Leadership Team

Nancy Alach
 

Nancy Alach, 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.
     
 
Angela F. Allen
 

Angela F. Allen, Ph.D., Head of School/CEO

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.
     
 
 
 
 

Tamara Blake-Canty, Middle School Principal

Dr. Tamara Blake-Canty is an experienced school leader who comes to PHA with an accomplished career spanning over twenty years. In her most recent role as Principal of the William E. Russell School in Boston – which she led to a Level 1 school designation – Dr. Blake-Canty oversaw the instructional, operational, and school culture leadership for all faculty and students in grades K-5. Prior to this role, Dr. Blake-Canty taught elementary and middle school. Dr. Blake-Canty is a life-long learner, holding a BA from Emmanuel College, an MEd from Wheelock College, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts.
 
Alison Bradley
 

Alison Bradley, Director of Special Education

Alison Bradley started at Prospect Hill in September of 2017. Prior to her position as the Director of Special Education, Alison worked as the Special Education Team Chair at the Upper Elementary Campus. She has a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to working at Prospect Hill, she worked with students with complex and significant social, emotional, and behavioral needs at both a therapeutic, residential setting and in a public school district. As a special educator at heart, Alison firmly believes that all students can meet high expectations and achieve their goals when given the supports they need.
 
 
 

Anja Bresler, 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.
 
 
   
 
 

David E. Brown, Upper Elementary Principal

David E. Brown is a visionary instructional leader who comes to PHA with over 20 years of experience. David began his career as a teacher, and has spent the past several years as the Principal of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Randolph. He has held previous administrative roles including Assistant Principal positions at the Higginson-Lewis School (a K-8 school in BPS) and at the Harbor School (a Boston Pilot School). David holds a BA from Eastern Nazarene College and an MEd from Cambridge College; he is currently completing his EdD from the University of Massachusetts, focusing his dissertation research on the education of black male students.
 
 
   
 
 

Christine Douglas, High School Principal

Christine Douglas has worked at Prospect Hill Academy since 2000, first as a Spanish Teacher, then Spanish Coordinator, Upper School Assistant Principal, and 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.

Ruth Farmery
 

Dr. Ruth Farmery, Director of K-12 Computer Science

Dr. Ruth Farmery joined PHA in 2016 as Teacher of Computer Science and Engineering in the High School. Prior to starting at PHA, Ruth taught at North Shore Community College in Lynn and before moving to the US, taught Computer Science and ICT in Wiltshire, England for 9 years. Ruth holds an MEng in Computer Science from University of Bristol, UK; a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Education from University of Bath, UK and and EdD in Education from Cardiff University, UK. Ruth is dedicated to Computer Science for All and providing authentic learning opportunities within and beyond the CS curriculum.
 
 
 

Sarah Ferguson, Director of Human Capital & Talent Management

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.
   
 
Evan Lewis
 
 
 

Evan Lewis, Chief Advancement Officer

Evan Lewis is deeply committed to educational equity, social activism, and empowering marginalized communities. He has spent the past 15 years working at the forefront of national movements to eradicate the academic achievement gap, reform educational policy, and reframe the national dialogue around the fates and futures of under-served student populations. Evan was a founding leader of Urban Prep Academies, where he worked to build and sustain a network of tuition-free, public, college-prep schools for boys in low-income communities in Chicago. During Evan's tenure at Urban Prep, the organization achieved remarkable results including a 100% college admissions rate for graduates. Evan's work has been featured by national media outlets including the New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and PBS. Evan studied Philosophy at Cornell University before launching a career as an educator and social entrepreneur.
   
 
 

Michael O'Donnell, 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.”
     
Karen Shmukler
 
 
 
 

Karen Shmukler, Associate Head of School

Before joining Prospect Hill Academy, Karen was the Deputy Superintendent of Student Services in the Public Schools of Brookline where she served for over a decade and most recently, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services in the Newton Public Schools. Karen began her career in the non-profit human services sector and was in the forefront of introducing wraparound technologies and system of care principles in the areas of public mental health, child welfare and education in Massachusetts. Karen taught English as a Second Language and Literacy to children and adult learners in Johannesburg, South Africa and St Louis. Karen also has her Teachers Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College of London, and in Dance from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) in London. Karen received her Clinical Psychologist training and degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
   
 
 

Jorge Vega, Director of Instructional & Information Technology

Mr. Jorge Vega’s vast background in teaching coupled with his extensive network knowledge make him uniquely qualified to support PHA’s diverse instructional and information technology needs. With nearly 20 years of experience in education, most recently as Director of Technology for The Park School, Jorge has developed a breadth of skills that enable him to handle everything from major network upgrades to curriculum development with faculty. Jorge is also an accomplished writer and released his first major graphic novel, Gunplay, in 2008, receiving critical acclaim. The story is now being developed for television by Fox 21. Jorge holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MEd from Framingham State University.
   

 

Sarah Joslyn Wahl  

Sarah Joslyn Wahl, Director of Teacher Development & Adult Learning

Sarah Joslyn Wahl has spent over a decade designing and delivering quality professional learning experiences for educators. Her passion for restorative practices and anti-racist education drew her to join Prospect Hill's unique school community in 2016. She works with teachers, instructional coaches, fellows, and administrators across all four campuses to support our school-wide commitment to continuous improvement and life-long learning. Before joining PHA, Sarah taught 8th grade humanities and led Breakthrough Collaborative's teacher development efforts at its local and national offices. A proud "double Jumbo," Sarah has both her BA in English and her MAT from Tufts University.