Monakatellia Ford has been appointed principal of the F. Lyman Winship Elementary School in Brighton. Ford’s passion for education is deeply rooted in her familial history within public education. Her mother was a BPS educator for 30 years. She began her teaching career at the Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School. While at Young Achievers, she created an experiential learning environment focused on student and teacher inquiry while meeting the diverse needs of her students.
As a teacher and teacher leader, Ford’s primary area of focus was the upper elementary grades, where she promoted a positive school culture and facilitated instructional improvements to support student learning. Her desire to impact a greater number of children in Boston led her to the Dever-McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, where she served as Assistant Principal for two years. She has served as Interim Principal of the F. Lyman Winship Elementary School for the past year.
Teaching and leading within traditional, turnaround and pilot school settings has provided her with varied experiences that have prepared her to meet the needs of students. Ford’s desire for all children to reach their infinite potential and to eliminate the achievement and opportunity gaps is what continues to drive her work.
Ford is a proud graduate of Boston Public Schools’ Another Course to College. She earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Temple University, master’s degree in elementary education from Cambridge College and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College. In 2013, Ford completed the BPS Aspiring Principals Program.