Welcome to the Lynn Superintendent of Schools

The mission of the Lynn Public School System is that all Lynn students will graduate from high school with the skills to make informed choices and pursue further learning as socially responsible citizens.

The Lynn Public School System is committed to providing an outstanding academic, cultural, and technologically rich education to its students through the work of excellent teachers with high expectations. As part of our team teachers are provided myriad opportunities for collaboration, mentoring support, and professional development in standards based instruction with additional emphasis on strategies for teaching English Language Learners and special education students.

Lynn is looking for self reflective, motivated, technologically literate teachers who are willing to work with veteran staff to learn and practice new skills and teaching strategies for the benefit of our students. Lynn needs teachers who are committed to the profession and see teaching as more than a short-term job opportunity. Our administration, in turn, will invest in those teachers with all resources possible.

Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham

Our Office Information

List Office Information
(781) 593-1680
(781) 477-7487
100 Bennett Street, Lynn, MA 01905

Regular Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
7:45 AM - 2:45 PM


Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
7:45 AM - 12:45 PM

List Superintendent | Catherine C. Latham, Ed.D.
Theresa Calnan | Confidential Secretary
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Janet Costin | Confidential Secretary
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List Deputy Superintendent | Jaye E. Warry, Ed.D.
Karen Chapman | Confidential Secretary
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List Deputy Superintendent | Susan Rowe
Debra Johnson | Confidential Secretary
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List School Business Administrator | Kevin McHugh
Cheryl Grigun | Confidential Secretary
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Thomas Bourque | Assistant To The Administrator
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Judy Casey | Office Assistant / Finance
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Maureen Horgan | Compliance
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"State of the Schools" Addressing Goals For the Lynn Public Schools

It is with great pleasure that I present to you, the Lynn School Committee, as well as the citizens of the City of Lynn my annual report on the state of the Lynn Public Schools.  As in the past, I am truly proud of what the dedicated and talented faculty, staff and students of the Lynn Public School System have accomplished.   

In this my sixth year as superintendent I can say with confidence that we have seen much to celebrate through the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our district staff, principals and teachers. Our schools and our students have made great gains over the past year in the area of student achievement, and as I visit our schools and classrooms, observe outstanding instruction, talk with parents before and after school and at school sponsored events, and meet with community members and community organizations, I am encouraged, pleased and very proud of the well founded positive perceptions that the community has about the Lynn Public Schools.  

Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham

Click below to download current and past "State of the Schools" addresses.

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  2014 "State of the Schools" Address | May 2014
  2013 "State of the Schools" Address | March 2013
  2012 "State of the Schools" Address | March 2012

MCAS Presentations and Results | 2013-2014

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  2014 School and District MCAS Overview of Results | Sept. 25, 2014
  "Understanding the MCAS Tests" | Shirley Albert - October 2013
  "Accountability Data" Presentation | Dr. Latham - October 2013

February 2015 | Superintendent Announces Principal Appointment
Lynn Vocational and Technical High School

Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert Buontempo, Jr. as the new Principal/Director of Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (LVTI).  Mr. Buontempo has spent over twenty-seven years at LVTI in various capacities and is himself a graduate of a vocational/technical school, Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield, MA.  He is extremely well experienced as a vocational educator, administrator and advocate and is well placed to lead LVTI forward.

Mr. Buontempo began his career as a teacher in the Auto Collision Repair Program, progressed to the position of Vocational Cluster Department Head, and since 2009 has served as Assistant Principal.  During his tenure at LVTI, he has served for multiple years as a class advisor, co-chaired the Decennial Review Committee for the 2006 evaluation by the National Association of Schools and Colleges, acted as a new teacher mentor for new faculty members, supervised and maintained program and grant budgets, promoted state and district initiatives for vocational programs, overseen the federal Perkins Grant budget, developed and implemented a school-wide system of student management to increase student accountability, served as the school’s bullying and harassment coordinator and served as the LVTI representative to the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA).   Mr. Buontempo also has excellent work experience.  Prior to his work at LVTI, he was employed as the business manager for an auto collision repair shop.

Mr. Buontempto received an Associate’s Degree from North Shore Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Bentley College, and a Master’s Degree from Cambridge College.  He is a strong supporter of raising the rigor for all students using an increased focus on reading and writing in all disciplines and is currently implementing a student accountability plan as a means to increase the LVTI graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate.

