Why the Teacher Collaborative? A word from the Founder

My name is Maria Fenwick. I started my career doing the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR), after which I taught fourth grade for 6 years in Boston Public Schools.

In my second year of teaching at a struggling school, I called up the person who was heading up BTR and said I needed a lifeline. He asked what I meant by that and I said I needed to feel like I was part of a larger group of teachers who were like me, from whom I could learn and who could provide me support. By “like me” I had a pretty simple definition - other people who were passionate about the job and who were working really hard to get better and solve problems.

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