Early Childhood Principal
Nancy Alach has been the Principal of Early Childhood at PHA since the summer of 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Wheelock College and a Masters Degree in School Administration from Cambridge College. Prior to coming to PHA, she was the Assistant Principal at the Cambridge Friends School. She worked at CFS for over 20 years, where she was also the Director of the After-School Program, the Director of the Intern Program, and the Director of Anti-Bias Education. Ms. Alach has also taught pre-school, first grade, third and fourth grade, as well as PK-5th grade after school. Ms. Alach is an avid reader who also enjoys knitting. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family, most of whom live in the greater Boston area.
Head of School
Dr. Angela Allen became the Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy in 2015. Dr. Allen has 25 years of experience in education that spans from Kindergarten through college. She started her career as a math teacher in Atlanta, GA and has since worked at Shady Hill School, the Boston Public Schools, and most recently the Brookline Public Schools where she served the past ten years as the K-8 Math Curriculum Coordinator and then as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Dr. Allen attended the University of Georgia (BBA) and Emory University (M.ED), and also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University.
Director of Development and External Relations
Anja Bresler joined Prospect Hill Academy in 2003 (when it was still the Somerville Charter School) as Director of Development and External Relations. She enjoys working with a team of dedicated and passionate educators and community members and is proud of PHA’s many accomplishments. Prior to working at PHA, she was a marketing communications manager and marketing consultant in the software industry. She obtained a BA from the University of California at San Diego, an MA in art history from Boston University, and an MBA also from Boston University.
Upper School Principal
Chad Burnett joined Prospect Hill Academy in 2015 as the Upper School Principal. Before joining the PHA team Chad spent time as a teacher, school administrator, state level instructional coach, and school leadership coach. He brings to the Upper School experience in curriculum development, academic program development, teacher and leadership development, and data driven decision making. Chad’s goal at the Upper School is to meet the needs of a diverse population of students while creating a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Outside of the school Chad enjoys biking, running, and spending time with family and friends. Chad earned his BS from Sul Ross State University, and his EdM in School Administration from Lamar University.
Student Services Director
Stacy Camposano, Director of Student Services, has been a member of the PHA community since 2001. Prior to her role as an administrator of Special Education and English as a Second Language programming, Ms. Camposano served as a special education teacher for students in grades 6-12 and a classroom teacher for grades 1-2. Ms. Camposano is a graduate of Lesley College and is a part time instructor for the Graduate School of Education at Tufts University. Ms. Camposano is deeply committed to promoting access and equity for diverse learners in urban charter schools and is grateful to a part of school community that supports this vision. Outside of school, Ms. Camposano enjoys reading, jogging and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Collegiate Institute Principal
Christine Douglas, Collegiate Institute Principal, has worked at Prospect Hill Academy since 2000, first as a Spanish Teacher, then Spanish Coordinator, Upper School Assistant Principal, and is currently in her fourth year as Principal of the Collegiate Institute. She is passionate about supporting students’ social emotional growth as well as providing equity and access through education. She is inspired by the tenets in PHA’s mission and excited to work with PHA’s oldest students and think differently about what preparing each student for success in college can look like in our unique model. Chris earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Union College, an EdM in School Leadership at Harvard University and her Massachusetts Principal License through the Principal Residency Network at Northeastern University.
Human Capital Director
Sarah Ferguson joined the Prospect Hill team in 2014 as our Human Capital Director. In this capacity, she oversees employee relations, recruitment, retention, and other human resource initiatives. She is honored to have the opportunity to support the amazing educators at PHA, and to see the impact our faculty have on students every day. Prior to this role, she worked as Assistant Director of Recruitment for Mastery Charter Schools, ran an internship program for high school students, and taught 7th grade humanities. She earned her BA at Tufts University and her MEd at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Fournier joined Prospect Hill Academy as Technology Director in October 2013 after thirty years as an IT Corporate Executive. Prior to his IT career, Mr. Fournier was a secondary school English teacher. Mr. Fournier brings a strong track record of success in strategic planning, systems architecture, systems development and implementation, and marketing and communications. He is adept at bringing innovation and collaboration to organizational and team initiatives. Mr. Fournier and the IT Team are fully engaged in implementing PHA’s Three-year Strategic Technology Plan to improve digital learning in the classroom and create greater efficiencies in district-wide support systems.
Upper Elementary Principal
Erin Moulton, Principal at the Upper Elementary Campus, has been working at PHA since 2008. For 10 years prior, she worked at Mother Caroline Academy where she was a fifth grade teacher and Assistant Principal. Ms. Moulton graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and earned a Masters in Elementary Education from Boston University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Simmons College. She was also a member of the second cohort of Fellows in the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. Ms. Moulton believes that education is social justice work and loves working with fourth through sixth graders as they develop a greater understanding of themselves and the powerful roles they can play in the world. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, reading, arts and crafts, and visiting new places.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael O’Donnell joined Prospect Hill as the CFO to put business experience in banking, manufacturing, travel, and consulting to work in a public educational setting. He earned a BA degree at Trinity College, an MA at Georgetown University, and an MBA at Boston University. During his time outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his family particularly doing activities that involve being outdoors or on the road. Mike recently commented that “While I could never have predicted that my early interest in teaching or later experience in business would have brought me to Prospect Hill Academy, I can think of no place I’d rather be than working at a successful school where students learn, teachers thrive, and the business office supports the school’s mission.”
Chief Academic Officer
Emma Stellman became the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at Prospect Hill Academy in 2016. She started her career in education in 1997, serving as a high school physics teacher for several years before co-founding Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC) in 2004. She served as the Director of Education Programs at CCSC for eight years before relocating to Belgium with her family in 2013. Overseas, she spent several years working on a variety of educational projects, including designing and launching Kepler's first nonprofit blended learning university in Rwanda, and serving as the Teaching & Learning Data Specialist at the International School of Brussels. Emma received her BA in physics from Bryn Mawr College and her MEd from Stanford University. Outside of work, Emma enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.