Who we are
Maria Fenwick is the founder and Executive Director of the Teacher Collaborative. Maria taught in Boston Public Schools for six years and brings an extensive network of local education leaders from non-profits, foundations, districts/CMOs, and state policy. As an independent contractor, Maria has built a strong brand around her expertise in teacher engagement that is purposeful and outcomes-driven. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Colby College, a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from UMass Boston/Boston Teacher Residency. Maria has elementary and pre-school aged children, as well as a baby.
Director of Programs
Kat Johnston is the Director of Programs at the Teacher Collaborative and brings ten years of experience in the education sector to her current work. Kat has demonstrated ability to positively impact students and teachers across a variety of contexts - in the classroom as a first-grade teacher in North Carolina, managing nonprofit programs for early childhood education and high school leadership development, and in state-level policymaking. Kat holds bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Kat lives in Somerville with her husband, two little boys, and Wylie the dog.
Carrie Boland is the Operations Coordinator at the Teacher Collaborative and brings over ten years of experience working in the education sector. Carrie’s background spans both inside and outside the classroom, as she taught 6th grade before moving into operations focused roles in education nonprofits. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Connecticut College and a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Carrie lives in Medford with her husband and two kids.
Marvin Vilma is a dedicated educator, entrepreneur and nonprofit professional whose personal mission is to advance innovation in the education space. He is especially passionate about educator-driven innovation and teacher education, which is why he is excited to work with The Teacher Collaborative. Marvin has had various roles in the space. He is an Annual Giving Officer at MIT Sloan and was most recently a program manager for MIT Launch, a college admission counselor, classroom teacher, curriculum designer, Diversity & Inclusion practitioner and founder. Marvin was born and raised in Queens, NY and attended Colgate University where he studied Sociology and French. He completed a Certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change as a Community Fellow with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, and is completing his Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship Education at UPenn's Graduate School of Education. Marvin enjoys traveling, Netflix binging, improving his culinary skills and spending time with friends.
Helen Harlan is a Co-Lab Facilitator at the Teacher Collaborative. Helen brings her love of working and learning with others to to empower students to think and expand their own capacity for learning. In addition to her work at the Teacher Collaborative, Helen currently supports high schools implementing STEAM programs with MIT Edgerton Center and has taught in the classroom for five years, facilitating English Learners’ exploration of Physics, ESL, Technology, and Engineering. Helen holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Arts in teaching. She is a mom to E, currently 2 years old.
The Educator Council is a group of 54 educators from across Massachusetts who set the vision for The Teacher Collaborative and help prioritize and enact next steps. Our goal is to engage 100 diverse educators from across the state. If you're interested, please reach out!
Board of Advisors
Our Advisory Board members will provide invaluable advice as we grow the Teacher Collaborative from an idea to a real entity. We are currently building our Advisory Board. Check back soon for more information!
We are grateful for the support of funders who are making this idea a reality:
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Barr Foundation
The One8 Foundation
The Shah Family Foundation