It is with great joy and excitement that I would like to officially introduce you to Mr. Jonathan Diamond, the Ohrenberger School’s new Assistant Principal. Mr. Diamond brings decades of school leadership experience, spending most of his career with a local charter public school, the Academy of the Pacific Rim where he served most recently as Chief Culture Officer. Mr. Diamond is excited to connect with the broader Beethoven-Ohrenberger community in the coming days and weeks, and has already taken steps to get to know our students, families and staff.
I want to give a very special thanks to Shadin Thomas, Jacqueline Rosario, and Jennifer Kropveld-Boucher who were appointed by parents from our School Site Council to serve on our selection committee. Your hard work cannot be appreciated enough.
Your students will likely be seeing Mr. Diamond around our building or in a Zoom class in the coming days, so be sure to give a warm welcome to our newest Owl.
Please see the welcome letter below to hear from Mr. Diamond himself. Be on the lookout for more to come!
Dr. John Travis
Co-Principal, Beethoven-Ohrenberger School
January 5, 2021
Greetings Ohrenberger School Community!
It is with great excitement and humility that I introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal of the William H Ohrenberger School and newest member of the Beethoven/Ohrenberger community. I am elated to join Team Owls and have the opportunity to support the strong work that is already happening here. I look forward to getting to know each of you and I would like to begin our introduction by sharing a little bit about myself.
I grew up on the Brookline/Allston-Brighton line in the 1970s and 1980s. My neighborhood was a melting pot of residents, students, artists and eccentrics where I was exposed to diverse ways of thinking and learned the important lesson that there are multiple, valuable approaches to life. When I reached middle and high school, I was attracted to the emerging hip hop and punk rock cultural scenes, especially their messaging around societal inequities and the fight for justice. In college, I majored in history and spent a gap year performing community service as a member of City Year, Boston. My experiences over time led me to realize how privileged I was compared to loved ones and the profound impact one’s relationship with learning and thinking critically can have on life outcomes. I felt a call to action and decided to dedicate my life’s work to the field of education.
I believe schools, when operating at their best, can offer transformative experiences that empower all students with the mindsets, skills and preparation to fully pursue their individual passions and support the creation of just communities. I join the Ohrenberger School having spent the past 23 years working in private and public educational settings and, most recently, I served as the Chief Culture Officer at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School. There, I led organizational initiatives to build a comprehensive social and emotional learning program, develop a code of conduct based on equity and restorative practices, plan and facilitate professional learning for staff on antiracism and train new leaders, especially the new Deans of Culture. I have also been a tutor, enrichment teacher, ice hockey coach, classroom teacher, and Dean of Students.
In order to begin the work of learning about our community, I plan on reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders in the coming weeks and months. I will invite you to participate in 1 on 1 interviews and focus groups to help me learn more about your roles and aspirations, what is successful at the Ohrenberger, and where we can work together to more closely align with the school’s priorities for student success. I want to know more about how our community functions and how we can best give every student the opportunity to become the best version of his/her/their self.
I am excited to begin this work and to get to know you. Please reach out as you have questions and look for additional communication in the coming days.
Your new Assistant Principal,