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Summer Principals Academy NYC and NOLA
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Faculty

Ruby Ababio-Fernandez

Ruby Ababio-Fernandez was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to the United States just before her 11th birthday. As an immigrant child from Ghana, Ruby faced many social and academic challenges that left an indelible imprint and shaped her life’s journey and choices as an advocate for children. 
 Ruby is a principal with the Boston Public Schools. Prior to her role as a principal, she enjoyed six successful years as an English Language Arts teacher, Literacy Specialist and a Literacy Coach assigned to the John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, MA. Over the course of her tenure at the Boston Public Schools, Ruby assumed substantial leadership roles in schools, which include coordinating school-based professional development workshops that supported the implementation of district initiatives such as Readers and Writers Workshop, facilitating instructional leadership team meetings and mentoring new teachers. Her academic interest and dissertation topic include the area of adult development, leadership and executive coaching, specifically the support, development and professional growth of principals in the second phase of their careers. 
 Ruby is the first person in her family (both maternal and paternal) to acquire a college degree. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College, Master’s degrees from both Lesley University where she’s served as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Education, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Ruby is a “product of possibilities” and believes that it is her charge as a leader to create conditions that highlight the possibilities in teachers and students. When she is not working, Ruby loves spending time with her loved ones, traveling, working out and shopping.