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 Manager Luisa Baginski
Luisa began her career at Tutors for All as a Math and Literacy Lead Tutor at Smith Leadership Academy and Community Charter School of Cambridge in Fall 2009. She went on to fill several roles, including Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Director of Programs before becoming the Program Manager of Prospect Hill Academy in Spring 2012. Prior to working at Tutors for All, Luisa graduated from the University of Derby in England with a Bachelors in Creative Writing. She went on to teach English as a Second Language in England, Russia, Italy, and finally Boston. In addition to acting as Program Manager for the Squashbusters program, she is currently spearheading our new Academic Success and College Readiness program in conjuction with the MGH Youth Scholars program, as well as taken on the additional duties of Head of Curriculum and Training.
Program Manager Kate Farrell
Kate comes on board as the new Program Manager for the Tobin School and Boston Green Academy. She is a ten year veteran educator who spent 8 years in the classroom teaching high school history and Adult ESL, then two years running a vocational program for a non-profit agency that served youth in foster care throughout the greater Boston area. She graduated from UMASS, Amherst in 2004 with a B.A. in History, and went on to graduate from the same higher learning institution with a Masters of Education in 2005 through the “180 Days in Springfield” Project. She has committed her career to providing excellent educational services to youth in underserved communities and is thrilled to be part of the Tutors for All team. Her passions also include spending time in nature, learning new things, yoga, meditation, and bringing mindfulness into all aspects of daily living.
Program Coordinator Joseph Alvarez
Joseph is the new program coordinator for Tutors for All, and will be working to help support the Codman, Tobin, and Boston Green Academy 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.
Growth and Partnerships Coordinator Stephanie Park
Stephanie joins Tutors for All as a 2015-16 AmeriCorps New Sector Resident in Social Enterprise (RISE) fellow. She will be working to develop and execute the Tutors for All growth plan by engaging in board recruitment, partnership development, and marketing. After graduating from Scripps College in 2013 with a major in cultural studies, she spent two years abroad in South Korea, first as an English teacher at an all-boys high school through the Fulbright program, and then as the assistant projects coordinator with a grassroots progressive Korean organization. Her experiences as a teacher and community organizer have led to her passion for providing organizations with the support and capacity they need to carry out their work, and have provided the perfect nexus for her work at Tutors for All.