Early Learning Center: Rebecca Gordon, Principal

Welcome to the Early Learning Center!  I am so excited to meet your child and to work with your family as your child begins their first public school experience in Malden.  After spending the last three years as Principal of the Ferryway School, I am thrilled to begin a new adventure as Principal of the ELC.   The ELC was formally the Holmes School which is where I began my education.  As my early childhood years brings back fond memories for me, my hope is that your child also experiences a love for school and learning that will provide them a solid foundation to become life-long learners.  It is essential to establish a strong collaboration and partnership between school and home so please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or concerns!  I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Beebe School K-8: Susan Vatalaro, Principal

“My name is Susan Vatalaro and I am very proud to be the principal of the Beebe School. Beebe is a great place to learn and make new friends. School-wide special topic themes on health and environmental science are selected yearly to enhance the curriculum. This year’s topic is “A Better Me, A Better Beebe, A Better Malden.”. The model “Using the Environment as an Integrated Context for Learning,” provides the link between academic subjects and real life experiences. Our dedicated and creative teachers, along with our parent groups and community members have provided many wonderful educational opportunities for our students.

I grew up in the city of Malden. I attended the Leonard School, Beebe Jr. High and graduated from Malden High School in 1967. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Salem State College in 1971. I later received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a second Master’s Degree in School Administration. Being a life-long learner, I received my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University in May of 2014. My first teaching position was at the Leonard Elementary School, the school I attended as a child. My present position is Principal of the Beebe School. I attended the old Beebe Jr. High. As you can see, my ties to Malden are very strong!”

Ferryway School K-8: Michael Ciampa, Interim Principal

I am excited to be the Ferryway School Interim Principal for the 2016/2017 school year.  I have been an Assistant Principal at the Ferryway School since 2009 and look forward to the challenges of my new position.  It is my belief that students excel in an environment that encourages exploration of academic topics, provides quality instruction and nurtures social and emotional growth for all community members.  Every staff member, parent and guardian plays a role in the development of our children as they grow into the future leaders of our society. Building relationships with families is vital to the development of the skills students need to navigate an ever changing world.  I encourage families to become involved in school wide events, build relationships with their child’s teachers and become active members of the Ferryway PTO.

I grew up in Somerville, MA, attending public school until grade 9.  I graduated Pope John High School and Salem State University and started my career in education in the Somerville Public School system at Next Wave/Full Circle Alternative School.  This unique experience has allowed me to understand the diverse learning styles of students, develop skills in conflict resolution, crisis management and foster the needs of all stakeholders in a school community.  I look forward to working with students, families and staff of the Ferryway Community to provide meaningful experiences they will keep with them always.

Forestdale School K-8: Donald Concannon, Principal

I would like to welcome all our Forestdale families back to school. I am very excited to be your principal for the third year at the Forestdale School, and it is my hope that as the year progresses you will get to know your child’s teacher staff, the programs and the policies we offer at the Forestdale School. It is the goal of all our staff at the Forestdale to work with you to create a rich learning environment for all students. Student success is a shared responsibility between the school teachers, staff, students and parents. I hope as parents/guardians that you will partner with us and become active participants in your child’s education. Education is a joint venture between school and home. As we work with our students to help them learn about the world around them through the prescribed curriculum, we very much appreciate the support that parents/guardians give their children at home as they strive to reach their learning goals. Here at the Forestdale School we value the whole child, we look to nurture success socially emotionally and academically through our partnership with families. The foundation of a successful school is the cooperation between the students, staff, parents and community. Parents are a vital part of the Forestdale School Community. Your contributions are invaluable to the school through volunteer time and support of school activities. We look forward to working with you and developing a relationship that will assist in the growth of your child/children.

“Learning is the best of all wealth. It is easy to carry. Thieves cannot steal it.”

Naladiyar-Divya. “”quoted” #25.” Education World:. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2015.


Donald P. Concannon

Linden School K-8: Richard Bransfield, Principal

“Coming to the Linden School is like coming home! I have strong ties to the Linden Community and am thrilled to have the opportunity to embrace and hopefully enhance the Linden School legacy. I was born and brought up in the Linden neighborhood and bought my first home on neighboring Bellvale Street. I attended Norwich University (the nation’s oldest private military school) as an undergraduate and received my graduate degree from Boston University. I have also attended/completed the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL). I have taught in the Malden Public School System for 27 years teaching all grade levels from K-8. I also coached three varsity sports at Malden High School (soccer, hockey, and track); my roots are deep.

I truly believe that every child has the ability to learn at a high level and will focus my energy on seeing that is carried out throughout my tenure. At the Linden, we have over 850 students whose abilities range from academically advanced students to students with moderate to severe special needs. That diversity along with the racial/socio-economic diversity the City of Malden brings… offers great opportunities for our students to learn and yet be empathetic to the differences we all face as adults. The staff is made up of all highly qualified teachers that work tirelessly to ensure your children are afforded a high quality education.  We want your child to leave the Linden School with the skills to compete in a highly competitive world while carrying with them the zest to be lifelong learners.”

Salemwood School K-8: Abdel Sepúlveda, Interim Principal

Welcome to our school!

“It is our vision to foster a true elementary and middle school experience for all students to prepare them to be academically and socially successful as they matriculate from kindergarten through high school.”

I’m proud to call Salemwood home. It is a great honor to be its interim principal. I am originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico. It was there that I first experienced the power that education has in a person’s life. My family, community, and teachers instilled in me that access to good education is a right that everyone should enjoy. This belief has shaped who I am as an educator and informs every decision that we make. There is no greater mission to me than to help educate our children. This is also what drives everyone that works in our school. Salemwood is a living example of what hard work, love for education, and strong leadership can do in the areas of effective teaching and learning, student engagement, and student achievement. Our students always come first to us. One of the many core values shared by our staff members is that all children can learn and must leave us smarter than when they first came to us. I know that by working together with all stakeholders, we will not only maintain and sustain the gains that we have made in the past years, but will definitely grow further as a community of learners.

Malden High School: Edward Lombardi, Principal

Hello students, parents, and Maldonians,

It is an honor and privilege to be the principal at Malden High School. I am excited to join such a dynamic and welcoming community and humbled to serve the city that raised me. I am committed to providing students with an enriching and challenging experience in their high school years, an experience that will prepare them for the many next steps in their lives.

I am a proud graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, I hold Master’s Degrees from Boston University and Salem State University, and I am currently pursuing my Doctorate at Northeastern University.

Malden High School takes its responsibility as a centerpiece of the community very seriously, and I am excited to help build that community through supporting its extraordinary high school students.

Ted Lombardi


Charles Conefrey: Director of Athletics, Physical Education / Health
Abbey Dick: Director of Humanities
Shereen Escovitz:  Director of STEM K-12
Janice Raymond: Director of Literacy and Title I
Paul Teixeira: Director of English Language Learners and Title III
Michael Schiavo: District Data and Assessment Manager
Joan Federico: Manager of PIC Services