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School Leaders

Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus Leaders

Sarah Hempleman


Rhett Smith
Director of Operations
Before joining RPC as the Director of Operations, Mr. Smith was a program director at a summer camp with the YMCA in Raleigh, NC. He also brings experience as an analyst in the financial sector. Mr. Smith holds a B.A. in Economics from Sewanee University of the South and an M.B.A from Georgetown University.


Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus Leaders

Nikhil Bhatia
As a Teach for America corps member in Chicago, Mr. Bhatia taught high school science before moving to Boston and joining Roxbury Prep. When he joined RPLS, he was a teacher, instructional coach, and grade level chair before stepping into a school leadership role. Mr. Bhatia holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Political Science and is currently enrolled in the Relay Graduate School of Education.


Jon Beck
Director of Operations 
Before he became RPLS’ Director of Operations, Mr. Beck was a 6th grade math teacher at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill Campus. He also served as the school’s Math Department Facilitator, Instructional Leader, Communities and Activities Coordinator, and Co-Director of Summer School. Before he joined Roxbury Prep, Mr. Beck worked for Explo, a non-profit organization that runs academic summer programs. Mr. Beck holds a B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.



Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus Leaders

Dan Cosgrove
Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Cosgrove was a teacher and instructional coach at Uncommon Schools Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. He joined LPBS as a Teach for America corps member and taught grades 3-4 before becoming an instructional coach for science and history teachers. He then became Dean of Students for LPBS’ Middle Academy. Mr. Cosgrove graduated from Trinity College and the Relay Graduate School of Education.


John Verrilli
Director of Operations
Before joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Verrilli for nearly three decades in broadcast news, serving as News Director at two CBS stations, KDKA in Pittsburgh and WBZ-TV in Boston. He is excited to bring his management experience to the Operations Team at RPDC and is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for students in Boston. Mr. Verrilli holds a B.A. in History from Lafayette College.



Roxbury Prep High School Campus Leaders

Shradha M. Patel
Ms. Patel previously served as Principal and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. Prior to joining RPHS, she was the Middle Academy Director at Uncommon Schools Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn. Before leading Excellence Boys, she served as the 8th Grade History Teacher, Enrichment Coordinator, and Graduate Services Coordinator for six years at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill campus. Ms. Patel holds a B.S. in Education from Brown University and an M.A. in History from Tufts University.


Eliza Jackson
Co-Director of Operations
Before joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Jackson spent time working in Financial Services at Bloomberg in NYC. Almost four years ago, she transitioned to LPOH (an Uncommon Elementary School) in Brooklyn to teach 4th grade Special Education. After moving to Boston last year as the Director of Special Projects of RPHS, Ms. Jackson is looking forward to growing the high school this year! She is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in English and of Columbia University Teachers College with a MA in Curriculum Development and Teaching.