English High School's new headmaster definitely looks familiar to the school's community -- because Caitlin Murphy has worked at the school since 2009.
Murphy has worked in the Boston Public Schools for 11 years, and most recently she was the assistant headmaster at English High School. She started as a history teacher at the school, then was selected to be the teacher leader for the history department and was the lead teacher for the entire school for five years.
As the headmaster she is excited about bringing new learning initiatives to the school.
"I'm thrilled to be leading the school I've called home for the last 10 years, and excited about some new initiatives we've put in place for this school year. One is our new PIE (Partners in Education) period, an intervention and enrichment block during each school day where students can get targeted extra help from teachers, participate in clubs like Student Government and Yearbook, or try out a new activity like Choir or Music Production," said Murphy to Jamaica Plain News. "With the help of a faculty advisor, students are able to choose their schedules each week based on their individual needs. We hope that PIE period will also be an opportunity to invite more community partners and members into our building, as either guest speakers or leaders of short term clubs or classes."
Murphy said the school is also growing its five career and technical vocation programs, including its newest pathway, Protective Services, which prepares students for a career in law enforcement. This year students will receive training through a 911 call simulator that prepares them for a career as an emergency responder.
It's also no coincidence that as Murphy has moved up the ladder at English, the school has also improved. And she's looking forward to the school continuing its upward trajectory.
"I'm proud to continue our work this year to make English a top choice for students from across the district!" said Murphy.