Jason Gallagher, current principal at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown, will take over as new head of school at Boston Latin School, outgoing Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told the school community today.
Gallagher himself went to BLS, the latest in a string of BLS leaders to have come from the school. He replaces Rachel Skerritt, who announced her resignation in March. BLS headmasters or, more recently, heads of school, have been BLS graduates since 1920.
In his current role at Harvard-Kent, Mr. Gallagher has worked to continue the school’s long tradition of success. He has met or exceeded its MCAS targets each year, and in 2019 the school was named the “School on the Move” by EdVestors, based on consecutive years of strong academic growth. He has also coordinated support for students in order to attend to their well-being, mental health, and interventions on social and emotional health.
Before taking over as principal at Harvard-Kent, he served as assistant director in the BPS Office of Special Education, a teacher at Harvard-Kent and a special-education teacher at Braintree High School.
A lifelong Charlestown resident, Gallagher graduated BLS in 1991. He has two sons who also graduated the school. He has a history bachelor's from Merrimack College, an education master from Simmons and a masters in educational leadership from Framingham State University.