Meet the 2017 Math Teaching Fellows

dsc_0200_webJulie Duran teaches honors 8th grade math and is the Math Department Head at Boston Prep in Hyde Park, MA. In her role as a teacher she pushes students to learn through discovery- she encourages students to make mistakes but also to use any prior knowledge to support their problem solving. As a department head, she works with a group of teachers to build curriculum that supports student growth through engagement and data driven instruction. Before joining Boston Prep, Julie worked at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School as a high school teacher. Julie graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Arts in Teaching.



Sabine Ferdinand is one of the founding 2nd grade teachers at the P.A. Shaw Elementary School in Dorchester. Her drive for teaching in BPS is ensuring that all students, regardless of socio-economic status, have access to the high quality education that they deserve. Four years into her teaching career, this belief is still motivating her day in and day out. Prior to teaching 2nd grade, she taught 1st grade for three years. Sabine’s passion is teaching math in an challenging, engaging and developmentally appropriate way to young students. Sabine is an alumna of Lesley University and received a Master of Education from the Boston Teacher Residency program.


dsc_0207_webHeidi Fessenden has been a Boston Public School teacher for 15 years in grades one through four, and currently co-teaches fourth grade at the Dennis C. Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, MA. Her teaching focuses on infusing social justice into experiential, interdisciplinary units of study and on creating a community of math learners characterized by collaboration, risk-taking, and deep thinking. She has instructed aspiring elementary school teachers about teaching math, science, and social studies at Wheelock College, Lesley University and the Boston Teacher Residency. Her math teaching is documented in Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had by Tracy Zager. Heidi graduated from Wheelock College with an MS in Elementary Education and received an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Conant Fellow and Urban Scholar.

dsc_0204_webMelissa Frascella received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a Mahoney Scholarship recipient. After college, Melissa earned her teaching license through the New Teachers Collaborative located at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA. Currently, Melissa teaches 8th grade Algebra 1 at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, MA. At Boston Collegiate, Melissa serves as the 8th Grade Level Leader and works hard to maintain a positive, focused and safe culture in the 8th grade. Melissa also collaborates with teachers at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School through a grant from the Jacobsen Family Foundation where she and her fellow teachers focus on implementing effective discourse in the math classroom and sharpening instructional coaching skills.

dsc_0211_webMichael Garland teaches 4th grade at the Mather School in Dorchester, MA.  He loves teaching mathematics best of all, because when done right, it feels more like playing with numbers than it does working with numbers.  He received his BA in Sociology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  After two years of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and another two years of working in Boston at the Home for Little Wanderers, Mike earned his Masters from UMASS Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency.



dsc_0217_webSylvia Garza teaches 7th and 8th grade math at the Roosevelt K-8 School in Hyde Park.  She is the special education teacher in this full inclusion school, where she strives to make math accessible to every student.   Sylvia has taught in urban schools for 23 years in many classroom settings including general education, resource room, substantially separate, and public separate day class.  Sylvia has a BS in math and a Master of Education in Special Education from Boston University.



hartMeredith Hart teaches 6th grade at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, MA.  Working in a co-teaching model, Meredith strongly believes in increasing access to meaningful mathematics instruction to all learners and has worked to develop a STEM course in the full-inclusion classroom.  At the Haley, Meredith is a member of the Mathematics Leadership Team and coordinates grade level interventions.  Meredith graduated from Boston College with a BA in Elementary Education and later returned to The Heights to complete her Master of Education in Special Needs focusing on Urban Education as a Donovan Scholar.


dsc_0229_webAmanda Hathaway teaches high school math at William J. Ostiguy High School, a small alternative Boston Public School for students with substance abuse issues. Amanda has been teaching at Ostiguy for 10 years and focuses on student centered math learning that builds on student reasoning and math discourse. Amanda has also co-developed and facilitated three math professional development courses for TeachPlus. She is a participant in the Better Math Teaching Network, an improvement community focusing on engaging more Algebra 1 students. Amanda is an alumna of Providence College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Max Kennedy teaches 9th grade math at the Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain.  As a teacher in a bilingual school, he teaches in English and Spanish, supporting students as they develop the ability to argue and reason mathematically in both languages, because he believes that access to high quality mathematical reasoning is one of the keys to building power in working-class and immigrant communities.  He graduated from Brown University with a BA in Linguistics and received a Master of Education from the Boston Teacher Residency.



photo-on-3-6-17-at-8-54-amMarsha Moller teaches middle school math at the Lyndon Pilot School in West Roxbury and also serves as a special education teacher.   Marsha makes sense of the world through numbers.   Marsha earned her BS degree from Lehigh University with a double major in accounting and finance.  She earned her CPA certificate and worked for an international accounting firm prior to joining her family’s metal fabricating business.  In the family business, Marsha’s responsibilities increased over time from a production supervisor on the factory floor to C.E.O.  Marsha entered the world of teaching over ten years ago, after earning a graduate degree from Regis College. Marsha brings her knowledge of accounting and finance, manufacturing, and life experiences to her teaching practice.

