Meet our team
John D'Auria, Consultant
In a career that has spanned four decades as a math teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent, Dr. D'Auria has worked with hundreds of school leaders around sharpening the academic focus of school teams, developing a vibrant school culture, and managing conflict in the workplace. The former President of Teachers21, John is a faculty member of William James College and continues to consult with Teachers21 to strengthen practitioners' work around social and emotional learning. In 2010, Dr. D'Auria was appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to a statewide task force to study and develop a new framework for the supervision and evaluation of all educators in Massachusetts. He was appointed to the Rennie Center Condition of Education Advisory Committee, which seeks to build a more coherent, and research-based, vision of a public education in Massachusetts. Prior to his work at Teachers21, Dr. D'Auria was Superintendent of Schools in Canton, Massachusetts.
Lincoln Lynch III, Program Director, PSAP/LLPS Doctoral Program
Dr. Lincoln Lynch III (Linc) is the Program Director for the Teachers21/Boston College/Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) doctoral program for Aspiring Superintendents (PSAP/LLPS). A seasoned administrator specializing in the disciplines of School Finance and Operations; Human Resources; and Strategic Planning.
André R Ravenelle, Executive Director
André R Ravenelle is the Executive Director of Teachers21. Formerly the Superintendent of the Fitchburg Public Schools, he has been an innovative educator for closer to three decades. His eclectic teaching and educational leadership background includes almost a decade of historical interpretation and craftsmanship at Old Sturbridge Village, teaching French, Spanish and art at Roxbury's Mission High School, assistant principal of Chelsea High School, and administration of Barnstable and Lexington Public Schools. In the spring of 2006 he was chosen as one of 13 Massachusetts education administrators for a two week educational exchange in China.
Nadja Reilly, PhD, William James College
Dr. Reilly supports the Techers21 team in school districts around climate, social emotional learning and system change. An adjunct faculty member in the School Psychology Department at William James College, she is Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate in School Climate and Social Emotional Learning program and Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development. Dr. Reilly received her PhD and MA from the University of Miami and her BA from Florida International University. She is a Massachusetts licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider.
Latikia Simpson, Administrative Assistant
Latikia manages the administrative functions of the office, including customer support, contract processing, registration and billing. She maintains scheduling, logistics and technical support for in-person and virtual trainings and oversees maintenance of office systems and supplies. With over 16 years of experience in the health care and human services industries, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the realm of office management.
Kris Taylor, Senior Program Developer and Manager of DEI Initiatives for Teachers21
Dr. Taylor curates and develops Teachers21 programs and curriculum for resources, activities and alignment to DEI initiatives. She is the Director of the Contemporary Aspiring Principals' Academy degree and licensure program. Before joining Teachers21, she was the District Lead and Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where she led an internal equity team focused on building the capacity of DEI leaders. She applied research-based practices to improve academic outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.
Laura Tyrrell, Program Director
Laura is the director of Teachers21 professional development degree and licensure programs and is a liason with our collaborative partners for logistics, planning, scheduling and coordination with candidates, instructors and partners. She manages marketing and communication and web content; and assists consultants with resources and technical support. She holds a BA from Boston College and was an Early Education teacher for ten years. Prior to teaching, Laura held roles of administrative manager and vice president at engineering and environmental consulting firms.