GovsPLUS (Powerful Learners Unlocking Success) is a tuition-free academic enrichment program that partners The Governor’s Academy with motivated middle school students from Lawrence, Massachusetts with the goal of helping these students reach their potential inside and outside the classroom. The program begins with a five-week summer experience and continues throughout the school year with monthly opportunities to connect.

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Contact GovsPLUS Director Michelle de la Guardia or 978.499.3098.

Michelle de la Guardia is a Spanish teacher, an adviser and a dorm parent at The Governor’s Academy. A native of Puerto Rico and an avid traveler, she has an honest appreciation for diversity and inclusion. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Spanish and then continued at Boston College for her Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture while teaching Intermediate Spanish at the same institution. Michelle has over 20 years of teaching experience from elementary school to college level. In the past, she coordinated a Summer Spanish Immersion Program for TASIS England in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and also acquired experience managing an educational company, training personnel, and working with various publications. As a member of the National Partnership for Educational Access, Ms. de la Guardia attended numerous leadership and community outreach workshops and conferences to best serve all GovsPLUS scholars and their families. She has also attended various seminars regarding diversity and inclusion from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). She is committed to the growth and betterment of the program, as well as making sure that all GovsPLUS scholars achieve their fullest potential.