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Principal Vega
Andrew Vega, Principal

Andrew Vega has served as principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School since July 2015, where he also served as a Principal Fellow for 2014-2015 school year. During his time at the Bates, he has overseen the implementation of a new PBIS system and introduction of a school-wide social-emotional learning curriculum, supported the roll up of inclusion, and worked with teachers to expand the advanced work curriculum to all students in the 4th and 5th grades. Mr. Vega began his teaching career in Los Angeles, his hometown, where he taught high school English. In 2010, he moved to Boston to join the team at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. While at Orchard Gardens, Mr. Vega taught 8th grade English as part of the team that elevated the school from Level 4 to Level 1 status.

Mr. Vega has also been actively engaged in advising education policy on the local and national levels. He is a former Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow and America Achieves Fellow. Mr. Vega has also served on the teacher advisory boards for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boston Foundation, and The Achievement Network.He received a BA in English from UCLA and an MA in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is an alumni of Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy Aspiring Principal Fellowship.

In his free time, Mr. Vega is a huge music fan. He attends live music events on a monthly basis and plays trumpet in the Boston College Symphonic Band. As a native Californian, he enjoys traveling to wherever there is a beach! He lives in Dorchester.
Andrew Vega, Principal |

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Cailen McCormick, Inclusion Coordinator

My name is Cailen McCormick. I am very excited to be starting my first year at the Bates and my 10th year with the Boston Public Schools. I started working in BPS as a classroom teacher, and for the last five years I have worked out of the central office as a Program Director for for Applied Behavior Analysis. This year at the Bates, I will be in a new role as the inclusion strand coordinator, supporting grades K0-2nd. I am thrilled to be a part of this school community and to work closely with students, educators, and families. When I am not at work, my husband and I enjoy being active outdoors with our two young boys. I am looking forward to a great school year!

Cailen McCormick, Inclusion Strand Specialist |


Cindy Sahagian, Secretary

Joe Fidler, Daytime Custodian