SAINT COLUMBKILLE NEWS

Keyon Hurd Joins STCPS as Middle School Administrator

Skilled Educator Chosen as Assistant Head of School for Loyola Academy, Grades 5-8

In early July, Keyon Hurd, a product of Catholic schools and a math teacher in multiple Boston Public Schools, began as Assistant Head of School, Loyola Academy (grades 5-8) at Saint Columbkille Partnership School. Though grade 5 is not officially part of Loyola Academy, Hurd will work with grade 5 teachers and successfully help students make the transition from elementary school to middle school. Dr. Gartside will continue as Head of School with more focus on developing partnerships, including working closely with the Boston College Lynch School of Education as part of our laboratory school partnership.

Hurd comes to Saint Columbkille with more than ten years of education experience, previously working in the Boston Public Schools as both a high school and middle school math teacher. Most recently, he served as the Director of Student Development at Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan.

“We are thrilled to have Keyon on board to lead Loyola Academy,” says Dr. William Gartside, Head of School. “His unique skill set, derived from his extensive experience and leadership as a middle school educator will help build our middle school to the heights we know it can grow.”

Hurd will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of Loyola Academy, working with Dr. Gartside and the middle school teachers to ensure seamless integration and growth. Specifically, he will lead the Loyola Academy teacher team providing support in the areas of curriculum development and instruction. He will be responsible for the development of a positive school culture that is focused on academic rigor. Additionally, he will oversee the Loyola Academy after-school program, and work with the community to bring in various local and corporate partnerships.

“I could not be more excited to take on this challenge,” says Hurd. “I went to Catholic schools myself and look forward to working with the students to develop meaningful relationships inside and outside the classroom.”

A graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Hurd grew up in Boston. He is a double eagle, having earned his undergraduate degree in Economics at Boston College and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the school’s Lynch School of Education.

Hurd is married to a fellow educator (his wife works at BC’s Lynch School) and has one son (age 9) and one daughter (age 12), who will attend 7th grade at Loyola Academy. He agrees with the Saint Columbkille philosophy of educating the whole child. He believes that when one has faith in the heavenly Father all things are possible. He also loves basketball and cookies.

Welcome Mr. Hurd!