William H. Lupini, Ed.D., Superintendent-Director

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Bill Lupini assumed the position of Interim Superintendent with the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical District in October, 2015.

Prior to this position, Dr. Lupini served as Superintendent of Schools in Brookline for 11 years, in Beverly for 7 years, and in Kutztown (PA) for 2 years.  He has also served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant High School Principal in Kutztown, as well as having worked as a Program Specialist with the New Jersey Department of Education.  He also taught Marketing Education at Maple Shade (NJ) High School and Bucks County (PA) Technical School.

Dr. Lupini has served as President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Governing Board.  He was the 2015 Massachusetts “Superintendent of the Year” nominee.  He also served on the Special Commission on Education Collaboratives and the Commission on Achievement Gaps.  He teaches School Law in a number of programs for aspiring school administrators.

Bill holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Lehigh University, a Master of Education degree in Leadership, Administration, and Supervision from Rider University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Business Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

For the Superintendent-Director Evaluation for the 2016-2017 school year, click here.


Brad Morgan, Principal 

Brad Morgan.jpgAs Principal of Essex Technical High School, Brad Morgan brings broad and deep experience as a career educator to this role; he has spent 20 years working with students as a principal and teacher. He led the team of faculty and administrators who were key in designing, building, and opening the new school in 2014.

At Essex Technical High School, Brad oversees the operation of the high school’s four academies, is the chief administrator for the school’s policies, and directs the curricula for the academic and career programs. He brings comprehensive administrative experience to this role, both in middle and high schools. Prior to heading up ETHS, Brad was principal of North Shore Technical High School (4 years); Principal of Waltham’s McDevitt Middle School (5 years); and Assistant Principal of Andover’s West Middle School (2 years), and of Marblehead’s Middle School (2 years). In addition, he spent 7 years teaching Social Studies/History in Chelmsford, MA.

Brad Morgan is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the Curriculum Leadership Organization, ASCD. He is a consultant for Teachers 21 and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. With a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Education from University of Massachusetts, Lowell, he currently is working on his Doctoral degree in Educational Administration at Northeastern University.


Mary Etta Kroesser, Director of Human Resources

14-15Mary Kroesser brings a career of supporting students and faculty to her role at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District. Ms. Kroesser began her career in Mansfield, Massachusetts as a History teacher. Subsequently, she worked as a Special Education Teacher at both Dracut Middle and High Schools (three years), and at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury (four years).

Ms. Kroesser joined North Shore Technical High School as a School Psychologist at the Balch Street location in Beverly. In 1997 she was appointed the Administrator of Special Education at North Shore Tech in Middleton, where she developed a program renowned for inclusion classes and support for students with learning differences. She later served as the Curriculum Director, the Interim Principal, and the Assistant Superintendent before assuming the role of Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel Services in preparation for the merging of Essex Agricultural & Technical High School and North Shore Technical High School. Ms. Kroesser was instrumental in designing the new school to ensure all students could learn in an optimal environment.

Ms. Kroesser currently is responsible for general faculty and staff administration for the District. For the high school, she oversees Student Services, the English Language Learners’ Program, the Title I Reading Program, and the Mentoring and Induction Program for new teachers.

Ms. Kroesser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Salem State University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), the Vocational Association of Special Education Administrators (VASE), and the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages. (MATSOL).


Marie Znamierowski, Business Manager 

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Ms. Marie Znamierowski is the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School District’s Business Manager. In her role, Ms. Znamierowski manages the district budget and all financial and accounting operations, as well as the financial system for ETHS. She has had this role since joining North Shore Regional Vocational School District 21 years ago. Prior to her Business Manager’s position, Ms. Znamierowski worked as an auditor and a staff accountant for six years in private industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, and holds a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary School Business Official License.



Carissa Karakaedos, Community Relations & Partnerships Coordinator

karakaedosCarissa Karakaedos joined the District in July 2016 bringing a solid and successful base of leadership experiences. She began her career as a science and allied health teacher. Following her teaching career, Carissa became a director at Lincoln Technical Institute overseeing adult vocational programs. She transitioned this experience back to public school education for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Career Vocational Technical Education unit supporting districts with all aspects of Ch. 74 compliance. For the past eight years, Carissa has accomplished many successes for the Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District as the Director of Community Services, Technical Programs Director, and Assistant Superintendent-Director.

Carissa holds a CAGS in Educational Leadership from Salem State University, an M.Ed in Education Administration from Cambridge College, and a B.S. in Biology from Simmons College. She is currently working towards her doctoral degree from Lesley University.

