Educating, teaching, and learning are just some of the things that Lawrence P. Filippelli strongly believes are the keys to success. As the Assistant Principal of Scituate Middle/High School in suburban Rhode Island, Filippelli was tasked to develop the knowledge and character of the students that attended programs within the school. Honing his leadership skills in the position, he was then asked to oversee and develop a crisis response team for the school complex in the event of an emergency situation.
Upon completion of his doctorate in 2003, he held the position for another year before being promoted to principal of Scituate Middle School in 2004. In addition to being a public school administrator, he was asked to teach as an adjunct professor in JWU's Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School, specializing in teaching strategic planning with technology with doctoral students.
“I enjoy being able to realize the educational vision I have for my school through cooperation with stakeholder groups such as teachers, parents, students, central administration, and the school committee,” says Filippelli. “I also enjoy working with my students, and feel it is important for them to know me in a different way than just as 'the principal.'"
In March 2006, Filippelli started a consulting firm called The Education Consortium, LLC. The firm provides professional development to schools, parent groups, and law enforcement agencies on the topics of internet safety, security, and creating, implementing and evaluating school and district crisis response plans. Filippelli believes, “When a project comes together; when my vision at school is realized; and when I have experience success with my consulting company -- these are all due to hard work and perseverance."
Along with his current responsibilities, Filippelli proctors an after school cooking program with his 6th-8th grade students called “Cooking with Dr. Fil.” This program was generated when Filippelli decided to extend his knowledge of cooking and the restaurant business to his students.