Faculty & Leaders
Roxbury Prep Network Leaders
Dana Lehman is the Managing Director for Roxbury Prep. Dana Lehman joined Uncommon Schools in July 2010 as Managing Director of the Roxbury Prep network. She previously served as Co-Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep for six years. Ms. Lehman also served as an eighth grade Science teacher and the Enrichment Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to Roxbury Prep, Ms. Lehman taught Physics at Fort Worth Country Day School and Radnor High School. She also served as Director of Summerbridge Fort Worth, a non-profit academic enrichment program. Ms. Lehman holds a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University.
Will Austin is the Chief Operating Officer for Roxbury Prep. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of the Uncommon Schools Roxbury Prep Network, Will Austin served as the Co-Director at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Mr. Austin taught sixth grade Math Problem Solving. In addition, Mr. Austin served as the Enrichment Coordinator and the Summer School Director at Roxbury Prep. Before joining the staff at Roxbury Prep, Mr. Austin received a two-year teaching fellowship at The Steppingstone Foundation. He holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University.
Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus Leaders
Ryan Kelly is the Principal of Roxbury Prep. Mr. Kelly was previously a 7th grade Math Problem Solving teacher, Math Department Coach and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Kelly taught 7th and 8th grade Math and Science at MicroSociety Magnet School in New Haven, CT as a Teach for America corps Member. Mr. Kelly holds an M.A.T. from Simmons College and a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University.
Eddie Branchaud is the Director of Operations at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Mr. Branchaud was the 7th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Branchaud served as the Principal of the Robert Muller LIFE School in Panajachel, Guatemala. Prior to that, Mr. Branchaud served for three years as a 7th/8th grade science and math teacher, Grade Team Leader, and Science Department Chair at the Bronx Latin School, where he was a Teach for America corps member. Mr. Branchaud holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University, an M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus Leaders
Adam Seidel is the Director of Operations at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Mr. Seidel is excited to build on the accomplishments of RPLS’s first two years and support its continued growth and success. Mr. Seidel served as the Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus during its founding year. Prior to joining the Roxbury Prep Network, Mr. Seidel worked at Common Cents in New York for nine years, where he served as the Managing Director of The Penny Harvest, National Program Director, and Community Development Fellow. Mr. Seidel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Sarah Lynch is the Principal at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Ms. Lynch worked as the Dean of Students and taught seventh grade English at North Star Academy, in Newark, NJ. In addition, Ms. Lynch taught seventh grade and eighth grade English and History at The Young Women’s Leadership School at Rhodes High School, in North Philadelphia. She also worked as a clinical social worker and a match manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters Pinellas County and served as an Athletes in Service to America AmeriCorps volunteer. Ms. Lynch holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and a M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work.
Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus Leaders
Nikki Hawkins Bynoe is the Director of Operations for Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus. As a founding school leader of RPDC, Nikki is excited to continue to increase the number of students that enter, succeed in, and graduate from college in Boston. Nikki has served as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Trinity Boston Foundation, Program Manager at Commonwealth Corporation, and has held positions at several social service organizations. She has a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College.
Amy Zaffuto is the Principal for Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus. As a founding school leader of RPDC, Amy is excited to continue bringing an excellent education to more students in the city of Boston. Amy has served as Co- Director for Curriculum and Instruction, 7th grade Science teacher, and Director of Students at Roxbury Prep. Before joining Roxbury Prep, she worked as an educational instructor for the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida. She also taught middle school science in Baltimore City as a Teach for America Corps Member. Amy received her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from
Roxbury Prep High School Campus Leaders
Shradha M. Patel is the Co-Founder and Instructional Fellow for Roxbury Prep High School. Ms. Patel previously served as Principal and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. Prior to this, she was the Middle Academy Director at Excellence Boys Charter School, also part of Uncommon Schools, in Brooklyn, NY. Before moving to New York, Shradha served as the 8th Grade History Teacher, Enrichment Coordinator, and Graduate Services Coordinator for 6 years at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill campus. Shradha received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Brown University and a Masters’ Degree in History from Tufts University.
Juan G. Fernandez is the Co-Founder and Operations Fellow for Roxbury Prep High School. Juan is excited to be part of the Roxbury Prep team and to partner with S. Patel in the design and launch of RPHS. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Juan worked for GE Capital, the finance arm of General Electric, in a variety of transaction and marketing roles in New York, Connecticut and Hong Kong. Juan previously worked to support K-12 education reform as a Leadership Fellow with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle and as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Texas. Juan was a student within the Houston Independent School District and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Harvard.
Roxbury Prep Network Staff
Jill Seaman is a School Nurse for the Roxbury Prep Network. She previously gained experience in both community and pediatric health during her time with Women of Means and Boston’s Camp Joy. Prior to becoming a nurse, Ms. Seaman worked in collegiate athletics for five years culminating in her tenure as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She holds a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, a M.Ed. in Health and Human Performance from McNeese State University, and a B.S. in Nursing from Simmons College.
Oliver Truog is a Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep. Before becoming Director of Special Projects, Oliver Truog was the founding Director of Operations of Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. He began his work with Roxbury Prep as an Operations Fellow at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus in October 2010. Previously, Mr. Truog owned and operated a construction business in Kansas City, MO and worked in international development in Ukraine. He holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Middlebury College and an International M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Mara Rodríguez is Director of Special Projects for the Preparatory Network in Boston. Previously, she was the 5th grade founding teacher at the Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone campus, Director of Students at the Roxbury Prep Mission Hill campus and 6th grade math teacher at the Roxbury Prep Mission Hill campus. As a 6th grade math teacher, Mara was awarded the EPIC Spotlight Teacher Award for leading her students to attain the highest gains in math skill proficiency in the state of Massachusetts and among the highest classroom achievement gains from 150 participating charter schools nationwide. Prior to entering the field of education, she worked in various marketing roles at Procter and Gamble, culminating as the Global Associate Marketing Director for the Pampers brand. As Marketing Director, Mara led the development of the overall business strategy and marketing planning for the premium line of Pampers across 5 geographic regions. Mara earned her B.S. in Engineering and M.B.A. from Tulane University and her Master’s in Education from Harvard University.
Brianna Sanders is one of the nurses a Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Sanders is a part of the second graduating class of Roxbury Prep, and attended Regis College, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She also holds a specialization in medical technology and community health nursing.
MaryAdair McGrath is the Director of Individual Needs for Roxbury Prep. Ms. McGrath formerly served as Director of Special Projects and the Individual Needs Coordinator at Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campys. MaryAdair spent three years at YES Prep in Houston, where she served as the Special Education Teacher and Department Chair. She was a member of Teach for America’s 2009 Houston Corps, and she earned her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.