Segue names Melissa Lourenco head of middle school


The Segue Institute for Learning, the 2013-2014 RIASCD Whole Child Recognition School, today announced that Melissa Lourenco is named Head of School and Principal for the Central Falls charter middle school.

Lourenco previously served as Segue’s ESL Collaborative Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Director of Academic Supports.

Lourenco completed her certification through the Principal Residency Network, an experientially based approach to the development of future school leaders. She learned the roles and responsibilities of a principal working with a school leader day in day out for an entire year based upon state and national standards. This mentor/mentee relationship develops the unique skills required for the position.

A Central Falls native, Lourenco graduated from Central Falls High School, class of 1999 as class valedictorian. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Middle School and ESL Endorsements from Rhode Island College, a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy, and Reading Specialist.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to see a member of our community rise as a true educational leader,” said Angelo Garcia, Founder/Executive Director and Head of District of the Segue Institute for Learning. “Mrs. Lourenco is brilliant on all levels and demonstrates a true passion to give back to the people of Central Falls.”

Garcia passes the torch to Lourenco as former head of school as he expands his role as head of his charter district. Segue is presently seeking an amendment through the Rhode Island Department of Education to grow an elementary school beginning in the Fall of 2015, with a Kindergarten and Grade 5 the first year.

About Segue Institute for Learning

Founded in 2006 and opened in 2009, Segue Institute for Learning features high academic rigor, small class sizes, individualized attention, strong board and parental involvement, and intensive community partnerships.  The school was conceived by people who grew up, currently reside in, or have significant ties to the Central Falls community. Segue recognizes its students as “AT PROMISE” versus being considered “AT RISK”.

Segue has earned its five-year charter renewal and was selected as the 2013-2014 RIASCD Whole Child Recognition School, helps students achieve academic excellence and be better prepared for high school, college, and the work force.  Follow Segue at and on Twitter @SegueIFL.


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