• Barry Hopping     bhopping@ipsk12.net


    Barry is a life-long resident of Ipswich where he was born and raised and attended the Ipswich Public Schools.  He was first elected to the School Committee in May 1999.  He has worked in public education for his entire career and most recently as the Principal of the Nock Middle School in Newburyport.  Currently, he is employed as an Adjunct Professor and Program Supervisor at Merrimack College where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes as well as supervises student teachers who are enrolled in the school’s Fellowship Program.

    He has also served on a variety of other town boards including the Recreation Commission, Athletic Fields Study Committee, and the Synthetic Turf Field Committee.  He has co-chaired the Superintendent Search Committee in the past and remains very active as Chair of the district’s Policy Sub-committee.  He has been a member of two separate Building Committees in recent years and has worked closely with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on school renovation and new construction projects in Newburyport and Ipswich.

    He is married and has a son, Brendan, currently attending Ipswich High School. 


  • Pavica Kneedler   pkneedler@ipsk12.net


    Pav has lived in Ipswich since 2005 with her husband and two sons, both of whom are students in the Ipswich Public Schools.  She has been a maternal-newborn nurse on the North Shore for 22+ years and, as the daughter of two teachers, is passionate about education.

  • Carl Nylen,       cnylen@ipsk12.net


    Carl Nylen was elected to the School Committee in 2012 and elected Chairman in 2015. Mr. Nylen is a business consultant with Esri, the global mapping and spatial analysis technology company. He manages business development for city government and civic organizations across the Northeast and Midwest. Mr. Nylen is a member and past-Chair of the Ipswich Open Space Committee, member of the Athletics Fields Study Committee, and member of the 2015 Operational Audit Committee. He and his wife have 2 children both educated in the Ipswich Schools. Mr. Nylen's current term expires in 2018.
  • Hugh O'Flynn    hoflynn@ipsk12.net

    Hugh O'Flynn

    Hugh O’Flynn is a life-long resident of Ipswich and has served on the Ipswich School Committee since 2003. He and his wife, Laura, have 5 daughters who have all been educated in the Ipswich public schools. He has served as Chair of the Committee as well as on subcommittees including budget, operations, and athletics. Dr. O’Flynn is an orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine North and has been Team Physician for the Ipswich Tigers since 1998.

  • Sarah Player, Chair     splayer@ipsk12.net


    Sarah was born and raised in Ipswich and is a proud product of the Ipswich Public Schools.  She was first elected to the School Committee in May 2013.  She is currently the Chair of the School Committee and serves on the budget and the operations subcommittees.  Sarah is also a member of the School Building Committee.  Professionally, Sarah is the supervising physical therapist for the Gloucester Public Schools and is an adjunct professor in the physical therapist assistant program at North Shore Community College.

    An avid athlete herself, Sarah can also be found teaching fitness classes at the Ipswich Family YMCA, or on the field coaching, for the Ipswich Youth Soccer.

    Sarah, and her husband, Tim Galanis, have two daughters who attend the Ipswich Public Schools.

  • Charles Whitten  Co-Chair     cwhitten@ipsk12.net

    Charles Whitten

    Chub Whitten is one of the founders of Juniper Development Group, a commercial real estate company. He has held various positions within the construction and development areas of the firm since it's inception and is currently responsible for origination, leasing, construction, and management. Mr Whitten has been  directly responsible for building and developing over two and one half million square feet of industrial, office, research, and retail space.
    He serves on the Board of UV Tech Systems, is a member of the Peterborough NH Economic Development Authority, and is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of ConVal Regional High School, Peterborough, NH.
    He has served on the Board of Trustees of Montserrat College of Art and was a Co General Manager of Together We Play, a community organization responsible for the design and construction of the Winthrop School Playground.
    He and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters in the Ipswich School District.
  • Nicole Zito  nzito@ipsk12.net


    Nicole Zito is an English teacher and resident of Ipswich for the past four years. She and her husband, Rich, have two young children, Max (6) and Amelia (5). Though Max and Amelia are not currently in the Ipswich schools, they will be.   Nicole is committed to making those schools the best that they can be. A product of public schools, she has been in   educator for 16 years. She holds a Ph.D. in K-12 school administration from Boston College. Currently, Nicole serves as   the English Coordinator and middle school Team Leader at Saint John’s Prep in Danvers where she teaches 7th and 8th   grade boys. She shares, "I am passionate about authentic learning and literature as a means to foster lifelong empathy. I   see this moment as a pivotal time in our community; we are blessed with the great opportunity to invest in our children’s   future. I offer my expertise and dedication to helping shape and generate enthusiasm for the school building project."