2008-2009 School Year
William E. Russell Elementary School Tamara Blake, Principal
Tamara Blake has been serving as a principal intern at the Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston this
year. Previously, she served as a fourth-grade teacher at the McKay for five years, where she supervised and
mentored student teachers, served on the grant writing committee, and wrote the Whole School Improvement
Plan with the administrative staff. Ms. Blake has also been a professional development specialist for the
Zaner-Bloser Voices Program. She began her teaching career as a co-teacher at the Benjamin Banneker
Charter School in Cambridge. Ms. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College and a master’s
degree from Wheelock College.
Samuel W. Mason Elementary School Harolyn Bowden, Principal
Harolyn Bowden has served as Acting Principal of the Mason for the 2007-08 school year. She had been the
Assistant Principal of the William Trotter Elementary School since 2004, where her duties included
supervising and evaluating teachers, monitoring student progress, communicating with parents, and
analyzing data. Her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools began in 1975 as a kindergarten teacher at
the P.A. Shaw Elementary School. She also taught at the former Endicott Elementary School, where she
served as teacher-in-charge, and was the literacy coordinator at the Mattapan Early Education Center. In
2000, Ms. Bowden received the Golden Apple Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Lesley
University and a master’s from Bridgewater State College.
Wolfgang A. Mozart Elementary School James Brewer, Principal
James Brewer is a Boston Principal Fellow assigned to the Mattahunt Elementary School, where he
facilitates instructional team meetings, manages daily operations, and co-leads a support team for male
students to maximize their achievement. Previously, Mr. Brewer served as program coordinator for The
Education Resources Institute (TERI) at Mildred Avenue Middle School and a community field coordinator
at the former Thompson Middle School. He also was a motivational speaker for the Salvation Army’s Adult
Rehabilitation Center Life Skills Program. Mr. Brewer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the
University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School Dr. Yolanda Burnett, Principal
For the past two years, Dr. Yolanda Burnett has been Principal of the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School.
Before coming to Orchard Gardens, she led the Lee Elementary School for two years. Previously, she was
the Elementary School Director at the Boston Renaissance Charter School. Dr. Burnett has been a reading
and special education teacher at the Timilty Middle School and the Umana Middle School Academy
(formerly Umana Barnes Middle School). She received a bachelor’s degree at Framingham State College
and a master’s degree at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy. She has also earned a doctorate from the
Leadership in Urban Schools Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in June 2006.
Louis Agassiz Elementary School Maria Cordon, Principal
Maria Cordon is the Director of Instruction at the Tobin K-8 School, where she leads and supports efforts to
improve teaching and learning for all students. She began her teaching career at the Winthrop Elementary
School in Roxbury before coming to teach first and third grades at the Tobin, where she also served as
Assistant Principal and Acting Principal during the principal’s maternity leave. She co-chaired the School
Site Council, chaired the Parental Involvement Committee, and served as the language acquisition coach and
literacy coordinator for the school. A native of Dorchester and product of the Boston Public Schools, Ms.
Cordon holds a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, a master’s degree from Cambridge College, and
an administrative degree from Northeastern University. She is also bilingual.
Mather Elementary School Emily Cox, Principal
Emily Cox is a Boston Principal Fellow assigned to the Hernandez K-8 School, where she assists in
developing the Whole School Improvement Plan, monitors professional development, and coordinates all
state and local assessments. Previously, she served as Principal of the high school at Boston Collegiate
Charter School, where she also had been the founding French teacher since 1998. Ms. Cox began her
teaching career in Baltimore as a French teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and
expects to receive her master’s degree in June from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
James Otis Elementary School Leo Flanagan Jr., Principal
Leo Flanagan Jr. is the Principal of the Lyons School in Randolph, where he led a school of 400 students and
40 professionals in improving instruction, parental engagement, and curriculum implementation. Previously,
he taught English Language Learners and served as a translator at the South Lawrence East School in
Lawrence. He has also worked as an analyst at Smith Barney and directed the Upper School at the Boston
Renaissance Charter School. Mr. Flanagan began his teaching career in 1990 in New York City Public
Schools as part of Teach For America. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a master’s
degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
East Zone Early Learning Center Corrinna Horton, Principal
Corrinna Horton is Principal of the Trotter Elementary School, which she has led for the past two school
years. She is returning to the East Zone Early Learning Center, where she served as Principal from 2002 to
2006. Ms. Horton began her tenure with Boston Public Schools in 1987 as a teacher at the Edward Everett
Elementary School. She also served as an Assistant Principal at the Mattahunt Elementary School from 1998
until April 2002. Ms. Horton earned a master’s degree from Wheelock College and a certificate of advanced
graduate studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Phineas Bates Elementary School Kelly Hung, Principal
Kelly Hung is the Interim Principal of the Manning Elementary School, assuming all leadership duties while
the current principal is on maternity leave. She is a 2008 Boston Principal Fellow and was based at the
Sumner Elementary School, where she helped write the school’s improvement plan, analyzed and
implemented instructional improvements, and led professional development initiatives. Ms. Hung previously
served as a Principal Intern and Senior Boston Connects Coordinator at the Hamilton Elementary School.
