Meet our new Principal!

Photo of Sam Podbelski, Principal
Sam Podbelski, Principal

Sam Podbelski began his career in 2011 in Fall River, a Massachusetts working as a special education teacher at Durfee High School. During his time in Fall River, Sam was a mentor teacher, class advisor, and fencing coach. In 2015, Sam moved to Boston to work as an ELA and Social Studies teacher at Brooke Charter School’s East Boston K-8 campus and was later selected to be a founding member at Brooke’s new high school serving as a humanities teacher and mentor teacher. In 2018, Sam was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program where he received his Ed.M in Educational Administration. After earning his masters, Sam joined the Boston Public Schools as the Director of Instruction/Vice-Principal at the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School until being appointed as interim principal of the school during the 2021-2022 school year. Sam holds a B.A in both education and history from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island where he also served as captain of the baseball team. Outside of his professional life, Sam is a diehard Red Sox fan, an avid cook, and passionate about history, the outdoors, and the natural world in general. Sam is relocating from Boston to Arlington, VA where he’ll live with his wife (an HB-Woodlawn alum) and her large and spirited Bolivian extended family, many of whom have or currently work in the Arlington Public Schools.