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About the PAR Panel

The PAR Panel administers all aspects of the program, including supervising the consulting teachers and determining your final evaluation rating.  The PAR Panel consists of nine members; four have been appointed by the Boston Public Schools Superintendent, four have been appointed by the Boston Teachers Union by the Boston Teachers Union President, and one member was jointly appointed.


The 2016-2017 PAR Panel members:

George Cox    

BPS (ret.)

Carmen Davis

Irving Middle School

Meredith Elliott

Boston Latin School

Olivo Lee Franty

Murphy K-8

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom

O'Bryant School of Math and Science

Valencia Hughes-Imani

BTU Pilot School K-8

Deborah Rooney

Mary Lyon K-8

Erik Berg

BTU Executive Vice President/ Co-Chair

Emily Qazilbash

BPS Assistant Superintendent for Human Capital/ Co-Chair


George Cox

Carmen Davis


Meredith Elliott

Meredith Elliott has worked at the Boston Latin School since 2003.  Her teaching experience includes Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics, Advanced Placement United States History, United States History II, English 10, World History I and World History II.  She earned a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in History from the University of Utah, an M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University, and is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northeastern.  Prior to BLS, Meredith worked for six years in Salt Lake City’s Granite School district as an International Baccalaureate Coordinator, designate and history teacher.  Meredith enjoys researching education policy and how it impacts classroom achievement.  She hopes to write her dissertation on the policy designs of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.


Lee Franty

Lee Franty has worked at the Murphy School for the last ten years and before that he taught third grade at the McKay School. Lee studied Elementary Education for his undergraduate degree from Penn State University. He has a Master’s degree from Lesley University as a Reading Specialist. At the Murphy School Lee has taught grades 3 and 4 and held many roles including math coach/facilitator, technology support teacher, and data facilitator. He also serves on the MA Assessment Development Committee for the Grade 4 Math MCAS.  Currently Lee teaches grade 6 ELA and is the lead teacher for the school. He recently earned National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescent- ELA. He enjoys balancing his role between teacher leader and classroom teacher to support the success of the school.



Tanya Freeman-Wisdom

Dr. Freeman-Wisdom is a Boston native and Boston Public School graduate of the John. D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. Over the past 19 years, she has worked in various capacities in the field of education, which include: English Language Arts and Advanced Placement Language and Composition Teacher, Assistant Headmaster, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Placement. She was Headmaster of the Community Academy of Science and Health for 7 years. In 2016, she was named the Headmaster of the O'Bryant School of Math and Science.


A lifelong learner, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UMASS Amherst where she majored in English. Next, she earned her Master’s Degree from Simmons College where she also taught graduate level courses, and finally, she earned her Doctor of Education Degree from Boston College.

Valencia Hughes-Imani

Valencia Hughes-Imani received her BS in English from Northeastern University (1992), her MED from Wheelock College (1993), and PhD from Boston College (2014).  She has worked as a teacher in the Boston Public School System from 1995 to the present, and as a Lead teacher from 2012.  Valencia has worked as a part of the Boston Theatre Community as an actor, stage and production manager since 2000.  Valencia, currently teaches 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at the Hennigan K-8 School.

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