Daniel Gutekanst, EdD
Dr. Gutekanst’s professional experience includes thirty years as a school leader both at the building and district level. He began his teaching career in South-Central Los Angeles and served as a high school assistant principal and high school principal in suburban Connecticut and Massachusetts. Currently he is the superintendent of the Needham Public Schools where he has served in that role for 13 years. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Boston College, a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), and Bachelor's Degree in English from Holy Cross College.
Dr. Gutekanst has served as the chair of the ACCEPT Collaborative for five years and has mentored doctoral and graduate students at Boston College for the last ten years. He recently joined the METCO Board of Directors where he is one of two superintendent representatives. His educational interests include leadership for equity and inclusion, leadership team development, communication, and community engagement. Dr. Gutekanst and his wife have three daughters and they reside in Shrewsbury.
Steve Ouellette has been the Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation for Westwood Public Schools since 2010. Before that, he held the position of Math Department Chair in the Walpole and Westwood school districts. Prior to entering the education field, Steve worked as an electrical engineer for Otis Elevator Corp. In his current role, Steve oversees a staff of 13 people with responsibilities that range from maintaining the district’s technology infrastructure to working with staff to leverage technology in meaningful ways to empower students to be the best learners possible. Accomplishments include the implementation of a coding special in the elementary grades, the development of Westwood’s Guiding Principles for Instructional Technology, the implementation of a grade 3 - 12 one-to-one Chromebook program, and a focus on comprehensive responsible use instruction for all students. Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics from Boston University. This year Steve also earned his Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium of School Networking.
John Antonucci, EdD
Dr. Antonucci’s professional experience includes over twenty years as a school leader in high-performing districts. He is currently the Superintendent of the Duxbury Public Schools, after serving as Superintendent of Schools in Westwood from 2005-2017. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Nashoba Regional School District in Bolton MA, and the Director of Finance for the Bedford Public Schools. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Political Science from Tufts University.
Dr. Antonucci was a nine-year member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Committee, and is a past president of the Tri-County Superintendent’s Roundtable. He served for the last six years as an instructor in the TEC Administrator Licensure Program, and as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. His educational interests include school business and finance, organizational management, leadership team development, communication, and community engagement. Dr. Antonucci lives in Westwood with his wife and three sons.
Jim Looney has been teaching Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science A for five years at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA. He has an undergraduate degree in Earth & Planetary Science from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a master’s in computer science from Georgia Tech. He is a member of the Computer Science Teachers’ Association of Greater Boston and is licensed to teach Digital Literacy & Computer Science by the MA Department of Education.
Kalise enrolled in the METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) program at a very early age and graduated from the program with honors. Given her background with METCO, this alumna has a deep understanding of the complications and beauty produced in culturally diverse classrooms. The METCO experience instilled in Kalise at a young age a lifelong passion to always confront racism and continuously educate others.
Kalise received her B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Interpersonal Communications from Bradford College and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from The University of Vermont. Kalise has worked at numerous colleges and universities as well as K-12 school districts, which has given her a unique and in-depth understanding of the American educational system. As the Executive Director of Empowering Multicultural Initiatives with curriculum development and instructional responsibilities, she learned the importance of appropriate consistent professional development for teachers. This position also allowed her to work with, and provide professional development to, educators across the commonwealth and the New England area.
Kalise received her administration license after completing an ELL program through the Boston University/Education Collaborative program, enabling her to better identify the perspectives of school leaders. Furthermore, she is currently the K-12 Wellesley METCO Director and is frequently described as an incredibly energetic, informative, dynamic presenter. Her truly authentic entrance into this very complex and daunting conversation relaxes all and makes this seeming impenetrable topic extremely approachable. “It is my mission as an educator to help teachers recognize where race and learning intersect and eradicate all forms of racism from the classroom. It is my life's work to relentlessly pursue this goal and in doing so the beauty of teaching and learning will be experienced by both student and teacher.” Kalise Wornum is the Founder and CEO of KW Diversity Incorporated.