Senior Leadership

  •  Andrew Bott

     Andrew Bott 

    Superintendent of Schools,
    Brookline 
    (617)730-2401
     
    Andrew Bott joined the Brookline Public Schools in 2014. Prior to becoming superintendent, Mr. Bott was the principal of the Lincoln School in Brookline from 2014 to 2016Before coming to Brookline he served 12 years as a principal in Boston and has proven himself to be an intelligent, creative problem solver and an inspiring leader who has faced daunting challenges and produced remarkable, sustained results for schools and students.
     
    As principal of the Lincoln School, Mr. Bott significantly increased learning across student groups, implemented new school-wide anti-bullying initiatives, and supported long-term literacy and math professional development. He led the successful turnaround of Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury from a level 4 school in 2010 to a level 1 school in 2013, with a student growth rate that was the highest among comparable schools in the Commonwealth, increasing student attendance to nearly 96% and expanding the school day for students in grades 5-8. Mr. Bott fostered significant improvements in student achievement and school culture in each of the schools he has led.
     
    Mr. Bott holds a B.A. in Sociology from Rice University and a M.Ed. in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

     

     
     
     

    Mary Ellen Dunn
     

    Mary Ellen Dunn

    Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance
    (617) 730-2425
     
    Mary Ellen Dunn joined the Public Schools of Brookline in July 2015. Ms. Dunn has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations for the Lexington Public Schools for the past 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 started her professional career as a Presidential Management Intern with the US General Accounting Office, now known as the US Government Accountability Office. Ms. Dunn has a breadth and depth of municipal finance knowledge and experience that crosses both school and the municipal boundaries. 
     
    Ms. Dunn 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.
     
    As the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance, she is responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the Brookline Public Schools including budget, facilities planning, and emergency response. 
     
    Ms. Dunn 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).

     
     

     
     
     
     Nicole Gittens
     

    Nicole Gittens

    Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
    (617) 730-2432
     
     
    Nicole Gittens is a veteran high school educator and comes to Brookline after serving 11 years in administration in Boston Public Schools as Headmaster at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science and Headmaster of the Urban Science Academy. Prior to her administrative experience, Ms. Gittens was a mathematics teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School for eight years. Ms. Gittens began her teaching career as a student teacher at Brookline High School.
     
    As the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, she is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of teaching and learning in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.
     
    Ms. Gittens holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Law from Temple University, a Masters in Teaching from Simmons College, and a Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
     
     
      Samuel Zimmerman
     

    Samuel Zimmerman

    Deputy Superintendent for Student Services
    (617) 730-2447
     
     
    Samuel Zimmerman comes to Brookline after serving most recently as Deputy Director of Specialized Instruction for the New York City Department of Education. As Deputy Director, Mr. Zimmerman led the special education team responsible for 251 schools and a total enrollment of 126,000 students in Brooklyn. He has worked for the New York City Department of Education for 15 years as a special education teacher, an Administrator of Special Education, and Deputy Network Leader in the New Visions Network 563.
     
    As the Deputy Superintendent of Student Services, he manages all aspects of special education, health services, guidance, registration, and counseling and psychological services for the Public Schools of Brookline.
     
    Mr. Zimmerman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and both a Masters of Science in Teaching Learners with Disabilities and Advanced Certificates in School/District Leadership from Long Island University.

     
     
    Ben Lummis
     

    Ben Lummis

    Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Strategy and Performance
    (617) 730-2439
      Ben Lummis joined the Public Schools of Brookline in 2015 as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Strategy and Performance. Mr. Lummis is an accomplished leader, problem solver, and team builder who has worked in public education for twenty years.
     
    Mr. Lummis worked as a Vice President at the National Center on Time & Learning, leading the TIME Collaborative, a five-state initiative to develop models of high quality expanded time schools. In this position, Mr. Lummis led the team responsible for direct work with principals, teachers, and district leaders helping them to effectively expand the school day to deepen student engagement, strengthen instruction, and increase academic achievement. Prior to coming to Brookline, he was the Vice President of Educator and Professional Development Programs at EF Education First and a Director at the Center for Collaborative Education. He has served as a School Committee member in Cambridge, and his career in education as a middle school English teacher in Cambridge and Needham.
     
    As Special Assistant for Strategy and Performance, Mr. Lummis is responsible for the development of the district’s strategic plan, process and decision-making improvements based on staff input and research-based best practices, and creating processes to better support educators in using data to strengthen student learning.   
     
    Mr. Lummis earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Michigan.