Lygia Davenport is a proud mother of three current Music Haven students, (plus one former and one future student!). Originally from New York City, she graduated from Deerfield Academy, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education prior to moving to New Haven. She currently works in a New Haven public school educating and mentoring students, and prides herself on volunteerism.
Sarah has been active in the arts in New Haven since the 1970’s, and has worked as an artist and musician in after school programs in the city public schools. She has also run a private piano studio for hundreds of children, and she taught general music and coordinated instrumental lessons at The Foote School for nearly twenty years. An avid performer and choral singer, she served on the Hamden Arts Commission for six years, is currently a member of the Yale Alumni Chorus and is the President of the Yale Glee Club Associates. Her interest in setting high goals for students comes in part from her late mother, a Kodály music specialist in the New Haven schools, who was often heard to ask, “for our students, why not the best?” Sarah has watched Music Haven grow from the very beginning, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute whatever she can to its success.
John is Executive Director at the Booker T. Washington Academy, a Connecticut State Department of Education High Quality School of Distinction and Category 1 ranked school, located in New Haven, CT. John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He also holds an Executive Leadership Certification in Strategic Design for Charter Schools from Harvard University. John has more than twenty years of classroom and school leadership experience. Prior to Booker T. Washington Academy, John was the Founding Principal at Green Tech High Charter School in Albany, NY. Green Tech is a single gender college prep high school created to focus exclusively on preparing males for college and career in a city where less than ten percent of black and Latino males graduate with a Regents Diploma. Under John’s leadership, Green Tech High School student performance on the New York State Regents exams in ELA, Math and Science exceeded state averages and 100% of Green Tech graduates were accepted into colleges or universities. Prior to coming to the Booker T. Washington Academy, John served as Executive Director of School Turnaround, a practice area of the Rensselaerville Institute. John has also served as Vice President of Membership and Services for the Northeast Charter Schools Network, overseeing operations and working directly with charter schools to assess school performance and identify solutions to drive overall school improvement while increasing student achievement. Outside of the school setting, John is an avid boater and devoted father.