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Olivia Lynch, Executive Director/Principal :

Dr. Olivia Lynch has a multifaceted portfolio of experience in the field of education. The twin features of her work are scholarship and compassion. Dr. Lynch believes that as educators we can learn and master the knowledge needed to support high-level learning for our students and along with that knowledge possess and practice the compassion (caring, curiosity and understanding) needed to insure all students are valued and all students achieve.


Before becoming the Executive Director/Principal of TECA, Dr. Lynch was the Director of Instruction for a nearby school district. Previous to that position, she was an educational consultant, providing services and supports on a number of initiatives and programs in schools, districts, educational organizations and with the Department of Education in Washington D.C. Her work has taken her to states such as New York, New Jersey, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and Mississippi, to name a few, and of course California.


Olivia Lynch was Director of Professional Learning at the School Redesign Network (SRN) at Stanford University and later Director of Practice for Education Trust West. Before, moving to the west coast almost 10 years ago, Dr. Lynch was Director of Bronx New Century High Schools, an initiative that produced fifty new small high schools and served as a model for school creation throughout New York City. Dr. Lynch also served as Local Superintendent in the Bronx. Earlier in her career she was the founding principal of a public elementary school, The Partnership School and later founding principal of a middle school, The School for Academic and Athletic Excellence both in New York City where she began her career as a bi-lingual (Spanish) middle school teacher.


Dr. Lynch is Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership at Patten University in Oakland California. She has also served as adjunct professor of Education in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College of Education in New York City and Mercy College in English as a Second Language, also in that city.


Olivia Lynch received her B.A. from New York University, her M.A. from Adelphi University, her principal and district leadership certificates from City College of New York and her Doctor of Education from Mills College, in Oakland California. Her research, presentations, workshops and writing, focus on school reform and innovation, educational leadership, curriculum and teaching, English Language Learners and urban education.