Tasheena BurnettDirector, Boston Teacher Residency
Dr. Tasheena Burnett is a lead learner in her work as Director of Boston Teacher Residency (BTR). She leads the BTR program and holds Boston families and their students learning at the center of all decisions she makes. Since graduating BTR in 2011, Tasheena spent a combined ten years in Boston Public Schools teaching English Language Arts and serving as a Data Inquiry Facilitator. She earned a B.S in English from Suffolk University, MS in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College, M.Ed from UMASS Boston, and Ed.D from Regis College. Her research focus is on black male success in higher education. Her inspiration comes from her family, her students and their families, and her mentors. She is committed to developing teachers who bring joy, curiosity, and rich content knowledge to their classrooms.
Marcie OsinskyDirector of Professional Learning and Elementary Residency
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.
Matthew AndradeSecondary Math Instructional Coach
Mr. Andrade received both his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMASS Boston). Mr. Andrade has a strong passion to empower and prepare our young scholars to be future leaders. He believes Black Lives Matter and is truly committed to addressing social justice issues while improving the urban education system. “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.”
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.
Connie JacquaysDirector of Induction Programming
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.
Felicia KazerScience Coach
As a graduate of the BTR program and former employee of BPE, Felicia is pleased to be returning as a science coach this year. For the past fifteen years, Felicia has worked as a middle school science teacher and induction coach in Boston and Cambridge. Felicia lives in Jamaica Plain with her two young children and her husband, David (who she met in cohort 4). In her free time, Felicia enjoys cooking, biking, and listening to audiobooks on long walks.
Glen ShermanDirector of Math, Elementary
As director of mathematics at Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter school, I oversee the school’s math program and provide instructional coaching/support and professional development for DSNCS teachers and Boston Teacher Residency teaching residents. I also teach the BTR Elementary Math Methods course. My work -- firmly rooted in the belief that all children are capable of powerful mathematical thinking and problem solving -- is focused on building teachers’ capacity to: 1) help students develop positive math identities and believe in the inherent value of their mathematical ideas; 2) promote equity through intentional disruption of practices that perpetuate marginalization, exclusion, and unjust outcomes.
Jennifer YaegerElementary Literacy Coach
Jennifer Arenson Yaeger believes in the power of literacy to transform society and to transform lives. For nearly three decades she has worked to support children, educators and schools through her work as an elementary teacher, literacy coach, graduate school instructor, and coordinator of school reform initiatives. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Jen brings together a background in education policy and school change with her practical experience in classrooms from urban to suburban districts. She currently works part-time as the Director of Elementary School Partnerships at the Teaching and Learning Alliance, where she helps to lead a team of staff developers who provide school-based coaching and professional development in literacy for teachers across the region. Since 2003, she has also offered workshops to prepare teachers for the Foundations of Reading MTEL.