Welcome Dr. Linus Guillory as our Chief Schools Officer and Latifah Phillips as our Chief Equity and Engagement Officer. Both bring extensive experience in educational leadership and a passion to serve our children. You can read more about them in their short bios below.
Dr. Linus Guillory brings 20 years of education experience to the Chief Schools Officer role as a teacher, principal and central office administrator, having served most recently as an Academic Superintendent in Boston Public Schools. Dr. Guillory relocated to Massachusetts after a successful tenure in the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY, where he served as Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, supervising 16 instructional departments with over 500 employees. Dr. Guillory also previously worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center as an Education Specialist, where he supported the spaceflight of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan in 2007. Dr. Guillory has spent extensive time supporting P-16 education in an eight-state region, comprised of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, and Colorado. He is excited to join the Lowell Public Schools team.
Latifah Phillips has held district and state-level education leadership positions in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Washington. She began her professional career working at the California Trade Office in Mexico City, Mexico, and later taught in public schools in Takasaki, Gunma, Japan for three years before returning to teach elementary and middle school in the US. Most recently, Ms. Phillips served as the State Director of Native Education in Washington State, providing technical assistance and educational support to Tribal and public schools serving over 60,000 Native students and 29 federally recognized Tribes. She has also served as Assistant Secretary of Indian Education for the New Mexico Public Education Department, Chief of Staff for Santa Fe Public Schools and Executive Director of Non-instructional Professional Development and Performance Management in the School District of Philadelphia. As a first generation college graduate, Ms. Phillips believes that education is one of the greatest equalizing factors in society. She speaks Spanish and Japanese and is driven by a personal mission of helping to create educational opportunities for all children which will enable them to successfully explore and pursue their life options. She is honored to serve the children and families of Lowell Public Schools.