School Change Coach
Anthony Ferreira is a senior school change coach with the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR). Tony served as a lead coach at four schools in the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance. In this role he conducted professional development and workshops, as well as coordinated and scheduled the work of other coaches in the schools.
Tony’s career has spanned thirty-five years in education. He began teaching in a rural school in Maine with two grades in each classroom. He went on to teach middle school English for 10 years, and then worked as an assistant principal and principal for 25 years. He was named Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2003 by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association.
For Tony, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network is the fact that students now have a true voice in school governance and learning. His experience as a coach has also impacted his own professional practice. Tony recognizes that change occurs when educators continue to ‘work at it’ despite obstacles, and at times, slow progress. Tony finds that the work of school reform blooms in a nonlinear fashion.
Tony holds an A.B. from Bowdoin College, a M.Ed. from Rhode Island College, as well as a Certificate of Study in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He lives with his wife in Dighton, MA. Tony enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren, as well as kayaking, biking, reading and spending time at his second home in Florida.