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Boston Arts Academy announces new headmaster

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 24, 2013 04:31 PM

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The Boston Arts Academy’s interim headmaster has been appointed headmaster of the arts-focused high school located in the West Fenway neighborhood.

Anne R. Clark, a founding faculty member at the school, has held the position of interim headmaster since September 2012. She was appointed to her new position last week after the school’s Headmaster Search Committee and Board of Trustees unanimously recommended her to Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson after a nationwide search.

“Anne Clark has proven that she is the best leader for Boston Arts Academy,” Johnson said in a statement. “The arts play such an important role in our students' education and we are proud of the successful model BAA has created and will continue to strengthen under Anne's leadership."

Clark succeeds Linda Nathan, who had been headmaster since 1998, and Carmen Torres, who was co-headmaster from 2007 to 2012.

In addition to being a teacher, Clark has also served as its academic dean for Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.

During her tenure she has fostered innovative school-wide curricular and organizational reforms that have increased student achievement and been implemented throughout Boston Public Schools, the school said.

As interim headmaster, Clark worked to improve facilities by leading a volunteer painting project, oversaw a new discipline approach, implemented an organizational structure that has empowered administrators and teachers, and is working on finalizing a new five-year strategic plan with the Board of Trustees, according to the school.

“We were impressed with the leadership that Anne has shown throughout her tenure here, and especially in this past year. Anne has our complete confidence and I look forward to working with her as we celebrate BAA’s 15th year and beyond,” Tony James, chairman of the BAA Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

Clark, a Harvard/Radcliffe College graduate and a Mellon Foundation Fellow for the Humanities, holds a Master’s degree in English and American Literature and is A.B.D. in literary theory and instruction, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Clark was named a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2007 and received the distinguished Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2008.

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