Emily Berman | Resident Principal, William Russell School
Emily Berman graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Art in History and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and again in 2011 with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching. She began her career in Boston Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown. There, she taught sixth and seventh grade Social Studies and English. During her time at the Edwards, she served as the Social Studies Department Head in addition to working for the Boston Public Schools history department by creating assessments and resources for teachers to easily use and adapt. In 2012, Emily transitioned to the Blackstone Innovation School in the South End to teach fourth grade and serve as a T3 Teacher Leader in the school’s final year of turnaround. Charged with the task of improving the school climate, Emily assumed the role of President of the Faculty Senate and shifted the group to maintain a consistent solutionsoriented stance in order to create new systems that enhanced the school’s overall climate. At the Blackstone, Emily served as Lead Teacher and has taken an instructional role through working in partnership with teachers to develop backwardsplanning skills as well as creating and leading Professional Development for all staff in topics ranging from classroom culture to evidencebased reasoning. In her final year at the Blackstone, Emily transitioned to a halftime instructional coaching position in which she supported teachers’ growth both individually as well as on a teamwide level. Outside of her school-based positions, Emily has also worked extensively with creating curriculum both within her own classroom as well as for Lawrence Public Schools. Emily comes to her work with the belief that each an every person has the ability to be truly great in his or her own way. She aims to support others in their growth along the way to authentically becoming their best selves.