Linda nathan, executive director
Linda Nathan, EdD is the first Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS). As the Executive Director of CAS, Dr. Nathan is responsible for working with the CAS board to develop the non-profit’s strategy, goals and areas of focus. She oversees key programs, including the Creative Learning Schools Project and the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, which has a partnership with University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Nathan works closely with the leadership of Conservatory Lab Charter School to support its development as a national model of CAS.
Dr. Nathan is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she teaches a course called "Building Democratic Schools: Studio Design Workshop". She also served as Faculty Director of the Creative Educational Leadership Institute at the Boston University School of Education. Prior positions include Special Advisor to Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education and Founding Headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts. She was also the Co-Director of Fenway High School, one of the first pilot schools in the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Nathan founded two nonprofit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo that focused on arts and youth development; and the Center for Collaborative Education that works on issues of school reform.
She also serves on numerous nonprofit boards both locally and nationally. She has written a widely praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, “The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test,” published in English and Spanish. She consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership, teaching and arts. She blogs about these issues at www.lindanathan.com
Linda holds a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, Masters’ degrees from Emerson College and Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California.
seth racine, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND INNOVATION
Prior to joining the Center for Artistry and Scholarship, Seth was the Deputy Superintendent for the Lawrence Public Schools receivership, where he led the implementation of the district’s strategic plan. Over the first three years of this receivership, math and ELA proficiency rose by 16 and 4 percentage points, respectively; graduation rates increased by nearly 20 percentage points; and the dropout rate was cut in half. Prior to joining the Lawrence Public Schools, Seth was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Public Schools where he designed and implemented a new school funding model, weighted student funding. Seth holds a MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a B.A. from Colgate University.
Carmen Torres, cO-FOUNDER OF PERRONE-SIZER INSTITUTE
Ms. Carmen Torres is a veteran urban school educator and school founder. She founded the Health Careers Pathway at Brighton High School and the first pharmacy program at Fenway High School. She was founding assistant headmaster and then co-headmaster of Boston Arts Academy with Linda Nathan. Carmen has mentored many emerging school leaders. She comes to the Center from a position as a Clinical Instructor at Boston University. She has also worked as a consultant with the Educational Resource Center at BU, leading professional development workshops on culturally responsive teaching practices. She is currently the Director of Student and Family Services at Conservatory Lab Charter School.
sadada jackson, project manager
Sadada is an educator/facilitator/program manager/artist She has worked as an educator in Boston for all of her professional life. She has taught at a variety Boston Public Schools for 15+ years as a Theater, Dance, Yoga/Mindfulness, and/or English teacher. In addition to her role as an educator, she has headed the Arts Program at the Curley Middle School and began the Dance Program at Boston Latin Academy. In addition to teaching in the Boston Public Schools, she has taught dance at Roxbury Community College as a member of their adjunct faculty. She holds a Masters in Education through the Boston Teacher’s Residency Program, and a Bachelor's of the Arts in Theatre with a minor in English; both of her degrees are from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As an artist, she has danced in 2 professional dance companies based in Cambridge, Jean Appolon Expressions and Reynaldo Gonzalez’s dance company, and has taught dance and yoga to students from ages 5 to 76 in a variety of contexts. In addition to being an educator and dancer, she has directed/managed a variety of school based programs: DELTAS Boston Public Schools and BCNC Red Oak Program, to name two, and has facilitated online and face-to-face professional development for teachers. A native of Boston, of African and Native American descent, she lives in Jamaica Plain and speaks French, conversational Spanish and Nipmuc.
Stephen Sun, Educational Designer
Stephen Sun is an educational architect/real estate developer turned middle school teacher. After designing and rebuilding schools in 2010 post-earthquake Haiti, he began exploring the intersection of design and education at Harvard. During this time he became a Teaching Fellow for Dr. Linda Nathan’s class, “A320 – Building a Democratic School” and an adjunct professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a finalist of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition in 2016 and has ran numerous design workshops on improving school designs. He hopes to work with developers, city planners, architects, and Conservatory Lab Charter School to underwrite projects that benefit student learning and produce empowered communities. Stephen started at Carnegie Mellon University, graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and completed a Master of Architecture II from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He can’t wait to redefine the visual art elective at this school into the most awesome studio experience for teachers, parents, and especially students!