Founders

Paula Evans
Paula Evans, CCSC’s Founding Head of School, led the school for its first seven years of operation (2005-12). A Newton resident, Paula grew up in Boston and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University. Over her four-decade career in education, she has founded and directed innovative teacher education programs, both freestanding and university-based, and has led the professional development efforts of two major nation-wide school reform initiatives, in the course of which she co-founded and directed a national network of educators focused on school reform. She has consulted to schools across the country, with a focus on designing and implementing small schools and building collaborative cultures that are focused on improving teachers’ professional practice. Read more about Paula Evans.

Rob Riordan
Currently president of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, Rob Riordan has more than three decades of experience in education. He taught in the Cambridge public schools, where he developed an award-winning writing center and two innovative school-to-career programs: the Cambridge-Polaroid Technical Internship Program and the Cambridge-Lesley Careers in Education Program, and was named National School to Work Practitioner of the Year in 1994. From 1996-99 he directed the New Urban High School project, a joint initiative of the Big Picture Company and the U.S. Department of Education. As a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he led the practicum seminar for Harvard's student teachers.

Emma Stellman
Emma Stellman was the primary author of the CCSC charter and from 2004-2012 directed its curriculum and program through its start-up and transition phase, seeing it grow and develop into an award-winning school. By focusing on helping teachers to use data to improve instruction, Emma helped lead CCSC to state and national recognition for student growth and performance in both math and English. Emma began her career in education as a high school physics teacher. She co-created an inquiry-based physics curriculum still used in Cambridge, MA, that served as a nationwide model for science curriculum reform. Emma earned a BA in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Education from Stanford University. She is now based in Brussels, Belgium, as a freelance writer and education consultant.

Members of CCSC’s founding faculty and staff who remain at CCSC in 2012-13:

Paula Evans
Caleb Hurst-Hiller
Becki Norris
Aleida Sanabria
Monica Tecca