She began her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools at the Jackson-Mann School. Ms. Hung holds a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from Boston College.
Lee Academy Pilot School Genteen Lacet Jean-Michel, Principal
Genteen Lacet Jean-Michel served as Acting Principal of the Manning Elementary School during the 2006-
07 school year. Previously, she was a Boston Principal Fellow assigned to the Condon Elementary School,
where she facilitated weekly meetings of academic coaches and analyzed student performance data for teams
of teachers and administrators. Ms. Jean-Michel began her teaching career in Boston in 1995 at the Condon
and later taught at the Haynes Early Education Center. She has also taught a course at Wheelock College and
worked in the Saturday Kids to College program at Roxbury Community College. Ms. Jean-Michel holds
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
James A. Garfield Elementary School Louise Kuhlman, Principal
Louise Kuhlman is the teacher-in-charge at the James A. Garfield Elementary School, where she has taught
since 1987. She has served in a variety of positions at the Garfield, including summer school coordinator,
lead teacher, third-grade teacher, and inclusion teacher. Ms. Kuhlman has also sat on the School Site Council
and the Instructional Leadership Team, where she participated in developing the Whole School Improvement
Plan and developed curriculum calendars for various subjects. She also has taught education courses at
Boston College, supervised student teachers, and co-facilitated the Boston Writing Project at the University
of Massachusetts-Boston. Ms. Kuhlman holds a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College and a
master’s degree from Bridgewater State College.
Lucy Stone Elementary School Patricia Niles-Randolph, Principal
Patricia Niles-Randolph has been Acting Principal of the Stone since 2006. She began her BPS career in
1979 as an elementary and middle school teacher. She has also served as a guidance counselor, student
support coordinator, and assistant principal. For two years, Ms. Niles-Randolph was the assistant principal of
the James F. Condon Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, a master’s
degree from Boston College, and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Niles-
Randolph also is a licensed social worker.
William M. Trotter Elementary School Mairead Nolan, Principal
Mairead Nolan is the principal of the Joyce Kilmer K-8 School where, for the past six years, she has
supported teachers in creating high-performing collaborative teams that increased student performance and
worked with parents to build a strong welcoming community. Previously, Ms. Nolan served for four years as
Director of Instruction for the Rafael Hernandez Two-Way Bilingual School. She taught for seven years in
the Washington, D.C. Public Schools and in the Republic of the Marshal Islands. She earned a bachelor’s
degree from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of
Samuel Adams Elementary School Margarita Ruiz, Principal
Margarita Ruiz is the literacy coach at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School, where she has worked since
1993 in a variety of academic and administrative positions. She has served as acting principal, teacher-in-
charge, and language assessment team coordinator. She has been part of the Instructional Leadership Team
and the Data Team, as well as numerous curriculum and school-improvement committees. Ms. Ruiz has also
taught Sheltered English Instruction at the Kennedy and has substantial experience teaching English
Language Learners. She also taught at the Edison Middle School and the King Middle School. Ms. Ruiz
holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College in
Paul A. Dever Elementary School Dr. Vivian Swoboda, Principal
Vivian Swoboda is the Principal of the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School in Newton, a school she has led
since 1994 and guided through a change process that increased faculty collaboration and extensive
professional development. Dr. Swoboda has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in the
Cambridge and Brookline public schools, including lead teacher, administrative intern, team leader, and
teacher-in-charge. She began her teaching career in East Brunswick, N.J., as a preschool teacher. Dr.
