Karen McCarthy | Principal, Curtis Guild Elementary
Karen McCarthy has been the principal of the Curtis Guild Elementary School in East Boston since November 2013. Prior to this role, she served on the leadership team at the English High School where she focused her efforts on turnaround initiatives including teacher teaming and addressing early warning indicators. Karen spent her first eleven years in BPS teaching English language arts and special education at Brighton High School. During this time, she created and implemented a school-wide advisory program, mentored beginning teachers, designed and facilitated professional development, managed the Boston College pre-practicum program, and served as the English Department Content Leader, Lead Teacher, and co-chair of the School Site Council. Karen has also worked with the Boston Teacher Residency Program as a mentor, site director, and teacher of graduate courses. She has written several publications, including a book chapter on early-career teachers and their unions for the Harvard Education Publishing Group and book reviews for Teacher’s College Record. Karen earned National Board Certification in 2010 and has been a recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, the United Way’s 2010 Teachers Rock award, and a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and master’s degrees from both Harvard and Columbia University. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, Kory, and their two daughters, Oona and Lila. She is a proud Boston Public Schools parent.