Principals Named for Baker, Coolidge Corner, and Lawrence Schools
Superintendent Andrew Bott is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Torrance Lewis as the principal of the Edith C. Baker School, Mrs. Jennifer Buller as the principal of the Coolidge Corner School, and Mrs. Monica Crowley as the principal of the Amos A. Lawrence School.
Currently, Mr. Lewis serves as the Head of the Upper School at the W.L. Chenery Middle School at Belmont Public Schools, which serves over 700 7th and 8th grade students. During his tenure, Mr. Lewis has led school-wide community building efforts, begun implementation of comprehensive social/emotional learning for students, overhauled the schedule to ensure both full access and appropriate supports for English language learners and students with disabilities, and built a comprehensive child study/academic support process. In Mr. Lewis, Baker has a leader with strong, diverse experiences which will allow him to bring multiple, new perspectives to the administration at Baker School.
Mrs. Buller has been serving as interim co-principal of the Coolidge Corner School this year. We have been fortunate to have Mrs. Buller as a part of the Brookline community since 2006. For eight years she taught a range of grades at Heath School. Mrs. Buller’s experiences at Heath included serving on the Child Study Team, co-teaching in an elementary inclusive classroom, and curriculum and professional development work in both math and social studies. Her leadership through the design and renovation of the Harvard Street building, the relocation of the school to that new building, and the successful operation of an elementary school in a 6-story former nursing home is a testament to her passion and committment to the students, teachers, and families in the Coolidge Corner School community.
As interim principal at Lawrence this year, Mrs. Crowley’s focus has been on growing and strengthening the relationships between all members of the community. This focus is grounded in her core belief that relationships build strong, collaborative, innovative and inclusive school communities. Mrs. Crowley brings expertise in literacy professional development and project based learning, along with a deep understanding of social/emotional learning, to her work at Lawrence. Her leadership this year has clearly demonstrated her unwavering commitment to community and collaboration. Mrs. Crowley’s deep and strong ties with Lawrence students, staff and families, will serve the Lawrence School community well.
The district would like to acknowledge the committed efforts of each school's Principal Search Committee and all of the staff, parents, guardians and students who participated in the search process. The active involvement of so many members of our community over the course of this search was critical to its success.
Please see below for the announcement about each principal that was sent to the respective school communities.