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.