We are reorganizing our senior administrative team to accommodate current and future growth and place a heavier emphasis on constant academic innovation.
The new team structure emphasizes stronger ties between teachers, students, families, staff and alumni by assigning an administrator as liaison to each group. Mount has promoted 1996 alumna, assistant principal and teacher Julie Beauvais to principal and re-focused the position on academic development. Ms. Beauvais succeeds longtime principal, Edwin Burke, who is moving to a new role in an expanded campus ministry as assistant principal.
Ms. Beauvais is responsible for working with faculty on instruction and professional development. She will also lead a team of academic directors focused on specific subject areas — math, history, etc. Mr. Burke will be a direct contact for families and students and work on creating opportunities for students to put their faith into action through campus ministry programs.
Principal of Academics Jessie Butash moves to the new position of vice president. The position was created to manage the exponential growth Mount has experienced over the last two years and to build additional programming to meet students’ needs. Ms. Butash is tasked with ensuring that major operations — academics, admissions, institutional advancement, etc. — work as an integrated whole.
“We are welcoming over 200 new students this year and we’ve hired 21 new staff over the last two years. We expect to continue growing. The academic program is obviously our main draw, and it needs support from all other key operational areas to deliver the results students and families expect,” said President Alan Tenreiro, who as the fourth member of the administrative team retains responsibility for strategic initiatives, institutional development and financial management. “We’ve aligned the senior administrators’ duties with their greatest strengths. They’ll coordinate our efforts in the classroom, at home and in the community to support a national-caliber academic program.”Mount has steadily revamped and expanded its academic program over the last few years. The middle school curriculum was revised in 2017-18 to focus on foundational skills and address the age group’s social emotional needs. The high school curriculum added Advanced Placement courses and more choices for students in areas such as technology, business and science.
The mandatory community service requirement, a longtime staple at Mount, now encourages students to serve in areas that align with their personal interests and life goals. The school has also shifted its guidance department to a school counselor model to focus more intensively on individual academic and social development. There will be more interdisciplinary programs in the future, said Ms. Butash. Mount will also be adding specialists in various academic areas in the coming weeks to deepen instruction and support educational initiatives.
Ms. Beauvais, a 1996 Mount graduate, returned to the school in 2004 to work in the academic support center. She taught students with learning differences, contributed to curriculum development projects and the teacher-counselor program. She also coached girls varsity basketball and track, junior varsity boys tennis and middle school tennis. Ms. Beauvais was promoted to assistant principal in 2016.
Prior to Mount, Miss Beauvais taught science at St. Peter’s Central Catholic School in Worcester, Mass. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Merrimack College and master’s degrees in special education and administration from Providence College. Ms. Beauvais currently is connected statewide to the Highlander Institute as an instructional coach and brings these skills to her new role.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Mount and part of the growth and change that’s happening,” Ms. Beauvais said. “My goal is to be an instructional leader for the teachers, collaborating with them in their classrooms and supporting them every day. I also want to be visible so the students will know I’m approachable. I already know a lot of them and their learning needs, and I want to get to know even more of them.”