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The Lynch Leadership Academy’s yearlong program is specific, differentiated, and relevant. The curriculum targets the needs of each Academy Fellow and his/her school site, giving the Fellow and LED the opportunity to focus on the specific needs of each school.


Throughout the year, Fellows have the opportunity to deepen their learning and to practice key skills. Each course is developed to provide participants opportunities to practice aspects of leadership and receive critical feedback that will improve leader practice. Therefore, all course delivery uses a practice-based model: participants first receive information and instruction and then are required to demonstrate application with critical peer feedback.

Additionally, Fellows’ school-based work is grounded in reflection and feedback. We firmly believe that a leader’s ability to grow is based on self-awareness. As our Fellows work together to receive and share peer feedback about their practice, they develop their ability to think critically about their work and identify areas for improvement. Throughout the year, each Fellow participates in a Critical Friends Group (CFG), charged with the task of formally assessing each peer as part of the School Diagnosis and 360° Feedback Survey. Members of the CFGs also participate in informal school visits, providing feedback about each participant’s yearlong project.

Over the course of the fellowship year, Fellows will participate in:

-A 360° leadership assessment
-A school review
-A two-day overnight retreat
-A two‐week summer institute
-Monthly data-driven professional workshops
-Local and out-of-state school visits
-Individualized coaching

Because the principalship is complex and requires school leaders to enact their learning, the programmatic experience thus focuses on “targeted practice.” As such, the fellowship begins with a personal 360 Leadership Assessment and School Review, which drive the program’s “Assessment & Contracting” phase. These two data sets are used to create the fellow’s Individual Development Plan (IDP).

In addition to the above, Fellows enrolled in the Aspiring Principal Program complete a year-long residency alongside a Mentor Principal. The school-based residency provides the aspiring principals authentic opportunities to practice key skills with feedback. The 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.

Meet the Cohort

Gerald Yung

Principal, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School

Meghan Welch

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Harvard-Kent Elementary School

Lisa Warshafsky

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Mission Grammar School

Andrew Vega

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Phineas Bates Elementary School

Rochelle Valdez

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Joseph J. Hurley K-8 School

Patrick Tutwiler

Headmaster, Brighton High School

Courtney Smith

Lower School Principal, Boston Collegiate Charter School

Maureen Simmons

Principal, St. Agatha School

Valecia Saunders

Headmaster, McKinley Schools

Gene Roundtree

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Eliot K-8 Innovation School

Adam Renda

Principal, Crocker Elementary School

Sonya Pratt-Masso

Principal, City on a Hill II

Katie Pereira

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Excel Academy Orient Heights

Mark Pellegrino

Principal, Gardner High School

Mark O'Connor

Resident Fellow, William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School

Sarah Morland

High School Principal, Boston Collegiate Charter School

Eileen McLaughlin

Principal, Mount Alvernia High School

Karen McCarthy

Principal, Curtis Guild Elementary

Michelle Knoebel

Aspiring Principal Fellow, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

Sara Hosmer

Principal, Martin E. Young School

Jocelyn Goodwin

Assistant Principal, Match Community Day Charter School

John Elder

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Phoenix Academy Lawrence

Brett Dickens

Principal, Boston Community Leadership Academy

Stacy Ciprich

Assistant Principal, Lawrence High School

Emily Bryan

Resident Fellow, Warren/Prescott K-8 School

Erin Borthwick

Principal, Wolfgang Mozart Elementary School

Cristin Berry

Principal, City on a Hill I

Stacy Andrade

Assistant Principal, Lawrence Catholic Academy

Meet the Alumni

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

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