Introducing: Passion to Teach

Through the Passion to Teach initiative, we aspire to support teachers to create innovative, high quality learning opportunities that engage, excite, and energize teachers and their students.  


What is the Passion to Teach Fellowship?

Passion to Teach is an initiative that supports a small cohort of Boston Public Schools teachers in a yearlong Fellowship that:

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  • Helps you develop and grow a passion project in your classroom or school.

  • Builds your skills around project-based learning and developing curriculum that is engaging and standards-aligned.

  • Helps you design “spark experiences” for your students that give them both real-world applications for their learning and exposure to new opportunities.

  • Supports you through expert training, consultation, and monthly facilitated workshops.

  • Helps make your vision a reality through a start-up mini grant and support with garnering additional funding to grow your project over time.

The project is a special initiative of the Shah Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Teacher Collaborative.

A word from the inspirational founder of Passion to Teach, John Rowse:

Passion to Teach was founded in honor of John Rowse (1943-2018), former Boston Public Schools Teacher and founder of Community Boat Building.

John believed that authentic, hands-on learning experiences will lead to profound gains for students and he demonstrated this while teaching at the Young Achievers K-8 School in Boston. John created a boat-building experience for his students (and students at a number of other schools) that was innovative, rigorous, engaging and that brought joy to him and his students.

Learn more about John’s inspirational legacy here.

Meet the 2019-20 Passion to Teach Fellows:

  • Analiese Reigstad, 6-8th Grade Spanish Language Humanities, Rafael Hernandez K-8

  • Bruce Pontbriand, 11th and 12th Grade History/Social Studies and Specialized Student Support/SPED/ELL, TechBoston Academy

  • Francis Pina, 9th and 10th Grade Math, Charlestown High School

  • Jason Wise, 1st-8th Grade Art and Music, Haley Pilot School

  • Kareen Wilkinson, 8th Grade Science/Technology/Engineering, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School

  • Katy Briggs, 5th Grade Math, Science/Technology/Engineering, McKay K-8 School

  • Kadian Simmonds, 2nd Grade ELA, History/Social Studies, Specialized Student Support (SPED), ELL, Manning Elementary School

  • Luisa Sparrow, 4th and 5th Grade Specialized Student Support/SPED/ELL, O.H. Perry K-8 School

Check back soon for updates on their projects!

Questions? Please reach out to Maria Fenwick at maria@theteachercollaborative.org. 

Passion to Teach is a special initiative of the Shah Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Teacher Collaborative.