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Our Mission, Vision & Values

The Lynch Leadership Academy aims to enhance the lives of urban children and families by strengthening the leadership capacity of urban K‐12 school leaders from Catholic, charter, and district schools.

Our mission is to develop the leadership capacity of school leaders in order to close the achievement gap and ensure all students attend and graduate from college.

Our vision is to be the leading executive management and leadership development program for school leaders in high needs communities. We will efficiently and creatively grow the program to replicate the model in other cities, becoming a knowledge resource and innovation center for leadership training and school transformation nationwide. Further, our program will be widely recognized for improving student outcomes by building the leadership capacity of school leaders.


Lynch Leadership Academy Fellows engage in cohort building, shared action research, coaching, and collaborative networking within and across sectors. The curriculum centers around our core competencies:

  • Instructional Leadership: Enhance principals' capacity to promote instructional leadership across district, charter, and Catholic schools;
  • Human Capital Management: Enhance principals’ capacity to improve staff effectiveness, learning, and teaching across district, charter, and Catholic schools;
  • Systems & Operations: Develop principals’ operational skills and systems knowledge across district, charter, and Catholic schools;
  • Problem Solving: Increase principals’ skills to use data to inform decisions and instruction;
  • Self-Awareness: Develop principals’ skills in distributed leadership and ability to manage up; and
  • Interpersonal Relationships: Improve quality of relationships between principals and students, staff, families, and other stakeholders.

Meet the Cohort

Courtney Sheppeck

Principal, Murphy K-8 School

Geoff Rose

Principal, Perry K-8 School

Ben Rockoff

Resident Principal, JP Manning School

Darlene Ratliff

Principal, Higginson-Lewis K-8 School

Sarah Peteraf

Assistant Principal, Spark Academy

Jillian Pace

Principal Fellow, Brooke High School

Roger Oser

Principal, Ostigy High School

James Nardo

Middle School Principal, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

Michelle Morrissey

Dean of Humanities, Boston Collegiate Charter School

Farida Mama

Resident Principal, UP Academy Leonard

Michael Lister

Assistant Principal, Saltonstall School

Samantha Johnson

Assistant Principal, City on a Hill New Bedford

Sarah Herman

Principal, Our Sisters' School

Sean Guthrie

Resident Principal, Curley K-8 School

Courtney Gosselin

Assistant Principal, Bowditch School

Jay Goldrick

Principal, Nativity Prep New Bedford

Mona Ford
Mona Ford

Principal, Winship Elementary School

Matt Dunkel
Matt Dunkel

Math Coach, Vassal Lane Upper School

Rene Dickhaut

Principal, Clifford School

Sarah Dent

Assistant Principal, Chelsea High School

Brittny DeMatteo

Inclusion Specialist, City on a Hill Circuit Street

Kellie Carroll
Kellie Carroll

Assistant Principal, St. Agatha School

Glenn Burns

Principal, Collins Middle School

Kristin Blanchette
Kristin Blanchette

Principal, Trinity Catholic Academy Lower Campus

Emily Berman
Emily Berman

Resident Principal, William Russell School

Michael Baulier
Michael Baulier

Resident Principal, Mozart Elementary School

Meet the Alumni

Kim Wall

Principal, City on a Hill New Bedford

Adam Stumacher

Aspiring Principal Resident, Henderson K-12 School

Deborah Rooney

Principal, Lyon K-8 School

Claire Rheaume

Aspiring Principal Resident, Eliot K-8 School

Tabitha Redding

Resident Aspiring Principal, Mission Grammar School

Robert Rametti

Principal, Edwards Middle School

Dan Price

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Malden Catholic High School

Deb Opar

K-6 Literacy Coordinator, Prospect Hill Academy

Elise Mostello

Academic Dean, Conservatory Lab Charter School

Sarah McLaughlin

Principal, Frost Elementary School

Jean Larrabee

Principal, West Zone Early Elementary School

Ryan Holmes

Principal, Match Middle School

Elvis Henriquez

Aspiring Principal Resident, Warren/Prescott K-8 School

Kristen Goncalves

Aspiring Principal Resident, J.P. Manning School

Katie Grassa

Principal, Curley K-8 School

Yeshi Gaskin Lamour

Principal, Holmes Elementary School

Jonathan Diamond

Dean of Students, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

Joanna Davis

Lead Teacher, Match Middle School

Carmen Davis

Aspiring Principal Resident, Mozart Elementary School

Nick Cuomo

Aspiring Principal Resident, Pope John Paul II-Neponset

Leldamy Correa

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Lawrence High School

Jason Colombino

Assistant Principal, Collins Middle School

Jamie Brown

Aspiring Principal Resident, South Boston Catholic Academy

Dave Angeramo

Principal, Salem High School

Kristen Ando

Co-Leader for Curriculum and Instruction, Oliver Partnership School

Jonathan Anderson

Principal, Davis Leadership Academy

Natalie Ake

Principal, Ellison/Parks Early Education School

Marlena Afonso

Head of Operations, Bentley Elementary School

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