New Kilmer School Principal was Assistant Principal Last Year

Jenna Cramer takes over as principal at the Kilmer School. There will be a Meet the Principal Coffee Hour on Aug. 15.


The Boston Public School administration has named Jenna Cramer as the 's principal.

Cramer was the assistant principal last year at the school, where she worked with former principal , and has not been reassigned yet.

The following letter is posted on the Kilmer School's website.  

Hello Kilmer Community.

I am looking forward to working with you as the new Principal of the Joyce Kilmer K-8.  As the Assistant Principal at the Kilmer, I have had the pleasure of working with parents, students, teachers and staff.   I plan to build on those relationships as we move forward.

For those who may not know me, I began my career in education as a Literacy Specialist in the Brookline Public Schools.  I left Brookline to become a Literacy Coach in several Boston Public Schools.  I am very proud to have worked with committed teachers at two struggling school to make significant gains in their reading MCAS scores: the Bates and Russell. As a result, I was asked to speak at the National Literacy for All Conference in 2009.   I was accepted into the Boston Principal Fellowship and completed my Principal Internship at the RJ Murphy in Dorchester.  Subsequently, I became the assistant Principal at the Condon Elementary and then arrived here as the AP of the Kilmer.   

The Administrative team and I will spend time listening to parents, teachers and staff about what is working well at the Kilmer and what could be improved. Our Superintendent, Dr. Carol Johnson, has often said that in this district, “we do a great job educating some children, but not all.”  I think about that as we plan and set our goals for the Kilmer.   Do all of our students feel included?  Are our students being challenged and motivated to learn?   

The Kilmer is a good school with talented teachers and dedicated students.  When we focus on high leverage goals and measurable results; we will be a great school!  


Also there will be Meet the Principal Coffee Hour on Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. at the to meet Jenna Cramer.

The administration is asking for people to come and share their observations about the strengths and needs of the Kilmer School, which will be "used as the new administrative team will be working with parents, students and staff to develop a plan for school improvement for the upcoming school year." 

School officials are also going to make an online option available to offer feedback, and do more than one in person meeting with Cramer. 

Susann Low July 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Both my sons were educated at the Kilmer. Losing Mairead Nolan was a huge loss but Jerome Doherty rose to the challenge. Jenna Cramer has some VERY large shoes to fill. I keep wondering why we're not hearing who the teacher is that was removed. If it wasn't sexual then why the firing?
AdFoal July 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I like Principal Jerome Doherty and felt he did an excellent job as principal, as a parent of two children at Joyce Kilmer, I feel sorry that he was transferred. I hope the school keeps its good quality.
Karen Catarius July 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Bad decision putting Jenna Cramer in as Principal of the Joyce Kilmer School. I too, had a child in the school who was being sexually harassed and threatened by a popular student. I repeatedly went to go to Ms. Cramer who took notes but did absolutely nothing about it. I filed a police report and went back again, and all she did was leave my child to sit in the library all day for the reamainder of the school year, which was a few week, while the bully sat receiving the benefit of learning in the classroom. No action was taken by Ms. Cramer, apparently she did not think it was a big enough issue. I had five school police officers at my house to investigate and they then went to the home of the student harassing my child to inform them that if the harassment continued, or anything further happened, there would be serious consequences. The principal, Mr. Doherty was not even informed of the situation as far as I know. I think Ms. Cramer is a do nothing administrator and feel bad the school will probably go downhill with her as principal. Chock up another bad decision for Superintendent Carol Johnson - another do nothing about bullying or harassment in the Boston Public Schools. That is why I am moving - to get away from bad management in the Boston Public School System for which our taxes pay for. They should fire her too.
Parents for New Leadership July 29, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The fish is rotten from the head down. Please join 200+ families and community members demanding an immediate change in Boston Schools https://www.change.org/petitions/superintendent-johnson-has-lost-the-public-s-trust-and-must-resign-or-be-fired-immediately
Parents for New Leadership July 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Karen, can you please contact us at bostonschoolsparents@gmail.com Thanks, - Parents for New Leadership


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