BPE is pleased to welcome Darlene Marcano as Co-Principal for Academics for the Dearborn STEM Academy.  Together with Co-Principal Dana Brown, she will lead our school into the next phase of our school’s development as we expand, and as we build our STEM program and our Career Pathways.

We would like to thank the members of the Hiring Committee for their diligent work setting criteria, interviewing and selecting Ms. Marcano.  The committee was comprised of administrators, teachers, parents and community members and one student: Antonia Diaz, April Alston, Bradley Turner, David Moreno, Jared Costly Chong, Jennifer De Jesus, Kimberly Domercant, Kristen Almquist, Matthew Andrade, Tara Register, Wendy Chen, Dana Brown, Dr. Joel Boyd and Jesse Solomon.

June 14, 2019

Darlene Marcano

Dear Dearborn STEM Academy Community,

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Darlene Marcano has been appointed as the Co-Principal of Dearborn STEM Academy, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. Marcano’s appointment comes after a competitive hiring process in which over 50 people applied for the position. A school-based Hiring Committee made up of staff, students, parents and community partners held a series of final interviews and was thrilled to recommend Ms. Marcano.

The Dearborn STEM Academy is committed to preparing students to successfully enter the 21st century global workforce. The school bridges rigorous academics with career readiness, and leverages Boston’s unique position as a world leader in higher education and industry to provide students with access to authentic real-world experiences, while cultivating critical thinking and communications skills. In her role as Co-Principal for Academics, Ms. Marcano’s primary responsibility is to ensure that all students receive a great education. The Co-Principal for Academics works closely with school leadership and staff to ensure that the school is implementing a coherent instructional system, and developing and implementing three career pathways in computer science, engineering, and health & life sciences.

Ms. Marcano has served as an educator in Boston for 20 years, most recently as the current headmaster of Urban Science Academy (USA), a position she has held since March 2018. Prior to serving as headmaster, Ms. Marcano provided strong instructional leadership in her role as senior curriculum access specialist at USA. She began her education career as a humanities teacher, serving a variety of school communities for 13 years before moving into an administration position.

As a teacher, Ms. Marcano was recognized by the Coalition of Essential Schools for her work as a writing instructor, and by Suffolk University Magazine for her work with students around community service and activism. Prior to her time at USA, Ms. Marcano was the freshman director at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School for two years.

A graduate of Boston Latin School, Ms. Marcano received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. She later earned a master’s degree in education from Suffolk University in 2003 and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Simmons College.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Marcano as she assumes this position of leadership at Dearborn STEM Academy. With the full support of all of us at the Dearborn and the Boston Public Schools, I am confident Ms. Marcano will continue to advance the great work of your school community on behalf of our students.


Laura Perille
Interim Superintendent