Greg Salvucci is no stranger to Brighton. His family has roots in Brighton dating back to the 1930s and quite a few of his relatives attended Saint Columbkille School. Salvucci was born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and was baptized at Saint Columbkille Parish.
Salvucci began as Assistant Head of School at STCPS on July 1, 2023 and is excited to be joining the Saint Cols community. He takes over for Mrs. Rachel Rumely, who has transitioned to STCPS Director of Enrollment. He will be overseeing Grades 4-8, as well as leading curriculum and instruction and extracurricular programming, including athletics.
“We are thrilled to welcome Greg to Saint Columbkille,” says Ms. Jennifer Kowieski, STCPS Head of School. “He brings a wealth of experience in Catholic education, he embodies our value of being people for and with others, and he shares his warm and enthusiastic presence with our entire community.”
Salvucci graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a double major in History and Music. In college he interned for ReadBoston, a literacy program through the Boston mayor’s office, and after graduation he worked for an affordable housing nonprofit in Brighton. He then went back to graduate school for a teaching degree at Boston University. Following that, he worked as a paralegal for two years before securing a social studies teaching position at the Cambridge Matignon School.
Salvucci worked at Matignon for 12 years in a variety of roles. He taught social studies, including World History, AP World History, U.S. History, and AP U.S. History to grades 9-11. He created and ran a tutoring program after school, partially funded through Title I.
Throughout his tenure, he was heavily involved in after-school programming, working with the Debate Club, the Explore Historical Boston Club, and the music program. He coached baseball for one season and ran the shot clock for basketball games. During the summer, Salvucci worked in the advancement office.
“A big part of working in Catholic schools is working in partnership with the school community, the students and the families,” says Salvucci. “Community engagement has been a connecting thread throughout my career, and I’m planning to lean into that here at Saint Cols.”
After seven years in the classroom, Salvucci joined the Apprentice Principal leadership program for emerging leaders through the Archdiocese of Boston, which was partially funded through the Catholic Schools Foundation. He took on managing professional development, faculty, and various operational elements, and joined the school’s leadership team. Starting in 2019, he worked to create and lead Matignon’s experiential learning program, which intertwined all aspects of school, such as project-based learning in classrooms, co-curricular and extracurricular real-world learning opportunities, and student internships.
During COVID, Salvucci helped manage remote learning, the school’s hybrid schedule, and safe classroom set-up. In the summer of 2021, he was promoted to Assistant of Head of School for Academics, overseeing day-to-day operations of the school, including teaching and learning, the college and school counseling department, and student life. When Matignon closed this past spring, he was integral in managing a smooth closure. The skills he gained in a Catholic high school will be immediately applicable to the STCPS preschool to Grade 8 environment.
“I knew the reputation of Saint Columbkille Partnership School as being a welcoming, open, inclusive community,” says Salvucci. “My connection to Brighton is important, and Saint Cols is a key piece of that community.”
Salvucci is married with two children, boys ages 4 and 7. He lives in Brighton just behind St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the house his family has owned for multiple generations.