By Ginni Spencer

Mike McAllister – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Mike McAllister, former Bedford School Committee member and long-time resident of Bedford, was elected unanimously to the Board of Directors of The Bedford Citizen at its quarterly meeting held on April 24.

Teri Morrow, president of the Board, said: “We are thrilled to add someone of Mike’s caliber to the Board.  His professional and community experience demonstrate a high level of leadership and engagement, qualities The Bedford Citizen seeks in its Board members.”

McAllister is a life-long resident of Bedford.  After graduating from Bedford High School in 1995, he attended Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Legal Issues.  In 1999 he joined the staff of the Frank Ashley Day Middle School in Newton as a social studies teacher and assistant lacrosse coach.  A year later he moved to the Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School in Belmont and taught in the Social Studies department for six years and became the K-12 Director of Social Studies and Community Service.  Today he is principal of the Chenery Middle School.  Along the way, McAllister earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University (2000) and has met certification requirements through the Educational Leadership Institute and the National Institute for School Leadership.

Locally, he served on the School Committee for six years (2013-2019) and was Chair of the Committee from 2015 until 2018.  Reaching way back, McAllister was a Bedford Day Camp Counselor and Program Leader and was elected to the Bedford Day Camp Counselor Hall of Fame in 1999.

Asked why he was interested in serving on the board of The Citizen, McAllister said: “I see The Bedford Citizen as a valuable resource – it informs, encourages, connects and celebrates my home town.  I am honored to serve on the board of The Bedford Citizen because its central mission is about bringing together the community.  I am proud to take part in something I believe strengthens our town.”

McAllister lives in Bedford with his wife, Meg, who is also a life-long resident.  The two met in high school and were married in 2002.  They have two children, Madeline, 14, a freshman at Bedford High School, and Hayden, 12, who attends the John Glenn Middle School.

Editor’s Note: Maybe you’d like to consider serving on The Bedford Citizen board, too.  If you are interested in getting more information, please contact Ginni Spencer, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, at ginni.spencer@verizon.net.

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