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About Our School Council Members

Sue CusackSusan Cusack, Community Partner: Sue Cusack leads the Lesley University Technology initiative at Kennedy-Longfellow School. A Cambridge resident and social justice advocate, Sue's research at Lesley focuses on technology as a means for building inclusive, rigorous, and equitable learning environments for all students.


C. DownsCatharine Downs
, Community Partner: Catharine is Program Director for the School Age Program at East End House, a nationally-accredited afterschool enrichment program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. In her work at East End House, Catharine works to celebrate the afterschool hours as an exciting and critical time in the lives of children — a time for trying new things enhancing academic and social skills, and building a solid foundation for the future.

GerberChristine Gerber, Principal/Co-Chair: Chris has been Principal of Kennedy-Longfellow School since July 2010. Since coming to K-Lo, Chris has led the school through a transformative partnership with Lesley University and implementation of PBIS, a framework for creating a nurturing school culture.


BunmiBunmi Martins
, Parent Representative: Bunmi has been an outspoken leader at Kennedy-Longfellow since joining the School Council in 2011. Bunmi is a stay-at-home mom to Olamide, and previously worked as a nurse in her home country of Nigeria. Bunmi is a warm, positive, and optimistic person who believes in high expectations for children and strong engagement by families.

RosalieRosalie Rippey, Parent & District Staff: Rosalie is the mother of a K-Lo 3rd grader and Putnam Avenue Upper School 6th Grader. As a non-voting council member, Rosalie contributes her writing and organizing skills to building awareness of K-Lo's great programs. Rosalie currently works for CPS as Family Communications Manager, and served for 5 years as the Coordinator of the Cambridge Parent Advisory Council on Special Education.

SantosShirley Santos, Community Partner: As Director of the Kennedy Community School, Shirley partners with Kennedy-Longfellow teachers to create enriching learning opportunities beyond the school day. Shirley has worked in the Community Schools program for 5 years, overseeing a variety of programs for K-Lo students as well as children and adults from the East Cambridge neighborhood. Shirley is the proud parent of two CRLS graduates, and grandparent of four current Kennedy-Longfellow students.  

SteyerBonnie Steyer, Teacher Representative: Bonnie is an experienced and dedicated teacher and outspoken advocate for English Language Learners at K-Lo. As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Bonnie works to develop a welcoming school community for families who come to our school from around the world. In addition to serving on the School Council and Instructional Leadership Team for two years, Bonnie spearheaded the development of a bilingual library for our school.

DougDoug Tuttle, Parent Co-Chair: Doug is the father of a 3rd Grader at Kennedy-Longfellow and has been School Council Co-chair since 2013. Doug's leadership has focused on creating a positive, welcoming, and organized School Council, in collaboration with Co-Chair Chris Gerber. Doug's professional background is in architecture and planning, and he currently works as a Lab Planner and Project Manager at Novartis in Kendall Square.

NancyNancy Wyse, Family Liaison: Nancy is the mother of a K-Lo 5th Grader, and has served as our school's Family Liaison since 2010. Nancy's professional background includes years of experience in the field of Social Work, and more recent experience as a classroom assistant teacher in special education. Nancy is dedicated to building positive school climate and a welcoming atmosphere where families and teachers work together to support student success.