Ben LummisInterim Superintendent of Schools(617) 730-2401Ben Lummis was appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools by the School Committee in August 2019. 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 began his career in education as a middle school English teacher in Cambridge and Needham.Mr. Lummis first joined the Public Schools of Brookline in 2015, as Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Strategy and Performance. In that role, Mr. Lummis was 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.
Mary Ellen NormenDeputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance(617) 730-2425Mary 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).
Nicole GittensDeputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning(617) 730-2432Nicole 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.
Casey Ngo-MillerDeputy Superintendent for Student Services(617) 730-2447Casey 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 WornumSenior 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.