Award Year: 2015

Sewell-Anderson School

25 Ontario Street
Lynn, MA, 01905-1223

(781) 477-7444

Miss. Mary Panagopoulos, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Lynn Public Schools

School Website


The Sewell Anderson Community works together in developing strategies for its students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, and quality producers, ultimately acquiring the power of knowledge with the highest degree of human intelligence to become successful life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 36%
  • Hispanic: 38%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 12%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Grade 5 students reading to special needs students during Book Buddies

Grade 5 students reading to special needs students during "Book Buddies"

The Sewell-Anderson Elementary School was first established in 1920 and named after two Lynn natives: Private Loren Walter Sewell and Private Ernest Charles Anderson. The dedication and bravery of these honorable World War I soldiers inspired us to build a strong foundation of beliefs throughout our school community. We have faith in the words, “This is important, you can do it, I won’t give up on you” expressed by Jon Saphier.

Nestled at the top of Pine Hill, Lynn, Massachusetts, is a seacoast city north of Boston and welcomes approximately 300 students, pre-kindergarten through grade five. Our classrooms vary from regular education to four substantially separate special education classrooms. Fortunately, our small community allows us to create an intimate cohesive learning environment. Teachers, students, and parents alike share the journey of each child’s education. School spirit is embedded in our culture with the participation of the girls' and boys' basketball teams, Lego/Engineer clubs, Cribbage, Chess clubs, and many more.

Attaining success at our school is a team effort. Highly qualified teachers deliver top notch instruction. Students benefit from the technology found within each classroom; allowing every teacher to adapt the learning to their students' needs.

Our commitment to each and every student falls on three beliefs: all students can learn; students need to feel a sense of safety and belonging to our school; and we are all learners. Informed instruction, motivated students, district support, and dedicated parents offer a valuable explanation as to why the Sewell-Anderson School is performing well.