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Cap Aguilar is the Founding Executive Director of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education.

She holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and served as a science teacher at Community Charter Middle School in Pacoima, California. She subsequently served as an Instructional Coach and Director of Teacher Development at Teach For America Massachusetts region, where she supported the growth of 80 teachers in 20 schools across the state.

District and School Partners

Our districts and schools serve a diverse population of students and families and deeply believe that all of our students deserve an opportunity for success inside and outside of the classroom. Our goal is to serve every student in low-income communities first in Massachusetts and eventually across the country.

Chelsea Public Schools is a gateway school system that welcomes and educates all students and families. By June 30, 2021, Chelsea Public Schools will ensure diverse opportunities and pathways for students to succeed in college, career, and life through our commitment to collaborative leadership, reflective practice, supportive classroom climate, purposeful and rigorous teaching and learning, and ongoing assessment to adjust our practice. Learn more here.

We are dedicated to providing Chelsea students with a Bridge to Success, a commitment that ALL students will achieve at high levels, think critically, and graduate from our school system college and career ready.
— Superintendent Dr. Mary Bourque

Board of Directors

We are governed by a Board of Directors who each bring unique perspectives and talent to support our mission.


We are deeply grateful to The Lynch Foundation and New Profit. Without their support, we would not have the opportunity to celebrate excellent teachers, accelerate learning for underserved students, and change lives.