District Welcomes New Equity, and Community Engagement Directors
Chief Equity Officer
After joining the EPS from the Boston Public Schools in the summer of 2020, Cory McCarthy is moving from Vice Principal of EHS to the role of Chief Equity Officer, in which he will develop and implement short- and long-range equity goals.
“Cory made a major impression on Everett High School and our students as Vice Principal, and we are anxious for him to drive positive changes across all schools and grade levels,” said Superintendent Tahiliani. “He is a dynamic and energetic leader poised to take on these critical challenges.”
As Chief Equity Officer, McCarthy will lead the district’s efforts to sustain a culture of equity and inclusion for all students by narrowing the gaps between the highest and lowest performing students and by eliminating the racial disproportionality between student groups that occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories. He will plan, organize, and direct initiatives related to diversity, equity and outreach.
During the past year, McCarthy took on numerous roles as an instructional leader and an advocate for students. Under his direction, EHS implemented several programs, from a test-prep partnership with LIVIUS to college and career events to a full array of engaging and educational Zoom sessions, presentations, discussions, and special events.
Prior to joining EHS, McCarthy was a part of the New Mission High School leadership team in Boston, helping the school earn an EdVestors’ $100k School on the Move Prize, the National Blue Ribbon School for Improvement designation, and the Title One Distinguished School Award.
“Cory’s tirelessness and creativity will be invaluable to our efforts to develop a strategic and systemic framework for inclusivity, professional growth among staff, and positive student outcomes across all grade levels,” said Superintendent Tahiliani.
Community Engagement Manager
Jeanette Velez is the district’s first-ever Community Engagement Manager, after building her career as community leader, advocate, and a professional in the field of early-childhood education.
She will be charged with leading EPS efforts to form and expand on relationships that connect our students and families to the Everett community at large by facilitating two-way communication and creating a strong bridge between the voices of the community and the school district’s many teachers, staff members, and leaders.
“Jeanette will work with our established team of Family Liaisons to greatly expand and enhance our community outreach,” said Superintendent Tahiliani. “Her experience is a perfect fit for the Everett Public Schools, and I am excited for our families to meet and work with her in the very near future.”
Velez comes to the EPS with 20 years experience in early-childhood education. Since 2013, she served as a coordinator for the Chelsea/Revere Family Network, a community-based information and resource hub for all families in the community in order to increase knowledge of and accessibility to high-quality early education, care programs and services. In addition, Velez is currently serving her fifth term on the Chelsea School Committee. Over the years, she has been an active member of her community, serving on the boards of Chelsea Pop Warner, Chelsea Little League, Chelsea Youth Basketball, and the school councils at the Kelley Elementary and Clark Avenue Middle schools.
“Both in her role as School Committee Chair and Family Network Coordinator, Jeanette has successfully and artfully connected multiple groups of stakeholders to work through issues and strategically plan supports for students and families,” said Superintendent Tahiliani.