Yahaira-Maria Frier, Principal

Mrs. Frier was born and raised in Lawrence, MA. After attending Lawrence Public Schools, she graduated from UMASS Lowell with a Bachelor's degree and Simmons College with a Master's degree. Prior to becoming Principal, Mrs. Frier served as an Assistant Principal for two years. Prior to that, she was an ESL teacher and ESL Coordinator for five years. Mrs. Frier got her start in education by completing a year of service with City Year Boston at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Roxbury, MA.


Ashley Hutchinson, Director of Operations

Ms. Hutchinson returns to UP Academy Leonard as the Director of Operations this school year. She began her career as the founding 8thgrade special education teacher at UP Academy Leonard before joining the founding team of Lawrence High School’s 9th Grade Academy as the Operations Manager. Most recently, she was the Director of School Operations at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School in Lynn, MA. She holds a Master’s degree from Merrimack College and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.