Assistant Superintendent

Announcement from the Superintendent:
After careful consideration of the final candidates for the position of Assistant Superintendent, I recommended and the School Committee appointed Ms. Emilys Pe
ña to the position. I would like to thank the 14-person Screening Committee for moving forward three exceptional candidates, all of whom could easily be successful in this role.

Ms. Peña brings to Watertown great experience having served in the role of Assistant Superintendent for the past three years in Malden. Prior to Malden, she spent 20+ years in the Boston Public Schools serving in various leadership roles with experience in ESL, language and literacy, and special education. She brings insights from outside of PreK-12 education serving as a consultant for Urban Matters and SchoolWorks. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and ASL and is conversant in Portuguese. I am confident that Ms. Peña will be a great partner and leader as we continue our excellent work here in Watertown.

It became clear that Ms. Pe
ña has a deep belief that all students can and will be successful and that her core values align very well with our values of excellence, equity, and community. She eloquently described this in the Core Qualifications section of her resume:

“I am a visionary educational leader with a strong commitment to championing culturally responsive pedagogies, fostering safe and continuous learning environments, and cultivating equitable K-12 settings for all students. My expertise in student-centered instruction, standards-aligned, high-quality instructional materials, and program and systems development ensures that I tailor the educational experience to the unique needs of each student....... I actively engage in promoting shared power among staff, students, and families to redefine schools as spaces of equity and excellence.”

Ms. Peña will be joining us as of July 1 and will spend several days in the district before her start date to get to know our community and learn more about WPS as she prepares for her entry. I look forward to learning and leading with Emilys for many years to come.

Dede Galdston, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Christine Carletti

Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent
[email protected]

Curriculum Overview Brochures


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WHS Program of Studies

Curriculum Maps, K-12

MA Curriculum Frameworks

Title 1 Program - DESE

2023-24 Teaching and Learning

K-7 Math/Science Coordinator, Elizabeth Kaplan [email protected]
K-7 Literacy/SS Coordinator, Deb Opar [email protected]
8 - 12, Math, Dan Wulf [email protected]
8 - 12, ELA, Casey Andrews [email protected]
8 - 12, Social Studies, Kraig Gustafson [email protected]
8 - 12, Science, Lynsey Kraemer [email protected]
K - 12, Digital Learning & Library, Dr. Susan Bisson [email protected]
K - 12, World Languages, Adam Silverberg [email protected]
K - 12, English as a Second Language, Kate Phillipson [email protected]
K - 12, Applied & Performing Arts, Richard Saunders [email protected]
K - 12, Health/PE/Wellness, Frank Cacia [email protected]
6 - 12, Career/Tech Ed (CTE), Laura Alderson [email protected]

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) School/District Report Cards

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the schools’ and district report cards are designed to show families how our schools are doing in different areas. Here are the links to our report cards and the School & District Report Cards, Quick Facts Sheet (English). The Dropdown Menu with 9 different languages on each school’s website are available online at these links:


Massachusetts Partnership for Youth (MPY) Login Information

District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP):