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Rodolfo Morales
Rodolfo Morales, Principal

Mr. Rodolfo Morales is in his first year as principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School. Mr. Morales most recently completed his principal residency at both the Rafael Hernández K-8 School, where he supported new instructional approaches to dual-language instruction, and Dr. Catherine Ellison/Rosa Parks Early Education School, where he worked to strengthen inclusive practices.

Mr. Morales is a lifelong Boston resident who has continuously demonstrated a commitment to the education of Boston Public Schools students. Mr. Morales has a successful professional history as a bilingual educator and a personal history as a learner of English as a second language. He began his teaching career at the Joseph J. Hurley K-8 School in 2011 as a dual-language Spanish 4th-grade educator. While there, he supported teachers through his role as a union representative and by facilitating professional development.

Mr. Morales earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing communications from Emerson College, a Master in Education through the Boston Teacher Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Master in School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is committed to increasing educational equity for all students, and is excited to begin supporting the students, families, and teachers at the Phineas Bates Elementary School.

Rodolfo Morales, Principal | rmorales2@bostonpublicschools.org

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Antonelli Mejía, Resident Principal, Lynch Leadership Fellow

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Antonelli migrated to the United States in 2009 where he started his journey in Boston Public Schools as a student and later on as an ESL teacher, community coordinator and support counselor. He has a history of supporting students and families, particularly those who are recent immigrants to the country and are facing language barriers. In addition to his passion for working with students in the public district, Antonelli is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called, Herramientas Del Saber that aids educational readiness of students in his home country, the Dominican Republic. His experience in education has stretched between the charter and public school sector. Last year, Antonelli participated in the Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship Program, where he co-lead a consultancy project to increase family engagement for a school in the BPS district and recently served as a Lead School Culture Coordinator at the Up Academy Network, supporting school-wide systems to ensure the safety and positive experience for all students.

Antonelli has collaborated in different projects with nonprofit organizations such as Educators For Excellence, where he co-wrote a research paper titled “Schools That Heal.” A research that proposed policy recommendations supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of students. Antonelli was also selected by the Univision Network, as one of three educators in the country for the “Nuestros Maestros” campaign, sharing his story to inspire other Latinos to pursue careers in education and become leaders in their communities.

Antonelli holds a B.A. in Psychology and Human Resources from Boston College, and a Master’s of Education and Curriculum Training from Boston University.

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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 | ccampbell4@bostonpublicschools.org


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Heather Frasso, School Nurse

Hello, My name is Heather Frasso and I  am the school nurse at the Bates. I have been at the Bates for 6 years and it is a privilege and a joy to be a part of  the Bates community. I love working with the students, staff and parents at the Bates. I have two sons: Nick is 23 yrs and Patrick is 22 yrs old. I also have an 8 year old pug named Buddy. I walk Buddy every day. The walk gives me the opportunity to be outdoors, which I love.  I enjoy biking, walking and eating! I am so grateful to be the school nurse!

Heather Frasso, School Nurse |  hfrasso@bostonpublicschools.org

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Cindy Sahagian, Secretary

Secretary Extraordinaire. Basically President of the Bates.


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