Lisa Gilbert-SmithHeadmaster, Dearborn STEM Academy
Lisa Gilbert-Smith has served as headmaster for Another Course to College, a pilot high school in the Boston Public School system for the past six years. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Education Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She began her career in education at the Edward M. Kennedy School for Health Careers where she taught Allied Health Careers, served as a guidance counselor and was a member of the school’s leadership team. Lisa has worked in middle school administration, high school administration and served as an administrator on the university level. Lisa is a proud graduate of the Boston Public School System and is a first generation college graduate. She was raised in Mattapan in a single-parent household and is forever grateful for the sacrifices that her mom made to ensure that she received an excellent education.
Simon HessChief Program Officer
Simon Hess oversees BPE’s school-based programs, including the teacher residency program. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Civitas Schools, an organization operating three Chicago International Charter School campuses serving 2,200 students. Prior to joining Civitas, Mr. Hess served as the principal of Gordon Tech High School in Chicago and was an administrator and teacher in the Boston Public Schools for eight years. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the proud father of two beautiful little girls, a horrendous golfer, an enthusiastic eater, and a diehard Boston sports fan.
Dawn LewisPrincipal, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Ms. Lewis is an educator who believes in options and opportunities for all children and their families. Her commitment to this belief has provided her with the opportunity to open two schools as the founding principal of the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School and the Founding Head of School at the SEED School of Maryland. Additionally, Ms. Lewis has taught Kindergarten, and 8th grade and served as the Co-Director of the Pilot School Network. Ms. Lewis believes that education is a transformational experience for teachers, students and families. In her second year at Dudley Street School she brings her commitment to education and achievement to the Dudley Street School community. Ms. Lewis attended Boston University and Teachers’ College, Columbia University. Ms. Lewis spends her free time with family, practicing yoga, traveling, and reading. Her two greatest accomplishments are her daughters, Tulani and Rabiah.
Edward LiuChief Improvement Officer
As Director of Organizational Learning, Dr. Liu leads BPE’s efforts to understand why certain teachers produce exceptional student learning gains and to embed these insights into the Boston Teacher Residency and other programs. Before joining BPE, Dr. Liu was Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at Rutgers University. He began his career as a high school history teacher and was founding co-director of Summerbridge Portland, an academic program that put low-income middle-school students on the path to college and exposes outstanding high school and college students to a career in teaching. Dr. Liu holds an EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was an original member of the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers and co-authored Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools (AACTE Outstanding Book of 2005). Dr. Liu also holds an MBA and AM in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in History from Yale.
Jesse SolomonExecutive Director
Jesse Solomon founded the Boston Teacher Residency program in 2003, Previously, he taught middle and high school math for 10 years — at the King Open School in Cambridge, Brighton High School, and City on a Hill Public Charter School. He was a founding faculty member, lead teacher, and a member of the board of directors at City on a Hill, where he began and directed the Teachers' Institute, a school-based teacher preparation program. Mr. Solomon has been an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a National Board-certified teacher. He holds a BS in Mathematics from MIT and an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Barr Foundation named Mr. Solomon a Barr Foundation Fellow in 2009 for his leadership, and he is also a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow. He serves on the Board of Directors for Cambridge College and UP Academies Boston/Dorchester, and is a member of Deans for Impact.
Melanie WinkloskyChief Advancement Officer
As Chief Advancement Officer, Melanie Winklosky is responsible for public and private fundraising for BPE. Before joining BPE, she was the Vice President of Development and Operations at Mass Insight Education. Before that, she spent 13 years at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, including serving as the Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Driscoll. She holds a BA in psychology from Saint Vincent College and an MA in Human Development from Boston College. Ms. Winklosky currently serves on the boards of the Swampscott Education Foundation and the Clarke Elementary School PTA. She is the proud mother of two elementary school-aged children.
Monivett AcevedoAccounting and Budgets Manager
Ms. Acevedo is a graduate of a Boston Public High School and Northeastern University. She has held a variety of finance roles in the private and public sectors. Ms. Acevedo has a strong passion for education, policy and numbers. When she's not reading financial reports, she's reading to her three year old son or training for 5ks.
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.
Kara BlackwellOperations Assistant
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.
Monique DavisDirector of Alumni Relations & 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 DicksonBTR Secondary 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.
Mardi FullerCommunications Manager
Mardi is a marketing professional with eleven years of experience scaling programs and products, and telling an organization's story. She has worked in the sports industry as well as in technology, and holds a BA from Amherst College. In her spare time she serves as a board member of two non-profits, travels around the world, performs on musical projects and goes hiking in the White Mountains of NH.
Emily HarrisDirector of Talent
Emily is the Director of Talent, providing strategic direction in the areas of recruitment and selection for the talent pipelines across BPE—the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Ms. Harris previously served as a recruiter for BPE. Prior to joining BPE, she worked for Young Voices, a RI non-profit organization working to transform youth into powerful advocates who partner with major state leaders to create systemic reform and policy change in RI. While at Young Voices, she supported high school students to partner with school leadership in the redesign of their turnaround schools. She also conducted research in New York City on nutrition and physical activity for group child care centers, and worked as an AmeriCorps After-School Coordinator at the West End Community School in Providence. Ms. Harris holds a BA in English from Juniata College and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.
