CRS Announces New Director of Auxiliary Programs and New Director of Equity, Belonging, and Community Life

Charles River School is excited to announce the appointment of two senior administrators. Please join us in welcoming Netra Srikanth as the new Director of Auxiliary Programs and Nia Jacobs as the new Director of Equity, Belonging, and Community Life. 

We are grateful to the faculty, staff, parents, students, and trustees who participated in the search processes for these two inaugural positions, both of which will shape and support community life in different but much-needed ways. “Netra and Nia are valuable additions to the CRS family and they each bring a wealth of experience and expertise to these meaningful new roles,” says Head of School Gretchen Larkin. “There is so much opportunity for each of their offices to create positive change and growth at CRS. I’m looking forward to working with them both.”
In addition to overseeing all CRS Summer opportunities, including CRCAP and new programming options offered during the summer months, Netra Srikanth will also manage additional programming that supports the mission of CRS throughout the year.

In recent years, Netra co-founded and directed several highly-acclaimed programs, including Birch Learning, Urban Kids Music Collective, and Leoa Academy and Sports Pvt. The progressive learning company, Birch Learning, helped build inclusive programs for students ages 2-18. Throughout the pandemic, the company paired educators with families in home-based pods while schools were closed.

She has also worked as a curriculum development leader and teacher at several schools and educational programs. She served as the music director and teacher at Sisters in Song Women’s A Cappella Group, Curriculum Director at Creative Minds Preschool, and teaching staff member at Hudson Sudbury School, to name a few roles. She also taught global history at The Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to her experience as an educator, Netra co-founded the tech start-up company Flipsicle.

Netra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in World History from Tufts University, as well as her Master’s in Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She is a talented musician with a passion for education, athletics, and the arts. Netra begins her new role on May 3.

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The Director of Equity, Community, and Belonging role reflects our long-standing and deep commitment to fostering a school community in which each of us is welcomed, recognized, and valued. Nia Jacobs will work with every corner of our community to strengthen anti-racist and inclusive practices, both in and out of the classroom.

Nia joins CRS from Dana Hall School, where she most recently served as the Academic Dean. In this role, she developed and reviewed the curriculum for grades 5-12 as well as the school’s academic policies. Nia also coordinated diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for faculty in conjunction with the Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion. She served on the Community and Equity Council and as the chair for the Department Heads’ and Curriculum Committees. Prior to her role as Academic Dean, Nia was the Assistant Director of the Upper School and the Junior Class Dean at Dana Hall.

Nia has served as a Teacher Mentor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she guided mentees through their first experiences with lesson planning, classroom management, and assessment design. She also taught U.S. History at both Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and Beaver Country Day School.

Nia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Columbia University, as well as her Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She served as a trustee for Boston Renaissance Charter Public School and was awarded Teacher of the Year at BB&N and The Peter Gow III Award for Excellence in Teaching at Beaver. Nia begins her new role on July 1.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, we will find creative ways for the community to get to know both Netra and Nia during their first few weeks on campus. We hope when the time and opportunity arrive, you will have the chance to welcome them both to the CRS Community.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.