2012 Executive Board

Helen Russell, President. (see bio under ‘Leadership’)

Linda Nathan, Clerk. Linda Nathan is the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Dr. Nathan founded BAA in 1998 on the belief that arts and academics are equally important components of a child’s education. In addition to founding BAA, Dr. Nathan was instrumental in starting Boston’s first performing-arts middle school, and was a driving force behind the creation of Fenway High School, recognized nationally for its innovative educational strategies and school-to-work programs. She is also a co-founder and board member of the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, a nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to creating more equitable and democratic schools. Dr. Nathan serves on the Board of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and has also served on the National Academy of Science’s Commission on the Science of Learning and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Task Force On Assessment.

Recently, Dr. Nathan was honored with the 2011 Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf award, given annually to women who are leaders in their fields and who demonstrate innovative strategies and creative ideas. Dr. Nathan’s 2009 book, The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School, is inspiring educators from across the country and around the world to re-think public schools. Dr. Nathan’s numerous articles on teaching and leadership in urban schools have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Horace, Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, and many other publications.

Currently, Dr. Nathan holds the title of Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education, the professional development and outreach arm of Boston Arts Academy. She is also a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she teaches a course titled “Building Democratic Schools.”

She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s degree in education administration at Antioch University, a Master’s of performing arts at Emerson College, and a Doctorate in education at Harvard University.

Jane Scarborough, Treasurer. Jane Scarborough spent over 35 years as a teacher and administrator in both public and private institutions at every level from pre-school through graduate and professional levels.

Dr. Scarborough was one of the original five women faculty members when coeducation was introduced at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1971.  Subsequently, as the Academic Dean and Acting Head of Concord Academy, she facilitated the transition to coeducation at what had been an all-girls secondary school.  Dr. Scarborough was a consultant on coeducation at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and at the Groton School in Massachusetts before being appointed Head of The Winchester-Thurston School, a K-12 day school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  While in Pittsburgh, Dr. Scarborough served as the Regional Women’s Task Force Chair for Pennsylvania, and on the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Executive Committee.  She also served on the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting (WQED) Board of Directors, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors, and The Children’s Home, Board of Trustees.

Dr. Scarborough embarked on a second career when she briefly practiced corporate and securities law at a firm in New York City before her appointment as the Associate Dean of the School of Law at Northeastern University—where she had obtained her law degree in 1985.     In 1991, she became Vice President for Cooperative Education at the University where she was responsible for Northeastern’s signature “cooperative education” program, as well as for the departments of career services and the international cooperative program.  During her tenure as Vice President, she chaired the University’s Planning Committee on the Institute on Learning, Work and the Workplace and led a major effort to integrate cooperative education with the classroom experience for all undergraduates.