Welcome from Principal Chad Leith

Welcome to the Morse Elementary School!

Established in 1891, the Morse School serves children and families from every Cambridge neighborhood and from over 35 different countries. We nurture our student’s curiosity and intellectual skills, as well as their healthy social and emotional development. Morse School families, teachers, and staff members work together to foster a sense of safety and belonging and to support students in developing an appreciation for people with different origins, identities, beliefs and learning styles. Our goal is to promote a sense of community, where all adults and children feel respected and appreciated. This value has led us to work towards becoming an antiracist school; we are actively taking steps towards identifying and dismantling racist structures, hearing and elevating underrepresented voices, and striving to achieve an equitable and just educational experience for all students.

My personal investment in the Morse School community and my strong belief in the transformative power of public education stems from my own upbringing and professional experiences. I grew up only a few blocks away from the Morse School and attended the Cambridge Public Schools from first grade through high school; my wife Edna and I still live right up the street with our children Aléx and Isabella. After graduating from CRLS, I went on to earn my B.A. from Harvard, my Ed.M. from Boston University and my Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 25 years I have served in a variety of educational roles in schools as nearby as Boston and Salem and as distant as Cape Verde, West Africa.

My experiences as an educator and as a parent have taught me that successful schools share some common key ingredients, such as communication and trust, collaboration and a shared responsibility for student outcomes, a culture of high expectations, compassion, a commitment to equity, and the capacity to reflect, learn, and grow together as a community.

As the proud principal of the Morse School since 2018, it has been my great privilege to work alongside educators and parents who are committed to creating and sustaining a school community where children from all backgrounds enjoy a safe, nurturing, and joyful learning environment. Many exciting things are happening at the Morse School and it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to consider joining our vibrant school community!
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