Yamila HusseinBoston Promise Corps, Site Director
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.
Connie JacquaysInduction Coach (Elementary Literacy)
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.
Sheri KivekasOffice Manager
Sarah LangerInduction Coach (Secondary Math)
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.
Bill Madden-FuocoBoston Teacher Residency Director, Secondary
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.
Lindsey MusenSenior Development Manager
Lindsey Musen began working with BPE in 2010 and is responsible for managing BPE's grants and analyzing information to support BPE's fundraising strategy. She holds a Masters in Urban Education Policy from Brown University and a BA in English and Italian from Wesleyan University. An AmeriCorps alumna, Ms. Musen has worked in higher education administration and educational publishing. Since 2008, Ms. Musen has served on the Board of Directors for Limitless Horizons Ixil, for which she supports fundraising, strategy, and operations for community-based education and youth development work in Chajul, Guatemala.
Jaylee Oberg recruits talented, diverse candidates for the talent pipelines across BPE—the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Prior to coming to BPE, Ms. Oberg was part of City Year Denver's founding year and worked as a recruiter for start-ups in the Boston area. She is proud mama to a boston terrier puppy, an adventurous yogi, and a huge advocate for spontaneous dance parties. Ms. Oberg holds a BA in Communications from Framingham University and completed a Dale Carnegie course in public speaking.
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.
Rachel PerezAssistant Grant Writer
Rachel Perez joined BPE in 2016. As Assistant Grant Writer, she assists in securing public and private funding for BPE. She holds a BA in linguistics, anthropology, Spanish, and history from the University of Georgia and an MA in American Studies and African American Studies from Yale University. Previously, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Georgia and as a research intern at La Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental and El Jardin Botanico Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso.
Janine PiresAccounts Payable and Payroll Specialist
Janine Pires joined BPE’s finance department in 2015. Ms. Pires moved to the USA from Cape Verde after graduating high school and has worked in the Uphams Corner/Dorchester community for over six years. Janine has a great passion for education and foreign languages. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son, who keeps her adventurous and active. She also enjoys cooking and reading.
Andrea ReynoldsSenior Talent Associate
Andrea Reynolds manages recruitment and selection systems and processes for the talent pipelines across BPE - the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Prior to joining BPE, Ms. Reynolds worked as a legal, and then scientific training program coordinator in the Boston area. She is a native Vermonter that calls Boston home, and a proud Pembroke Welsh Corgi mom. Ms. Reynolds graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in Italian Studies and a certificate from the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts.
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.
Grace ShiStaff Accountant
Grace joined the financial department in August 2016. She graduated from Wuhan University of Technology with a bachelors in accounting, and worked five years as an accountant in China. Grace also holds an associate degree in accounting in the US and is pursuing a degree in taxation. She is so glad to be part of BPE. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Lilly SiuClinical Teacher Educator (Elementary Literacy)
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 of 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.
Aaron Spencer recruits dedicated, high achieving teachers, corps members, and staff members to expand BPE's talent pool. Before becoming a recruiter, Mr. Spencer served as a College Counselor in urban charter schools within the Greater Boston Area. His belief in student success is unwavering and he recruits passionate staff who are equally as driven to see students succeed. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, and playing sports. He currently holds a BA in Philosophy from Syracuse University.
Elizabeth SweeneyInduction Coach (Elementary Math)
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.
Erika Alvarez WernerBoston Promise Corps Program Director
Erika’s professional career has been focused on public service and public policy in urban education. Before joining BPE, she was a Project Manager in the Office of District and School Turnaround at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where she worked on supporting the turnaround efforts of the state’s most underperforming schools. Her interest in service and education began with her first job, when she spent two years working as a Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow through City Year Boston. This work inspired her to pursue a master's in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has served as Chief of Staff to the Committee on Education in the Massachusetts House of Representatives; a legislative consultant to the Early Education for All campaign; and Readiness Project Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. She has also served as Director of State Relations and Latino Initiatives at Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, where she oversaw an initiative to increase participation in federal nutrition programs among food-insecure Latinos in Massachusetts.
Brianna WilsonLearning Sciences and Improvement Specialist, BTR 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.
Samuel ZuckertManager of Data Analytics and Strategy
Sam Zuckert oversees the data systems for the two schools that BPE operates, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and the Dearborn STEM Academy, and works with school staff to use data to best inform their day-to-day and long term planning. He holds a BS from Tufts University in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and before joining BPE he spent time working at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and the Paraclete Academy in South Boston. His favorite film is There Will be Blood, his favorite mathematician is Georg Cantor, and his least favorite mathematician is Leopold Kronecker.