Mr. Buontempo is knowledgeable and experienced in both academic and vocational areas, skilled in data analysis, and passionate about vocational/technical education.   He is enthusiastic and eager to work together with faculty, staff, students, parents, district administration and the community to inspire, prepare and provide LVTI students with the opportunities that lead to lifelong career opportunities. 

December 2014 | Superintendent Announces Principal Appointment
Marshall Middle School

The superintendent is pleased to announce the appointment of a new principal for the Thurgood Marshall Middle School.  Ms. Molly Cohen, an experienced educator with the Lynn Public Schools, will be leaving her current position as vice principal at Breed Middle School to officially take over leadership of Marshall on January 5, 2015. 

Ms. Cohen has extensive experience as a teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator.  She began her career in public education in Salem Massachusetts as an English as a second language teacher  and came to the Lynn Public Schools in 2005 as a sheltered English immersion teacher at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute.  She has also served as the bilingual guidance counselor at Lynn English High School and as the vice principal at Breed Middle School.  Previous to her public school work she was a teacher of English as a foreign language in Chile and English as a second language in Boston.

Ms. Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont Burlington with a dual major in English and sociology, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language degree from Simmons College, a Master of Education degree in school counseling from Salem State College and received her principal license after completion of the Merrimack Leadership Academy program.   
Ms. Cohen is proficient in written and oral Spanish, knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction planning and implementation, skilled in data analysis, and experienced working with community agencies.  She brings excellent organizational skills to her new position and is well prepared and eager to transition faculty, staff and students to the new Marshall Middle School which is scheduled to open in September 2016.

December 2014 | Superintendent Announces Principal Appointment
Ford Elementary School

The Superintendent is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne LaRivee as the new principal of the Robert L. Ford Elementary School.  Ms. LaRivee, formerly the Vice Principal at the South Lawrence East Middle School in Lawrence, is an experienced teacher and school administrator with over twenty-five years in the Lawrence Public Schools. 

Her teaching experience includes eight years as a third grade teacher and five years as a seventh grade literacy and math/science teacher.  She has worked as an elementary curriculum facilitator, a curriculum and literacy coach, and has a strong background in data analysis, instructional technology, and urban school leadership.

Ms. LaRivee received a Bachelor of Education degree from Salem State College with a major in early childhood education, a Master of Education degree from Suffolk University, and received an Education Specialist degree in administration, planning and policy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She has also completed the National Institute of School Leadership program sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Leaders in Educational Advancement Program for principal preparation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

Ms. LaRivee brings a wealth of experience in curriculum, instruction, urban school leadership and in the development of professional school culture by family and community engagement.   She will begin her duties on January 5, 2015, and will be a great asset to the Lynn Public Schools.

July 2, 2014 | Superintendent Announces Appointment of New Drewicz Principal

Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Hebert, currently the Program Specialist at the Ingalls Elementary School in Lynn, as the new Principal of the Drewicz Elementary School.

Ms. Hebert holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education degree from Salem State College with double majors in elementary education and psychology.  She is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a principal and an elementary and middle school teacher.  She received her principal license after participating in the Commonwealth Leadership Academy.  Ms. Hebert is an adjunct faculty member at North Shore Community College in Lynn and Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

Ms. Hebert has taught since 1997 and has elementary experience in Florida, North Carolina and Methuen, Massachusetts.  Working in the Lynn Public Schools since 2001, she has taught Grade 1, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6.  She was an elementary and middle school mathematics teacher at the Ford School and Ford School Annex and has taught English language arts, science and social studies at the elementary level.  She is a strong proponent of the philosophy that the state standards in reading and writing are essential standards that are applicable across the curriculum to all content areas.  As a member of the Ingalls Elementary School leadership team, Ms. Hebert has had extensive training in Universal Design for Learning at Harvard University, a practice-oriented program that provides a blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods, materials and assessments that enable all students to succeed in the classroom.  

While at Ingalls, Ms. Hebert was a member of the Family Engagement Alignment Team, a member of the School Improvement Committee, the MCAS and ACCESS test coordinator, and an active participant in planning team meetings for students with special needs. 

Ms. Hebert is a dedicated educator and a capable and committed leader who will use her extensive experience and fine leadership skills to work closely with parents in the Drewicz School community, to encourage, support and assist her teachers, and to provide an optimal learning environment and program for every child. 

August 27, 2013 | Superintendent Announces Acting Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Science

Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Held as the Acting Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Science.