Carissa has been a member of several educational organizations that promote the success and accomplishments of student achievement including the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Massachusetts School Superintendents (MASS). She also instructs several graduate and undergraduate courses for educator preparation programs.


Joseph St. Pierre, Facilities Manager 

Joseph St. Pierre joined the Essex Technical High School team as the school’s new facilities manager in September 2016. In this role, Joe is responsible for the management of all school buildings and supporting systems.

Mr. St. Pierre brings seven years of career experience with him as a marine engineer.

A graduate of North Shore Vocational High School, Joe majored in Automotive technology. Upon graduation, he furthered his education earning a bachelor degree in marine engineering from The Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
In addition to his engineering degree, Mr. St. Pierre holds certifications in HVAC, welding, and marine security.



Cliff Taylor, Farm & Grounds Manager

taylorCliff Taylor is the District’s Farm and Grounds Manager. In this role, Cliff is responsible for all grounds, landscaping, sportsfields, pastures and all agricultural facilities plus all animals. Prior to joining the Essex Technical High School team, Cliff was the Facilities and Agricultural Manager for Essex Agricultural and Technical High School.

Born in Zimbabwe, Cliff owned and operated Taylormade Farming in Karoi, Zimbabwe for nine years.

Cliff belongs to several professional organizations including Essex County Farm Bureau Vice President, Essex Agricultural Society Executive Board, and the Topsfield Fair Cattle Committee member.

Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science from Blackfordby Agricultural College, Zimbabwe and Project Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He holds certifications in OSHA 30, OSHA 10 general, and OSHA 10 construction along with a Construction Supervisor license and Pesticide license.

Jennifer Skane, Assistant Principal – East Academy 

skane16Jennifer Dawe-Skane, Assistant Principal of the East Academy, brings a life-long career of agricultural and technical education and administration to her role as Assistant Principal. Prior to her appointment in this administrative role, she taught Animal Science classes at the Essex Agricultural & Technical High School for 11 years before becoming a guidance counselor there. She continued her work in the Guidance department, serving as Coordinator for 3 years, before assuming the Assistant Principal position at Essex Aggie for one year prior to the merger with North Shore Tech in 2014.

Mrs. Skane’s professional commitment embodies the value and excellence of an agricultural and vocational education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Masters of Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Salem State University. In addition to her professional teaching license (9-12) in Animal Science, Mrs. Skane is a licensed School Guidance Counselor (5-12) and Vocational-Technical Principal/Assistant Principal. She is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), MAVA (Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators), Massachusetts and National FFA Organization/Alumni, and NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). She also is a recipient of an American FFA Degree, awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA, and an inducted member of Pi Lambda Theta, an honor society and professional association for educators.

Donald Gibson, Assistant Principal – West Academy


Don Gibson, Assistant Principal of the West Academy, has been in an educational leadership role for over 15 years. Prior to his role leading the Technology & Services Academy as Associate Principal, Mr. Gibson began his administrative career at Methuen High School where he spent 10 years before joining North Shore Technical High School as Assistant Principal. He assumed responsibility for the Technology & Services Academy at Essex Technical High School when North Shore Tech merged with Essex Agricultural & Technical High School in 2014. Prior to his roles as Assistant and Associate Principal, Mr. Gibson taught physical education in Methuen. During his 25-year tenure at Methuen, Mr. Gibson coached football and track (both winter and spring).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Bridgewater State University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Plymouth State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Salem State University. He holds licenses for Principal/Assistant Principal (K-5, 5-9 and 9-12), and Vocational Principal/Assistant Principal (9-12). He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).

Shannon Donnelly, Grade 9 Assistant Principal & Admissions Coordinator

Shannon Donnelly, an educator for 15 years prior to becoming an administrator, is the Assistant Principal of the Freshman Academy. In her role, Mrs. Donnelly also serves as the Admissions Coordinator for the school. Mrs. Donnelly’s played an integral role in working on the policies and procedures as well as the configuration of the academies in preparation for Essex Tech. Additionally, Mrs. Donnelly’s teaching experience coupled with her educational background makes her ideal for her role as the freshman Assistant Principal/ Admissions Coordinator.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.A.T. in Biology from Salem State University. In addition to her Professional teaching license (9-12) in Biology, Mrs. Donnelly is a licensed Principal/Assistant Principal and Vocational-Technical Principal/Assistant Principal. She is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).