Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) presented the third annual Gardner Champion Award to Dr. Irwin Blumer, the founding chair of the school’s Governing Board.

Dr. Blumer, who is retiring this spring from Boston College, accepted the award at the school’s third annual “Put Your Hands Up for GPA!” event, held May 22 at the Harvard Business School. GPA principal Erica Herman and former principal Catalina Montes presented the award.

“We are delighted to honor Dr. Irwin Blumer, one of most dedicated and steadfast supporters of Gardner Pilot Academy,” said Ms. Herman. “For over 15 years, Irwin has quietly and graciously given his time, expertise and passion to support our school community. We would not be where we are today without his leadership.”

Dr. Blumer began his tenure as chair of the GPA Governing Board in 2006, when the Thomas Gardner Elementary School converted to a pilot school.

“I am extremely appreciative of this recognition from Gardner Pilot Academy,” said Dr. Blumer. “This is a very special school, with deeply committed staff and parents and truly wonderful students. This award means a great deal to me.”

Dr. Blumer is retiring as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is a former Superintendent of the Newton and Concord public schools, and he has served as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal at numerous schools across Massachusetts. Dr. Blumer is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and was named Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year in 1997.

The event, hosted by Harvard Business School, highlighted the school’s exemplary science program, with proceeds supporting the purchase of new equipment and materials for science laboratories. The event featured a musical performance by first grade students in the after-school program.

Pictured in photos (above, left to right): GPA Principal Erica Herman, Dr. Irwin Blumer, and former GPA Principal Catalina Montes; (below): Dr. Blumer with sixth graders Jayline Burgin, Meleah Neeley and Mario Pineda (as the GPA Griffin).


GPA event 2014 Blumer with Griffin and kids