CELEBRATE PENN’S LEGACY IN BOSTON ON APRIL 27 AT THE BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL
Join Penn Alumni at Boston Latin on April 27, 2019, as we toast the rich history and perpetuating Ben Franklin’s legacy and Penn Alumni in New England. We will celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday, and honor Rachel Skerritt, C’99, GED’99 the new headmaster of Boston Latin School.
Former members of the Board of Associate Alumni Trustees (BAAT) and the Regional Advisory Board (RAB) of New England, and their Penn related families will be also be recognized. Hoopes Wampler, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and other Penn leaders will be in attendance.
Penn undergraduate and graduate alumni are invited to attend and to celebrate the spirit of Penn!
9:30 AM Brunch Reception
11 AM Program
$45 Penn alumni and guests
$25 Penn Young alumni (classes of 2008-2018)
Parking: There is limited complimentary parking at Boston Latin School on a first-come basis or meter parking nearby the school. We do not recommend that you park on Avenue Louis Pasteur as you may be ticketed.
Ms. Skerritt's Bio:
Rachel Skerritt C’99, GED’99 the new headmaster of the Boston Latin School is the first Penn alumnus to head the nation’s first high school founded in 1635. After graduating from BLS, she attended Penn where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 3 years and received a master’s degree in education the following year.
In 1999, she returned to BLS as a 7th-grade English teacher, a role she expanded to include instructing English literature each year to 150 students in 7th, 10th and 12th grades. In 2006, she received the Crystal Award for excellence in teaching, an honor given out by the school's students.
Following a one-year principal fellowship in which she received administrative training and interned at Another Course to College (ACC), Ms. Skerritt was appointed headmaster of ACC in July 2007. While leading the BPS pilot high school for two years, ACC's graduation rate increased by 11 percent, earning it a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report.
Ms. Skerritt left Boston Public Schools in November 2010 to become principal of Eastern Senior High School. One of the oldest high schools in Washington, D.C., Eastern was significantly underperforming and had cycled through 13 leaders in 12 years before it was gradually phased out and reopened. Ms. Skerritt relaunched the turnaround school, recruiting a talented instructional team that instituted a new academic program for 300 9th-graders in August 2011.
While serving as the full-time leader of Eastern, Ms. Skerritt participated in the "Principal Ambassador Fellowship" with the United States Department of Education for two years. She was among a group of full-time principals chosen to be part-time advisors to Secretary Arne Duncan, convening focus groups to assess how the department can better support school leaders in an era of high-stakes accountability, and speaking nationally on the department's behalf regarding turnaround schools, Common Core standards, and other key initiatives.