LYNN — Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler has appointed Eva O’Malley as the new executive director of curriculum and instruction for Lynn Public Schools.
O’Malley started her new position on Monday and replaces Debra Ruggiero, who was appointed deputy superintendent in October.
Tutwiler said at a School Committee meeting last week O’Malley “knocked our socks off” with her commitment to curriculum and instruction.
He said O’Malley was selected after a rigorous, multi-step process and distinguished herself among an experienced and talented pool of candidates as the person best suited for the role.
“I’m so thrilled and excited to be taking this position,” O’Malley said. “I am honored to be leading the curriculum team.”
O’Malley began her career in the Lynn Public Schools as a middle school special education teacher in 1987. In 2000, her work in the district evolved to include leading professional development for teachers. That same year, she began an adjunct teaching position at Endicott College, a role she held for 14 years.
In 2010, O’Malley was made assistant director of Educator Quality, a Curriculum Department role she holds to this day. In 2017, she sought and was awarded the position of director of the Lynn Evening Enrichment Program (L.E.E.P.).
“Ms. O’Malley is a 21st century visionary,” Tutwiler said. “She has a strong sense for the knowledge and skills students need to be successful and contributory in grades K-12 and beyond. At the same time, she pays close attention to the ever-changing nature of these requisite skills and knowledge and brings this information to bear on curriculum and professional development initiatives.”
But the superintendent said O’Malley’s most admirable quality is her unshakeable values, as her approach to leadership and education is grounded in a love for children and profound belief in their potential.
O’Malley has a bachelor’s degree in science from Bridgewater State University and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University.