HOPKINTON – Members of Hopkinton City Council have appointed endawnis Spears, a 38-year-old mother of four and member of the Narragansett Indian tribe, to fill a committee seat vacated when Reverend David Stall resigned in late September. .
Council members voted 3-2 on Monday night to nominate Spears, a Democrat, for the remainder of the term, which expires in November 2022.
Spears is the co-director of Upstander Academy, a Boston-based professional development group that aims to provide classrooms and educators with tools to teach about genocide. She is also the Director of Outreach and Programming and a founding member of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, an Indigenous education and interpretation consultancy for museums, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
She was born in Arizona and received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Denver. She also currently sits on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Councilors Michael Geary and Scott Bill Hirst voted against the nomination and backed unaffiliated candidate Tyler Champlin, a chartered accountant, to replace Stall. Other candidates included Republican Polly Hopkins and unaffiliated candidate Sylvia Stanley. The four candidates were interviewed in an executive session last week.
âI’m unhappy with both the school committee and this board,â Hirst said. “We had a knowledgeable representative at Dave Stall and they didn’t even want to add his topics to the agenda.”
Stall, a Republican and pastor of First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church, was appointed to the school committee in February 2020 following the resignation of Sylvia Stanley. He was selected from two other candidates and was due to serve the remainder of the term, which is due to expire in 2022.