Mr. Held has worked in the Lynn Public Schools for the past sixteen years as a grade 5 teacher and as a science and technology specialist, most recently at the Aborn School.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the science curriculum and extensive experience with educational technology.  Mr. Held has done comprehensive work preparing science lessons integrated with technology for all grades at the elementary level, and he is currently preparing additional lessons and professional development activities that will address the upcoming implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Mr. Held received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in both elementary education and psychology, and a Master of Arts degree from Salem State University.  He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Engineering Leadership Committee, and the Gateway STEM Project in collaboration with the Museum of Science.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Held had a career in business management and will, no doubt, use his well-honed management skills in this new appointment.
Mr. Held will begin by concentrating on the elementary science program and will eventually expand his focus to include the middle school science program.  He is excited, enthusiastic and well prepared to begin work to solidify our elementary science program and bring consistency and uniformity to elementary science instruction throughout the district.

August 2, 2013 | Superintendent Catherine Latham Announces New Cobbet Elementary School Principal

Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Susanne Garrity as the new principal of the Cobbet Elementary School.  Ms. Garrity has been at the Harrington Elementary School for the past thirteen years as a teacher in grades one and three, a curriculum and instruction teacher and currently as the Program Specialist.  She has extensive experience in standards-based curriculum design and lesson planning, the analysis of data, differentiated instruction, and the planning and presentation of professional development targeted to the needs of an individual school and faculty.  She has done extensive professional development for the district in classroom management, reading comprehension, differentiated instruction, and in the implementation of the new teacher evaluation system. 

Ms. Garrity graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Study and received a Master of Education degree from Salem State College in Early Childhood Education.  Prior to becoming a teacher she worked as an administrator in a therapeutic pre-school for traumatized children where she developed, implemented and supervised their therapeutic curriculum and play therapy.

Ms. Garrity brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new position.  She is well versed in the common core curriculum and in the policies and practices demanded by both the district and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and she is blessed with outstanding human relations skills.  She will bring excellent leadership to Cobbet and is well prepared to work in an atmosphere that demands a high level of accountability.

June 2013 | Superintendent Catherine Latham is Pleased to Announce Three New Appointments

Marilyn Mahoney
, formerly Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood, will be the new principal for the Early Childhood Center located at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Annex at 90 Commercial St. opening in September.  Ms. Mahoney is an experienced educator who has taught for 23 years in the Lynn Public Schools.  Her teaching experience includes first and second grade, reading, and English as a second language (ESL).  She initiated the Lynn pre-school program and works in collaboration with many private agencies in the city.  While working in the district curriculum office she has worked closely with both the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care, and has written and managed multiple grants to support our pre-school and kindergarten programs.   
Ms. Mahoney received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in early childhood education from Cambridge College.  She brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her new position and will be a great asset to the new program.

Dr. Brian Fay, formerly principal at the Cobbet Elementary School will be moving to become principal of the Callahan Elementary School, a post vacated by the retirement of veteran principal Mr. Edward Turmenne. Dr. Fay began his career at the Connery Elementary School working as a fourth- and sixth-grade teacher, and he has considerable experience working with English language learners. He has also served on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering Standard-Setting Committee and the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks Committee.  He is an active member of the Lynn community serving as a youth basketball coach, mentor, member of the Classical Alumni Association, and the Friends of Lynn Woods.
Dr. Fay holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in special education, both from Salem State University and a doctorate of education in Management of Educational Programs from Nova Southeastern University.  Prior to becoming principal at Cobbet in 2008, Dr. Fay served four years as principal of the Burke Elementary School in Peabody.  He is also an adjunct professor at American International College.  Dr. Fay is an enthusiastic, committed and experienced principal who will bring exceptional personal and professional qualities to his new assignment.

Michelle Flynn will be assuming the position of Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood, the position vacated by Ms. Mahoney.  She has worked for Lynn Public Schools for more than 30 years and holds licenses in early childhood education, elementary education and the education of students with special needs.  She taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes for 26 years.  Ms. Flynn is currently Program Specialist for Early Childhood and has been responsible for programmatic and fiscal oversight of the Early Read First initiative.  She has worked closely with Ms. Mahoney on all of our early childhood grants and early childhood programs and, most recently, has served on the team providing training on the new educator evaluation system and the district team working with School Works monitoring site visits for our Level 3 schools.
Ms. Flynn earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Bridgewater State University and a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.  Her extensive experience and lifelong dedication to early childhood education at both the school and district level make her a perfect appointment to maintain and advance the excellent programmatic and fiscal integrity of the early childhood programs in Lynn Public Schools.

