Executive Director and Founder Mark Destler
Mark oversees Tutors for All’s programs, staff, and relationships with client schools. In the summer of 2000, he left his job teaching 8th grade English and reading to join The Match School as a founding teacher and administrator. As consultant and then as Director of Title One and Tutorial at City on a Hill, he built Tutors for All programs that closed the achievement gap between African-American students at CoaH and Caucasian students state-wide. For this work he was named Boston Partners in Education’s Educator of the Year. As Director of Tutorial at Codman Academy, his programs contributed to student growth among the top seven districts in the state for three years running. Mark received his Bachelors in Religious Studies from Williams College in 1992 and his Masters in Teaching English from Brown University in 1995.
Program and Recruitment Manager Joseph Alvarez
Joseph manages our MGH Program and Tutor Recruitment for all of our program sites. After graduating from Boston University in 2013, Joseph spent two years an AmeriCorps service member. His first year he worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Waukesha, Wisconsin helping to oversee a youth mentorship program run through Carroll University and Waukesha County. His second year brought him back to Boston to serve as AmeriCorps fellow with Tenacity, serving at the Mario Umana Middle School in East Boston. His experiences from his service have made him passionate about education and bridging the achievement gap that exists here in Boston. In his spare time, Joseph loves to play soccer and tennis at Moakley Park or spend a nice day reading out on the Esplanade.
Program Manager Ben Cottingham
Ben is currently the program manager for both Boston Green Academy and Codman Academy. Originally from North Carolina, Ben attended UNC Chapel Hill. Soon after graduating, he was a curriculum writer for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and served as a corps member for Teach for America in Oklahoma City. When he has free time, Ben enjoys traveling, mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing soccer.
Program Manager Irina Uk
Irina is the program manager at the Tobin School. Prior to working with Tutors for All, she taught high school mathematics and led a Precalculus course team in a Chicago charter school. Irina received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation and Education in 2013. After graduating, she explored her interest in leveraging technology to improve education by learning technologies for companies such as HarvardX, CAST, IDC Herziliya’s Media Innovation Lab, Scholastic and Knewton. Now, Irina enjoys working in both education leadership and access roles, as well as designing code education programs. Besides managing a program at Tutors for All, she leads a Coding Club for kids through the Lesley STEAM Lab. In her free time, Irina loves creating digital art, and practicing martial arts and yoga.
Program Coordinator Sahar Hakim
Sahar is currently a Program Coordinator at Codman Academy and Boston Green Academy, and a Lead Tutor/Coach at Mario Umana Academy. She has been in Boston her whole life and received a B.A. in English from Simmons College. After an editorial internship at Beacon Press, Sahar applied for and received an M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. All throughout her school career, she has been a tutor in some way, shape or form (though usually as a language tutor), and spent a few years as a private tutor in Arabic and Qur’an studies for young children.