Boston College, they gave us a lot of specifics on curriculum and
methodologies and everything I learned there was really up to date, so
I was able to jump right in with my colleagues at the school, right out
Profession: Teacher, Brighton High School
Coyle Aylward graduated from Boston College in 1999 and three months
later, became a full-time teacher at nearby Brighton High School. Just
five years after that, she became a teacher of teachers, working with
her colleagues at Brighton to develop themselves professionally and
raise their own standards, while continuing in the classroom herself.
She says LSOE prepared her in specific ways for this accelerated career
In 2005, Aylward applied for and received
status as a National Board Certified Teacher, a prestigious, voluntary
certification program sponsored by the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards. Since then, with help from LSOE professor Audrey
Friedman, she has taught classes at the school to help introduce other
teachers at Brighton High to the rigorous application process.
2009, Aylward was honored with a Boston Educator of the Year Award,
partly for her role in an intervention program that led to higher rates
of student success on MCAS exams at Brighton High. She has continued to
learn from Boston College, taking graduate classes at LSOE in
educational administration, ethics, and other areas.
now, Aylward, who received her master's degree in school leadership
from Harvard, is teaching a class titled "Reading and Special Education
Instruction for Secondary and Middle School Students," taken by juniors
majoring in secondary education at Boston College.