Moses Brown Announces New Head of Lower School

On behalf of the Lower School Search Committee, Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that the next leader of MB’s Lower School will be Osvaldo José (O.J.) Martí.  O.J. will join the Moses Brown community beginning July 1, 2018.

O.J. is currently the founding Head of School at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Middle School 2, in Lincoln. Prior to leading Blackstone, O.J. worked for Highlander Charter School (Warren) and for Teach for America (Providence and Philadelphia) as a teacher and a leader.  A graduate of Providence College with a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, O.J. lives in Providence with his wife Sarah, who also works in the field of education.

As a candidate and interview finalist, O.J. distinguished himself with all constituencies for his leadership; his educational expertise; his experience supporting students, families and teachers; and his demonstrated record of strengthening communities through communication and a shared sense of purpose.  In addition to his abundant professional accomplishments, O.J.’s genuine, warm, and open demeanor — and his great sense of fun — also shone through (captured in the dinosaur socks he wore as conversation starters for the kids).

According to Head of School Matt Glendinning, “O.J.’s passionate commitment to the public good of education makes him an ideal choice to lead Moses Brown’s Lower School at this time, and he is drawn to MB for our sense of purpose, our Quaker values, and our school mission. O.J.’s educational philosophy, with its emphasis on robust and demanding academics, quality teaching, differentiated instruction, and community engagement reflect our strategic plan and our ongoing efforts to enhance academic enrichment.  We are looking forward to O.J.’s contributions as we continue to deliver on these promises to our students and families.”

Debbie Phipps, assistant head of school for academic affairs, and Gara Field, director of global education, clerked the search, joined by a team that spent hours and energy as part of the search process.  Moses Brown thanks all candidates who expressed interest in the work of our school and the many faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members who welcomed finalists so warmly and who contributed to joyful dialogue about the future of our school.

Please join us in welcoming O.J. Martí to the MB community.  We look forward to welcoming him this summer.


Search Committee:

Debbie Phipps (clerk)

Gara Field (clerk)

Megan Bisset

Sam Bradshaw

Lance Evans

Elizabeth Grumbach

Emilia Peña-Disla