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Nina Cullen-Hamzeh
Co-Founder / Curriculum and Leadership Director
Dr. Nina Cullen-Hamzeh was a founding teacher and Head of School at Marblehead Community Charter Public School. As Head of School, she provided the strategic vision and planning for MCCPS. Nina has designed and delivered MCCPS professional development in integrated unit planning, project-based learning, service learning, co-teaching and inclusive practices, and performance assessments for project-based learning units. Previously, she served as a teacher in a bilingual classroom for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the vice-principal at a grade 1 to 8 school in Hollywood, CA. Nina currently serves as an Interim Principal at Lynch Elementary School in Winchester, MA.
Frank DeVito
Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

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
Co-Founder / School Culture Director

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.