Amanda Finizio

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Teacher

Framingham, Massachusetts

Amanda began her teaching career in 2006 at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts. After nine years of teaching arts and humanities, she joined the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Boston teaching seventh grade English. Amanda currently teaches eighth grade humanities at Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, where she serves as grade level chair and leads her school’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion. Amanda holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from Boston College and a masters degree in anthropology and gender studies from Brandeis University. Next year she will be starting a leadership licensure program through the Massachusetts School Administrators Association to pursue a future role in school leadership. Her biggest priority for school leadership is anti-racism and equity work to ensure all students can find joy in learning.

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Posted June 20, 2019
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White Teachers Working to Create Equitable Schools Must Accept That Race Impacts How We Teach

I remember the moment clearly. It was my sophomore year of college and we were in a crowded cafeteria. A…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

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