Campus without walls
meet the teachers
Tyrell believes school as we’ve come to know it is an antiquated system that neither reaches or teaches all students. Okay, now that’s not such a radical theory. However, when you consider the gap between the percentage of Black & White students graduating high school widened in Boston last year, and the overall graduation rate of high school students declined, perhaps a radicalized approach to reimagining learning is necessary. That is why he is excited to reshape the way we ‘do’ education. As a teacher, he focuses on creating a curriculum that is culturally relevant, anti-racist, multi-modal, and contextualized in a way that connects to the social communities of the students he serves. Tyrell is a current M.ed student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Ultimately, Tyrell seeks to cultivate paradigm shifts by equipping his students with the skills needed to innovate and thrive through their ability to advocate, innovate & communicate. Fun Fact about Mr. A - Both of his sports teams are currently World Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers & the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!
Casey Zella Andrews is a high school English teacher at TechBoston Academy. She holds a BA from Hampshire College, MAT from Simmons University, and MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ms. Andrews has taught at TechBoston for the past five years; prior to that, she worked at City on a Hill Charter School Circuit Street and Nava Elementary School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In her free time, Ms. Andrews enjoys writing poetry, taking walks, and playing with her baby. Of especially important note is the fact that Ms. Andrews has never lost a push-up competition to a student, including while she was pregnant.
Stephen is a fine arts educator with over 30 year of experience in the classroom. He is currently the lead teacher for the art department at Cathedral High School in Boston. He believes strongly that everyone can be creative, and that art is an essential part of life. Art helps make us fully human, tells our story and gives us all joy. As part of the curriculum, he has developed at Cathedral he brings students into the untold stories of artists from different backgrounds and cultures showing their shared human connection. He has developed project-based learning curriculum in the arts which helps students to form a real-world application of the arts. Along with his teaching Stephen in member of Cathedral’s professional development team dealing with the issues of anti-racism and equity.
Oris t. bryant
Oris T. Bryant has been an educator for a total of 18 years. Raised in Mattapan and after graduating from Brown University with a law and public policy degree, he began his teaching and coaching career in New Hampshire. After six years in education, he attended Rutgers Law School - Newark and practiced corporate law for several large Boston law firms. Returning to education in 2010, he has worked at the Noble & Greenough School for the last eleven years. His responsibilities include: social science and humanities teacher (grades 9-12), coaching varsity basketball, advising students and student groups, such as Mock Trial, and working
with the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department. He has been married for
twenty years and has three children (19, 17, 14). In his spare time, Oris loves to shoot
hoops, read science fiction, write and watch movies.
Daniela Cho was born in Mexico City and grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Amherst College where she developed a deep passion for social justice and education. She has spent the last six years teaching Spanish and History in the Boston area. She loves to cook and is excited to teach students practical cooking schools and to help them think through big picture questions about why we eat what we eat. She lives in Hyde Park and when she is not teaching or keeping up with her energetic 1 year old son she can be found gardening or crafting.
Chelsea Choate (known to her French students as “Madame Choate”) began teaching at Boston Collegiate Charter School in 2014 where she currently teaches French II, French III, and AP French Language and Culture and serves as the World Language Department Chair. Prior to that, she taught English in public schools in France and in private lessons in Italy. Madame Choate studied Romance Languages at Bryn Mawr College and earned her master's degree in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston. When not teaching, Madame Choate enjoys playing with her two fun-loving toddlers, running on the beach, reading novels, and drinking lots of coffee.
Robert (Bob) Comeau has taught senior English at Another Course to College (ACC) for 22 years. The son of a factory worker, he grew up in Haverhill amid shuttered mills, and didn’t see college as a possibility. He dropped out of high school in senior year, earned a correspondence diploma and joined the Marine Corps. After serving for four years, the GI Bill paid for community college, and reading literature, history and psychology there sparked an intellectual passion that had been absent in high school. He transferred to Amherst College, and graduated with highest honors in English. As a teacher in Boston, he won a Conant Fellowship to Harvard University, from which he earned a Masters in Education. Going from high school dropout to Harvard grad took a lot of luck, work and support along the way, and the experience fuels his passion for delivering a rigorous college preparation that respects the intellect, cultures and capacities of his students, with whom he loves to keep on learning. Fun fact: Mr. Comeau loves to crab and fish!