edvestor-profile-pictureSiobahn Mulligan teaches math to students spanning from the 9th to the 12th grade, at Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury, MA.  She serves as the Math Team Facilitator, collaborating with the team to enhance students’ learning and share best practices that produce rigorous, relevant, and academically sound instruction. Siobahn in one of two Lead Teachers in her school, requiring her to develop and co-facilitate whole school Professional Development as well as plan for and co-facilitate the school’s Instructional Leadership Team. Siobahn graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in Finance and received a Masters in Education from Boston College as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar.

roth_002Maggie Roth teaches 2nd grade at Match Community Day School in Hyde Park, MA. She serves as the Grade Level Lead, collaborating with her team to plan rigorous (and fun!) math lessons. She also works with the Sposato Graduate School of Education as an Instructional Coach for teacher residents. Maggie loves thinking and learning about the ways that strong early grades math instruction can lead to success in the middle grades. Before coming to Boston, she was a 1st grade teacher at Leadership Prep Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. Maggie graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Spanish and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.


dsc_0220_webMichelle Sirois  teaches 4th and 5th grade special education and ESL at the Perry K-8 School in South Boston. In this role she lead teaches the 4th grade math class. As the Math Team Facilitator, Michelle works with teachers to implement cognitively demanding lessons each and every day. She is passionate about increasing student learning by building teacher capacity through coaching and reflection. During this school year Michelle has worked with teachers and the district to implement a successful blended learning model at the Perry to support students’ individual math learning needs, to build student choice and agency, and to increase student engagement within the classroom. Michelle has led her school in this effort by acquiring an EdVestors’ Zeroing in on Math grant and partnering with the BPS Experience Lab. Michelle graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Evolutionary Biology, and received a Masters in Elementary Teaching through the Boston Teacher Residency program.

headshotAlia Verner teaches 8th grade math at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, MA. Alia also serves as the Math Director of a new innovative personalized learning model called Teach to One: Math that uses technology, collaboration, and high-quality feedback to create customized daily schedules for every student based on what math skills they are ready to learn, the best way for them to learn it, and which teacher and peers they will work with that day.  By personalizing math and meeting each child where they are,  she hopes her scholars gain confidence in their math abilities, deepen their understanding, and discover the beauty and power of mathematics. In addition to her role as a teacher and Math Director, she also serves as a Special Education Liaison, Track & Field coach, and is the Co-Chair of TechBoston’s Instructional Leadership Team. Alia graduated from Boston College with a BA in Political Science and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University.

dsc_0228_webDavid Weinstein teaches 7th and 8th Grade Math (and sometimes Geography) at the Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot School. He has taught over 25 years in the BPS in different settings, but is quite happy to be part of the innovative BTU School, which is a Shared Leadership school. David is passionate about helping to care for his students as they deal with adolescence while opening their eyes to new ways of thinking and looking at their world via math instruction. He is currently working on projects to get more students involved in growing food in the school gardens and expanding the use of portfolios as a form of assessment.


fullsizerenderNiki Whelan is a teacher at the Guild Elementary School in East Boston. She has worked for Boston Public Schools for 14 years as a fourth grade classroom as well as visual arts teacher. Niki has also served as math facilitator for 7 years. She has served on the Board of Educators at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Niki graduated from Lesley University with a Masters in Education. She received a Bachelor of Arts at William Smith College.



Senior Fellows:

glynnJennifer Glynn teaches 4th grade at Match Community Day Charter Public School in Mattapan, MA. She serves a diverse community of learners, with many of her students on track to be the first in their families to graduate college. Additionally, she serves as an instructional coach for the Match Teacher Residency Program and as a Corps Member Advisor with Teach for America. Jennifer began her career in education as a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member, serving as a 3rd grade teacher at LEARN Romano Butler in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Jennifer is a proud alumnae of Northeastern University where she earned a BS in Psychology and minored in Elementary Education.



kimAnna Kim teaches 4th grade at Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, MA.  She currently serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). With experience as a district and in-house literacy coach, Anna has supported and collaborated with teachers in their instructional planning and teaching practices. Anna is always reflecting upon her math teaching practices, particularly in thinking of different ways to increase student engagement, in supporting students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, and in building student math discourse in the classroom. Anna graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Child Development and received a Master of Arts in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

EdVestors interviewed Anna about her experience with Zeroing in on Math. Read Anna’s interview here.