Frank grew up in the Boston-area and is proud of his Honduran and Italian heritage. He is a parent of twin boys attending the public school system in Lynn, MA. For over 25 years, he has served as an advocate for educational equity where he has worked with schools and districts across the country to improve educational opportunities, especially for students and families of color in under-resourced communities. In the Chelsea Public Schools, he co-founded two innovative high schools for at-risk students that utilized project-based curricula and assessments. Frank worked at the Education Development Center (EDC) and served on the team of the National Center for Scaling Effective Schools (NCSU) responsible for supporting the incubation and scaling of innovative practices within schools and districts that were deeply connected to their unique contexts. He also worked on the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change (DLSC). This project involves shifting the focus of education leaders and teachers to a paradigm and mindset of innovation, learning, research, problem solving, and effective practice adoption to be able to respond to the evolving needs of students.
Andre Bennett grew up in Jamaica. He is a community activist and youth pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Lynn. Andre also serves as a Behavioral Specialist with Creative Behavioral Solutions and Specialized Autism Consultants. In his role as a behavioral specialist, he works with families and schools in Greater Lynn and Boston to implement positive behavioral approaches to address problematic behaviors of youth who have suffered trauma, psychological or social disorders and cognitive/physical disabilities. Andre also coaches school staff in how to create learning environments to improve problematic behaviors and coaches families in how to use positive behavioral approaches in their children’s home environments. Andre is a passionate social activist and works with a number of local colleges and community organizations to improve the lives of immigrant families.