Jessica Deimel, Principal:

Jessica Deimel has been in education for over a decade, working primarily with middle school students.  She joined the UP Education Network team as an Academic Coach in 2018 when she moved to Boston to be closer to family, and has been privileged to support the UP schools in Lawrence for the past two years in that role prior to stepping into the principal position for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Deimel began her time in education as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia as a middle school ELA and social studies teacher, where she also worked to develop a theater program for the students.  She moved into administration after almost six years in the classroom, becoming a Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a Young Scholars Kenderton school supporting grades 5-8.  She then moved to Mastery Charter School, where she worked at various times with grades K-8 as an Assistant Principal of Instruction.  She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.  Outside of school, Ms. Deimel enjoys reading, spending time outdoors hiking and camping, and running the occasional 5 or 10K race.


Chris Graham, Director of Operations:

Mr. Graham is the current Director of Operations at UP Academy Oliver. During the 15-16 school year he was the Director of Operations in Residence at UP Academy Dorchester. Prior to his year in residence Mr. Graham served as a cohort leader and fifth grade math teacher at UP Academy Holland during its first year of turnaround. Before joining the UP Education Network, he taught fifth grade math at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School for two years and worked at the Epiphany school where he taught 5th grade science and ran the athletics program for two years. Mr. Graham has always been passionate about urban education; this passion led him to complete his Masters degree in curriculum development at Boston College as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar. Outside of work you can find Mr. Graham making three point shots in pick-up basketball games or riding his motorcycle.