Faculty & Staff Directory

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Nick Gesualdi, EdD


Doctor​ ​of​ ​Education,​ ​​Vanderbilt ​University, ​Peabody College of Education and Human ​Development,  May​ ​2014​ ​-​ ​May​ ​2017

  • Concentration​ ​in​ ​K-12​ ​Administration​ ​and​ ​Policy​ ​(G.P.A.:​ ​​ ​3.853)
  • Teach​ ​For​ ​America​ ​Scholarship​ ​Recipient 
  • Murray-Cunningham​ ​Scholarship​ ​Recipient 

Master​ ​of​ ​Public​ ​Health,​ ​​University ​of ​Michigan ​School ​of ​Public ​Health, August​ ​2006​ ​-​ ​May​ ​2008 

  • Concentration​ ​in​ ​Health​ ​Management​ ​and​ ​Policy   

Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts,​ ​​College ​of ​William ​and ​Mary, August​ ​2002​ ​-​ ​May​ ​2006 

  • Dual​ ​Concentrations​ ​in​ ​Government​ ​and​ ​American​ ​Studies 

Johns Hopkins University, January 2018 – present
Lead Clinical Faculty, Urban Teachers Program

Saltonstall K-8 ​School ​(Salem ​Public ​Schools),  July​ ​2015​ ​-​ ​August​ ​2017
As​ ​the​ ​leader​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​broad​ ​responsibility​ ​to​ ​create,​ ​foster,​ ​and​ ​promote​ ​a​ ​school​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​climate​ ​that  supports​ ​student​ ​achievement.​ ​​ ​Saltonstall​ ​K-8​ ​School​ ​overcame​ ​five​ ​years​ ​of​ ​stagnancy​ ​to​ ​make​ ​significant​ ​overall  growth​ ​and​ ​make​ ​substantial​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​closing​ ​achievement​ ​gaps.

  • Improved​ ​from​ ​the​ ​54​th​​ ​percentile​ ​to​ ​the​ ​63​rd​​ ​percentile​ ​amongst​ ​peer​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts.​ ​​ ​This  improvement​ ​coincided​ ​with​ ​a​ ​transition​ ​from​ ​MCAS​ ​to​ ​the​ ​more​ ​rigorous​ ​PARCC​ ​assessment.​ ​​ ​Whole​ ​school  Student​ ​Growth​ ​Percentiles​ ​(SGP)​ ​increased​ ​19​ ​points​ ​in​ ​ELA​ ​(50​ ​to​ ​69)​ ​and​ ​8.5​ ​points​ ​in​ ​Math​ ​(41.5​ ​to​ ​50)  and​ ​overall​ ​Composite​ ​Performance​ ​Indicator​ ​(CPI)​ ​improved​ ​4.9​ ​points​ ​in​ ​ELA​ ​(80.1​ ​to​ ​85)​ ​and​ ​3.8​ ​points​ ​in  Math​ ​(73​ ​to​ ​76).
  • Schoolwide​ ​performance​ ​for​ ​all​ ​subgroups​ ​increased​ ​substantially​ ​for​ ​the​ ​2015-16​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​​ ​Selected  subgroup​ ​data:   Students​ ​with​ ​disabilities​ ​improved​ ​25​ ​SGP​ ​points​ ​in​ ​Math; Hispanic/Latino​ ​students​ ​improved​ ​14.9​ ​CPI​ ​points​ ​in​ ​ELA,​ ​closing​ ​the​ ​achievement​ ​gap​ ​by​ ​13.9  points; High​ ​needs​ ​students​ ​(English​ ​Language​ ​Learners,​ ​students​ ​with​ ​disabilities,​ ​and​ ​low-income​ ​students) improved​ ​their​ ​Math​ ​performance​ ​by​ ​8.0​ ​SGP​ ​points
  • Created​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​scope​ ​and​ ​sequence,​ ​common​ ​planning​ ​time​ ​agendas,​ ​and​ ​structured​ ​data  systems​ ​to​ ​foster​ ​continuous​ ​school-wide​ ​improvement
  • Lead​ ​staff​ ​as​ ​facilitator/instructor​ ​in​ ​professional​ ​development
  • Served​ ​on​ ​the​ ​District​ ​Leadership​ ​Team​ ​and​ ​helped​ ​lead​ ​Salem​ ​Public​ ​Schools​ ​out​ ​of​ ​Level​ ​4​ ​(Turnaround)​ ​to Level​ ​3​ ​status​ ​as​ ​a​ ​district.
  • Selected​ ​as​ ​the​ ​permanent​ ​appointee​ ​in​ ​May​ ​2016​ ​after​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​the​ ​interim​ ​for​ ​the​ ​2015-16​ ​school​ ​year

