Kris Taylor, EdD
Dr. Kris Taylor curates and develops Teachers21 programs and curriculum for resources, activities and alignment to DEI initiatives. She is the Director of the Contemporary Aspiring Principals' Academy degree and licensure program. Before joining Teachers21, she was the District Lead and Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where she led an internal equity team focused on building the capacity of DEI leaders. She applied research-based practices to improve academic outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.
Before joining DESE, Dr. Taylor worked with the Chief of Schools and the Instructional Superintendent Team as the Director of Leadership Development for Boston Public Schools. In this role, she collaborated with an array of Assistant Superintendents, school leaders and partners to design and implement high quality, inquiry-based, professional learning experiences for Boston principals and headmasters. In addition, she created and coordinated new leader induction to advance the skills and competencies of new principals and aspiring leaders in strategic school design. Dr. Taylor created and facilitated professional learning, which allowed the district to achieve workforce diversity goals in 2017 and 2018. Her experience includes coordinating and facilitating courses for school leaders and district leaders on unconscious bias, supervision and evaluation and improving hiring practices and retention rates by utilizing an equity lens.
Dr. Taylor taught middle and high school for nine years. She was an academic coach, supporting K-5 educators and a principal intern before becoming the principal of a large K-8 school in Boston. As principal, she and her team reduced the number of students performing at the warning level on the state assessment.
Dr. Taylor received her EdD from Boston College/Teachers21/MASS LLPS program, her MEd from Harvard University and her BA from University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on the leadership practices that influence student achievement and equity. Her research group identified specific practices that allowed a high performing school to achieve academic success with the same student population within a low performing district.
Mary Bourque is the former superintendent of Chelsea Public Schools, a sanctuary city predominately from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala with total population of 6,400 students. Raised and educated in Chelsea, Dr. Bourque started her career with Chelsea, and held the position of superintendent for eight years.
She held the role of Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents president and was the State Superintendent of the Year in 2017. She has provided leadership among superintendents to demand increased funding and resources for the neediest students and had been the voice of these students through a legislative process to examine funding equity in the state.
She had taken an active role in meeting with state legislative leaders and being a point of contact to represent the challenges faced by districts with huge challenges and limited resources. Borque’s voice represents not only the educators and children she has directly served, but the many other educators and children in the state who share these challenges. She provides an active example of what it means to live and serve a community as part of your personal and professional life.
Anna Nolin, Ed.D., is the superintendent of the Natick Public Schools where she oversees policy development, and fiscal & strategic planning for improvement in the overall effectiveness of the district. Matriculating over the past 12 year in leadership positions, Nolin has provided leadership for the design, planning, development and evaluation of curriculum, assessment, and instructional programs. A key focus area has been in empowering student leadership to combat bullying. She has also focused on technology development and implementation; including effective and engaging 1:1 laptop programmingShe has served as an adjunct instructor at Framingham State in designing blended learning classes/use of Moodle; and as a district Google and Apple product trainer. She is an instructor at the Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) at Endicott College, where she serves as a principal trainer in 21st century instructional leadership and in the Boston College/MASS/Teachers21 PSAP/LLPS doctoral program for aspiring superintendents.Nolin holds a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education from Middlebury College, a master's degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University’s Risk and Prevention Program, and her doctorate from Boston College.
Lincoln Lynch III, Ed.D.
Dr. Lincoln Lynch III (Linc) is the Program Director for the Teachers21/Boston College/Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) doctoral program for Aspiring Superintendents (PSAP/LLPS). Dr. Lynch is a seasoned administrator specializing in the disciplines of School Finance and Operations; Human Resources; and Strategic Planning.
Dr. Lynch is serving a 12th year as Superintendent of the Walpole Public Schools. Walpole, Massachusetts, is a suburban community south of Boston, with 8 schools, approximately 4,200 students, 600 employees, and a $60 million budget. He serves as Financial Advisor for MASS. Previously leadership positions include: Assistant to Superintendent for Mansfield, Northboro/Southboro, and Auburn.
Linc matriculated at Boston College earning a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a undergraduate degree in Administration from Bryant University.
A few highlights of his superintendency include: assembling an outstanding and stable leadership team, orchestrating a successful operating Override, installing a Digital Learning Department, bolstering academic, social/emotional and fine arts resources, and facilitating a vibrant Strategic Planning process.
In 2018, he received the MASS President's Award for contributions to education. He has been president of Tri-county and "Just 12" roundtables, president of Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO), Chairman of Bicounty Education Collaborative (BICO) and member of The Education Cooperative (TEC) Board of Directors. Dr. Lynch facilitated the creation of Five Year Strategic Plan for both BICO and TEC.
André R Ravenelle
André R Ravenelle is the Executive Director of Teachers21. Formerly the Superintendent of the Fitchburg Public Schools, he has been an innovative educator for close to three decades. His eclectic teaching and educational leadership background includes almost a decade of historical interpretation and craftsmanship at Old Sturbridge Village, teaching French, Spanish and art at Roxbury’s Mission High School, assistant principal of Chelsea High School, and administration of Barnstable and Lexington Public Schools. In the spring of 2006 he was chosen as one of 13 Massachusetts education administrators for a two week educational exchange in China. He holds a BA from Assumption College, MTh from Weston School of Theology, and a MEd from Boston College. Professionally, Andre was president of the Mass Association of School Superintendents in 2015, recipient of the 2016 MassInsight Partners in Excellence Award, serves on numerous education-related boards and collaboratives including the Governor’s After School and Out of School Coordinating Council; Fitchburg State University Professional Development Center; Fitchburg Art Museum; Co-chair of WGEE Working Group on Educational Excellence, FLLAC Collaborative; the Worcester County Superintendent’s Association; a member of the Harvard Roundtable and ASCD; and Co-Chair of the Health Coalition of Central Massachusetts. He was the 2014 recipient of the Fitchburg State University President’s Award; and the 2016 AASA Superintendent of the Year. He is married with two children, and enjoys “hiking, landscaping, pastel painting, and travel.”