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.