Natalie Diaz Ake
Natalie Diaz Ake, Elementary School Superintendent in the Boston Public Schools.
In her time at BPS, Ms. Ake has supported a high-needs network of schools through leadership coaching, professional development, and coordination of central office support. As an Academic Superintendent, she worked with a team of educators in the development of a transformation plan that resulted in a one million dollar School Redesign Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Natalie was passionate about her work in this role, as it allowed her to leverage her experience as a teacher and leader in BPS to support the development of equitable and excellent educational experiences for all students throughout our city.
Prior to joining BPS in the role of Academic Superintendent, Natalie was a Leadership Effectiveness Director at the Lynch Leadership Academy where she coached sitting and aspiring school leaders, planned and facilitated equity-based professional development, and collaborated with district, charter, and parochial districts to support leadership development strategies. Natalie is a Lynch Leadership Academy Cohort V alum and was a principal in the Boston Public Schools. During her tenure as the Principal of the Ellison-Parks Early Education School, she was committed to expanding high-quality inclusive opportunities for all students and their families. She led her community through the transformation to become a fully inclusive school and earned NAEYC accreditation with the partnership of teachers, families, and the district. As a principal, Natalie significantly increased student achievement outcomes for English learners and students with disabilities, implemented a whole school positive behavior intervention and support system, and developed a positive school culture by engaging teacher leadership and strengthening rigorous STEM and Arts instruction in early childhood classrooms. Prior to principalship, Natalie was an administrator in the BPS Central Office in Special Education and Student Services where she provided support to schools and families on improving the educational experiences for students with special needs.
Natalie started her career in education in the classroom, teaching for ten years as an elementary and middle school special education English Language Arts and Mathematics teacher in both district and charter school settings. She also served as a Special Education Student Support Coordinator, New Teacher Developer, and facilitator of Collaborative Coaching and Learning professional development cycles to support adult learning and student achievement. Natalie has also served as an instructor at Simmons College and taught graduate-level courses, including Inclusion, Consultation, and Collaboration, and Special Education Seminars. Natalie received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Master’s of Science in Special Education from Simmons College where she received the Francis W. Gallishaw Award of Academic Excellence. She is the proud parent of two Boston Public Schools students.