Eliot ​K-8 ​Innovation ​School ​​(​Boston ​Public ​Schools), July​ ​2014​ ​-​ ​July​ ​2015   
Director of Operations

The​ ​Eliot​ ​K-8​ ​is​ ​widely​ ​regarded​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​public​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​Boston.​ ​​ ​As​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Operations​, ​managed​ ​the Friends​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Eliot​ ​501(c)3​ ​foundation,​ ​led​ ​work​ ​regarding​ ​​ ​infrastructural​ ​considerations​ ​like​ ​transportation,​ ​and​ ​built  a​ ​new,​ ​innovative​ ​schedule​ ​that​ ​incorporated​ ​significant​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​student​ ​enrichments​ ​and​ ​teacher  collaboration.

  • Coordinated​ ​the​ ​NAEYC​ ​accreditation​ ​process​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Kindergarten​ ​program
  • Managed​ ​the​ ​Friends​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Eliot​ ​501(c)3​ ​non-profit​ ​foundation​ ​that​ ​supports​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​at​ ​the Eliot
  • Test​ ​Coordinator​ ​for​ ​PARCC​ ​computer​ ​assessments​ ​(both​ ​EOY​ ​and​ ​PBA)
  • Co-created​ ​innovative​ ​school​ ​schedule,​ ​piloting​ ​”E-Cycles”​ ​where​ ​students​ ​have​ ​targeted,​ ​intensive  enrichment/intervention​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​work​ ​on​ ​particular​ ​subject​ ​areas
  • Managed​ ​the​ ​interviewing​ ​and​ ​hiring​ ​of​ ​thirteen​ ​new​ ​teachers
  • Served​ ​as​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Eliot​ ​Governing​ ​Board

​​Mass ​Insight ​Education, October​ ​2013​ ​-​ ​May​ ​2014
Senior​ ​Program​ ​Manager​ ​of​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning

Worked​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​the​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​of​ ​Lincoln​ ​K-8​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Evansville,​ ​IN.​ ​​ ​Lincoln​ ​K-8​ ​was​ ​a​ ​chronically  underperforming​ ​turnaround​ ​school.​ Participated​ ​and​ ​wrote​ ​school​ ​readiness​ ​reports​ ​for​ ​several​ ​other  underperforming​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Evansville-Vanderburgh​ ​County​ ​Schools.​ ​​ ​Lincoln​ ​improved​ ​its​ ​state​ ​grade​ ​from​ ​an​ ​F  to​ ​a​ ​D.

  • Led​ ​the​ ​school​ ​improvement​ ​planning​ ​process,​ ​provided​ ​strategic​ ​input​ ​and​ ​support​ ​around​ ​whole​ ​school  professional​ ​development​ ​sessions​ ​and​ ​direction
  • Developed​ ​individual​ ​teacher​ ​coaching​ ​strategies​ ​and​ ​coached​ ​the​ ​administrators​ ​on​ ​implementation
  • Built​ ​capacity​ ​through​ ​administrative​ ​team​ ​coaching​ ​and​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​school​ ​improvement​ ​tools/systems​ ​to facilitate​ ​school​ ​growth
  • Created​ ​a​ ​behavior​ ​management​ ​system​ ​that​ ​lowered​ ​average​ ​daily​ ​office​ ​referrals​ ​from​ ​21.52​ ​(BOY)​ ​to​ ​6.0 (EOY)

Orchard Gardens ​K-8 ​Pilot ​School ​(Boston ​Public ​Schools), August​ ​2010​ ​-​ ​June​ ​2013
Director​ ​of​ ​Partnerships​ ​and​ ​6​th​/8​th​​ ​Grade​ ​History​ ​Teacher   

Orchard​ ​Gardens​ ​Pilot​ ​School​ ​was​ ​a​ ​chronically​ ​underperforming​ ​Level​ ​4​ ​turnaround​ ​school​ ​in​ ​2010;​ ​by​ ​2013,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a  Level​ ​1​ ​school​ ​(highest​ ​performance​ ​level).​ ​​ ​Orchard​ ​Gardens​ ​experienced​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​and​ ​dramatic​ ​turnaround​ ​during my​ ​tenure.​ ​​ ​I​ ​taught​ ​6​th​​ ​and​ ​8​th​​ ​grade​ ​social​ ​studies​ ​to​ ​a​ ​100%​ ​minority​ ​and​ ​universal​ ​free-lunch​ ​population​ ​of​ ​students.  As​ ​the​ ​the​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Partnerships,​ ​I​ ​managed​ ​Citizen​ ​Schools​ ​and​ ​other​ ​key​ ​partners​ ​to​ ​support​ ​the​ ​school’s  successful​ ​turnaround.

