Theriault-Regan Named New Principal Of Tewksbury High

Theriault-Regan will succeed Patricia Lally, who resigned to become the new assistant superintendent.

With a in less than 60 days, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor wasted little time in naming a new principal.

Brenda Theriault-Regan, presently the assistant principal at the John Ryan Middle School, has been selected to succeed Dr. Patricia Lally as . Lally resigned earlier this month after being

O'Connor said he kept the screening process simple, only posting the opening at the high school internally. He interviewed two candidates for the position and feels strongly that Theriault-Regan is the right person for the job. He cited her experience with curriculum, technology and data investigation.

"(Theriault-Regan's) infectious personality, combined with her impressive leadership skills, make her an ideal candidate to fill this highly visible position," said O'Connor.

While the job may be new for Theriault-Regan, the students will not be, as many passed through the Ryan School while Theriault-Regan was a teacher there from 2000-2009.

"There is a huge benefit for the incoming principal to have first hand knowledge of the students and staff," said O'Connor. "Brenda will know 85 percent of the students by name!"

Theriault-Regan, who did not immediately return messages seeking comment, has a remarkable work history and has risen quickly through the educational ranks.

Before earning her bachelor's degree from Lesley College and becoming a teacher in 2000, Theriault-Regan had worked professionally as a restaurant manager, in public relations/advertising/marketing and as a meeting planner.

A Tewksbury resident, she began teaching full-time at the Ryan School in 2000, teaching 6th grade reading and math. In 2003, she earned her Master's Degree from Fitchburg State and later her certificate of advanced graduate study in educational leadership from American International College. In 2009 she was named assistant principal at Ryan.

According to O'Connor, Theriault-Regan will assume the duties of principal of TMHS on July 1. However, she and Lally will work closely over a two-month period to assure a smooth transition.


Sean Czarniecki June 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Great choice as far as I'm concerned!
Laura Boerman June 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I second that.
Donna Mosman Gonsalves June 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Awesome!!! She was so good to my son @ The Ryan!!
Beth McFadyen June 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Absolutely wonderful news!
debbie June 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM
yes, great news indeed! My son loved her at the Ryan.
Karen Daley June 21, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Congratulations to Brenda! She will do a great job!
Bruce Panilaitis June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
No offense to Mrs. Regan, but this should have been opened up to the full public. We need some infusion of new blood in our school system. Dr. O'Connor has been a breath of fresh air, and they should have at least looked for other potential candidates.
Brenda Turri June 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Congratulations to Mrs. Regan!!!
kck June 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
She's probably a sound choice, but I am left wondering why such a position was closed to other candidates? Only two were allowed to try, for a public position? Seems sketchy.
Phaedra D'Ambrosio June 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Absolute Joy... Best wishes and we'll see you in 2014 Brenda!
JM June 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
What a great choice!!! Congrats Brenda!!
Karyn June 21, 2012 at 03:45 PM
While already 'knowing the kids' can be a good thing.....hopefully she will not become their "buddy" as opposed to the disciplinarian IMO, the new high school sorely needs.
Barbara Cuoco June 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
No need to look any further when you already have the best! High school is such an important part of life. Two of my grandsons will be entering as Freshmen in the fall. I'm so happy for Mrs. Regan! Lots of luck!
Bruce Panilaitis June 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The simple question is how do you know you have the best? If you count the principals of all of the schools in town and the assistant principals as the most likely potential candidates you get 10 people. Should we really select our high school principal by limiting ourselves to 10 potential candidates? I've worked with Mrs. Regan on a few committees, and I think she will do a good job, I'm just concerned with the process. The high school needs a significant culture change.
bk June 21, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I agree and very disappointed. We definitely need new blood and new "energy" to run a new HighSchool. I was looking for someone who has a solid experience running a HS and a proven track record to turn around failing grades. --B
bk June 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
>>O'Connor said he kept the screening process simple. Why so simple/quick? Why it has to be internal? as if we are already doing great and don't want to change that? I would rather look for a strong experience running HS. --B
bk June 21, 2012 at 08:07 PM
When you choose one among "only" two? candidates... How you know we have the best? Strong disappointment. --B
bk June 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Karyn, You are correct. Running HS with grown up kids would need more/strict discipline than someone who may become kids buddy. We have HS kids who caused damage at the site and now they are planning to put guard there at our expense ... talking about discipline... --B
Lee Anne Petherbridge June 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I agree Barbara. I was very excited to see this news. Bruce - sometimes when you have an extremely strong employee, who has the right experience, you make a quick decision and backfill. While normally I would agree that more is better, in this case with her experience as a teacher, at the Ryan, and on the High School Building Committee, I think she is the perfect and obvious choice. I think she will bring to the High School exactly what is needed. Good Luck Brenda!
RunningGreen June 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Coming from someone who attended TMHS for the past four years, the two vice principals usually handle most of the discipline matters. The principal usually becomes involved if it is a serious incident.
bk June 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Is that the qualification to run a brand new, "**21st century**" HS? Does she has experience running HS as a Principal? We were thinking about private HS for our kids but wanted to see if new HS is bringing new energy .... now we have to review our original thoughts. When they were asking parents to vote for this project, they said we wanted best for our kids. So many of us voted YES. Now did they select best Principal that we could have ?.... I dont know. --B
Mary Dumas June 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I do not see what a elementary school teacher can add to the leadership of a new high tech high school. The exodus of good students from the Tewksbury public school should be of concern. Handling the character of this school should have been a much higher priority.
bk June 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I don't know the new Principal but if I were on the selection committee, these are the points I would be looking for. 1. Forward looking ... leading a 21st century school. 2. Strong experience running HS with a proven record of turning a HS score around. 3. Technologically savvy... iPad and other technology leadership. 4. Full of energy to guide students and teachers alike. 5. Phd? 6. We don't have to restrict our selection local if we were to provide the best possible that a taxpayer money could hire. 7. I would interview at list more than two before arriving at the decision. 8. Note that a towns HS is its flag ship and I would go some distance ( instead of " making it simple" ) to put a right candidates at the helm. As long as the new Principal has many/all of these qualities, I am fine. -B
bk June 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
>>The exodus of good students from the Tewksbury public school should >>be of concern. We have seriously started thinking about moving out of the Tewksbury school system now and possibly out of this town. We thought, with the new HS things in the education fields would change... this is not good .. they got an elementary school teacher?... For their short term advantages, they are losing on to the long term gains. --B
Brandon Smith June 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM
then who will be the new assistant principal at the Ryan?
Steve Crane June 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I am thrilled that Mrs. Regan is the new principle. She exhibits extensive leadership qualities, and her passion and commitment show no end. She is going to totally own this new job. She has the type of personality that just won't give up and strives to improve her abilities each day. Mrs. Regan will be the first person to show up in the morning and the last to leave in the afternoon. I foresee her bringing an increased sense of community and spirit to the high school which has been lacking. In response to those framing her as "just an elementary teacher", please realize that a great leader will succeed in any environment they are put in, and Mrs. Regan is the personification of leadership.
Steve Crane June 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
J. S. June 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Great, I am sure she will continue to add more 'smart' boards to TMHS.
Sheryl July 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Just wanted to sat that my son will be a sophmore in september and she was never his teacher and he wasnt at the ryan when she was promoted to assistant principal. Hence.....knowing the majority of kids by their first name. She was wonderful to work with when i needed her support during my daughters time at the ryan. Good luck Brenda
SAM July 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM


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