Phone: 401-456-9389


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors: English & Political Science - Old Dominion University Masters: Education - American International College Currently Working on a Doctorate in Educational Supervision & Leadership - American International College

Abdi Lidonde

Abdi Lidonde is the current Principal at Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School. He has been working in education for the past 12 years, the past two and a half in the Providence Public School District (PPSD). Prior to coming to PPSD, he worked for Worcester Public Schools in various roles, including an Instructional Assistant, a Reading Teacher, a Middle School English Teacher, a High School English Teacher, and an Elementary School Assistant Principal. Before becoming Principal at Spaziano Elementary, Abdi was the Principal at Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School at Broad Street.

Abdi earned his Bachelor's degree in English and Political Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his Master's degree in Education from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and he is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Supervision and Leadership from American International College.

Abdi's philosophy of education is that every child deserves the opportunity to obtain a high-level education in a safe and diverse learning environment that will prepare them to become lifelong learners. As an educational leader, he is committed to improving every day and applying skills such as building trust and communication to improve school culture and the lives of individuals within the school, families, and communities. Abdi will strive to improve the odds of student success in life by being a resource provider, instructional resource, communicator, and visible presence. Abdi believes successful leaders are those who behave consistently and have a vision for the organization and its mission, with the knowledge of how to get the most out of every individual. For a school to be successful, Abdi maintains that there needs to be a high collective efficacy and all stakeholders, administrators, teachers, staff, students, and families are leaders and must be accountable for the pursuit of excellence.