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Cotting School President, David W. Manzo
A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Dave received a B.A. from Boston College (Summa Cum Laude), was named Scholar of the College and awarded the Order of the Cross and Crown. At Harvard University he received an M.Ed. with a concentration in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.
From 1984 until 2004, Dave served as President and Executive Director of COMPASS, a community-based nonprofit organization in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. COMPASS provides special eduation and enrichment services to high-risk, inner-city children. Before joining COMPASS, Dave worked for many years with homeless people in Boston. He is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pine Street Inn and currently serves on the Board.
Since 1980, Dave has taught at Boston College. His courses have included "Values in Social Services" and "Health Care in Boston: An Urban Analysis." A Trustee of Roxbury Latin School and a member of the Board of Directors of MAAPS, Dave is also on the Board of the Children's League of Massachusetts. Dave and his wife, Noreen, live in Boston's South End.
In July 2004, Dave became only the sixth President of Cotting School, which was founded in 1893.
In Dr. Thorndike's Words
A Message to Parents and Families
Cotting is a place of contradictions and surprises. Here, sometimes things are not always as they appear to be. When people come to visit the school for the first time, they often expect to see kids who are sad and staff who are tired. They find the opposite is true. Our students are happy and our staff is energized and creative.
The world often measures success the wrong way: where you live, how many things you own, how much money you make, or how much your car costs. This is the wrong way to measure success. To assess the true measure of success you need to answer the following question: Did YOU do your BEST with the gifts that YOU were given?
A Welcome to New Cotting Staff Members
Cotting School is the story of adaptation and teamwork.
It is the story of remembering and building upon our rich history and our successful work with children. But it is also about becoming something MORE each year. As we move forward together, we need to be on guard so that Cotting School never becomes a static place trapped in time.