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Mirko Chardin

The Putnam Avenue Upper School
Founding Head of School
Cambridge, MA
Mirko J. Chardin currently serves as the Founding Principal of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. A new Middle School, which was established as part of the city's Innovation Agenda to bring greater equity to middle school aged children. While Mirko's work has involved all areas of school management & student support, his greatest experience and passion revolves around cultural connected teaching and learning, the implementation of technology, restorative practice and school culture. Prior to being at the Putnam Ave Upper School, he served in the City of Randolph as the Principal of Multiple Pathways and prior to that as an Academy Leader at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Boston, MA. His journey has provided him with experience in student support, discipline, staffing decisions, budget, family and community engagement and facilities. On a daily bias he works with teachers on curriculum development, classroom management and student support related issues.

Mirko's motivation to be an educator comes from his own personal turn-around experience. As a child he was kicked out of a few middle schools and was court involved, but persevered through the challenges of being a brown boy, growing up in Boston and became a success. Despite, as an only child being the lifelong caretaker of his mother whom has suffered from mental illness, his entire life.

A life -long resident of Massachusetts, Mirko has received his education at institutions throughout the state. He earned his Bachelorís degree in English Literature at Wheaton College, his Masters in Arts of Teaching from Tufts University and his principal's certificate through the Principal Residency Network, a joint venture of the Center of Collaborative Education and Northeastern University.

Prior to his work in public education, Mirko was the founder and executive director of the New Hope Youth Coalition, a Boston based nonprofit that focused on connecting organizations that serviced youth in the City of Boston to each other and partner organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In his spare time he is an active Hip-hop artist, poet, aspiring author, entrepreneur and public speaker.