Marcie OsinskyBoston Teacher Residency Director, Elementary
Marcie Osinsky has overseen BTR’s teacher preparation curriculum since 2003. With her BTR colleagues, she continues to innovate and improve the residency experience, blurring the boundaries between course and field work, keeping BPS students’ achievement at the center of residents’ teaching, and building collaborative communities to engage teachers in ongoing learning and development. Marcie began her education career teaching the first and second grades in the Cambridge Public Schools. Her experiences there led her to explore how partnerships with community and educational institutions can support teacher preparation, student achievement and the role of teacher leadership in urban schools. She then became a liaison between Wheelock College and the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School in the Boston Public Schools, working with college faculty and public school educators to design a year-long internship program focusing on mathematics and equity. Ms. Osinsky holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Education from Lesley University.
Bill Madden-FuocoBoston Teacher Residency Director, Middle & High School
Bill Madden-Fuoco leads the team of coaches responsible for the teacher preparation program at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Bill got his start with BTR as a resident. After graduating BTR in 2007, Bill taught Humanities and Advanced Placement English at Urban Science Academy for five years. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program. Bill served for two years as BTR’s Secondary ELA Instructional Coach before becoming a Humanities teacher at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Prior to his career in BPS, Bill earned an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was honored with the Intellectual Contribution Award by the faculty and his peers. In addition, he worked for five years as the Research and Communications Coordinator for the Anti-Defamation League’s Education Division. A passion for equitable educational opportunity and a desire to be part of a team that delivers high-quality education to students in an open-admissions BPS school drives his work.
Kara BlackwellProgram Team Operations Coordinator
Kara is a recent graduate from Clark University where she specialized in environmental science. During her time there she took on the leadership role of being a member on the executive board to an annual multicultural leadership themed conference on campus. Previous work experience includes aiding in research for an environmental attorney and dedicating several years to mentoring and tutoring Boston youth through the UMASS Boston Upward Bound Program.
Elaina BrinDirector of Program Operations
Prior to joining BPE, Ms. Brin worked as the Disability Accommodations Ombudsman for MassHealth, overseeing compliance with state and federal ADA regulations, ensuring appropriate reasonable accommodations, investigating complaints and resolving grievances, and working on major projects and policies to enhance accessibility for members and applicants with disabilities. With a sincere passion for social justice, advocacy and equity in education, Elaina has worked for agencies such as Springfield College, Boston Public Schools, and The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Presently she volunteers for the YWCA, as a facilitator of “Dialogues Against Racism”, assists with donation collection for The Movement Inc. and as serves as the Director of Website Development for Teens Against Gang Violence. In 2010, Elaina graduated from Springfield College, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Community Youth Development. She later went on to complete a Graduate Certificate Program in Education Policy at UMass Dartmouth and is a recent graduate of Wheelock College, where she earned a Master of Science in Education and Organizational Leadership.
Monique DavisDirector of Alumni Relations and Placement
Monique Davis served as a recruiter for the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) since the organization’s inception in 2003, recruiting talent on a local and national level and building relationships and cultivating partnerships. She currently oversees placement of BTR graduates in Boston schools and coordinates a network of over 250 alumni. Previously, Ms. Davis worked as an employment manager at the Home for Little Wanderers, a Boston-based non-profit human services organization. She has also worked for the Vinfen Corporation and the Boston Stock Exchange. Ms. Davis earned a BA in Finance and Accounting from Northeastern University and an Executive MBA from Dartmouth College in Minority Business.
Amy DicksonSecondary Science Coach
Amy serves as the BTR Instructional Coach for Science. She coaches residents and first-year BTR grads. Amy taught high school biology and led the 7-12 science department at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, in Cambridge, for about 10 years. Most recently, she spent a few years in her home state of Vermont working as an instructional coach for proficiency-based and personalized learning. Amy is happy to be back in the Boston area, where she enjoys running, cycling, and getting outdoors in whatever way she can.
Dr. Yamila HusseinInstructor, BTR
Dr. Hussein is a graduate of the doctoral program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the politics of education and knowledge production. Her doctoral thesis examined the relationship between nationalism and formal education, particularly how the Palestinian search for national liberation influenced their educational discourse during the 1970s, when Palestinians had no control over educational policies. Dr. Hussein teaches on the role of schools in sustaining and/or challenging systems of oppression and privilege and the position of teachers as cultural workers, intellectuals and agents of change. She has a Bachelor's in English literature from Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, and a Masters degree in Community Education from Harvard. Dr. Hussein has worked with and for Palestinian children in Palestine, and has designed, directed and taught intensive academic programs for teacher professional development in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Lesley University) and abroad (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, the Balkans). She is fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Palestinian Sign Language.
Yamila teaches BTR's Language, Power and Democracy class.
