Kathleen Mullin
Office of the Superintendent
Special Assistant for High School Renewal
(Former School to Career/Technical Vocational Education Director)

Kathleen Mullin blends the best practices of vocational education, technology and School to Career to improve educational experiences for all students. Certified in over five primary content areas including special education, administration, and secondary school principalship, she is a key driver behind Boston's current high school restructuring and educational reform efforts. Kathi founded Boston's nationally recognized STRIVE Program, a transition program for students with disabilities. Recipient of the Henry L. Shattuck Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Innovations in Education Award, Boston Private Industry Council Achiever Award, and the City Excellence Award Innovations in Education for TechBoston, this dynamic leader was instrumental in developing TEACHBoston that trains BPS high school students to enter the teaching field. As visiting faculty member at local colleges and member of Massachusetts Higher Education Advisory Committee, Kathi participated in Harvard University's "Strategic Planning for Non Profit Managers." Most recently, Kathi's astute leadership has earned the Boston Public Schools multi-million dollar, multi-year grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support Small School and Small Learning Community development.
E-Mail contact kmullin@boston.k12.ma.us

 

 

Barbara Locurto
IMPACT II @ High School Renewal Director

Barbara Locurto's leadership as teacher and administrator is defined by major educational reform initiatives. Thousands of Boston Public School students and teachers salute her as a mentor dedicated to innovative practices in teaching and learning. Since 1984, she has developed and directed the Boston IMPACT II model designed to identify, recognize, reward, and disseminate successful classroom-based, Teacher-developed programs. Recognized nationally and locally for her commitment to Service Learning, Barbara has served as Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) Coordinator; Massachusetts State Coordinator for We the People…, Center for the Civic Education; and MetroLINC Teacher Pioneer Project Coordinator, federal Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. Her several awards include the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award, Boston Municipal Research Bureau; Warren E. Burger Chair Foundation, Exemplary Civic Leadership; Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal, Constitutional Studies; Spirit of Service Award: Learn & Serve America Educator; City Year Moccasin for Community Service; and MCSS' Donald V. Salvucci Award for exemplary citizenship education. Barbara's community service includes: Massachusetts Board of Education Service Learning Advisory Council, Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, ExCL Recycle Center, Student Engagement Advisory Council, and Access Technology Center.
E-Mail contact blocurto@boston.k12.ma.us


 

Jean Gibran
IMPACT II @ High School Renewal Project Assistant

Jean Gibran describes herself as an educator who writes about teachers and their students. Leaving her third grade at the Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School, she admits she was too old for recess but not for research. Several catalogs, plus more than a thousand web pages later, Jean has traded her chalkboard for a Mac and helps teachers broadcast good news about themselves and their Service Learning projects. Co-author of the comprehensive biography Kahlil Gibran His Life and World, she continues to contribute to several educational journals. Jean is a Golden Apple Teacher and Business Week Awardee for Innovative Teaching. Former Secretary of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail, she also co-authored the third edition of that organization’s Guidebook.
E-Mail Contact Englishjg@comcast.net


 

Andrew Binns
Boston TeachNet Webmaster

He is now combining his dedication to the IT field of computer networking with his interest in government by serving in the Presidential Election for the Kerry/Edwards campaign in Washington D.C. He has just finished serving as Lead Project Manger for Technology at the Fleet Center for the Democratic National Convention during the summer of 2004, and was featured in the Boston Globe for his position.
E-Mail contact
abinnsnospam@gmail.com

 

 

Maria I. Ortiz
High School Renewal
Student Engagement Coordinator

Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) Coordinator
Maria Ortiz has demonstrated her commitment to youth leadership and student engagement through a wealth of professional experience serving in several non-profit organizations. Past positions include: Director of Bikes Not Bombs, focused on promoting community based education and projects involving recycled bicycles and environmentally sustainable transportation; and Co-Director of Boston Do Something, focused on challenging and supporting young people in their efforts to make Boston a better, more just place to live. Maria’s role at High School Renewal brings true student involvement through strong leadership of the Student Engagement Advisory Council (SEAC) and nurturing rapid growth of the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC).

