Every BB&N graduation is a celebratory event, but none was possibly more jubilant than the one held for the Class of 2021 on June 11 on Nichols Field at the Upper School campus. Only a few months ago it was unclear whether an in-person graduation was even feasible, but with many COVID restrictions for Massachusetts lifted, the graduation ceremony took place "in real life," as students often like to say. The temperate, sunny day could not have been more perfect, or appreciated, by those in attendance.
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Biography of Dr. Jennifer Price
Dr. Jennifer Price’s journey as an educational leader spans an impressive range of roles. She was named as BB&N’s fourth head of school in September 2017, starting her tenure on July 1, 2018.
From 2015 to 2018, Price served as Superintendent of North Andover Public Schools, overseeing a system comprised of eight schools and 4,800 students. She led her district through an extensive strategic planning process, focusing on initiatives that include student inclusion, professional development, and implementation of a consistent, rigorous curriculum.
Prior to her Superintendent post, Price was principal for nine years at Newton North High School, where she was acclaimed for leading the 2,000-student high school through its transition to a new, 198-million-dollar facility. Colleagues and families praised her pioneering mindset, which guided the implementation of an innovation laboratory, professional learning communities, a black and Latino scholars’ program, and a first-generation college mentoring program.
From 1999 to 2003, Price was a housemaster at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, where she served as headmaster for one quarter of the school. In the late 1990s, she taught history and coached softball and field hockey at Maynard High School, where she was named Teacher of the Year two consecutive years.
She co-authored with Dr. Daniel Koretz the chapter, “Building Assessment Literacy” in Data-wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (Harvard Educational Press, 2005). She also presents each year on the Data Wise process at its summer institute, as well as the Reflecting on Leadership, Administration, and Governance course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, where she was also a starter on the field hockey team, Price received her master’s in educational administration from Boston College and a doctorate of education from Harvard University.
Dr. Price is noted for her collaborative nature, strategic expertise and passion for fostering environments where students and teachers can thrive. As former Board Chair Brace Young noted, “What comes through right away is Jen’s terrific energy and the sheer sense of joy that she instills into the enterprise of teaching and learning. Moreover, she is able to merge that compassionate human touch with a data-driven, strategic leadership philosophy—a combination that has made an outstanding impact on every school and system she has been involved with during her 24-year career in education.”