Sean Guthrie | Resident Principal, Curley K-8 School
Sean Guthrie graduated from Boston College with an accounting degree in 2001. Before starting his teaching career Sean fulfilled his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with his favorite player Michael Strahan. After a series of injuries Sean retired from football in 2006.
Sean started his teaching career as a substitute teacher in Boston Public Schools towards the end of his NFL career while recovering from a knee injury. It was during this time that Sean discovered that he had a gift for reaching the hardest to reach students who had problems both academically and behaviorally in school. Sean easily related to these students because Sean had similar issues that he had to overcome.
Sean started his career as a math teacher at Monument High School in South Boston teaching Algebra in 2006. Sean would go on to teach Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Physics, and Pre Calculus. Sean was part of the team that redesigned the Algebra and Geometry curriculum to align with the Common Core standards. Sean became certified in Moderate Disabilities to work with students with behavioral impairments. During this time Sean developed classroom management strategies that he would share in workshops for other teachers. Sean also served as the head football coach for the South Boston High School football team for 7 years, taking the South Boston to their first division championship in over 10 years. To address the under achievement and identity issues many of the boys of color were having in school, Sean started the first Sankofa Rites of Passage program in Boston to teach students of their rich history and help develop a positive identity.
Sean went on to teach 6th grade math at Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge. There he Sean served as a grade level leader running data cycle meetings, mastery objective meetings, and logistics meetings to ensure students were performing at high levels both academically and socially. Sean has also served as a mentor teacher and conducting observations to help teachers implement strategies to improve their teaching. Sean has developed protocols for video observations which include a library of videos shared amongst an online community of teachers for self reflection and peer feedback. He completed a master’s degree in education with a concentration in mathematics from Boston College in 2014.