Komal Bhasin, Principal

Prior to working at UP Academy, Ms. Bhasin was the Principal of Excel Academy Charter School: East Boston, where she worked from 2007-2012. Before Excel, Ms. Bhasin served as the founding Assistant Principal of a KIPP-affiliated school in New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that, she was a science teacher: first at a district school in New Orleans through the Teach For America program and subsequently as a founding teacher in a KIPP-affiliated school turnaround venture in New Orleans. Ms. Bhasin got her start in through work with Breakthrough sites in Manchester, NH and Cambridge, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.


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.