Samantha Headley Named Principal of Morse Elementary School

Samantha Headley Named Principal of Morse Elementary School
Posted on 03/13/2024
Dear Morse School Community:

I want to thank you for your engagement during the Principal interview and selection process. It was much appreciated and key to our commitment to do an inclusive search.

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Interim Principal Samantha Headley as Principal of Morse Elementary School. Over the past year, Ms. Headley has led the Morse School with continued dedication and commitment with continued emphasis on fostering a sense of community and belonging among students, families, and staff, improving the use of student data to inform teaching practices and interventions, and deepening understanding of restorative practices to support student behavior engaged learning.

Ms. Headley has more than 20 years of experience as an educator in Cambridge. She joined the Morse School community in 2002 and has served as 1st grade teacher and literacy coach. She was named Assistant Principal in 2016. Ms. Headley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Elementary Education from Queen's University in Canada and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She earned her administrator license through Lesley University and the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association.

Raised in Canada to Sri Lankan parents, Ms. Headley brings an international and intercultural lens that has informed her work as an educator and a leader. During her years at Morse, she has developed strong relationships with the community and has demonstrated student-centered leadership, working collaboratively with staff, families, and students to address inequities and improve learning outcomes. Having played a key leadership role in the implementation of many school-based improvement initiatives over the last several years, Ms. Headley is poised to build upon the Morse School’s strengths and work with community members to set new goals. In February, the school was honored as a national conference as a 2023 National ESEA Distinguished School in the category of exceptional student performance and academic growth. Each year, DESE nominates only two schools across the Commonwealth for the national recognition.

I have no doubt Ms. Headley will continue to lead the Morse School community with grit, perseverance, dedication, and compassion. We look forward to supporting her in her journey.

Again, thank you for your engagement and support.


Victoria L. Greer, Superintendent
Corey Dotson, Chief Talent Officer

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