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SEPAC Awards

Each year, SEPAC recognizes  Needham Public School employees who are truly exceptional, and have gone above and beyond in their work with students with special needs. Award winners include teachers, specialists, administrators, and staff members who have been nominated by SEPAC members. 

We are disappointed that we will not be able to honor our winners in person this year, but SEPAC is still excited to share their achievements with families, colleagues, and the Needham community. You can read more about each recipient by clicking on their name below:

2020 Award Recipients

Erica Beaton, Pollard
David Blake, Pollard
Kerri DeSimone, Preschool
Emily DudekPollard
Jen Hansford, Mitchell
Grace Healy, Mitchell
Jessica Leroux, Preschool
Marissa MakiHigh Rock
Shane Marchand, Needham Public Schools
Kaitlin O'MalleyNeedham High School
Emily Rosenthal, Pollard
Michael Ryan, Pollard




Yvonne Barbier
, Broadmeadow, Eliot 
Renee Barker, Hillside
Sascha D'Angelo, Pollard
Dan Lee, Needham Public Schools
Mona Maas, Eliot
Megan MacArthur, Newman
Xenia Papoulias, Needham Preschool
Nicole Rice, High Rock
Nancy Solari, Needham Preschool, Newman
Heather Sweeney, Needham High School


Andrew CoyleNewman
Elizabeth CushingNeedham High School
Suzy GalvinNeedham Public Schools
Natalie GuthrieNeedham High School
Stephanie HamelBroadmeadow
Sara HarkinsNeedham Preschool
Christine JosephNeedham Preschool
Heather McCarthyBroadmeadow
Katie McGrawPollard
Laura SzumMitchell
Jennifer TerakedisNeedham Preschool
Alison WeeksBroadmeadow


Dr. Laurie Blakely, Broadmeadow
Kim Connolly, Hillside
Gerard Fagan, Needham Public Schools
Zoe Gelinas, Newman
Amanda Grabel, Pollard
Cathy Lunetta, Broadmeadow
Nicole Mason, High Rock
Nicholas Miller, Needham High School


Ali AbbaMitchell
Tamatha BibboPollard 
Katie BradyNeedham High School
Charley Connor, Needham Preschool
Lexi CorbettBroadmeadow
Lauren DellaCagnaNeedham High School
Brenna FeeleyHillside  
Ann GrantBroadmeadow
Megan HoelzerNeedham Preschool  
Allie LanctotHillside 
Betsy MaxwellEliot
Kevin MullaneyNeedham Public Schools
Margaret PetrovichHillside 
Jeanette WordNeedham High School


Lisa Austin
, Needham High School
Jo-Anne Bagley, Eliot
Dr. Aron Blidner, Newman
Susan Eyler, Broadmeadow
Emily Gaberman, Broadmeadow
Carol Grady, Broadmeadow
Jennifer Henry, Newman 
Karen Hwang, Broadmeadow
Gia Jeas, Eliot
Livia Rizzo, Needham High School 
Nancy Solari, Needham Preschool
Regina Thornton, Eliot


Michaela Audette, Pollard
Renee Bellin, Pollard
Dr. Laurie Blakely, Broadmeadow 
Kate Condon, Pollard 
Debra DiCicco, Newman
Matt Ganas, Broadmeadow
Rosemary Leone, Pollard
Cathy Lunetta, Broadmeadow 
Liza Martiniello, Broadmeadow
Katie McGraw, Pollard
Megan O'Donnell, Pollard
Maggi Thompson, Broadmeadow School 
Julie Vona, Pollard 


Joanne Bowdridge, Pollard
Renee Campana, Pollard
Thomas Carco, Broadmeadow
Emily Dudek, Pollard
Bonnie Haggerty, Newman
Kelly Hurley, Needham Public Schools
Heather Murphy, Newman
Dina Spiropoulos, High Rock
Paul TzovolosNeedham Public Schools


Dr. Lisa Chen, Pollard
Diane Dunham, Needham Preschool
Luisa Gouthro, Pollard
Kelly HurleyNeedham Public Schools
William Lemothe, Pollard
Mark Smith, High Rock and Pollard
Abigail Taube, High Rock 


Emily Distaso, Newman
April Haffner, Broadmeadow
Kelly HurleyNeedham Public Schools
Erin Kelly, Hillside
Mary LammiNeedham Public Schools
Julie Minarski, Newman
Dina Spiropoulos, High Rock