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FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Charter School, a regional public middle school in Framingham, announced a new executive director today, April 28.

On behalf of the McAuliffe Board of Trustees, Board Chair, Bob Berman shared “I am very excited to have Frank Tipton join the school as our new Executive Director. We are confident that his experiences and passion for learning will help guide the school into an exciting future.”

Since 2015, Frank has served as Assistant Head of School for Gann Academy, a Waltham-based, independent high school serving 270 students.

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Prior to Gann, Frank held several administrative and teaching roles at Phillips Andover Academy for 15 years, preceded by teaching and counseling roles at The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio
and with the Wellesley Public Schools.

Frank said he is “very excited to join the McAuliffe community. Throughout my time at Gann and Phillips Andover, I have expanded each school’s commitment to project-based and experiential learning, and I look forward
to bringing my interest in the EL model and my skills as an administrator to one of the few credentialed EL schools in the country.”

After more than 10 years of exceptional school leadership, Kristin Harrison, who will step down once Frank is onboard, said she is “is thrilled with Frank’s hire. I am confident he will be a wonderful leader for McAuliffe, and I am ready to assist Frank in any way I can to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

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Berman expressed his gratitude for McAuliffe’s outgoing Executive Director by saying- “I want to offer a very special thank you to our current Executive Director, Kristin Harrison, who has led the school for nearly 10 years. Her leadership, guidance and love for our community has had a major positive effect on thousands of scholars. Kristin’s work will leave an impact on the school and those she touched for decades to come.”


The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is a diverse Expeditionary Learning public school for students in grades 6 – 8. The school’s hands-on curriculum cultivates high levels of student engagement, responsibility for learning, and enduring character growth. Students are accepted into the school via a blind lottery.

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Editor’s Note: The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is and has been an advertiser with SOURCE since 2016.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.