 


 

Margaret Hoyt
Boston TeachNet Web Advisor

Margaret Hoyt, Massachusetts Master Teacher, Boston Lead Teacher and Mentor Teacher, teaches Media at West Roxbury High School. She designed the Television Production course to integrate English Language Arts skills with video production and computer technology. This Nationally Board Certified teacher has participated on the Mellon Foundation National Faculty and served as a National Teacher Policy Institute Metropolitan Life Fellow. Recognized as Boston's Human Rights Teacher of the Year. Maggie is also a 2004 Massachusetts Service Learning Teacher Leader and a 2004 Boston Teacher of the Year. Nurtured by a Cabot Fellowship in Chile and Peru and a yearlong sabbatical in Mexico, Maggie continues her role as an agent of change and works with IMPACT II to build strong Teacher Networks throughout her school, the city, and the nation.
E-Mail contact mhoyt@boston.k12.ma.us

 


 

Charlotte McCullough
Boston TeachNet Web Advisor

Charlotte McCullough (now Computer & Technology Support Teacher, and Technology Goes Home Coordinator at the Trotter Elementary School) was a Vocational Instructor of Networking and Information Processing at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. An original techie, CharM developed her expertise as programmer for data processing firms during the dawn of modern computer technology and established the first computer lab in the BPS. Her several certifications as Massachusetts Vocational Programming and Information Technology teacher, Cisco Networking Instructor, Microsoft Word Specialist, and Internet Safety (i-Safe) Trainer combine to endow her students with cutting-edge training plus historical perspective. As the original HTML creator of the first version of the IMPACT II Boston Web Site, CharM continues to advise and consult. She is the deserving recipient of many awards including the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Teacher of the Year; Golden Apple Teacher, and Kellogg Service Learning Grant from Tufts Lincoln Filene Center. CharM has served for several years as Lead Teacher and New Teacher Mentor.
E-Mail contact
cmccullo@boston.K12.ma.us

 

 

 

Sue Mortensen
Boston TeachNet Media Support

Sue Mortensen, Lead Teacher and Mentor Teacher, is Science Instructor at The English High School. Actively engaging her students in Service Learning, she serves on the CHESP (Community Higher Education School Partnership) Advisory Council and the BWHT (Boston Women’s Heritage Trail) Board of Directors. Among her numerous successful grants are several from IMPACT II ( including Showcasing Teen Issues ~ It's About Respect and Stamps of Approval for Women Journalists) and most recently from The Medical Foundation of Boston for her Kick Butts, student-led anti-smoking campaign. Sue also provides opportunities for teens to support smoke-free environments by broadcasting Public Service Announcements and organizing displays and presentations for the Jamaica Plain Community School at EHS. An awardee of the Fund for Teachers program she recently participated in an international conference on Media Literacy. She uses her media expertise as photographer for bostonteachnet.org and editor of the ProclaimHer, BWHT’s newsletter.
E-Mail contact
senten@netscape.com


 

Keith Love
Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) Past Advisor
Keith Love remembers adolescence and uses his problem solving strengths to provide technical assistance, training, and support to middle school students and teachers while linking them to the appropriate organizations in the community, marketplace, and industry. Keith's military experience along with his background as Middle School School to Career/Community Service Coordinator at the Boston Private Industry Council and Director of Teen as Community Resources make him the ideal liaison between the real world and the classroom. Understanding the relationship between professional development and student achievement, Keith expands on service learning experiences through project-based activities. He has organized Career Exploration Workshops, Shadow Days, and Citywide Career Visions Fair so that students are prepared to follow successful professional and vocational pathways. Keith is currently Assistant Headmaster at Tech Boston Academy.
E-Mail contact
klove@boston.k12.ma.us