School Leadership Team
Mr. Leonardos is an experienced educator who has a proven record in educational leadership. A 2006 Milken National Educator, he understands the teaching and approaches needed to ensure improved academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students. Nick has served as an administrator at schools in Cambridge, Stoneham, Kingston, Waltham and Boston, MA. He has helped two schools reach Level One status. Nick has a BA in History from McGill University and a M.Ed. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nick was a 1991 Corps Member with Teach for America and taught four years in the city of Houston.
Robert Gignac, Chief Operating Officer, email@example.com
Mr. Gignac joins LCCPS after nearly ten years working in municipal and independent school finance & operations leadership positions. Most recently, Mr. Gignac served as the Director of Finance & Operations of an independent school in Cambridge. Born and raised in the City of Lowell, he attended the Lowell Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Gignac is very active in the community. At 21, he was elected to the Lowell School Committee where he served two terms overseeing the fourth largest school district in the Commonwealth. Mr.Gignac has served on a number of boards throughout the Merrimack Valley and is currently Chairman of the Board for the Megan House Foundation, which operates substance abuse treatment facilities in Lowell & Dracut.
Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree from Cambridge College in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from American International College. His previous position was Principal at the Easter Seals Harbor School. Mr. Taylor was part of the Administrative Team that was required by the DESE to improve the academic and culture aspects of the school. The school was returned to full approval status during his tenure as principal. Mr. Taylor’s experience with the population of students with special needs as well as his understanding of turning around a school is a strength he brings to LCCPS in creating a new culture of achievement and character development.
Carey Reeve-Hildebrant, Chief Academic Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Reeve-Hildebrant completed her Master's Degree at Harvard University in Mind, Brain, and Education. She concentrated on cognitive neuroscience and learning development as it applies to instruction and education. She has experience teaching 2nd – 7th grade with a concentrated focus on 4th grade. She started an enrichment program with grant funding to identify and reach urban, minority, advanced learners. She has experience working with data and curriculum, especially as it pertains to MCAS. She was instrumental in driving the first completed curriculum mapping project LCCPS and serves on the State Curriculum Development Committee. MCAS improvement within the school following her placement as leader has been exciting and impressive, as scores have improved each year.
Stephen Greene, Assistant principal, email@example.com
Mr. Greene knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in education after spending much of his childhood watching his father serve as a principal in under-resourced schools in Baltimore, MD. Soon after graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in history and a minor in education, he joined Teach For America and began working at 100 Academy of Excellence in Las Vegas, NV where he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade while also serving as a Behavior Specialist. During this time, he received his masters in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Following his time at 100 Academy, he served in a number of school leadership roles in urban schools throughout Massachusetts in Lynn, Mattapan and East Boston.
His educational philosophy is based on a supreme belief in the potential of every student to succeed when they feel safe, supported and academically challenged. He is very excited to be a part of the LCCPS community.
P. Deborah Motew, Director of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Motew, one of the founding board members of the Lowell Community Charter Public School, obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has nine years of experience working as the Registrar of Students at Lowell Community Charter Public School and has been a part of the school’s success of rising to a Level 1 status over the last few years.
Wanda Rivera-Rosado, Director of Special Education, email@example.com
Ms. Rosado has been working in the field of disabilities for 30 years in the roles of advocate, case manager, counselor, teacher and administrator. Eleven of those years have been working in Special Education Administration. She has a bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus, a Master Degree in Educational Administration from Catholic University of Puerto Rico and a Master Degree in Special Education from Salem State College.
She believes education is one of the most important tools a person can have in life. All students, no matter what their disability, should have the right to a quality education. Students with disabilities deserve to be educated, as much as possible, in the same classroom, same atmosphere, and under the same standards as any other child would be.
She encourages all students to understand and celebrate the differences that make each individual special. She believes that understanding diversity is an important skill not only as part of the classroom, but as part of a community and as a citizen.
She believes in giving parents the most accurate information and encourage them to get the necessary tools to make educated decisions about getting the appropriate services for their children.
She strives to stay current on new legislation regarding special education, disabilities and children’s educational rights.
Her favorite concepts in special education are inclusion/integration in schools and community and self –determination.
Jeff Portnoy, Director of IT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Portnoy studied mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and later earned multiple certifications as a network engineer. Along with the overall skills he developed in his studies as engineer, he brings two other strengths that have served him well in his current position: problem-solving and working well within a team. As information technology director, he utilizes those skills and abilities to overcome the challenges that are presented in a turn-around school such as Lowell Community Charter Public School. Mr. Portnoy looks forward to continuing his work with the Leadership team to better educate, utilize and understand technology for the students, teachers and administration.