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The teachers and staff at the Phoenix Network of Schools skillfully differentiates curriculum, emphasizes a college-going culture, and pushes students’ thinking both about the academics at hand and about their own capacity for high achievement.

Melanie Roche-Laputka

Phoenix Chelsea

Director of Curriculm and Instuction

Melanie is originally from New Jersey, but grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended The George Washington University, where she majored in International Affairs and Spanish and Latin American Literature. As a first generation college graduate, education was always very important to her. She volunteered as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters in an elementary school in Washington, DC. This experience instilled in her a real passion for educational equity. As a result, she joined Teach For America in 2006. She taught high school Spanish for New Haven Public Schools, and then at The Bridge Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In 2011, Melanie moved to the Boston area, and became a Spanish teacher at City on a Hill Circuit Street in Roxbury. She always knew that she wanted to become a school leader, because she believed that she could make the most impact on student achievement as a strong instructional leader. While working at City on a Hill, she completed her Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Simmons College. While working on her Masters, she stepped into her role as the Dean of Citizenship. As the Dean of Citizenship, she was responsible for creating and maintaining a strong school culture, while also supervising and evaluating teachers. During this time, Melanie also began facilitating anti-racist workshops in the community.
As Melanie is passionate about instruction, she joined the Phoenix Chelsea team in August of 2017 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She is very excited about being a part of the Phoenix Chelsea team and working with such a passionate group of leaders and educators. She loves the mission and is very excited to support the Phoenix Chelsea team in fulfilling the school mission.
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