Heidi T. Riccio, Superintendent-Director
Heidi Riccio has been with Essex North Shore since July 2017 serving as one of the directors for career and technical education programs. During her time here, Dr. Riccio not only has been successful in her role as a CTE director, but she also extended her leadership to improving many school programs such as safety, competitive grant funding, preparing to open new programs, advancements and enhancements to the curricula, efforts in school branding and social media outlets, and opening additional community programs such as the school farm stand. Dr. Riccio comes to the Superintendent-Director position with high recommendations from current staff, faculty, and students. Additionally, Dr. Riccio is highly regarded by her previous mentoring Superintendents, community members, and colleagues where she worked tirelessly on numerous initiatives and projects.
Dr. Riccio began her educational career in the hospitality industry as a sales manager for the Marriott Corporation. In 1997, she started her career in vocational-technical education teaching hospitality at Greater Lawrence Technical School. Dr. Riccio advanced her career at GLTS earning a variety of leadership roles including department chairperson, academy supervisor, and CTE Director. In 2013, she became the Principal/Director of Medford Vocational Technical High School. While there, Dr. Riccio opened 9 new Chapter 74 programs, wrote over $1M in competitive grant funding and worked collaboratively with the comprehensive high school to bring rigorous academic courses to vocational school students. Dr. Riccio also offered CTE courses to traditional high school students. During her time in Medford, Dr. Riccio has been actively involved in community-based projects, adult education programming, increased enrollment for incoming ninth grade students, and began a partnership with the City of Everett to provide vocational opportunities to their high school students.
Dr. Riccio has a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a CAGS in Educational Leadership from Salem State University, a Master’s degree in Occupational Education from Fitchburg State University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management from Johnson & Wales University. In addition, Heidi is a member of ASCD, MAVA, and ACTE.
Shannon Donnelly, Principal
Shannon Donnelly, an educator for 15 years prior to becoming an administrator, is the Principal of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. Ms. Donnelly has been on the administrative team at Essex North Shore since the school’s opening in 2014, most recently serving as the Assistant Principal of the Freshman Academy and 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 North Shore. Additionally, Mrs. Donnelly’s teaching experience, educational background, and leadership experience make her ideal for her role as Interim Principal.
Ms. Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, from The 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 and NASSP.
Mary Etta Kroesser, Director of Human Resources
Mary 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 Technical High School 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
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 Essex North Shore. She has had this role since joining North Shore Regional Vocational School District more than 20 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.
Bonnie Carr, Director of Workforce Development
Ms. Carr began her career as a financial analyst after graduating from St. Michael’s College. She started her teaching career at Greater Lawrence Technical School in the Office Technology (Business Technology) program. She left Greater Lawrence in 2009 to become the Cooperative Education Coordinator at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute. Bonnie has held various leadership positions including Lead Teacher, Cooperative Education, and Workforce Development. She has written several competitive grants and has extensive knowledge in building partnerships.
Ms. Carr holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Salem State University and has completed the MAVA Leadership Academy.
Joseph St. Pierre, Director of Facilities, Farm, and Grounds
Joseph St. Pierre joined the Essex North Shore team as the school’s new facilities manager in September 2016. In this role, Mr. St. Pierre 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.
Jennifer Skane, Assistant Principal – East Academy
Jennifer 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 North Shore 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).
Joel Spruance, Grade 9 Assistant Principal & Admissions Coordinator
Joel Spruance is joining the Essex North Shore leadership team as the Grade 9 Assistant Principal & Admissions Coordinator. Prior to this role, Mr. Spruance developed and led Essex North Shore’s Teacher Induction Program and was a History and Social Sciences teacher. He has coached in the Boys Soccer, Boys Basketball, and Softball programs over the past six years.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master’s degree in Education from Gordon College. He is licensed as a Principal/Assistant Principal (9-12) and a Vocational Principal/Assistant Principal (9-12).