Emily Lebo

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Emily Lebo
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Board Member, Quincy School Committee, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMilton High School
Master'sNortheastern University
OtherUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston
ProfessionEducation administrator
Office website
Emily Lebo was an at-large member of the Quincy School Committee. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and she lost her re-election bid in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Emily Lebo resides in Quincy, Massachusetts. Lebo graduated from Milton High School before earning her teaching credentials from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and her Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University. She spent 14 years of her career teaching and administrating in Quincy Public Schools.[1] Since 2007, she has served as the Director of Career Vocational and Technical Education at Boston Public Schools.[2]



See also: Quincy Public Schools elections (2013)


Emily Lebo lost to incumbents Barbara Isola and Anne Mahoney and challenger Noel DiBona in her attempt to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Quincy Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNoel DiBona 29.5% 6,482
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Mahoney Incumbent 25.3% 5,558
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Isola Incumbent 23.1% 5,066
     Nonpartisan Emily Lebo Incumbent 21.8% 4,793
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 62
Total Votes 21,961
Source: City of Quincy, "Election Summary Report," accessed December 18, 2013


Emily Lebo began the race with an existing account balance of $2,674.98 from her previous campaign. She reported $9,732.00 in contributions and $6,383.22 in expenditures to the Quincy Election Department, which left her campaign with $6,023.76 on hand.[3]


Emily Lebo received an endorsement for her campaign from the Quincy Education Association.[4]


Quincy Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Mahoney Incumbent 26.9% 14,057
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEmily Lebo 16.7% 8,734
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Isola 16.5% 8,616
     Nonpartisan Karl Roos 16.5% 8,605
     Nonpartisan Matthew Lockwood Mullaney 14.7% 7,665
     Nonpartisan Rebecca McWilliams 8.6% 4,499
Total Votes 52,176
Source: City of Quincy, "Election Summary Report, Municipal Election," accessed October 29, 2013

Campaign themes

In a survey conducted by The Patriot Ledger, Lebo argued that the following was the most significant issue confronting the school district:[1]

I believe the most pressing one facing the Quincy Public Schools is the far reaching effects of the changes in curriculum standards and the related assessments mandated by the state and federal government. Students are being asked to read and interpret informational texts and develop a much deeper knowledge of math concepts at a younger age. This has made us change our texts, instructional materials and now our instructional strategies. In the past we have had disparities among our schools and their populations. I worry that these gaps could grow. I have already asked the superintendent to focus on these areas and have worked with him and the School Committee to make this a component of the Superintendent’s evaluation this year. If re-elected, I will pay great attention to the curriculum, the assessments, and the data collected from the new assessments. I will work with the district to use the data we have to determine if we are doing the best we can for all students. I will ask for one school’s best practices that are proving successful for student outcomes at that school to be shared with schools that are struggling with certain concepts or student performance.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents sought re-election to the board and they faced only one challenger. Barbara Isola, Emily Lebo and Anne Mahoney attempted to defend their seats from newcomer Noel DiBona. However, Lebo lost her seat to DiBona.

About the district

See also: Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
Quincy Public Schools is located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Quincy Public Schools is located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Norfolk County is Dedham. According to the 2010 US Census, Norfolk County is home to 681,845 residents.[5]


Norfolk County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Norfolk County was $83,733 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Norfolk County was 6.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.2% of Norfolk County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Norfolk County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 6.4 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 9.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 153,776 34.67
Republican 52,238 11.78
Green-Rainbow 339 0.08
Unaffiliated 235,608 53.12
Other 1,594 0.36

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[7]

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