Framingham has been my home for my entire life. I was born here, attended Potter Road School, Walsh Middle School, and graduated from Framingham North High School in 1991 (the last year before North and South merged). During high school and college at the University of Chicago, it became clear that politics was in my blood. I volunteered, like so many young people in Framingham, for State Representative Barbara Gray, building signs, going door to door, and making phone calls. During the summers of my college years, I interned for Congressman Joe Kennedy II and right after I graduated, I worked for Congressman Marty Meehan. One of my most powerful memories of those college years was attending an event at the Kennedy Compound, touring John and Jackie’s house and meeting Ethel Kennedy.
When the Internet boom hit in the mid-1990’s, I decided to shift gears and began several years working for an Internet startup company called Firefly. I learned on the job at Firefly about networking, html, and computer hardware. It was such a fun time to be working in high tech, but eventually I decided I wanted to do something different, something more meaningful. While I was working in technology, I enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts University to become a Social Studies teacher. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1999 and began working at Westborough High School where I would teach for the next 8 years.
In addition, in 2002, I married my high school sweetheart, Kerry Dunne (FHS class of 1992), and we started our family in the town that we know and love. We purchased our first home, a condo on Union Ave., soon upgraded to a small house on Higgins Road, and ultimately our current home on McAdams Road. Kerry is also an educator – for the Weston Public Schools. We have two children, one who attends Framingham High School and one who is in 8th grade at Walsh.
After teaching for 8 years, I was ready for another change and decided to merge my love of technology and education and become a technology integration specialist. This is a teacher with technology expertise who can help teachers to bring computers into the classroom to support student engagement, collaboration, and learning. I have worked since then in various technology curriculum, teaching, and leadership roles.
In 2017, I completed a PhD program at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. For the past year, I have been Director of Technology for the Maynard Public Schools. I have remained active in Framingham politics throughout my adult life, supporting various candidates over the years. I was a Town Meeting member for 5 years and I also founded an active and growing Facebook group, Framingham Community and Government Chat, which has over 1900 members.
I have been a member of the City Council for three years and am currently Vice-Chair of the Council and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee.