Mrs. Debbie O'Shea

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Mrs. Debbie O'Shea

 
Mrs. O'Shea  
I am the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Reading and Writing Learning Specialist. This is my fourteenth year teaching in Boston. I work in all grade levels to support students with literacy.  I was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Harveys Lake; it doesn't even have a stop light!  I am passionate about teaching students how to read and write as literacy is a social justice issue. Students need to be effective readers and writers in order to have opportunities in high school and beyond. I am so excited to work with middle schoolers as it is my favorite age.   My favorite books to read are realistic fiction, especially young adult novels, and informational texts about child development.  I love to write letters to family and friends, and I like to write essays. Please feel free to contact me at dwhite2@bostonpublicschools.org. 
 
Ms. Byron

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Liz Byron is the Middle School Math Learning Specialist. She teaches in grades 6, 7, and 8. This is her 5th year teaching at GPA.
 Ms. Byron, Middle School Math Learning Specialist
Ms. AP

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Ms. AP

I am the 7th grade Reading, Writing, and History teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy. I was born and raised in Oakland, CA, but began my career in public education building a college access program in rural Pennsylvania that continues to help first generation and undocumented students find the appropriate post-secondary fit while developing college and financial literacy within the community. I was a 2012-13 Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar at Boston College where I earned my Master’s in Secondary Education. I believe it is essential for all students to learn how to read and write so that they can tell their stories and create systematic change in their own communities. I love that our 7th grade Humanities curriculum encompasses essential questions that engage students in this work including: How do individuals survive in challenging environments? How do workers, businesses, and governments bring about change to working conditions? 

 

Mr. Shapinsky

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Stephen Shapinsky 7th and 8th Grade Math

 

This will be Mr. Shapinsky’s third year teaching math at GPA. Prior to GPA Mr. Shapinsky taught for eleven years, in New York City and Las Vegas. He is always excited to see what Boston students can do. He loves math, especially algebra and geometry, and he loves finding connections to math outside the classroom--in music, art, sports, and nature.