Ali Dutson is the Principal of Mission Grammar School in Roxbury. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College and her M.A. in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Innovation, Technology, and Education. Ali brings a love for learning, social justice, and educational leadership in Boston. She is a proud new mother and enjoys spending time with her family.
Kathy Mears is the superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston. Kathy has served as superintendent since September, 2014. Previously, Kathy was the executive director of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elementary Schools Department, which she developed professional development programs for teachers and school leaders. Kathy served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the assistant superintendent of Catholic schools, as a principal, and as a teacher, where she has gained extensive experience in special education, public policy, school improvement programs, and professional development. Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois and a Master’s in Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. She has done extensive course work in school leadership at Indiana University and in special education. Kathy is a frequent lecturer and speaker at diocesan and other events around the United States addressing such topics as differentiation, school leadership, Catholic identity and evangelization.
Naia Wilson began her career as an engineer, but in her quest to change women’s roles in the technology industry, she discovered her passion for teaching. It has been more than twenty years since she came to the field of education, and she has used that time to gain valuable experiences as a math teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and headmaster. She has spent the last 11 years as the headmaster of New Mission High School. This journey has led to the school’s designation as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School for Improvement and winner of the 2012 EdVestors’ $100k School on the Move Prize.
Kate Scott is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS) where she has worked in various capacities for over 20 years. In her previous position as Assistant Headmaster, Kate oversaw the academic program for NHCS. She has also served as a 4th grade teacher, an 8th grade math teacher, and as Dean of the Middle School. She started her career with Teach for America as a fourth grade teacher in Long Beach, California. Kate holds a BA from Wellesley College and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kevin Andrews was one of the Boston Compact’s founding co-chairs and recently assumed responsibilities as the Senior Advisor of the Boston Alliance of Charter Schools. He was the founding headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS), which opened in 1995 as a full-service school. Kevin is also the co-founder of the Project for School Innovation, a pilot of NHCS to transform education by empowering public school educators to share their successes and drive school change. Kevin has been an educator for almost 40 years, during which time he has taught everything from early childhood to the post-graduate level. His leadership roles have included president of the Brookline Educators Association, principal of a K-6 school in Newton, and principal of a K-8 school in Brookline. Kevin holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Antioch College.
Natasha Maughan is the Collaborative Coordinator. Natasha is a Boston parent with experience in both the BPS and charter sectors. She has volunteered with Higher Ground and CPLAN. Through these roles and as a mother, her interest in improving schools has grown tremendously and she is quite enthusiastic about the opportunity working for the Compact presents. Previously, Natasha was a dance teacher in Barbados. She has also worked in property management.