STONEHAM — The Stoneham School Committee wishes to officially welcome David Ljungberg as the new superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools.
Superintendent Ljungberg began his new role in July. He replaces Superintendent John Macero, who retired after more than five years with the District.
“When Superintendent Macero announced his retirement, we could think of no better candidate than David Ljungberg. He has been part of the district for six years, quietly working in the background, as assistant superintendent,” School Committee Vice Chair Melanie Fiore said. “While not in the spotlight, David is responsible for a lot of the initiatives that have moved Stoneham forward, and we are excited for the future of Stoneham Public Schools under his leadership.”
Superintendent Ljungberg joined the District in 2016 as director of curriculum, and has served as assistant superintendent since 2017.
While serving as assistant superintendent, he played an instrumental role in ensuring that the District had structures in place to provide students with educational, social and emotional support, as well as food deliveries, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other initiatives that Superintendent Ljungberg has been instrumental in include: crafting an educational plan for the new high school building; securing major grants including ones that allowed the District to hold summer programs free of cost for the past three years; organizing professional development programs that focus on multi-tiered systems of support, universal design for learning, and social-emotional learning; establishing a partnership with Salem State Univerisity to create a hiring pipeline; and more.
Superintendent Ljungberg previously served as a principal, assistant principal and director of curriculum within the Hopkinton Public School District, as well as a teacher in the Acton-Boxborough, Dover-Sherborn, Shrewsbury, and Leominster School Districts. He began his career in education in Seattle, Washington as a fourth-grade teacher in 2001.
“All of my experiences have given me a true insight into the different and important hats that people wear throughout school districts. I am excited to draw upon this knowledge, as well as my more than 20 years of experience in the education field, to support District employees, students and the larger community as superintendent,” Superintendent Ljungberg said. “As I step into this new role, I also would like to thank Superintendent Macero for his mentorship and guidance over the past several years. He has taught me an incredible amount in preparation for this position.”
Superintendent Ljungberg holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with a minor in elementary education from Clark University, a Master of Education with a focus in literacy from Providence College and a Master of Education with a focus in organizational management and school leadership from Endicott College.
To view a video to learn more about Superintendent Ljungberg and his plans for the upcoming school year, please click here.