Kendra Heinricher joined Excel’s staff in 2005 and currently serves as Excel Academy–East Boston’s 8th grade math teacher as well as Excel’s Network Math Department Head. She-along with her fellow 8th grade teachers-was a 2014 recipient of the BES Gold Standard in Teaching award, given in recognition of tremendous performance in pushing high levels of student achievement. For the last six years, Excel Academy–East Boston 8th graders have ranked in the top five of all 460 Massachusetts public schools in math. Kendra holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University and an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Boston University.