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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Framingham Public Schools.


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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay has selected Jessica Mandes to be the permanent principal at Brophy Elementary Schools.

Prior to the start of the 2022 – 2023 school year, Mandes was appointed as the Interim Principal at Brophy Elementary School.

Mandes started her very successful administrative career in Framingham in 2020.

Before joining the Brophy Community, she was a valued Vice Principal at Barbieri Elementary School.

“This appointment will ensure as much consistency as possible for the Brophy community,” said Supt. Tremblay. “I continue to be impressed by Ms. Mandes’ leadership, presence throughout the school, fluency in Spanish which assists in directly supporting our Dual Language programming and Brophy families, and her hands-on approach as a school leader which I had the opportunity to observe, firsthand, during my week-long residency.

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“I have full confidence that Ms. Mandes will continue to lead Brophy Elementary School in a way that places the student experience at the center of every decision, consistent with our district-wide efforts to ensure that every student feels a sense of belonging in their school community.”

Mandes taught in Florida, earned her Masters Degree in Organizational Management while simultaneously earning her administrator’s license through the Urban Principals Development Program with Teachers21.

Altogether, she has taught for 11 years, across 2 states and three districts. Before working in an elementary school setting she was a tutor, a youth worker, Youth Program Coordinator, a mentor, and founder of 3D Boys, a leadership development program for at-risk students.

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She has worked with children from Kindergarten to 6th grade over the span of the last twenty years. She is also a board member of the Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars.

Within Framingham, Mandes has experience working with our Dual Language Spanish program as well as with the work associated with the Turnaround Practices.

As a native Spanish speaker, grounded in strong Puerto Rican roots, she has leveraged language and biculturalism as a way to connect with her LatinX community. Her greatest pride is working with a diverse staff and having the ability to not only educate LatinX students but also provide opportunities for LatinX graduates and educators. 

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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.