Connie JacquaysSenior Coach & Design Lead, Early Career Teacher Network
Ms. Jacquays has worked in the field of education for 20 years, having spent many years as an elementary teacher and reading specialist/consultant. For the past ten years, she worked with the Boston Public Schools as a district-wide literacy coach, Vice Principal/Director of Instruction at the Ohrenberger Elementary School, and as a Response to Intervention (RTI) Curriculum Specialist at the Haley Pilot School. She has taught graduate classes at the University of Massachusetts and has worked as a literacy consultant for Tufts University.
Sarah LangerCoach, Early Career Teacher Network
Sarah Langer graduated from Cohort 5 of the Boston Teacher Residency and since then has been teaching math at Boston Community Leadership Academy. While there, she has led professional development around Literacy and the Common Core and has served as a BTR mentor for the past three years. Ms. Langer is passionate about making sure that math classes require students to think as much as possible and incorporating social justice into the math curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys aerial acrobatics, hiking 4000-footers, and farmers markets.
Glen ShermanBTR Elementary Math Coach
Glen Sherman provides mathematics coursework and instructional coaching for current BTR residents at DSNCS and ongoing coaching support to BTR graduates in their first year of elementary teaching in the Boston Public Schools. He began his own education career in BPS, where he spent ten years teaching third and fourth grade in two elementary schools in Fields Corner, served on a variety of instructional and math leadership teams, provided professional development at the school and district levels, and served as a mentor teacher in the BTR. For the last six years, he was a Math Coach in the Cambridge Public Schools, where he worked with both elementary and middle-school teachers to improve instruction and student outcomes. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Lesley University. His work his firmly rooted in the belief that all children have the potential to be powerful mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.
Dr. Lilly SiuBTR Elementary ELA Coach
Lilly Siu has more than 20 years’ experience in education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and professional development. She served for eight years as an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, as well as The American School in London, providing professional development workshops throughout both regions. She was the Director of Supervision for the teacher training program at New College of California and has supervised teacher candidates in the Harvard Teacher Education Program. Lilly has an MA in elementary education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lilly enjoys spending free time with her husband and three children.
Julie SloanDirector, Early Career Teacher Network
Julie Sloan is a dual-certified National Board teacher and served as a BTR instructor for several years. Her most recent position was as a Clinical Teacher Educator specializing in English Language Arts. She is a former English language arts teacher at the McCormack Middle School in Boston and currently supports teacher residents and graduates in their coursework and teaching practice.
Elizabeth SweeneySenior Coach & Design Lead, Early Career Teacher Network
Elizabeth Sweeney has years of elementary teaching experience in grades 1-5. She also held teacher leadership roles such as Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, and Staff Developer, and held district roles such as District Math Facilitator and District Assessment Developer. She supported the implementation of the Boston Math Plan for 10 years as Assistant Program Director for K-5 Mathematics. Ms. Sweeney spent three years as a math coach at two public schools in Boston. During those years she was part of a team of school and district personnel as well as math educators from EDC, TERC and Mt. Holyoke, who met regularly to reflect on mathematics, curriculum, best classroom practices, the role of professional development, and the effects of these on teachers’ beliefs and practices and students’ learning. A significant focus of Ms. Sweeney's work has been on student assessment. In addition to developing assessments for grades 1-5 math for Boston Public Schools, she has served as a member of the Massachusetts MCAS Mathematics Assessment Development Committee Grade 4 from 2000-2009, and the MCAS Mathematics Standard Setting Panel Committee for Grade 3 in both 2006 and 2007. She also was a member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Standing Committee for Grade 4. Ms. Sweeney has worked with BPE since 2009.
Chelsea VoakeBTR Secondary ELA Coach
Chelsea is fiercely passionate about equity and access in education. In her previous role as the Director of Teacher Training and Development at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Chelsea created the Prospect Fellows Program, a dual teacher-training and student-intervention program; led Prospect Hill's Master Teacher Program, the district-wide new teacher mentoring program; and facilitated New Teacher Institute, the summer induction program for new faculty. Chelsea has taught 9th and 10th Grade World History both at Prospect Hill and in the Bronx. Chelsea earned her BA in geography and environmental studies at Dartmouth, her MAT in secondary history instruction at Brown, and her Ed.M. in school leadership at Harvard.
Brianna WilsonScience of Learning & Improvement Specialist, Early Career Teacher Network
Brianna Wilson supports BPE’s Induction team to develop, test, and refine a theory of practice improvement for early career teacher development. By surfacing and making explicit the clinical knowledge held by experienced educators and synthesizing and translating core findings from academic research in education and the cognitive sciences, Brianna helps combine theory, evidence, and practical insight to drive cycles of continuous improvement in the Early Career Teacher Network. Brianna earned an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016 and graduated from the Boston Teacher Residency with Cohort 8. She taught high school Humanities and ESL inclusion in BPS, and continues to support deeper learning for students by working with other grads to understand how learning to coach might deepen expertise in teaching. When she’s not in classrooms or cheerfully sketching elaborate concept maps, Brianna can be found roaming the woods, reading in a cozy chair, or making music with whoever will play or sing along.