Fund for Teachers

Leaps in student achievement often come down to one factor: great teaching. But teaching isn’t easy. Fund for Teachers-Boston honors teachers’ hard work by supporting them to pursue their professional interests, renew their energy, and rediscover the passion that draws them to teach.
Fund for Teachers provides teachers with grants to pursue rich, self-designed summer learning experiences. Since the start of the program in 2004, Fund for Teachers-Boston has awarded $1.5 million to 428 teachers.

"Throughout this South American experience I developed a deepened sensitivity for the English Language Learners that I serve. Being immersed in a culture that is foreign with reduced means of expression is intimidating. I emerged with a resolution to reduce the barriers to entry for these students in my classroom."

Sean Hudson snorkeling in Ecuador, Boston Adult Technical Academy


"When I looked around I found stories everywhere -- in the fabrics of the colorful clothing, in the neighborhoods and markets, and in the souls of the people."

Kelly O'Hearn with students in Ho, Ghana, Harvard/Kent Elementary School



2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows

Timothy Nagaoka, Bradley Elementary School
Danielle Aucoin, Clap Elementary School                                                                                                                          Jaclyn Ahrens, Christina Rish & Erin Rua, Guild Elementary School
Angela D’Amore & Jessica Hyland, Otis Elementary School
Kathleen Frazier, Jennifer Hayes, Lisa Llorente & Odalis Torres-Vivas, Winship Elementary School
Talissa Ferro & Olivia Peters, Curley K-8
Mary DeWitte, Danielle Simonini, Kelly Viola & Florence Yee, Eliot K-8
Erin Sudduth, Hernández K-8 School*
Sara Zrike, Hurley K-8 School*
Nathan Eckstrom, Boston Adult Technical Academy
George Papayannis, Boston Arts Academy 
Valerie Pastorelle, Boston Arts Academy
Robin Kirkpatrick, Boston Latin School
Alexandra Buchalski, Michael Caprigno, Nilufer Johnson & Emily Trono, English High School
Alison Galanter & Mary-Alyce Whitham, Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Robyn Pelletier, Margarita Muniz Academy
Jonathan Bruno, Snowden International School at Copley   
* Indicates member of a team.
You can learn about the fellows' projects here.
Celebrating our Fellows and all those who support Fund for Teachers Boston

On May 19 a celebration was held to honor the fellows from 2012 and 2013. The celebration was held at WGBH and was hosted by Jonathan Abbott, CEO and President of WGBH, and Jesse Solomon. Also playing a speaking role were John McDonough, Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; Karen Webb, National Executive Director, Fund for Teachers; Richard Stutman, President of the Boston Teachers Union. Teams of teachers from Boston English High School, Mission Hill K-8, and Brighton High, talked about the learning engendered by their Fund for Teachers grant and how those experiences have been a catalyst for learning in their classrooms. Jesse Solomon and Karen Webb celebrated each of the fellows from 2012 and 2013 with individual mention of their projects and a certificate of achievement. A multi-media show showcasing all of the projects played on a huge screen in the room. Individual teachers also brought artifacts and examples of the work produced as a result of the grants. Among the 110 guests were fellows, principals, headmasters, and many of the wonderful individuals who have served on the selection committees.


To Apply, please visit Fund for Teachers website 

For additional information, please contact:

Dottie Engler (617.275.0709)


FFT-Boston is an affiliate of the national Fund for Teachers based in Houston.