Community Foundation Partners with Teach For America–Massachusetts to Support Professional Development, Coaching, and Community Building at Excel Academy East Boston, Reaching Two Hundred and Thirty-Four Students


Boston, Mass., October 20, 2017—Teach For America–Massachusetts announced a partnership with Fundación MAPFRE to deepen the support that the organization offers its teachers and school leaders at Excel Academy East Boston. Teach For America–Massachusetts corps members and alumni make up one third of Excel Academy’s faculty and receive ongoing professional development and coaching from the organization, focused on increasing opportunities for Excel Academy East Boston’s students and deepening faculty relationships with their students and families.

“We know that while opportunity still varies along lines of race and class, potential does not,” said Teach For America – Massachusetts executive director, Josh Biber. “We’re enormously grateful for MAPFRE’s partnership so that TFA can work alongside other great educators at Excel East Boston to create the opportunity for equitable and excellent education for local students.“

Through this partnership, Funación MAPFRE has invested $75,000 in Teach For America – Massachusetts. MAPFRE will welcome Excel Academy East Boston students to their North American headquarters in Webster, Massachusetts this school year for a career day. MAPFRE also donated school supplies to Excel Academy East Boston’s students and classrooms, which MAPFRE executives distributed yesterday during a school visit. Every student received a new school bag containing pens, pencils, and highlighters, while their classrooms received paper, tissues, and other supplies that the school identified as items they most need to begin the school year successfully.

“TFA has made, and continues to make, a tremendous impact on our staff and students,” said Excel Academy East Boston’s Head of School, Jennifer Gallaspy.  “It’s notable that our school’s administrative team is made up of 72% Teach For America alumni.  And with respect to the classroom, we are fortunate to have Teach for America alumni and corps members in front of our students.”

By partnering with Teach for America–Massachusetts, Fundación MAPFRE is enabling a deep community impact through improved access to high quality education for students, and customized local engagement aligned to the needs of Excel East Boston.

“We are always looking for ways to support today’s youth and expand their access to high quality educational opportunities,” said Alfredo Castelo, representative of Fundación MAPFRE in the U.S. “This partnership allows Fundación MAPFRE the ability to directly impact students for years to come because their teachers will benefit from the increased training and education offered to them.”

Currently in their ninth year of partnership with Massachusetts public schools, Teach For America–Massachusetts has a network of over 2,300 alumni and corps members across the state who have made a lifelong commitment to ending inequity in education.

Photo (linked, also available via email): MAPFRE executives join Teach For America–Massachusetts and Excel Academy East Boston staff to distribute school bags and supplies to Excel Academy students.

Pictured left to right:

  • Josh Biber, Executive Director, Teach For America Massachusetts
  • Jennifer Gallaspy (Houston ’01), Head of School, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Kieres Regensburg, 5th Grade English Teacher, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Kristin Green, 5th Grade Learning Specialist, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Narni Summerall (Massachusetts ’17), 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Ciara DeVizio (Connecticut ’12), 8th Grade English Teacher/ 8th Grade Team Chair, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Patt Hess, Teaching Fellow, Excel Academy East Boston
  • Laura Krause, Marketing Communications Manager, MAPFRE
  • Izzy Hastie, Managing Director of Development, Teach For America Massachusetts
  • Linda Johnson, Assistant Vice President, MAPFRE
  • Tom Millett (Memphis ’10), Dean of Students, Excel Academy East Boston

About Fundación MAPFRE  

Fundación MAPFRE is a non-profit institution that aims to improve people’s quality of life, especially for the most underprivileged in society.  In 2016, the foundation carried out 363 programs worldwide in fields such as education, health, road safety and culture.  These projects benefited almost 17 million people.   For more information about Fundación MAPFRE, please visit


About Excel Academy East Boston

Excel Academy’s first charter school founded in 2003, is a regional, public charter school that admits students from East Boston, Chelsea, and surrounding communities through an open public lottery. The school enrolls students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. In 2015, Excel East Boston was named runner-up for the Pozen Prize for Charter Schools. On recent statewide PARCC exams, Excel East Boston 8th graders ranked among the top 15 public schools across the Commonwealth in performance.


About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in 53 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re rmagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter



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