The Lead from Within Fellowship program at Uncommon Schools empowers Principals of Color who are early in their career with the knowledge and skills needed to sustain the work of leading strong schools.

Lead From Within Fellowship Cohort 22-23
Featured Fellow

Frankline Mardi

Frankline started off as a 6th grade History teacher at Roxbury Prep and rose in school leadership as principal of Roxbury Prep’s Dorchester Campus. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she studied History and Education. She is thrilled for the opportunity to continue to develop as a leader with Uncommon Schools.

"It is a real privilege to have 40 staff come to you for leadership and guidance constantly. Families look to me as the person they can bring their children to and to keep them safe and learning every day."

Dorchestor Reporter: Roxbury Prep’s Mardi relishes being a leader

Meet our fellows and mentors
Hear from our fellows

We’re equipped with the strategies to be all we can be for our schools, and to show up each day for our students, our staff, and the families we serve.

Hear from a mentor

We’re not in this work alone. We have a village—a community of people who are likeminded, people who process things differently and offer different perspectives, but all are aligned in the goal and mission that we have.

Na'Jee Carter

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Juliana Worrell

The lack of racial diversity within the principal workforce presents a significant opportunity gap. As I reflected on my own journey, it became clear to me that in order to narrow this gap, it will take intentional support, programming, and mentoring.

Transforming Principal Diversity: Uncommon Schools Lead from Within Fellowship Program Empowers Leaders of Color

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