Educator Supports Panel
Pictured left to right: Jerome Doherty, Leslie Gant, Meredith Elliot, Suzie McGlone, Erik Berg, George Cox, Myra Castro, Mona Ford Walker, and Jordan Weymer (2019)
The 2019-2020 Panel
Meredith Elliott has worked at the Boston Latin School since 2003. Her teaching experience includes Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics, Advanced Placement Comparative 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, and an M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University. 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. In her spare time Meredith enjoys running, golfing, and cheering on the Red Sox.
Suzie McGlone has worked with the Boston Public Schools since 1999 when she began working in partnership with the schools and UMass Boston. She worked as a Change Coach in BPS from 2000-2004. She taught writing at the Gavin Middle School in South Boston until it closed. She has worked at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School since 2009 where she currently teaches 6th grade Humanities. She is also a founding member of Orchard Gardens United, a community, family, educator and student group that aims to improve learning and living conditions for students at Orchard Gardens. Her undergraduate degree is in English and Education from Old Dominion University. She earned a Master’s in Learning and Teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Erik Berg is the Executive Vice President of the Boston Teachers Union. Before taking on that role, Erik taught first and second grade for twenty-five years, most of it in the Boston Public Schools at the Philbrick and the Ohrenberger, but also in Somerville, New York City, Brazil and Ecuador. Erik is a National Board Certified teacher, and the parent of two Boston Public School graduates.
Jordan Weymer has been the principal of the Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston, MA since 2013. During his tenure, the McKay School has made significant progress in increasing student performance and in closing achievement and opportunity gaps. In 2019, the McKay School won the prestigious Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize, a $100,00 prize awarded to a school that has significantly improved academic outcomes for students. Prior to his tenure at the McKay School, Jordan was the Instructional Coach at the Harbor School in Dorchester, MA. He was also a first, third, and fifth grade teacher, a paraprofessional, and a per diem substitute teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
George Cox is a retired BPS educator who is now volunteering part-time in an elementary school. Prior to retirement, George served for 13 years as the director of the Center for Leadership Development. He also served in other central and school-based administrative positions in BPS and worked in senior human resource management positions in the Boston Housing Authority and private industry. George earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from Tufts University and MBA from Boston University.
Mona Ford Walker
Mona Ford Walker has been the principal of Winship Elementary School in Brighton, MA, for the past four years. At the Winship, a 2018 & 2019 MA School of Recognition, she proudly serves a population of 250 K- 5th graders. Mona is a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schools, where she also began her teaching career. Her passion for education is fueled by her familial history in education and her own educational experiences as a student, and as a result, her desire to ensure all children reach their infinite potential, have access to rigorous learning opportunities and attain academic success. Mona has served as a teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal and principal in BPS where she worked to provide high quality educational experiences and opportunities to all children. Mona is committed to ensuring that all students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and habits necessary to prepare them to succeed in college, career and life.
Jerome Doherty serves as the Director of Evaluation and Performance Management, where he oversees all aspects of the evaluation/performance management process for BPS educators and non-instructional staff. He is responsible for developing training and support materials for OHC School Partners to use in their work with evaluators, maintaining the Interactive Rubric and evaluator calibration systems, developing evaluation rubrics, tools and protocols for non-instructional staff, and case management of underperforming educators. Jerome also served as an adjunct faculty member for the UMass Boston Leadership in Education program in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018. Prior to coming to the Central Office, Jerome served as principal of the Joyce Kilmer K-8 School in West Roxbury. Jerome has also served as an academy director at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Roxbury, as an assistant and acting principal in Fitchburg, and as an instrumental music teacher in California and New Jersey. Jerome holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Myra Castro is the Reading Specialist at the Hernandez K8 School. Myra earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Irvine. In 2001, she completed an elementary school credential at Chapman University in Orange, California. For two years Myra was a fellow in the
AFT/BTU Teacher Policy Fellowship program. Myra has been a member of the ESP/PAR panel for 2 years. She received a master’s degree from Cambridge College. Myra was a classroom teacher for 11 years before transitioning to a Special Education teacher for 7 years. She has been in leadership as a member of the Instruction Leadership Team for the Dever School and Hernadez School for 9 years. In the past she has mentored many student teachers from various universities in the Boston area.
Leslie Gant is a Principal in Boston Public Schools with over 28 years of administrative and teaching experience. She currently leads 240 students and 55 staff members toward academic excellence as the Principal of the Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School. Achievement in Math and English Language Arts has improved under her leadership as measured by District and State standardized tests. Other achievements include her 2011 receipt of the Goldin Foundation Achievement for Academic Leadership – a first for any BPS administrator. Also, she was one of the primary writers for the National Blue Ribbon Award that the James P. Timilty Middle School received in 1996. Ms. Gant achieved National Board Teacher certification in the area of English Language Arts from 1999 to 2009. She currently holds 10 educator licenses. Leslie leads learning among her peers by serving as a co-facilitator for the Observation and Feedback courses offered to BPS evaluators. She also works as a mentor to first and second year BPS Principals. Leslie received both her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Boston University and is a proud graduate of Boston Latin Academy.