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LLA launches the Aspiring Principal Program

03/08/13

The Lynch Leadership Academy has launched an Aspiring Principal Program! The program seeks to build the capacity of aspiring leaders who lead Catholic, charter and district schools in the Boston region. The Academy provides each Fellow the opportunity to learn and observe new skills and effective practices, to practice and implement them and to receive feedback from expert practitioners, thereby significantly improving their professional capacity for a direct and measurable impact on student achievement.

The Aspiring Principals Program includes several components: a two-day Cohort Retreat, a two-week Summer Institute, a year-long school-based Residency experience with mentorship from an effective Mentor Principal and ongoing coursework and professional development throughout the year.  

Cohort Retreat:  The focus of the cohort retreat is cohort-building that leads to the development of a Professional Learning Community (PLC). The Lynch Leadership Academy Fellowship intends to foster cross-sector collaboration.  As such, the Cohort Retreat provides a solid foundation for Fellows as they begin to build a PLC. The retreat, facilitated by ARIEL & the Merestim Group, allow aspiring principals to further develop their leadership skills, identify their growth areas, and work with others who will provide them feedback about those areas of growth. The retreat allows aspiring leaders to engage in discovery-based and experiential learning.

Summer Institute: The 10-day summer institute, held in early July, includes coursework and entry planning sessions. These professional development opportunities focus on a wide range of topics pertinent to the vitality and success of urban schools including visioning, school culture, instructional leadership, managing organizational change, database decision-making, political realities, educational equity, and institutional advancement. During the institute, aspiring leaders not only learn from scholar-practitioners, but also continue to develop a network of school leaders that provides ongoing knowledge and support. The sessions offer fresh ideas, tools, and skills for the Fellows to use in their schools and communities.

School-based Residency: Each aspiring principal completes a yearlong residency alongside an effective Mentor Principal. The school-based residency provides the aspiring principals authentic opportunities to practice key skills with feedback. The school-based residency includes experiences such as leading professional development, leading and facilitating leadership team meetings, observing and providing teachers feedback, engaging key stakeholders and the community, and managing the daily operations of a school.  

Coursework & Professional Development: The coursework and professional development workshops allow aspiring principals to deepen their experiences at the residency site by providing appropriate learning engagements. These workshops occur twice monthly and during two week-long seminars throughout the year. 

Successful Aspiring Principal Program Candidates:

  • Have a proven track record of improving student achievement;
  • Believe that all students will achieve college success;
  • Focus on student achievement results;
  • Are data-driven and focused;
  • Possess strong project management skills;
  • Possess effective interpersonal skills; and
  • Are self-aware.

Meet the Cohort

Megan Webb

Resident Fellow, Orchard Gardens K-8 School

Samantha Varano

Assistant Principal, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School

Marjorie Soto

Principal, Joseph J. Hurley Dual Language School

Mistie Parsons

Head of School, Phoenix Charter Academy

Abidemi Bisi Oyedele

Executive Director, MATCH Charter Public High School

Tom Nunan, Jr.

Principal, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School

Katharine Needham

Assistant Principal, Match Community Day Charter School

Pauline Lugira

Resident Fellow, The Dever/McCormack Middle School

Alex Lisak

Principal, Academy of the Pacific Rim

Deborah Langlois

Principal, Gardner Middle School

Kelly M. Hung

Principal, Phineas Bates Elementary School

Nicole Gittens

Principal, Urban Science Academy

Lisa Gilbert-Smith

Principal, Another Course to College

Jason Gallagher

Principal, Harvard Kent Elementary School

Christine Ann Evans

Principal, Saint Paul School

Aliece M. Dutson

Assistant Principal, Mission Grammar School

Jenna Cramer

Principal, Kilmer K-8 School

Robby Chisholm

Resident Fellow, Mather Elementary School

Stephanie Callahan

Head of Lower School, Salem Academy

Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes

Principal, Manning School

Emily Bozeman

Resident Fellow, The Elliot K-8 School

Meet the Alumni

Justin A. Vernon

Justin A. Vernon is the principal at Roger Clap Innovation School, a position he has held for one and a half years. More...

Sr. Lucy Veilleux

Sr. Lucy Veilleux is the principal at Lawrence Catholic Academy, a position she has held for five years. More...

Annie Sevelius

Annie Sevelius is the principal at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, a position she has held for three years. More...

Jillian C. Nesgos

Jillian C. Nesgos is the head of school at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, a position she has held for eight years. More...

Eileen Nash

Eileen Nash is the principal at Beethoven & Ohrenberger Schools, a position she has held for nine years. More...

Erin L. Moulton

Erin L. Moulton is the principal at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, a position she has held for two years. More...

Lou Ann Melino

Lou Ann Melino is the principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, a position she has held for three years. More...

Lindsa McIntyre

Lindsa McIntyre is the principal at Jeremiah E. Burke High School, a position she has held for seven years. More...

Kim R. Mahoney

Kim R. Mahoney is the principal at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, a position she has held for four years. More...

Patricia Lampron

Patricia Lampron is the principal at Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, a position she has held for four years. More...

Caitlin Keeton

Caitlin Keeton is the principal at St. Rose School, a position she has held for two years. More...

Rolandria Justice

Rolandria Justice is the principal at Alma del Mar Charter School, a position she has held for four years. More...

Paul Hays

Paul Hays is the principal at City on a Hill Charter Public, a position he has held for nine years. More...

Emily Glasgow

Emily Glasgow is the principal at Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8 School, a position she has held for six years. More...

Sarah Fiarman

Sarah Fiarman is the principal at Graham and Parks, a position she has held for three years. More...

Lisa Fasano

Lisa Fasano is the principal at St. Mary of the Hills School, a position she has held for five years. More...

Marco Curnen

Marco Curnen is the principal at Donald McKay K-8 School, a position he has held for three years. More...

Corbett Coutts

Corbett Coutts is the principal at Rogers Middle School, a position he has held for one and a half years. More...

Maria Cordon

Maria Cordon is the principal at James W. Hennigan School, a position she has held for one year. More...

Christopher Beza

Christopher Beza is the principal at Sacred Heart School, a position he has held for three years. More...

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom is the headmaster at Community Academy of Science and Health, a position she has held for three years. More...

Cynthia Boyle

Cynthia Boyle is the principal at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, a position she has held for five years. More...

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