Meghan Thornton Parquette '01 - Principal, Brooke Roslindale Charter School
Armed with a degree in education from Bates College and a master’s degree from Lesley College, Meghan Thornton Parquette entered the family business (her father, mother and sister are also in education) and became a school teacher. In the 12 years since joining the staff of the Brooke Roslindale Charter School in Boston as an associate teacher, Meg has dedicated herself to providing an excellent education to students who are traditionally underserved by the education system—and along the way grew from an exceptional classroom teacher to the principal of one of the highest performing charter schools in Massachusetts. Her colleagues point to Meg’s work ethic, can-do attitude and authenticity and warmth as being instrumental to her students’ ultimate success.
From her earliest days as a kindergarten teacher when other teachers adopted her goal book system as a best practice to her work as principal, Meg is regarded as an innovator, role model and thought leader in the charter school world. Her school is a regular host to visitors from charter schools around the country and two summers ago she led a week, funded by the Gates Foundation, for math professional development for leadership teams from 11 other school networks.
As another charter school colleague notes, Meg “leads with the three grand Ps: passion, precision and playfulness. She shows deep passion for her work each day and precision in knowing exactly what she wants to achieve for herself, her staff, her kids, her families and the community she serves.” That dedication to the community she serves, 75% of whom are economically disadvantaged, is apparent in outcomes—in 2016 Brooke Roslindale had the highest achieving seventh grade in Massachusetts.
The 2019 Young Alumna of Distinction Award is given to Meghan Thornton Parquette whose leadership is rooted in the unwavering belief that every student is capable of greatness.