Board of Directors

  • Brian Baron
    Department Chair of English, Newton South High School

    Jonathan Bassett
    NTR Program Director
    History and Social Sciences Department Head, Newton North High School

    Jonathan Bassett has taught high school history in the South Bronx, in Dover Massachusetts, and at Newton North High School, where he is currently the chair of the History and Social Sciences Department. He has a BA in history from Columbia University, a Masters in Teaching from Brown University, and a Doctorate in Education (curriculum and instruction) from Boston University.
    Mary Ann Cappiello, Ed.D.
    Mary Cappiello is Associate Professor of the Language & Literacy Division
 at Lesley University's Graduate School of Education
. She is the Chair of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction K-8 which can be found at and a blogger at:  and

    Robyn Marder
    NTR Supervising Practitioner in English
    Robyn Marder earned a B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia. She completed her teaching certification at Bridgewater State College, where she also taught a developmental writing course to freshmen. She has been teaching high school English at Newton South High School for her entire thirteen-year career, and has had the privilege to teach every grade and every grade-level at South.

    Heather A. Richards
    Director of Human Resources, Newton Public Schools

    Heather A. Richards, Esq. was previously the Director of Human Resources in another public school district and has significant human resources experience in both the public and private sectors. She is a strategic thinker who understands the importance of building positive relationships with all parties. Ms. Richards' previous professional experience includes working in global human resources positions with fortune 500 companies. A lifelong learner, Ms. Richards has earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in leadership development and after earning her law degree was admitted to the Massachusetts BAR. She is deeply committed to the mission of education and is thrilled to have made the career transition to public education.
    Henry Turner
    Principal, Newton North High School
    Henry Turner taught history and social studies at Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Lexington High School. He then spent four years as dean of Goldrick House at Newton South High School and four years as principal of Bedford High School. Dr. Turner has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MEd in History from Framingham State University and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Boston College. His dissertation focused on the role of distributed leadership in gaining acceptance of large scale technology issues. 

    Joel Stembridge
    Principal, Newton South High School
    Joel Stembridge began his career teaching Mathematics and theater in Salem, Oregon where he taught and coached for four years. Upon moving to Cape Cod, he taught Mathematics and History for two years at Barnstable Middle School in Hyannis followed by a one-year administrative internship at Brookline High School. His administrative experience prior to arriving at Newton South include 4 years as Assistant Principal of Scituate High School in Scituate, Massachusetts, and five years as Headmaster of the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Boston. Joel earned an AB from the University of Chicago, an MAT from Willamette University, and completed his administrative training at Boston University.

    Amy Winston
    Vice Principal, Newton North High School
    Amy Winston has taught high school physics in Massachusetts since 1997. She currently teaches physics at Newton North High School, where she is also the chair of the Science and Technology/Engineering Department. Amy works extensively with the MA DESE on the development of the Introductory Physics MCAS test items and on the implementation of high school Competency Portfolio Assessments for MCAS competency determinations in Science and Technology/Engineering. She has a BA in physics from Wellesley College and a MA in education from Tufts University.