Staff

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 Operations Manager Joseph Alvarez

Joseph manages our MGH Program and Operations 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 and Marketing Manager Sahar Hakim

Sahar is currently the Program Manager at Codman Academy. A Boston native and a veteran of the Boston Public Schools system, Sahar first joined the T4A team as a Tutor at the Prospect Hill Academy and MGH Programs. After spending a few years as a private tutor in Arabic and Qur’an studies for young children, Sahar came aboard again in 2015 as a Program Coordinator at Codman Academy and Boston Green Academy, and has since climbed the ranks. Sahar received her B.A. in English from Simmons College, and her M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games with her mother.

Program Manager Carra Fraker

Carra is the Program Manager for Boston Green Academy. She joined the Tutors for All team after a five-year career teaching English Language Arts at a large greater Boston area high school, where she began working after receiving her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Boston College. Carra’s passion for education as a vehicle for social justice is what inspires her work at Tutors for All. When she’s not writing curriculum, Carra loves to read, cook, travel, and take her dog to the beach.

Data and Technology Coordinator Aaron Hume

Aaron is a newer member of the team handling data collection and analysis as well as managing the website and other technologies. As a former tutor with Tutors for All and lifelong Bostonian, he is committed to the continued growth of the program within the city. Aaron received a B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology from Columbia University, and would like to channel these interests into an expertise with advanced statistical modeling and data analytics. When away from work, Aaron enjoys traveling the world, coming home to his kittens, and hosting board game parties.

Development Coordinator Rachel Hemstock

Rachel has recently returned to Tutors for All as the new Development Coordinator. She previously worked with Tutors for All as a Tutor and then as a University Program Coordinator, and her passion for youth education has led her back to the organization in a new capacity. She completed her B.S. in Business Administration and Economics at Northeastern University and is currently working towards her M.S. in Finance at Northeastern. In her free time, Rachel likes to bicycle, read, and play with her bunny.

Special Projects Associate Kyle Bejnerowicz

Kyle has recently come aboard as the Special Projects Associate at Tutors for All. A former Tutor and Lead Tutor at Codman Academy for three years, he is passionate about the work Tutors for All puts into ensuring its students’ success. Kyle recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from New England Conservatory, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at both NEC and Northeastern University. In his free time, Kyle composes music in many styles and for a variety of instruments; but his real non-musical passion is cooking.

Curriculum Associate Lena Umar

Lena is the Curriculum Associate for Tutors for All. She designs and updates the current curriculum implemented by T4A. Lena began as a Tutor, then served as a Lead Tutor before taking her role as CA. She joined T4A because she believes that education is both a powerful tool as well as a major building block for success. Lena is currently attending Simmons College, pursuing her B.A. in Public Health. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, and travel.

Marketing Associate Jessica Chan

Jessica is the Marketing Associate for Tutors for All. She worked as a Tutor as well as the Marketing Associate last school year, and has returned to help manage the organization’s social media, e-newsletters, and other marketing efforts. She is passionate about nonprofit work and is especially interested in providing educational opportunities to younger students. Jessica is currently pursuing her BS in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) along with a Journalism minor. Jessica is a huge Boston sports fan and enjoys hanging out with her dog, traveling, and eating in her spare time.

Special Projects Associate Corey Kershaw

Corey is currently the Special Projects Associate at Tutors for All. He assists with daily tasks as well as with the upkeep of T4A databases, schedules and tutor lists. A newer member of the team, Corey is enthusiastic about helping both everyday operations and special projects go smoothly. He is a 2nd year student at Northeastern University and studies Civil Engineering. In his free time, Corey enjoys swimming, watching sports, and acting.