Adele Bovard has happily served as a music teacher, building principal of elementary and secondary schools, deputy superintendent and superintendent of schools. At each level of work, she utilized restorative practices by engaging students and allowing them to take greater responsibility which enhanced the quality of teaching and learning for everyone. Her experience in both suburban and urban schools highlighted the need for mitigating disproportionality of student suspensions. Adele served on the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Reducing the School to Prison Pipeline.

In retirement she is a restorative justice practitioner and teacher. Shis a lead facilitator for Restorative Justice Education RJeD based in Colorado and consults for Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience Restorative Justice Project.   She is certified in Restorative Justice Leadership and Facilitation by the Center for Restorative Justice University of San Diego.

She is honored to serve on the board of New York State School Music Association: Chair of the Diversity Committee and on the Board of the New York State Association for Women in Administration. Her passion is intentionally creating space to cultivate strong and transformative relationships.


The reason we don’t have peace, is we have forgotten that we belong to each other”. Mother Teresa

Job Position

Retired Superintendent, Restorative Justice Practitioner and Teacher


 Lead Facilitator Restorative Justice Education RJeD , Loyola University Center for Urban Resilience Restorative Justice Project


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