KIPP Massachusetts Announces New Chief Schools Officer: Emily DoBell

KIPP MA- July 1, 2021- KIPP Massachusetts is proud to announce our new Chief Schools Officer, Emily DoBell. During the summer of 2020, Emily transitioned into the role of Managing Director of Schools at KIPP Massachusetts, and we are proud to have her as our Chief Schools Officer.

KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director Rhonda “Nikki” Barnes comments on Emily’s transition, “I am so excited to have Emily DoBell as our Chief Schools Officer. She brings to this role a deep passion for school leaders and experience as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal and a high school principal. In fact, I taught alongside Emily and I know she is going to be a powerful leader. She has a vision for  supporting and developing school leaders, continuing to build on the strength of our KIPP Through College and Careers work, and for formalizing our regional Mental Health priority.  With Emily’s leadership, we are certain to re-enter safely, re-imagine schooling, advance learning and ensure our students soar toward a future without limits.”

Emily began teaching in 2006 and taught middle school special education and math for six years before joining KIPP MA as a founding learning specialist at KIPP Academy Boston in 2012. She was then fortunate to enroll in the Fisher Fellowship after which she became the founding principal of KIPP Academy Boston Elementary in 2014. In 2018, Emily transitioned from elementary to high school as the successor principal of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. She is eager to apply her experience as a teacher and a principal in her new role, inspired and excited to learn from the new challenges ahead.

Emily lives in Lynn, MA with her husband (Josh), her daughter (Audrey), and her dog (Mac). When Emily is not working with her incredible KIPP MA team, she loves to laugh with her family, cook for her loved ones, and travel.

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KIPP Massachusetts Teacher Receives a $10,000 Teaching Award

 Lynn, MA – June 29, 2021 –Allen WangAP Chemistry Teacher and Science Department Chair for grades 9-12 at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Lynn, MA, has been named a 2021 Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award Winner this week. Mr. Wang is among 10 educators nationwide to win this year’s award and will receive $10,000 in recognition of his exemplary work in the classroom. Below you will see photos that document Wang’s extraordinary teaching and a video of the moment he found out and was surprised with the award.

“Allen Wang’s commitment to students, families, and the community at large is palpable and his devotion to teaching and teaching well is unparalleled. We often talk about our science department as “before Mr. Wang and after Mr. Wang,” says Kari Schuler, Dean of Math and Science Instruction at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. “Wang constantly and consistently goes above and beyond to find ways to expand student access to and practice with technology and spark curiosity and joy that is centered in equity.”

The Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award is given annually to a select group of K-12 teachers from KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools around the country. Teachers are selected for the award based on their track record of improving student achievement, their leadership in the classroom and throughout their school, and their commitment to equipping educationally underserved students with the skills needed to be successful in getting to and through college.  

Wang’s guiding principle is a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and he has been a prime facilitator for the school’s internal initiatives in prioritizing social and racial justiceHe is a founding teacher of the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate’s Asian Student Union to support positive identity development for Asian and Pacific Islander American students. And as an AP chemistry teacher, Wang frequently interweaves the material with essential life lessons and an unwavering belief in students’ abilities to overcome systemic obstacles.   

He has written grants and received close to $10,000 to bolster digital literacy, democratize student access to technology, and fund innovative lab projects in engineering. Under his leadership, students in his Principles of Engineering class won the Massachusetts Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, receiving $15,000 in technology, for creating a device from recycled materials to increase safety for residents in cold climates. Moreover, Wang is responsible for growing the AP Chemistry by approximately 20 students annually and doubling students’ passing rates from 2017-2019. 

KIPP MA students shared the following about Wang: 

“As a teacher, and most importantly a friend, he has always pushed me to strive for greatness through his grace and dedication for others to succeed. Truth be told he has been a catalyst for my future and overall potential. Mr. Wang is a gift to our community and should be acknowledged and admired by many. 

“From the beginning I can tell that he had faith in me and in my abilities as a student. he ALWAYS found time to go over topics that I was struggling in and never stopped until I 100% understood. He’s a phenomenal teacher and we need more like him.”

The Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award honors the legacy of Harriett Ball, a visionary educator and mentor teacher. A 35-year teaching veteran of Houston and Austin public schools, Ball incorporated chants, songs, and movement to get her students engaged and learning in the classroom. In late 1992, Ball began mentoring Teach for America corps member Dave Levin in Houston. Inspired by her methods, Levin co-founded the KIPP in 1994. 

About KIPP 

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of 255 public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll over 112,000 students in all grades from PreK through high school. Nationwide, KIPP students complete their bachelor’s degree at a rate of 34 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average for students from families facing economic hardship.  

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Meet the Class of 2021 Valedictorian

Nena King is the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2021 Valedictorian

Nena plans on attending Harvard University in the fall and plans to major in Economics and minor in Education.

“I would like to thank my family because I used to always doubt myself and my abilities, but they were always there to cheer me up and guide me. I would also like to thank KIPP and all of my teachers for the opportunities they have given me to get as much as I could out of my education. I will never forget my time at KIPP and I could never thank them enough.”

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KIPP MA Request for Proposal: Babson St Painting

KIPP MA, Boston – May 24th, 2021- KIPP Massachusetts invites written proposals from qualified companies for the indoors painting of their facility at their 37 Babson St, Boston location. KIPP Massachusetts invites companies to submit bids for the project to begin on July 5, 2021. Our school is located at 37 Babson St, Boston MA 02126. KIPP MA serves over 2,000 students from the Boston and Lynn communities. Interested companies may request the RFP from Charlie Clark at cclark@kippma.org or at find it at http://kippma.org/news/.

Click here to view the KIPP MA Request for Proposal – Painting Babson

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