Hello Everyone! My name is Mrs. Downey Leonard and I are the new Student Support Coordinator/Social Worker this year. I have worked in Boston Public Schools for over 12 years. I LOVE building authentic relationships with our students, families and staff. I come fully equipped with an open heart and ear, ready to assist you throughout your academic journey. I am always ready to help in any way I can. I look forward to working with you all. You can reach out to me when you can. I’m in the office 3 days a week Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. I will be happy to connect with you via phone, zoom or in person!!

Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 9:00-10:00 a.m Tuesday 9:00-11:00 a,m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Hello! My name is Karen Pierre-Louis, I will be working with Mrs. Downey Leonard this year as a Student Support Intern. I was born and raised in Chelsea, MA, I am a proud daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and bilingual in English and Spanish. I am the first in my family to graduate college. I am devoted to helping students in any way I can to help overcome the barriers that often get in the way of continuing our education. You can reach out to me anytime, I will be happy to connect with you! I am here to help! Email: kpierrelouis@bostonpublicschools.org
Mental Health Resources
Apps for Youth Mental Health
  • Samaritans: 24/7 crisis Helpline based in Massachusetts. Whatever the reason, you can get help from a trained volunteer, offering non-judgmental support.
    Call or text: (877) 870-4673


LGBTQ+ Resources


  • BAGLY, Inc: virtual programming and support; Check their website or call
  • Boston GLASS: virtual support services; Check their website or call 857-399-1920
  • Trevor Project: Helpline and Suicide Prevention focusing on LGBTQ youth.
    text or chat online (866) 488-7386 or Text START to 678678
  • Youth on Fire: Confidential, nonjudgmental, LGBQT inclusive space for youth, 14-24 year olds
  • Trans Lifeline: Peer-support hotline; all operators are transgender. Call (877) 565-8860