Principals, headmasters named for Boston schools

Boston’s Superintendent of Schools, Carol R. Johnson, has announced the appointment of additional principals and headmasters to lead Boston Public Schools next year:

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School, Dorchester
Albert Taylor, Interim Principal; Assistant Academic Superintendent on Assignment

Vera Johnson, who served as principal of the Murphy last school year, has accepted a position in the Office of English Language Learning as principal on assignment. During the search for a permanent successor, Albert Taylor will serve as interim principal of the Murphy. Taylor is an Assistant Academic Superintendent for Elementary Schools. Previously, he was principal of the Mozart Elementary School in Roslindale for eight years and assistant principal of the Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester for seven years. He also has been a teacher at the Timilty Middle School and Madison Park High School.

Boston Latin Academy, Dorchester
Emilia Pastor, Interim Headmaster

Emilia Pastor most recently served as assistant headmaster at Boston Latin Academy, where she oversaw all student support services and served as instructional and operations leader for the eighth grade cluster. Prior to this position, Pastor was the small learning community leader at Charlestown High School. She has teaching experience in the elementary, middle and high school levels and holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Henry Dearborn Middle School, Roxbury
Jose Duarte, Principal

Jose Duarte has been headmaster of the English High School for the past several years. Mr. Duarte began his career in BPS leadership while serving as assistant principal at the Umana-Barnes Middle School and later as principal of the Grover Cleveland Middle School. He went on to serve as a cluster leader, participating on the Superintendent’s Leadership Team. Duarte earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College.

John P. Holland Elementary School, Dorchester

Jeichael Henderson, Principal

Jeichael Henderson is currently the assistant principal of the Holland Elementary School and, prior to this appointment, was the assistant principal at the Lee Elementary School. He began his career at the Holland in 1997 as a student teacher and accepted a full-time teaching position at the school. Henderson is a product of the Boston Public Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree as well as two master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

Mattahunt Elementary School, Mattapan

Ruby Ababio-Fernandez, Principal

Ruby Ababio-Fernandez most recently served as principal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. Prior to this appointment, she was principal of the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School after completing the Boston Principal Fellows program. She has been a literacy coach and a Title I reading teacher. Over the course of her tenure at the BPS, she assumed substantial leadership roles in schools, including coordinating school-based professional development workshops that supported the implementation of district initiatives such as Readers and Writers Workshop, facilitating instructional leadership team meetings and mentoring new teachers. Ababio-Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College and a master’s degree from Lesley University.

The English High School, Jamaica Plain
Sito Narcisse, Headmaster

Sito Narcisse has come to the Boston Public Schools from Pittsburgh University Prep @ Millones Grades 6-12 School, where he was the founding principal. Prior to this position, Narcisse was an assistant high school principal, a high school French teacher, and chair of the French Department. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Administrative and Policy Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Roxbury

Steven Sullivan, Interim Headmaster

Steven Sullivan has worked in the Boston Public Schools for over 35 years in a variety of schools and positions throughout the city. He has been at the O’Bryant School since 2001, where he has served as a program director and, most recently, as the assistant headmaster. While at the O’Bryant, he developed an after school-tutoring program and collaborated with the Boston Police Department to develop a mentoring program to combat bullying. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Antioch University.

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