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Francis Pina is a Boston native and a middle school mathematics teacher at Charlestown High school. He attended Boston Public Schools his entire K-12 education and earned a BS in Economics from Boston University. After working a few years at an education non-profit, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Education to earn his Ed.M in 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 great success. Francis previously taught at Codman Academy Public Charter School in Dorchester, MA. for four years, was a Lead Teaching Fellow at Year Up Boston, and a summer Math Teacher with the Steppingstone Foundation for three years. 

 

Francis deepened his mathematical teaching practice through 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. 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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