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Curriculum Team


Meet our Curriculum Team

Gregg Gilligan, Assistant Superintendent

Gregg Gilligan is currently in his 6th year as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Town of North Andover. During that time he has worked alongside teachers to strengthen structures to improve student achievement for all students in North Andover. He has helped develop a true professional learning community by restructuring and training facilitators of collaborative inquiry to have a relentless focus on: identifying essential learning, developing common and formative assessments, analyzing data and using this information to set achievement goals and reach them by sharing lessons and strategies to impact teacher practice. 

Mr. Gilligan grew up in the Merrimack Valley. He graduated from Springfield College in 1995 and became a physical education instructor and football coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Gregg returned to North Andover in 1998 and began his career at North Andover High School as a history teacher. He became Assistant Principal of the High School in 2004. In addition to his teaching duties, Gregg served as a football and track coach. 

Prior to moving to the Central Office, Gregg was appointed as principal of the Thomson School and for four years helped lead “Team Thomson” from a level-three school status to a school that was named one of only 18 “Turn-Around” schools in the Commonwealth as a result of exiting the “No Child Left Behind” accountability status. The Thomson School was named a Commended School by Governor Patrick and Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester as a result of their much-improved MCAS performance. During Gregg’s last three years as principal, the Thomson School achieved level-one status.  

Gregg earned his CAGS degree in 2005 from Salem State College and is currently a doctoral student at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education Leadership and Social Justice where he will graduate in May 2018 with his Doctorate. He lives in North Andover with his wife Caitlin, who is a high school guidance counselor, and his children, Catherine and Michael. 

Lorene Marx, PK-12 Humanities Director

Lorene Marx is currently in her third year as the PK-12 Humanities Director for the North Andover Public Schools. Lorene has been instrumental in adopting and implementing consistent and rigorous curriculum resources across all levels. Lorene has been a key liaison in developing a strong relationship with Stevens Memorial Library, rolling out Lucy Calkins Writing in grades K-8, and bringing award winning authors to speak with our students. Lorene has a plethora of diverse professional experiences. Previously, she served as team evaluation leader and as a principal both in Newburyport, MA and at the Thomson School here in North Andover. Lorene Marx has a master's degree from Syracuse University in the field of learning disabilities. She received a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of New York at Geneseo. For many years she worked at the Coastal Education Collaborative and as a special education coordinator for the Triton Regional School District. Lorene loves hiking Mt. Cadillac, reading Jacqueline Woodson, and kayaking around Plum Island in Newburyport. 

Kara Larcome, PK-12 STEM Director

Kara Larcome is currently in her 4th year as the PK-12 STEM Director for the North Andover Public Schools. Kara is currently leading the implementation of Eureka Math in grades K-6, as well as the rollout of the new Massachusetts science standards at NAMS. Kara has extensive high school experience and is currently working with staff at NAHS to increase computer science offerings. Kara plays a key role in the collection, analysis and dissemination of internal and external data so that teachers have critical and up-to-date information to support and inform their practice. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Salem State University. Additionally, she holds a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) and a B.S.in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Kara lives in North Andover and is a self-taught baker and runner. 

Anne Joyce, Elementary Reading Coach

Jaclyn Taylor Rudolph, Elementary Reading Coach

Valerie Drinan, K-6 Math Coach