Founder & Principal
Ms. Cynthia Harris is the founder and principal of New Beginnings Academy, which was founded in 1986. She has been the visionary behind a school and an educational system unlike any other. Over the past 35 years, through her works, the lives of many have been changed both academically and spiritually forever!
Miss Cynthia was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts of 100% Italian descent. She has ties to several Metropolitan Boston areas. Her early years were spent on Marcella Street in Roxbury, Esmond Street in Dorchester, and Columbus Avenue in Mattapan. She received her early education at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, William E. Endicott Elementary, Charles Sumner Elementary, and Washington Irving Middle School. She earned her high school diploma from Roslindale High School.
After high school, Miss Cynthia attended Fisher College of Boston for two years, where she earned an Associate of Arts Degree majoring in Child Psychology. Fisher College was where she became interested in human development, especially as it related to infants, children, and adolescents.
Miss Cynthia decided to pursue this interest in Children’s development and enrolled at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, which, at the time, was predominant in the field of Special Education. After four years Ms. Cynthia graduated with honors Pi Lambda Theta, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and becoming a certified Special Education Teacher for children ages two to twenty-one in all areas of special education including the deaf and blind.
Miss Cynthia became an ordained minister in 2013; becoming a Spiritual Advisor. Following her ordination, she opened God Is Here I Am That I Am Assembly in 2015.
Miss Cynthia's education and God-given discernment allow her to recognize the uniqueness and complexity of children, teenagers, and adults as they develop, and guide them on the right path. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Evansville, Ms. Cynthia returned to Massachusetts and began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Miss Cynthia is a devoted, born-again Christian. She had a vision from God that affirmed her calling in life and her passion for children and, in September of 1986, God led her to open her very own private, Christian school. New Beginnings Academy started out, at that time, catering to just preschool and kindergarten-age students. Soon, with hard work, dedication, and prayer, New Beginnings Academy expanded to the Elementary grades and then to High School.
Today, New Beginnings Academy continues to stand tall in Hyde Park, Massachusetts; serving all ages from 15 months to high school and beyond. A number of years ago, Ms. Cynthia recognized a need and began a High School Program for adults ages 18 – 88 who are seeking an official High School Diploma, rather than a GED.
Although our Toddler to High School programs is the lifeblood of New Beginnings Academy, the Excel High School Diploma Program (www.highschooldiplomain18weeks.com) keeps the heart of New Beginnings Academy beating strong. The Excel Program is particularly dear to Ms. Cynthia, who taught the program herself for many years The Excel High School Diploma Program has graduated over 50 adults per year since 2006.
Miss Cynthia looks forward to continuing to educate and guide those who come through the doors of New Beginnings Academy and the Excel Program as these students become the next generation of pilots, doctors, RNs, LPNs, lawyers, dentists, teachers, software developers, electricians, plumbers, business owners, athletes, entertainers, bus drivers, etc.
If you are considering enrolling your child into New Beginnings Christian Academy Homeschool, you can be assured that your child will be in good hands with Ms. Cynthia in charge. She directly oversees the curriculum and the methods of teaching used to run this program. She has proven herself as an invaluable resource for any and all children and families in need.