Swoboda holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Boston
MIDDLE AND K-8 SCHOOLS
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Ruby Ababio-Fernandez, Principal
Ruby Ababio-Fernandez is Principal of the Hamilton Elementary School, which she has led since 2006. She
came to the Hamilton after serving as a Boston Principal Fellow during 2005-2006. Ms. Ababio-Fernandez
has also served as a literacy coach and a Title I reading teacher. Over the course of her tenure at BPS, she
has assumed substantial leadership roles in schools including: coordinating school-based professional
development workshops that support implementation of district initiatives, such as Readers and Writers
Workshop, facilitating instructional leadership team meetings, and mentoring new teachers. Ms. Ababio-
Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College and a master’s degree from Lesley
Donald McKay K-8 School Marco Curnen, Principal
Marco Curnen is a Boston Principal Fellow at the Community Academy of Science and Health, where he
facilitates the Instructional Leadership Team, developed an assessment tool to gauge the effectiveness of
professional development, and created an equity & access rubric as a tool to eliminate the achievement gap.
Mr. Curnen began his teaching career at Brookline High School as a Spanish teacher and later served as
academic coach and teacher leader. He is a contributing author to a book on school leadership. Mr. Curnen
holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, and expects to receive a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Joyce Kilmer K-8 School Jerome Doherty, Principal
Jerome Doherty currently serves as Academy Director for grades three through five at Orchard Gardens K-8
Pilot School. Before coming to Boston, Mr. Doherty served as Assistant Principal and Acting Principal at
Crocker Elementary School in Fitchburg. Mr. Doherty spent eight years teaching K-12 music in California
and New Jersey. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education.
Oliver H. Perry K-8 School Mary Jane Dotson, Principal
Mary Jane Dotson has served as Acting Principal of the Perry since 2006. Before coming to the Perry, she
was Principal at the Sierra Alternative High School in New Mexico. During her career in New Mexico, she
also held the position of Principal of the Harrison Middle School, where she facilitated planning and
development of curriculum and instructional goals and promoted and provided staff development
opportunities. Before the middle school assignment, Ms. Dotson was Principal at the Lowell Elementary
School. At the University of New Mexico, Ms. Dotson received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and
an educational specialist degree in educational administration.
Thomas A. Edison Middle School Mary Driscoll, Principal
Mary Driscoll is the Assistant Principal/Director of Instruction at the Mildred Avenue Middle School, where
she leads weekly professional learning community work sessions, plans school-wide professional
development, and supervises and evaluates teachers. Previously, she served as lead teacher for mathematics
in the Chelsea Public Schools, where she also worked as a high school math and science teacher. Ms.
Driscoll has also worked at the former R.G. Shaw Middle School in Boston and began her teaching career in
1983 at a private middle school she co-founded for low-income students in New York City. Ms. Driscoll
holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School
John W. McCormack Middle School DaQuall Graham, Principal
DaQuall Graham has served as Senior Director of the Achievement Gap for the Boston Public Schools, in
which he oversaw the early implementation of the Achievement Gap Policy passed by the School
Committee. Previously, Mr. Graham was an Academy Leader at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School,
where he played a key leadership role in all academic, operational, and managerial functions of the school
since 2003. Mr. Graham also was a teacher at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and served as principal
of its summer program for three years. Mr. Graham has presented numerous workshops and professional
development opportunities for educators, communities, and churches. He holds a bachelor’s degree from
American International College and a master’s degree from Simmons College.
Mildred Avenue Middle School Kennietha Jones, Principal
Kennietha Jones has been Acting Principal of the Mildred Avenue Middle School for two years. Prior to
leading Mildred Ave., she served as Acting Principal at the Grover Cleveland School for the 2005-2006
school year. Ms. Jones began her teaching career in 1996 in a fifth-grade classroom at the Boston
Renaissance Charter School. After four years of teaching middle school and later serving as an MCAS
Coordinator at the Benjamin Banneker Charter School, she entered the Boston Public Schools as a seventh-
grade English teacher at the Mary E. Curley Middle School. She also was Director of Instruction at the
Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Ms. Jones is a graduate of the first cohort of the Boston Principal Fellows
Solomon Lewenberg Middle School Andy Tuite, Principal
Andy Tuite has served as Principal of the Grover Cleveland Middle School since 2006. He also served as
Program Director of Secondary Mathematics for the Boston Public Schools, in which he oversaw the
implementation of the district’s mathematics program, supervised designated mathematics coaches, and
assisted principals and headmasters in the supervision and evaluation of mathematics teachers. Mr. Tuite
also was a school support specialist at the Cleveland and whole school change coach for BPS. His past
assignments in Brockton Public Schools included junior math teacher, junior high guidance counselor, and
junior high instructional resource specialist. Mr. Tuite received a master’s degree from Bridgewater State
College and a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College.
Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School Norman Townsend, Principal
Norman Townsend has been principal of the William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester since
2006. A former banker, Mr. Townsend joined Boston Public Schools in 1994 as a sixth-grade teacher at the
Mary E. Curley Middle School. He served at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for five years as an
Assistant Principal, and also as Interim Principal at the Thomas Gardner Extended Services School. Mr.
Townsend earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s in business administration, and
master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from Harvard
University. He received the James B. Conant Fellowship Award in 1999.
Eliot K-8 School Traci Walker Griffith, Principal
Traci Walker Griffith has served as Acting Principal of the Eliot since spring 2007. She also served as
Assistant Principal of the Tobin K-8 School for one year and interned at the Mather Elementary School as a
Boston Principal Fellow. Ms. Griffith’s teaching career in the Boston Public Schools began in 1992 at the
Trotter Elementary School, where she also served as Assistant Principal for one year before becoming a
Boston Principal Fellow. In 2004, Ms. Griffith won a Boston Teacher of The Year Award. She has also
served as a Panel Review member for the state Department of Education. Ms. Griffith holds a bachelor’s
degree from Plymouth State College and a master’s degree from Lesley College.
Boston Adult Technical Academy Sheila Azores, Headmaster
Sheila Azores has been Acting Headmaster of the Boston Adult Technical Academy since 2007. Previously,
she served as Director of Instruction at BATA for three years, during which she oversaw implementation of
curriculum and instructional strategies to improve student achievement, evaluated staff, and used data to
create professional development activities. She was a Boston Principal Fellow for the 2003-2004 school year
at Excel High School. Ms. Azores’ career in the Boston Public Schools began in 1987 as a social studies and
moderate special needs teacher at the Grover Cleveland Middle School. She also worked at the Elihu
Greenwood Elementary School, the former Hyde Park High School, and Boston Latin Academy. Ms. Azores
holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Monument High School Nadia Cyprien, Headmaster
Nadia Cyprien is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Monument High School, where she assists in the
supervision and evaluation of staff, helps prepare the Whole School Improvement Plan, and assists the
Headmaster in all operational aspects of the building. Ms. Cyprien came to Monument in 2005 as the senior
curriculum access specialist, and she served as the primary resource for all issues relating to special
education. She began her teaching career in 1999 at the former South Boston Harbor Academy Charter
School. Ms. Cyprien holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master’s
degree from Cambridge College.
Noonan Business Academy Kwesi Moody, Headmaster
Since 2006, Kwesi Moody has been Assistant Headmaster of East Boston High School, where he supervised
and evaluated teachers, managed all school operations, and coordinated various curriculum and
programmatic offerings throughout the school. He served as a Boston Principal Fellow at Noonan for the
2005-06 school year. Mr. Moody began his teaching career in the Boston Public Schools in 1999 at the
Burke High School, where he taught mathematics, science, and special education. He also served as advisor
to the student government and the senior class. Mr. Moody holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston
University, and master’s degrees from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Academy of Public Service Rudolph Weekes, Headmaster
Rudolph Weekes has served as Acting Headmaster at the Academy of Public Service since 2007. He was the
school’s Assistant Headmaster since 2004, and his duties included supervising teachers, overseeing
formative and summative tests, and handling numerous administrative responsibilities. He joined the Boston
Public Schools in 1997 as a mathematics teacher at what was then Dorchester High School. He also served as
a math specialist and as the Director of the Freshman Academy. Mr. Weekes also has been a site
administrator for the College Board’s African-American Student Success Initiative and has presented at
workshops for the Boston Public Schools’ New Teacher Orientation. Mr. Weekes holds a bachelor’s degree
from Salem State College and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.