for fostering collaborative partnerships within schools and municipal departments.  She was recently (2019) voted to be an officer of the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials and will serve a leadership term ending in 2023.
    Ms. Normen has a breadth and depth of municipal finance knowledge and experience that crosses both school and the municipal boundaries. Ms. Normen (Dunn) served as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations for the Lexington Public Schools for eight years. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Fiscal and Management Services in Natick Public Schools for four years. In addition, she has served as the Director of Finance and Operations in Needham Public Schools and as a certified Town Treasurer and Tax Collector in the Town of Sudbury. She also is a past president and officer of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association.   She started her professional career as a Presidential Management Intern with the US General Accounting Office, now known as the US Government Accountability Office. 
    Ms. Normen holds a Masters of Public Administration from Suffolk University, School of Management with a concentration in Government Finance and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

    Casey Ngo-Miller

    Deputy Superintendent for Student Services
    (617) 730-2444
    Casey Ngo-Miller was appointed Deputy Superintendent for Student Services by the School Committee in May 2019. Prior to becoming the Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Ngo-Miller was the district’s Co-Director of PK-8 Special Education in Brookline. 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 School, ad an Administrative Intern with the Director of Special Education at Framingham Public Schools, the School Psychologist and Team Chair for Fort Lee High School in New Jersey, and the Program Coordinator and Residential Teacher at the May Institute for Neuro-Rehabilitation.

    Ms. Ngo-Miller has 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.

    Kalise Wornum

    Kalise Wornum

    Senior Director of Educational Equity
    (617) 730-2404
      Kalise Wornum joined the Public Schools of Brookline in 2018 as the new Senior Director of Educational Equity. Dr. Wornum will provide direction, support and coordination for the District’s priority of eliminating opportunity and outcome gaps. She will work directly with educators, students, families, and community members in our collective efforts to address issues of educational equity across the district.

    Prior to joining Brookline, Dr. Wornum was the Director for the K-12 METCO Program in the Wellesley Public Schools for 15 years. She also served as Executive Director for Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (EMI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the academic achievement of students of color and promoting culturally relevant practices.

    A graduate of the Lexington METCO program herself, Dr. Wornum has worked with numerous institutions across the Commonwealth and the New England area and has made it her lifelong passion to confront racism through education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Bradford College, a Masters of Arts from the University of Vermont, and a Doctorate from Capella University.

    In September 2018, Dr. Wornum was appointed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve on the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council. The council advises the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Education on matters pertinent to the development and maintenance of school desegregation/integration in public schools within the Commonwealth.