  • Managed​ ​partnerships​ ​with​ ​Citizen​ ​Schools​ ​and​ ​City​ ​Year​ ​that​ ​helped​ ​Orchard​ ​Gardens​ ​have​ ​the​ ​highest middle​ ​school​ ​academic​ ​growth​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts​ ​(2010-2013)
  • Created​ ​a​ ​differentiated​ ​curriculum​ ​that​ ​effectively​ ​served​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​diverse​ ​group​ ​of​ ​students (students​ ​with​ ​interrupted​ ​formal​ ​education,​ ​ESL​ ​students,​ ​students​ ​with​ ​disabilities,​ ​low-income​ ​students)
  • Individually​ ​featured​ ​as​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​on​ ​NBC​ ​Nightly​ ​News,​ ​NPR,​ ​and​ ​Teach.gov
  • Built​ ​a​ ​new​ ​website​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school​ ​and​ ​developed​ ​promotional​ ​materials​ ​to​ ​re-brand​ ​the​ ​school​ ​within​ ​the community

​​Teach ​for ​America, April​ ​2012​ ​-​ ​August​ ​2012
Corps Member Advisor

  • Was​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​the​ ​pedagogical​ ​development,​ ​training​ ​and​ ​management​ ​of​ ​eleven​ ​new​ ​Corps​ ​Member​ ​at​ ​the  Philadelphia​ ​Summer​ ​Institute.
  • Instructor​ ​for​ ​courses​ ​on​ ​instruction,​ ​behavior​ ​management,​ ​lesson​ ​planning,​ ​and​ ​assessment​ ​creation​ ​to​ ​brand  new​ ​teachers​ ​(both​ ​large​ ​lecture​ ​style​ ​courses​ ​and​ ​smaller​ ​classroom​ ​instruction)
  • Routinely​ ​completed​ ​observation​ ​and​ ​coaching​ ​cycles​ ​with​ ​each​ ​Corps​ ​Member​ ​(minimally​ ​once​ ​per​ ​week)​ ​and  created​ ​tailored​ ​development​ ​plans​ ​based​ ​on​ ​data​ ​analysis

US Department ​of ​Education, August​ ​2010
Peer​ ​Reviewer,​ ​Promise​ ​Neighborhoods​ ​Planning​ ​Grant​ ​Competition​​

  • Selected​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​peer​ ​reviewer​ ​for​ ​the​ ​national​ ​precursor​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Promise​ ​Neighborhoods​ ​program
  • Reviewed​ ​10​ ​grant​ ​applications​ ​for​ ​the​ ​federal​ ​Promise​ ​Neighborhood​ ​Grant

​​KIPP ​Houston ​High ​School ​(KIPP Houston), August​ ​2008​ ​-​ ​June​ ​2010
AP​ ​US​ ​History,​ ​AP​ ​US​ ​Government,​ ​US​ ​History​ ​Teacher

  • Taught​ ​as​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​Teach​ ​for​ ​America​ ​at​ ​​US ​News ​and ​World ​Report’s ​16​th​​ ​ranked​ ​Public​ ​High​ ​School.
  • Teach​ ​for​ ​America​ ​2008​ ​Houston​ ​Corps​ ​Member
  • 2008-9​ ​-​ ​Exit​ ​Level​ ​Social​ ​Studies​ ​TAKS​ ​Mean​ ​–​ ​2403​ ​(Commended​ ​score​ ​was​ ​2400);​ ​100%​ ​of​ ​individual  students​ ​passed​ ​(52%​ ​commended)
  • 2009-10​ ​-​ ​Exit​ ​Level​ ​Social​ ​Studies​ ​TAKS​ ​Mean​ ​–​ ​2413​ ​(Commended​ ​score​ ​was​ ​2400);​ ​100%​ ​of​ ​individual  students​ ​passed​ ​(63%​ ​commended)
  • AP​ ​US​ ​History​ ​passage​ ​rate​ ​better​ ​than​ ​national​ ​average​ ​for​ ​minority​ ​students​ ​(17%)
  • Head​ ​Coach​ ​Varsity​ ​Baseball​ ​(2009,​ ​2010)​ ​and​ ​Junior​ ​Varsity​ ​Volleyball​ ​(2009)