The following is the statement that Lynne Mooney Teta, the headmaster of Boston Latin School, sent on Tuesday:
Dear Boston Latin School Community:
After considerable reflection, I have made the decision to step down as the head master of Boston Latin School effective the end of this school year. This has been a very difficult decision, but one which I believe is in the best interest of our students, faculty and our historic institution. I believe that it is time for a new head master to lead the school and carry on the tradition of excellence.
While I am saddened to leave Boston Latin School -- the school from which I graduated in 1986 and which first inspired me to become an educator -- I believe that our mission remains steadfast. Boston Latin School has and will continue to provide an unparalleled contemporary classical education to our students so that they may pursue successful college studies, become responsible and engaged citizens, and enjoy a rewarding life.
We have faced challenges this year, and I have been greatly encouraged by the commitment of students, faculty, families and alumni to work together to collaboratively address issues of racism and discrimination in our community.
Over the nine years of my tenure as head master, we have built the foundation to create a more welcoming and inclusive school environment. There is still more work that needs to be done. However, I am confident that the school community is moving in the right direction, and will continue to advance the progress that has been made.
I would like to express my gratitude to Superintendent Tommy Chang for all of his support. I am also thankful for all of the students, families, faculty, alumni and colleagues who have contributed in positive ways to the evolution of our school into a nationally recognized model of exemplary urban education.