Executive Director of School Leadership
Dr. Stephen Mahoney is the Executive Director of School Leadership. In his role, Dr. Mahoney will lead the implementation of our vision of a pathway for every student by driving exceptional academic achievement for all students and fostering an inclusive, high expectations school culture across high school.
Dr. Mahoney brings more than 30 years experience as a teacher, coach, and school leader, with more than half of his time in Western Massachusetts. Most recently, he served as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Associate Director of the Harvard Teacher Fellows, which offers Harvard College graduates an innovative pathway into teaching in high need urban schools. From 2005 to 2015, he founded and led the Springfield Renaissance School, an award-winning urban middle and high school, from which his three sons all graduated. Springfield Renaissance boasts a 90% graduation rate, and 100% college admission for every graduating class – with up to 50% of students earning a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship each year based on their MCAS scores. During his tenure, he was also a mentor principal within Springfield Public Schools and the EL (formerly Expeditionary Learning) Education Network and was recognized as Principal of the Year by the Region IV Magnet Schools of America. Prior to founding Springfield Renaissance, he was a school leader at Norwell High School in MA and Santa Monica High School in CA. He also taught history, English, and math and coached boys and girls soccer and basketball. He holds degrees from Brown University (B.A., International Relations), Stanford University (M.A., Curriculum and Instruction), and Boston College (Ed.D., Educational Leadership). His dissertation explored students as self-directed learners and took him from his suburban high school on the south shore of Boston to the Inca trail in and around the Cusco region of Peru.
Stephen and Ruth have been married for 26 years and have three sons- Liam, Gavin, and Eamonn, all of whom graduated from Renaissance and, like Steve, are passionate soccer players and fans. Mahoney is a reader, an occasional surfer, and a fan of Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Day Road Race.