Staff Members

Meet our team

John D'Auria,President of Teachers21

John D’Auria, Ed.D, moved from directing the Canton Public Schools as Superintendent to becoming President of Teachers21 in 2010. In a career that has spanned four decades as a math teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent, Dr. D’Auria has worked with hundreds of school leaders around sharpening the academic focus of school teams, developing a vibrant school culture, and managing conflict in the workplace. He was recently appointed to the Rennie Center Condition of Education Advisory CommitteeRead more.

Jennifer Antonucci, Director of Professional Development

Jennifer Antonucci has been consulting for Teachers21for more than a decade. Teachers and administrators both seek her support in the areas of assessment, standards based teaching and curriculum, differentiated instruction, coaching and mentoring, classroom management, and new teacher support and evaluation. Read more.

Jill Harrison Berg, Director of the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate program

Jill directs the Boston Teacher Leadership Program, a series of graduate-level development courses for teachers. She has been published in JSD, the Learning Forward Journal, and has been an educational consultant to government agencies on teacher leadership. Jill holds degrees from Harvard University and Lesley University, and is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at UMass Boston.  

David Castelline, Staff Consultant

Dave’s work is largely focused on supporting principals and school based leaders. His years as a principal has helped him to mentor and coach new and experienced leaders. He often works with building administrators to implement the Educator Evaluation system and increase the effectiveness of schools by discussing and addressing a wide variety of leadership challenges. Dave also provides professional development workshops for leadership teams at local school districts.

Katie Clarke, LIFT2 Program Director

An experienced STEM teacher and trainer, Ms. Clarke works with corporations interested in sponsoring externships for STEM teachers who are seeking to integrate more real world applications into their practice. She also leads the course on problem based learning that supports teachers in bringing real world experiences to the classroom.

Marie Deedy, Coordinator, Urban Principals Development Institute

With extensive central office experience, Marie Deedy coordinates the operations of the Urban Principals Development Institute, including the application process.

Gail Donovan Director of the Urban Principals Development Institute

Dr. Gail Donovan is founding Director of the Urban Principal's Development Institute and its forerunner, Massachusetts' Turnaround Leadership Academy. Gail leads the coaching and professional development integrating research and best practices from the New York City Leadership Academy and other acclaimed urban leadership programs. Read more.

June Eressy, Assistant Director of the Urban Principals Development Institute

Formerly principal of the University Park Campus School (7-12), Clarement Adademy, and Chandler Elementary School June Eressy is a skilled consultant and mentor. She leads the coaching of new and experienced principals in the Urban Principals Development Program and assists in content delivery across the entire institute. June is a National Board Certified Teacher and recipient of the National Milken Educator Award. She has received national recognition for leading high achieving schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty--the Dispelling the Myth Award given by the Education Trust (2005) and the Breakthrough High School Award given by the Metropolitan Life Foundation-National Association of Secondary School Principals (2007). In 2008, University Park Campus School was designated the top ranked high school in New England and the top ranked high poverty/high achieving school in the nation by Newsweek magazine. 

Liz Greene, Accounting Clerk

Liz supports the Business Manager in our office part-time. She worked previously for State Street Corporation as a financial analyst and operations officer. Liz has a master's degree from Boston University and, among other skills, has worked with database and accounting software. 


Maureen Huddleston, Assistant Director of Professional Development

Maureen Huddleston coordinates professional development between our clients and our team of professionals matching district and partner needs with practitioner knowledge and availability.


Frank Orlando, Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Frank helps develop and implement business strategies, analyze and update operations, and formulate marketing approaches. Prior to Teachers21, Frank worked in the aerospace, finance, healthcare and telecommunications industries. He was formerly a Manager of Worldwide Alliances for Hewlett Packard and has over 30 years' experience in IT solutions. Frank is on the Harvard Business School's alumni board and is co-chair of Harvard University's CAP consulting program. 

Sharlene Sallet, Business Manager

Sharlene manages the daily accounting and business operations for Teachers21 along with the human resource function.

Jenny Tsankova, Masters of Education in Math Program Director

Dr. Jenny K. Tsankova is an associate professor of Mathematics Education at Roger Williams University in Bristol RI, and teaches the mathematics methods courses for elementary and secondary preservice teachers.  Dr. Tsankova is also the Director of Mathematics Education Master’s Program – a unique collaboration of Fitchburg State University and Teachers 21 (a professional development provider).  She is currently modeling lessons, consulting, and providing inservice training for teachers in various school systems in Massachusetts. 

Jack Aherne, Program Administrator, PSAP/LLPS Doctoral Program

Jack Aherne has over 35 years of experience as a school administrator, serving as a middle school and high school assistant principal; a high school principal; assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Weymouth Public Schools, the Silver Lake Regional School District and the Abington Public School District. Jack holds a BS from Boston State College, a M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University, a G.A.G.S. from Northeastern University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He serves as a Program Administrator in the PSAP/LLPS Doctoral Program at Boston College.

Jack’s areas of expertise are leadership coaching, school law, policy analysis, school assessment and strategic planning.

Laura Tyrrell, Program Manager

Laura manages planning, logistics, scheduling and coordination of Teachers21 professional development programs and is a liason with our collaborative partners. She administers grants, prepares marketing materials, provides website maintenance and assists consultants and staff with material and technical support. She holds a BA from Boston College and was an Early Education teacher for 10 years. Prior to teaching, Laura held roles of administrative manager and vice president at engineering and environmental consulting firms.    




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