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Nadene Stein teaches in the special education programs at Lesley. She began working for the Waltham Public Schools in 2001, when she was hired as the principal of Northeast Elementary School/ She began her journey as an educational leader over 20 years ago as a principal at a residential program for middle and high school-age adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. After leaving Wayside Union Academy, she worked as an Assistant Principal at the Fuller Elementary School in Gloucester.

Dr. Stein has been the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services for the Waltham Public Schools since July, 2015. With each professional move, Dr. Stein has worked to build and develop opportunities where teachers and students flourish as leaders and learners.

Dr. Stein's doctora dissertation is titled, “The Role of Elementary School Principals Supporting Teachers in The Instruction of Reading for English Language Learners.” In addition to her adjunct teaching for Lesley, she is a RETELL (Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners) Instructor for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

An active member of the Waltham community, Dr. Stein is the president of both the Board of Directors of Healthy Waltham and the Waltham Land Trust. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Charles River Community Health Center. A favorite activity of Dr. Stein’s is playing the baritone horn with the Waltham High School Band. When not working, volunteering or making music, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting and gardening.


BA in English, Boston University
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Boston University
M.Ed. in Special Education with Specialization in Transition from School to Adult Life, University of Massachusetts, Boston
CAGS in Educational Leadership, University of Massachusetts, Boston
PhD in Education with Specialization in Educational Leadership, Lesley University