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New Asst. Superintendents/Title 1 Director Named

LOWELL – Superintendent of Schools Liam Skinner is proud to announce the appointments of Wendy Crocker-Roberge as Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership, Alice Brown-Legrand as Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, Oneida Fox Roye as Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Instruction, and Carolyn Rocheleau Feeney as the district’s Title 1 Director.

“I am quite pleased by the high caliber of candidates these positions attracted and am thrilled with the team of highly qualified, experienced, thoughtful, and compassionate leaders that are coming together to lead this district,” said Skinner. “These hires bode well for the future of Lowell Public Schools and will greatly benefit the teachers, staff, and administrators who work here as well as the students and families we serve.”

Wendy Crocker-Roberge, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership

Ms. Crocker-Roberge comes into this role having served in the 2023-2024 school year with great success as the Interim Chief Schools Officer, the former name for this position.

Prior to coming to Central Office, she spent 12 years as the principal of the Pyne Arts Magnet School. During her time at the Pyne, she was a leader at the district level, serving as a New Principal Mentor, on the Joint Committee for Educator Evaluation, on the DESE Principal Advisory Cabinet, on Blue Ribbon and school and district hiring committees, and on the Leadership Planning Committee.

Prior to coming to Lowell, Crocker-Roberge, a Lawrence native, worked in the Lawrence Public Schools. During her 12 years in Lawrence, she worked exclusively at schools deemed by the state to need the most improvement, known as turnaround schools, serving as a middle school teacher, curriculum facilitator, and as a K-8 assistant principal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UMass Lowell, a master’s degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services from Salem State University, and completed the Principal Certification Program in Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship at UMass Lowell.

Alice Brown-Legrand, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services

Ms. Brown-Legrand, the former Coordinator of the Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School, is coming back to Lowell Public Schools having most recently served as the Director of Student Support Services for the Wilmington Public Schools.

In that role, which she has held since 2017, she oversaw a $20M Student Services budget, including all Special Education programming, 504, Title IX, Preschool Programming, Behavioral Health, Civil Rights and Nursing Services, and Discipline and Bullying Harassment process compliance.

Additionally, she has taught courses in Special Education and Assessment as an adjunct professor in the Lesley University Graduate School of Education since 2016.

She began her career in Lowell Public Schools in 1997 as a school psychologist, a role she held until 2012 when she became the coordinator of the Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School, a position she held for four years and in which she was highly regarded by her colleagues and the students and families she served.

Brown-Legrand holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College, a master’s degree in School Psychology from Northeastern University, and a certificate in advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in Educational Psychology from Northeastern University.

Oneida Fox Roye, Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Instruction

Dr. Fox Roye is coming to Lowell Public Schools having most recently served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Chelsea Public Schools, where she led the development and implementation of instruction, curriculum, academic programs, assessment, and professional learning systems for students from pre-K to grade 12.

Prior to taking the position in Chelsea, she spent two years as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Officer for the Dedham Public Schools.

Fox Roye has extensive experience in literacy, which will make her an essential asset for Lowell Public Schools. During her impressive 25-year tenure at Boston Public Schools she was well-regarded for her professionalism and leadership skills. In Boston, she served as a Coordinator at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, a school-based Literacy Coach, the district’s Lead Literacy Coach, the district’s Literacy Program Director, the district’s Senior Program Director for English Language Arts grades 6-12, and spent her last seven years in Boston as the Executive Director of English Language Arts and Literacy (K-12) for 120 Boston Public Schools.

She is a native and fluent Spanish speaker and holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Journalistic Studies from UMass Amherst, a master’s in Bilingual Education from Boston University, and a doctorate in Education in Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies from Boston University.

Carolyn Rocheleau Feeney, Title 1 Director

Ms. Rocheleau has worked at Lowell Public Schools since 1998, starting as an Early Childhood District Support Specialist, a role she held for 11 years. This past year, she has served as the principal of the Cardinal O’Connell Early Learning Center, the district’s inclusive preschool that serves 130 students.

Highly regarded by her colleagues for her responsiveness and professionalism, she spent 14 years prior to taking the position at the Cardinal as the district’s Coordinator of Special Programs, overseeing after-school and out-of-school time programs like Summer School, after-school enrichment activities, the Knowledge Bowl, and a wide variety of other programs. In that role, she developed the skills and knowledge that are key to the Title 1 role including an awareness of all curriculum and programs, fiscal acumen and expertise, as well as a deep knowledge of grant-writing and grant management.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State University, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State University, a certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Fitchburg State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Leadership in Schooling at UMass Lowell, a program she expects to complete in 2026.

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