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Francis Pina is a Boston native and a ten-year mathematics teaching veteran in Boston Public Schools. He has two years of teaching middle school mathematics and eight years of teaching high school mathematics. Francis attended Boston Public Schools his entire K12 education and earned a BS in Economics from Boston University. After working a few years at the education and job training non-profit Year Up, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Education to earn his Ed.M in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction.


Francis has extensive experience working with students of diverse populations in the city of Boston and strives to implement a creative, engaging, and student-centered math curriculum for his students to achieve and develop self-confidence in their math abilities. 


Francis deepened his mathematical teaching practice by participating in the Better Math Teaching Network from 2015 to 2018, Boston Teacher Union’s Inquiry Project during the school year of 2017 to 2018, and D.I.Y Coaching from 2018 to 2020. Francis developed his teacher leadership skills by participating in fellowships such as Teach Plus Policy Fellow, Educators for Excellence District Action Team, and serving as a Union Building Representative. He also served as a part-time faculty member at Northeastern University Graduate School of Education to teach the EDU6129 Teaching Mathematics course from 2020 - 2023. 


Francis is currently researching the ways in which video games engage teens and how to transfer those principles to engage students in the high school classroom, and how to foster creative expression in students to demonstrate their mathematical understanding and growth.


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