Brickett, Ford and Tracy | Kindergarten Update | June 21, 2013

This important transportation update is for Kindergarten parents at the Brickett, Ford and Tracy Elementary schools only.

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Statement from Superintendent Catherine Latham
in Response to the Newtown, Connecticut Tragedy

On behalf of the Lynn School Committee, the entire staff of Lynn Public Schools, and the Lynn community, I send heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the staff, students, and families of Newtown as they deal with this horrific tragedy.

As we seek to comprehend and understand the horror of the event, we naturally look inwardly at our own schools and our own children. I write this message in an attempt to offer some sense of security to the families of all Lynn students and to offer resources to parents on how to speak with their children, answer their questions and calm their fears.

Lynn Public Schools Security Systems

We have performed cutting-edge work over the past six years to maintain safe and secure schools.  Our School Safety and Security Liaison, Lynn Police Officer Robert Ferrari, has worked tirelessly with us, the Lynn Police Department and the Lynn Fire Department to establish safety systems in all schools.  These systems include:

- Aiphone Systems in every school that allow video monitoring and two-way communication before visitors are buzzed into the buildings.
- Yearly lock-down drills (in addition to fire drills) in every school.
- Card access systems that allow only designated school department personnel into our buildings.
- A strict Visitor Policy newly adopted by the Lynn School Committee and posted on our school department website.
- Collaboration with the Lynn Police Department and the Lynn Fire Department in Mock Active Shooter Drills in our schools. This year a drill was held after school hours at LVTI and included Lynn English High School ROTC student volunteers.
- CCTV Security Camera Systems in 16 of our 25 schools that include more than 400 interior and exterior cameras; a plan to add security cameras in the remaining nine schools in 2013.
- Computer phone systems in all schools that enable phones to be used as intercoms and emergency notification systems.
Our No. 1 priority is the safety and security of our children. 
There is absolutely nothing more important.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

My entire district staff is working to provide school personnel with assistance in dealing with this tragedy. Our principals, school psychologists, school adjustment counselors, and guidance counselors will be available on Monday and throughout the week and beyond to assist you and your children. Below are links to resources to assist parents and teachers in talking to children about school violence. I will add additional resources as they become available.

National Association of School Psychologists | English
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

National Association of School Psychologists | Spanish
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Additional Resources
Web The American Academy of Pediatrics | School Shootings 
National Association of School Psychologists on Talking to Children About Violence
University of Minnesota | Talking to Kids About Violence Against Kids
Common Sense Media | Explaining the News To Our Kids

Guidelines for Visiting the Lynn Public Schools

On behalf of the Lynn School Committee and our principals, directors, teachers and other staff, I extend a warm welcome to parents and others to visit our schools and classrooms. Active involvement of families and the community in our students’ education is a key to student success and one of my highest priorities. 

To keep our students and staff safe and secure, and to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum, we have developed guidelines for visiting all Lynn Public Schools. “Visitors” include all parents and school department employees, as well as others.

Please visit our Policies and Guidelines webpage for all the details.

Thank you,
Superintendent Catherine Latham

A Brief Profile of Doctor Latham Dr. Latham

Catherine Latham is the Superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools. Dr. Latham taught mathematics for over twenty years  in both the Peabody Public Schools and the Lynn Public Schools and was an former Mathematics Department Chair at Lynn English High School.  While teaching at Lynn English High School she received National Board Certification in the area of Adolescent and Young Adulthood Mathematics, was a member of the Corps of Massachusetts Exemplary Educators and in 2001 received the national 2001 Milken Educator Award.   In 2002, Dr. Latham joined the Lynn Public School Department’s district team as the School Support Coordinator and in that capacity worked closely with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to assist all schools in the preparation of their School Improvement Plans and in the analysis of data.  In 2005 Dr. Latham became Deputy Superintendent for the Lynn Public Schools and was appointed Superintendent in 2009.

Dr. Latham is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northshore Education Consortium and the Lynn Business Education Foundation.  She works collaboratively with the Lynn Community Health Center and received the 2011 Outstanding School-Based Health Center Supporter award from the Massachusetts Association for School-Based Health Care. 

Dr. Latham is a lifelong Lynn resident and graduate of Lynn English High School.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Salem State College.  She earned a doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in Leadership in Urban Schools.  Dr. Latham has three adult children, all graduates of the Lynn Public Schools. 

Dr. Latham brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to her position and is fully committed to the Lynn Public Schools.

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