Carlos Martinez will join Boston University Academy as an English Instructor in the fall of 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in San Antonio and received his doctorate in English from Brandeis University. His dissertation, entitled "Cormac McCarthy and the American Absurd," is a monograph on the author that treats themes associated with Southern and Southwestern American Literature. He has taught writing and literature courses at Purdue University, Brandeis University, Wheelock College, Boston University, Framingham State University, and Newbury College. This summer, we sat down with Dr. Martinez to learn what makes him tick. Where did you grow up, and how did that impact who you are today? I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but my family is from a small town near Monterrey, Mexico. I spent much of my youth going back and forth to Mexico, and that helped me appreciate cultural difference on a very personal... More
To the BUA Community, I am delighted to be joining the Boston University Academy family and honored to partner with all of you as we chart the future of this extraordinary school. My visits to campus during the search confirmed what I have known for a long time: BUA is a special place -- a function largely of the people who pass through its doors. I met students whose intellectual ability and curiosity is matched by their empathy and kindness; faculty members who stoke that curiosity while they take the time to get to know each young person as an individual; staff who work hard to create a warm, thriving, dynamic school culture; parents and alumni who embrace the mission and are invested in the future of BUA; and university leaders who are committed to a vision where BU and BUA continue to elevate one another. BUA is wonderfully positioned to thrive in... More
Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison announced Monday the appointment of Christos Kolovos as Boston University Academy's next Head of School. Chris Kolovos is Associate Head of School at Greens Farms Academy, an independent, pre-K-12 day school in Westport, CT, which has earned distinction for a rigorous, innovative, globally-minded curriculum that incorporates the surrounding ecosystems, the latest digital tools, and a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. In his six years at Greens Farms Academy, Mr. Kolovos has overseen the school’s academic program, from faculty hiring and professional development to curriculum and accreditation; directed major institutional efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion; spearheaded the creation of a new schedule, service-learning program, and faculty evaluation system; and led the adoption of new courses focused on STEM, sustainability, global studies, and social justice. Mr. Kolovos previously served as Director of Global Education at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA, More
On Monday, May 20, the BUA Class of 2019 received their diplomas at Boston University Academy's 25th Commencement exercise, held at the BU Tsai Performance Center. Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison spoke to graduating seniors about the privilege of their education and the special relationship between BUA and BU, and WBUR Morning Edition host Mr. Bob Oakes delivered a keynote address on the importance of civic participation. The class of 37 graduates will matriculate at the following colleges and universities this fall: Boston University (10) Brandeis University (2) Brown University (2) Columbia University The George Washington University Harvard College Johns Hopkins University University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan New York University Northeastern University (3) Northwestern University Reed College University of Rochester Smith College Stanford University Swarthmore College University of Toronto The University of Edinburgh Tufts University (3) Tulane University Wellesley College Professional video of the Commencement ceremony is available here. Photographs will be available shortly. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
Norm Blanchard, chair of the BUA Head of School Search Advisory Committee, sent an update on the head of school search to the BUA community on May 2, 2019. Read the full update here.
Boston University Academy students took home a bevy of awards in this year's Small Independent Schools Art League (SISAL) competition. Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! View the winning artwork here. Painting, 1st Place: Saoirse Killion '21, “Cole” Drawing, 1st Place: Saoirse Killion '21, “Aidan” Drawing, 3rd Place: Michelle Lisak '21, Untitled Mixed Media, 2nd Place: Sasha Tyutyunik '22 (photomontage) Mixed Media, 3rd Place: Irene Mitsiades '21, Untitled Digital (Graphic Design), 1st Place: Richard Fu '20, Tuck Design for ’18 Prom playing cards Digital (Graphic Design), Honorable Mention: Richard Fu '20, Art is Never… Digital (Art/Illustration), 3rd Place: Martin Brunswick '20, District 17 Fiber Arts, 2nd Place: Irene Mitsiades '21, Starry Knit
On April 22, 2019, BUA hosted two dozen grandparents and grand-friends as part of its first-ever Grandparents Day. Guests sat in on classes, heard from administrators about BUA's unique academics and institutional priorities, and enjoyed a buffet lunch with their grandchildren. It was a delight to foster intergenerational engagement for our students and their families. We look forward to making this an annual BUA tradition! See a complete gallery of photos from Grandparents Day here.
On April 11, 2019, Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison announced the formation of a new BUA Head of School Search Advisory Committee. Read the full announcement here.
Aaron Gorenstein ’07 graduated from the University of Rochester in 2011 with a BS/MS in Computer Science. In 2013, he earned a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied under Prof. Jin-Yi Cai, contributing to one paper in addition to serving as a teaching assistant and research assistant. Since graduate school, Aaron has worked as a software developer at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft’s C++ Compiler Team in the spring of 2014, and moved to Seattle, WA, where he met his now-wife Lenore, also an expat East-coaster. In 2017, Aaron and Lenore returned to the East coast, moving to Queens, NY. Aaron continues to work for the same team at Microsoft. In his free time, Aaron volunteers to help underrepresented minorities break into the tech industry by helping them with interview practice. He also enjoys reading books on history and ethics, as well as exploring creative... More
Over the 2018-2019 winter intercession, BUA completed Phase One of the Classroom Renovation Initiative to upgrade classrooms and student spaces. During the break, two classrooms (Rooms 209 and 210) were completely overhauled, and new smartboards, bookshelves, tables, and chairs were been installed. This short video shows the renovations and illustrates the impact of this initiative on our teaching and learning: Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the Classroom Renovation Initiative! We look forward to the next phase of the renovations this summer.