Who we are.

Maria Fenwick, Founder

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 is mom to a kindergartener and pre-schooler. Read more about why I founded the Teacher Collaborative. 

Kat Johnston, 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, toddler, and first child--Wylie the dog.

Get in touch: Maria@theteachercollaborative.org and Kat@theteachercollaborative.org

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Educator Council

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. Learn more about our current Council here. 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 Shah Family Foundation