Our Administrative Team

missing-Student ID-10Rose Mary Grant

Position: Head of School
Email: rgrant@highlandercharter.org 
Bio: Rose Mary has over 30 years of experience in the education profession.  Before coming to Highlander in 2002, she worked at a range of public and independent schools both as a teacher and an administrator. She began her teaching in North Carolina at a school for students with multiple handicaps and continued using her special education degree at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, RI, where she was a resource teacher and the Special Education Director. Rose Mary also worked at Barrington High School as a resource teacher before returning to St. Andrew’s as the academic director.  She started at Highlander teaching grades 7 and 8 before moving into the Principal and Special Education Director position in 2004 and finally the Head of School in 2007. Originally from Riverside, RI, she has her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island College. Her educational philosophy is clearly visible in the school’s mission, vision and values.  Equity and access for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status. All students deserve high quality educational opportunities in a safe nurturing environment where educating the whole child is key.


Jane Picciotti
Position: Assistant Head of School Lower School
Email: jpicciotti@highlandercharter.org 
Bio: Jane has been working at Highlander Charter School since the year 2000, its first year in operation.  She started as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.  In the year, 2004, she moved to the administrative team.  While she misses the classroom, she loves working within the greater school community and the opportunity to work every child and family. Jane attended University of Rhode Island and received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in 2000.  In 2009, she received a M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University. Jane’s goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment to provide students with the skills they need to become productive global citizens.


missing-Student IDJessie Blanco-Busam
Position: Assistant Head of School Upper School
Email: jblanco@highlandercharter.org 
Bio: Jessica has over a decade of experience working with students and their families as an educator at Highlander Charter School. Before becoming Assistant Head of School, she taught 4th grade and 5th grade at the Lower School. Her work was guided by the belief that her role was to provide students with the nurturing and guidance they need to become independent learners and critical thinkers. She spent last year as an aspiring principal while obtaining her Building Administrator’s Certificate through the Principal Residency Network. Originally from Hartford, CT, Jessica moved to Rhode Island in 1999 to attend Brown University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and her Masters of Arts degree in Teaching. She is currently working towards earning her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Johnson and Wales University. Jessica’s goal in her new position is to support Highlander’s vision towards equity and excellence as they continue to grow as a school.