Frank is a second-generation Honduran and Italian American and a Lynn parent with twin boys attending Lynn Public Schools. For over twenty years Frank has served as an educator and leader in public education. In the Chelsea Public Schools, he co-founded two innovative high schools for at-risk students that utilized project-based curricula and assessments. Recently, 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 is a community activist and youth pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Lynn. He 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.