The Providence Public School District (PPSD) is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments. These appointments have been approved by the Providence School Board and are designed to help drive the district’s overall mission to improve performance measures and graduate students prepared for college and career success.
Lori Batista McEwen, Ph.D. of East Greenwich, RI, has been named Chief of Instruction, Leadership and Equity. She will oversee issues related to instruction, curriculum, assessment, school improvement initiatives, professional development for school leaders and academic management of schools.
McEwen brings significant experience in teaching and educational administration in middle and high school that will coincide with many of PPSD’s programs. She joins Providence Schools from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Pawtucket, where she served as Director of Academics and was responsible for all matters related to teaching and learning. She oversaw the development of the K-12 Common Core State Standards aligned curriculum, created the teacher leader cohort, supervised the directors of special education and English Language Learners and was integral to the development and design of the Blackstone Valley High School, which opened this fall.
She was assistant principal at Portsmouth High School, where she worked to address the needs of struggling students and strengthen teacher instruction.
She has also worked as an English teacher at Uxbridge High School and Cohannet Middle School in Massachusetts and at North Kansas City High School in Missouri. Her first administrative position was as Assistant Principal at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, NH before she served as graduate assistant supervisor of student teachers at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
McEwen has served as a staff development consultant for Teachers21 in Wellesley, Mass., where she facilitated the development of professional learning communities in multiple school districts of Massachusetts and taught graduate courses on teacher leadership. She has served as a research associate at Boston College and was a program evaluator for the Alberta Ministry of Education in Canada.
McEwen is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College. She earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and her Ph.D. in education administration from Boston College.
Doris De Los Santos of Providence, RI has been named Executive Director of Partnership, Development and Community Engagement. She will oversee fundraising, communications, family and community engagement and community/strategic partnerships.
Before joining Providence Schools in 2012, De Los Santos was appointed as Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s director of the Office of Municipal and External Affairs. From 1992-1995, she worked at Rhode Island Housing’s Lead Program and, in 1995, she joined the State Office of Housing and Community Development, later becoming the head of the Office of Program Performance & Evaluation (Office of Healthy Homes).
She has served as Education Coordinator for the Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services, known as Community Works RI, where she designed and implemented educational programs about lead poisoning prevention, and worked in a similar role for Rhode Island Housing. De Los Santos went on to become Coordinator of the Lead Technical Assistance Center, where she advised and coordinated lead hazard awareness programs for tenants, landlords and realtors.
From 2007-2011, she was Housing Coordinator for the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, where she was responsible for the oversight, evaluation, assessment, adjudication, and research of housing issues and programs for the State of Rhode Island.
De Los Santos holds many civic roles and has headed the Latina Leadership Institute, a program of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. She also served on the YWCA of Greater Rhode Island Executive Board of Directors. She is an advisory member and past president of the board of directors for the R.I. Latino Civic Fund and the R.I. Latino Political Action Committee.
Additionally, she is a board member of Community Action Partnership of Providence, serving as vice president; Neighborhood Health Plan of R.I.; Community Works R.I.; Latino Dollars for Scholars; Community Music Works, Back to School Celebration of R.I.; Family Service of R.I. and the State of R.I. Martin Luther King Commission. Recently, De Los Santos was appointed by Governor Chafee to the State of R.I. Parole Board.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, magna cum laude, from Pedro Henriquez Urena University in the Dominican Republic and an associates’ degree in general studies from CCRI, graduating with highest honors. She is a graduate of Leadership for a Future and Leadership RI ’08.
Susan Chin of Lincoln, RI, a National Distinguished Principal and a 29-year veteran of Providence Schools, has been named Elementary Zone Director. She will help to oversee and monitor the implementation of targeted, data-driven school improvement efforts in 21 elementary schools in Providence. She will provide support to principals and building leadership teams to lead school-based improvement efforts and will collaborate with administrators to monitor outcomes. She is responsible for fostering an environment that is student-focused, results-oriented and places priority on student learning and performance.
Chin was previously the turnaround principal of Veazie Street Elementary School in Providence since 2007, where she raised the school from its ranking as the lowest performing elementary school in Rhode Island to a 2012 Blue Ribbon nominated school by RIDE and the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, Chin was named the Rhode Island Elementary Principal of the Year.
She has served as principal of Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School from 2003-2007, where she brought the school from its third year of classification as low performing, not improving to moderately performing and a Regent’s Commended school.
She was assistant principal at the former Edward W. Flynn Elementary School and a teacher at Carl G. Lauro and West Broadway elementary schools.
In 2013, she was selected to represent the nation’s elementary school principals at the 2013 National Teacher of the Year ceremony with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Chin is a retired member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard 88th Army Band following 21 years of service, where she received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2007, the Army Commendation Medal in 1998 and 2004, the Army Achievement Medal in 1989, 1995 and 1996 and the Rhode Island Defense Service Medal in 1998.
Chin earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Rhode Island and her master’s degree in education from Providence College.