SPS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Team

Carols I. Perez, J.D., METCO & DEI Director

Dr. Peter Botelho, Superintendent

Dr. Meg Dussault, Assistant Superintendent; Title IX & Civil Rights Officer

Dr. Angela Burke, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Livia Ramos, Director of Data, Accountability, and Assessment

Jessica Murphy, Director of Student Services

Lisa Robinson, Early Childhood Director

Kevin Madden, Cottage Street School Principal

Dr. Darrin Reynolds, East Elementary School Principal

Dr. Lisa Dion, Heights Elemental School Principal

Kevin O'Rourke, Sharon Middle School Principal

Diverstity, Equity, and Inclusion
What is DEIB?

Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.  Populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented and marginalized in the broader society.

Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems.  Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed.  Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all.  To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.

Belonging is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a religion, or something else. People tend to have an ‘inherent’ desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves.

Belonging Circle
Belonging Circle

The district holds Belonging Meetings on a bi-monthly basis. Our next meeting will take place on a Monday, October 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm. If you would like to join please sign up here.

We would love your input on topics for out meetings. Please feel free to add your suggestions when you sign up to attend.

How do we promote the feeling of belonging in our schools?
Cottage Bulletin Board

Cottage Street School bulletin board of our differences along with books that are being read in classrooms to prompt conversations with kids.  The school has had staff meeting conversations about race and identity and how we each bring our own bias when working with others. 

How do we promote the feeling of belonging in our schools?
Art Diversity Projects

Heights Art teacher, Alexandra Mellman, designes projects throught the year that allow students to lean about a variety of cultural backgrounds.

How do we promote the feeling of belonging in our schools?
Library Media Diversity Projects

Library teacher, Erin Drew, incorporates a variety of projects that highlight varied backgrounds and experiences.


Sharon Public Schools has partnered with the following organizations. More to come!

Belonging Circle RSVP

Sharon Public Schools holds bi-monthly Belonging Circles. Our next cirlce will take place on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm. Please sign up here to attend so we can plan accordingly.

We want to hear your thoughts on topics for upcoming meetings. Feel free to share your ideas in the RSVP form.