Lorin is a math teacher at Fenway High School! Ms. Gerraughty is a graduate of Boston College where she earned her B.A. in Secondary Education and Mathematics, as well as her M.Ed. She has been teaching math since 2016 at both the high school and collegiate level. Outside of teaching she loves to run, cook, and spend time with her family and friends!
Chris is a high school English Language Arts teacher at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, a Boston Public school. Over the past decade he has implemented a school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports system, designed project-based curriculum that connects students with arts and public and private organizations around the city, and advocated for and implemented inclusion curriculum for students with IEPs.
My teaching home is Excel High School, where I work with sophomores in ELA 10 and juniors and seniors in AP Language and Composition. Originally from the Chicago area, I landed in Boston for college, where I majored in performing arts (acting!) and minored in Latin American fiction. I realized rhetoric was my superpower when I got my first job as a speech/grant writer and learned how to raise money through words. My professional path over the past 20 years has led me from fundraising for the American Repertory Theatre to teaching English in Boston and surrounding towns. One throughline joining all of my experiences has been my advocacy for access to education. When I got the opportunity to design programs for first-generation college students at Northeastern University, I left teaching to see how I could better support my students on the path to college. Returning to the classroom, I understood more deeply the critical thinking skills required of my students for college and career. More than anything in my life, teaching has transformed the way I think and move through this world. Every day I feel lucky to have found a career that lets me learn from young people, who push me to be my best. I am passionate about teaching, and teaching writing in particular, and I am excited to share what I know and learn from you.
Brian McCray is 9th teacher of math that is certified in high school and middle school mathematics. He currently teaches at Josiah Quincy Upper School as an 8th/9th grade educator. He has prior teaching experience at Brighton High School (4 years) and Newton Public Schools (4 years). He is a graduate from UMass-Lowell and has a master degree from Emmanuel College.
Nakia Navarro is the CEO/Founder of Building Audacity, a nonprofit organization resourcing youth led community change. She has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, including an
extensive background in nonprofit management, creating youth focused racial equity training and community organizing curriculum, as well as developing community investment strategies. Nakia holds a BA in Public Administration from Winthrop University, a MA from Tufts University in Education, a MA from Tufts University in Urban Environmental Public Policy, and a certificate in Global Communications from the University of Salamanca. Nakia is the author of The Messiness of Life, an Anthology, teaches Environmental Justice and Black Studies at Brooke Charter High School and facilitates anti-bias training via the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Institute. Nakia hails from Hilton Head Island, SC and currently resides in Boston, MA. Fun Fact About Nakia: When living in Dorchester, she had a pet pig named Ms. Peppa Pigglesworth!
Kennedy Omolo is so excited to design and teach “Statistics Around Us” through Campus Without Walls. He has taught Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus in Boston Public Schools since the 2003-2004 academic year. He is certified in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics. Currently, he teaches Integrated Math 1 and Integrated Math 2 at Community Academy of Science & Health in Dorchester.
Ms. Patel has had almost 20 years of education experience as a teacher, college placement counselor, and former Principal. She currently teaches English at Roxbury Prep High School. She is excited to welcome scholars to her AP Language course to get them ready for the SAT, for college, and to generally be stronger readers, writers, and thinkers the world needs right now! She graduated from Brown University and Tufts University. In her spare time, pre- and during COVID, she tries to not watch too much TV and be outside when she can!
Shanae Paulino has been teaching high school students in BPS for five years. Prior to teaching in Boston, she also taught high school students in California. Shanae currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English, and enjoys helping students explore important topics related to race, identity, oppression and resistance. She gives credit to the members of the Ethnic Studies Now Curriculum Writing Group for putting together the curriculum that has become the framework and foundation of what she teaches in the classroom.
Dr. Pontbriand (known to TechBoston Academy students as “Dr. P”) has been teaching Civics and Government at TBA since 2005. Dr. P’s classes have been involved in active civic and government engagement including working on “tiny” designing homes in Dorchester with seniors and elementary students at the Holmes Elementary School, Green Architecture Design with AutoDesk, and government advocacy with City Councilor Andrea’ Campbell’s office. Dr. P lives in Randolph, MA, and is very active in community affairs in his town.