James P. Quaglia
James P. Quaglia was Principal of Blue Hills Regional Technical School from 2006 to 2010, when he was named Superintendent-Director. Born and raised in Attleboro, where he still lives, Supt. Quaglia attended Providence College and Rhode Island College, where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, respectfully. He was a vocational Carpentry teacher and Vocational Director in Attleboro; and he also been a Carpenter and Cabinet Maker since a very young age. An example of his skill is in the BHR lobby – a distinctive curved centerpiece bearing the letters “BHR.”
Among the many notable developments at the school that Supt. Quaglia has implemented while at BHR are the launch of the Engineering and Criminal Justice programs; various smaller scale construction and remodeling projects, such as all three Science labs and the Lecture Hall; the creation of a new website; and the commemoration of Blue Hills’ 50th anniversary in 2015-16.
Supt. Quaglia’s focus is to facilitate others in doing their best possible work, a trait that has also helped to move the school forward as a technical school for the 21st century.
Principal Jill Rossetti lived in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood until she was 5, when her family moved to Stoughton. A 1988 graduate of Stoughton High School, she attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston intending to become a teacher. Ms. Rossetti student taught in English, became a part-time writing lab specialist at Blue Hills from 1993 to 1995, then was hired at the school as a full-time instructor in Computer Information Systems and Networking while earning a master’s degree in education at night. She held that position until 2000. Ms. Rossetti left Blue Hills for five years and switched gears to be a trainer in information systems and eventually returned to teaching. After her daughter, Sophia, was born in 2005, she was hired back in her former position as a Computer Information Systems and Networking instructor at Blue Hills.
In 2009, Ms. Rossetti became the school’s Academic Coordinator for five years, all the while taking classes and garnering professional credentials that prepared her to be Principal. Ms. Rossetti has clearly-defined priorities for Blue Hills. “The main goal is students and safety first,” she said, “because we’re a vocational school. My second goal would probably be to maintain and improve our reputation as a great technical high school. My third goal is school-wide literacy – reading, writing and thinking – to prepare students for when they leave here for college or work.” Concerning her aims for herself, Ms. Rossetti said, “I think my goal is to improve situations, find solutions to problems, and move forward.”
Steven M. Moore earned degrees in television production and community service management, worked in culinary environments ranging from a YMCA camp kitchen in his high school days to the ultra-upscale Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston, taught culinary basics to at-risk youth in the Hull Public Schools, and was Interim Superintendent of Schools in Randolph among the leadership positions he has held in education. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management.
Starting on July 1, 2014, Mr. Moore brought all his varied expertise to Blue Hills Regional as the school’s new Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel, a financially-oriented position in which he oversees approximately 160 employees and an $18 million budget.
A resident of Quincy and a native of Maine, he spent 20 years in the food service industry before utilizing his talents and skills in the public school systems of Hull, Carlisle, and Randolph.
Mr. Geoffrey Zini joined the Blue Hills team as Academic Director in 2014. A graduate of Gordon College (B.A. in History) and American International College (M.Ed. in School Administration), Mr. Zini began his professional career as a history teacher at Norwood High School. During his tenure at Norwood, Mr. Zini coached basketball and cross country, was appointed Dean of Students, and served as Department Chair for Social Studies, grades 6-12. He also taught in and later directed a Special Education summer program for Norwood students in K-12. In 2012, he was named Assistant Principal at Norton High School before accepting his current position at Blue Hills.
Michelle has been a part of vocational education since 1999 when she started her teaching career as a Computer Information Technology instructor at Southeastern Regional Vocational School. In 2001 Michelle began working as a Computer Information Technology instructor at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School where she worked for fifteen years. Michelle also started a very successful Business Professionals of America chapter at Bristol-Plymouth and has had the pleasure of bringing nearly 300 students to national competitions over her time as advisor.
Michelle obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Bridgewater State University and worked towards her goal of administration by attending the MAVA Leadership academy and then earned her MEd. in Leadership and Management from Fitchburg State University.
Michelle has been married to her husband, Eddie, since 1987 and together have raised two sons, Michael and Kevin. She enjoys hiking with her energetic Vizsla, Brandy, and swimming with her lazy Chocolate Labrador, Bosco.
Thomas Cavanaugh has been the Dean of Students at Blue Hills since 1998. He came to Blue Hills after serving in the same position at Don Bosco Tech from 1985 to 1998 when the school closed. As Dean, Mr. Cavanaugh is in charge of all disciplinary matters involving students as well as overseeing attendance, clubs and activities. He began his career as a classroom teacher at St. Angela's Elementary School in Mattapan and then spent three years teaching social studies at St. Columbkille's in Brighton. Mr. Cavanaugh has also been a department head and Director of Athletics, as well as a coach in baseball, golf and basketball. Mr. Cavanaugh holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire, where he played basketball for four years, and a master's degree in education administration from Emmanuel College. He is a lifelong resident of Roslindale with his wife and two grown children.
Angelo Dimitriou has been the Director of Special Services at BHR since 2013, a position he previously held from 2006 to 2011. In that role, Mr. Dimitriou supervises the Special Education, Guidance and Counseling departments. He also serves as the school's homeless coordinator and tutoring coordinator. Prior to joining BHR, Mr. Dimitriou served as a Special Education Chairperson in the Canton Public Schools. He began his career as a Special Education teacher with a particular focus on vocational training. Mr. Dimitriou holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a master's degree in special education from Fitchburg State College, and a certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) from Bridgewater State University.
Gene Mastro, who came to Blue Hills in 2002, was formerly Director of Life Safety Services at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. In that capacity, he oversaw environmental health, safety and security systems. When he was promoted to Director of Facility Services, Gene had a staff of 110 people, an $11 million budget, and responsibility for 52 buildings with a total of 1.5 million square feet.
Mr. Mastro and his hard-working custodial and maintenance staff attend to everything from maintaining the school’s boilers to setting up for special events, along with many other tasks of varying magnitude that quietly and efficiently get done daily to keep the school running smoothly for the staff, students and visitors.
He was a military policeman in the Army; in fact, he was actually an investigator in Germany for three years. In the late 1970s, he switched career plans and opted for electronics instead. Mr. Mastro eventually earned a degree in computer electronics from Wentworth Institute of Technology, plus a master’s of management in Organizational Development from Cambridge College. Mr. Mastro is also a licensed electrician, certified energy manager (Association of Energy Engineers), and a certified environmental manager (Bentley University).