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 2020-2021 Panel
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.
Dr. Albert D. Holland
Dr. Albert D. Holland is an independent Educational Consultant that has more than forty years of educational experience at the secondary and graduate level. Since retiring from the Boston Public Schools in 2008 from the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Dr. Holland has worked with local public schools in the Boston area in advising and mentoring school leaders. Dr. Holland held various positions within the Boston Public Schools including High School Superintendent the 90’s, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, along with Headmaster of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in the 1980’s, Executive Director of Health Careers Academy, Interim Headmaster Madison Park Technical Vocational High School 2015 and Assistant Headmaster South Boston High School during the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools in the 1970’s.
Dr. Holland started his career as a Juvenile Parole Agent with the Department of Youth Services in 1969 working his way to Parole Supervisor of the Boston Juvenile Court Team. It was during this time he decided to enter into education and has continued to be recognized as an outstanding educator and a leading expert in the area of transforming schools. He has received numerous local, state and national awards as an outstanding educator. In 1985 United State Justice Department Award for Public Service, 1990 Readers Digest American Hero in Education Award, 1991 the New England School of Law bestrode Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Administration, and was selected a 2004 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award. Dr. Holland has sat on numerous community and state boards and is still active trustee of the John A. Shelburne Community Center.
Dr. Holland has worked at the collegiate level since 1980’s at the University of Massachusetts/Boston as an Assistant Head Basketball Coach for thirteen years and as an Adjunct Professor School of Education at UMB. He continues to mentor and coach school leaders within the Boston Public Schools.
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.