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About Kathleen

My interest in public education started in college, where I combined a History major with a teacher education program. After college I was a high school history teacher, first in western Massachusetts and then in Revere where I taught students at all levels, including an AP class. My experience as a public school teacher shaped my appreciation for the challenges all teachers and schools face.

After moving to Lexington in 2000, I quickly became involved in the community. As a Bowman parent, I progressed from organizing Staff Appreciation week and the METCO Family and Friends program, to becoming a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) president in 2009. I followed this pattern as my children arrived at Clarke and LHS, becoming involved in each school and serving as the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) president at Clarke and LHS.

My interest in our schools and children goes beyond the support provided by the PTO/As. I served as the Field Co-Chair in the 2012 Yes campaign in support of renovating Bridge and Bowman and rebuilding Estabrook, and served as the Co-Chair of the 2016 Yes campaign in support of renovating Clarke and Diamond. I have been a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 4 since 2014.

My husband, Daryl Wiesen, and I have three children in the Lexington schools - two at LHS and one at Clarke. When we aren’t working and volunteering, we can be found cheering our children on at lacrosse and basketball games, chorus concerts, and school musicals.

Lexington School Experience

  • LHS PTO, Co-President, 2015-present
  • Clarke PTO, Co-President, 2012-2014
  • Bowman PTA, Co-President, 2009-2011
  • Hancock Nursery School, Parent Committee President, 2003-2005
  • LPS Redistricting Committee, 2006-2007
  • Clarke Principal Search Committee, 2012
  • LPS Student Assignment Committee, 2016-Present

Town Government / Town Volunteer

  • Town Meeting Member, Precinct 4, 2014-present
  • Lexington Youth Coalition, Steering Committee, 2015-present
  • Co-Chair, Yes For Lexington campaign, 2016
  • Field Co-Chair, Yes For Lexington campaign, 2012
  • 300th Anniversary Celebration, 2013, Co-Chair of community dance

Professional Experience

  • Social Studies Teacher, Mt. Everett Regional High School, 1993-1995
  • Social Studies Teacher, Revere High School, 1996-1998
  • Guide, Lexington Historic Society, 2011-2014


  • Brown University, BA, History, 1993

Fun Facts

  • I grew up in Las Vegas.
  • I know a lot of Star Wars trivia.
  • My parents and all three of my siblings have red hair.