Faculty & Staff
Our Administrative Team
Rose Mary Grant
Position: Head of School
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.
Position: Assistant Head of School Lower School
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.
Position: Assistant Head of School Upper School
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.
Position: Middle School Director, Middle School English Teacher
Bio: John has been teaching and coaching middle and high school students in and around Providence for eighteen years. He taught middle school science, math, and ELA at Highlander for ten years before teaching high school geometry and environmental science at The Greene School in 2014. Recently, he spent two years working with new teachers as one of RIDE’s Beginning Teacher Induction Coaches. John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 before serving the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for 5 years. He has worked as a City Year Team Leader, a Summerbridge Master Teacher, and as a teacher at an Outward Bound Middle School and the San Miguel School in Providence. He earned his Masters in Education Administration from Providence College in 2013. John is guided by a drive to make schools great places for all students to thrive in and he is committed to helping to build amazing learning communities wherever he is.