Francis Pina has extensive expertise working with students of diverse populations in the city of Boston in order to prepare them for success after high school. As a ninth grade math teacher at Codman Academy Public Charter School, where the student body includes 98 percent students of color and 75 percent free or reduced lunch-eligible, Francis strives to implement a creative, engaging, and student-centered math curriculum for his students to achieve great success.
A Boston native, Francis was a Lead Teaching Fellow at Year Up Boston and a summer Math Teacher with the Steppingstone Foundation. He was also a member of the CoaHCORPS Tutorial program, serving City on a Hill Charter Public School students. While the majority of students arrive to CoaHCORPS performing significantly below grade level, 100 percent pass the MCAS and 91 percent of recent graduates have gone on to college.
Francis is also a member of the Better Math Teaching Network, a community of teachers, researchers and community leaders who collaborate to analyze current research and share ideas to transform math instruction in high school and promote a more student-centered curriculum. He considers himself a reflective practitioner who strives to implement creative, differentiated, relevant and engaging math curriculum for all of his students. Currently, Francis is researching the ways and in which video games engage teens and how to transfer those principles to engage students in the high school classroom.
Francis found his passion for teaching while at Boston University, where he earned a B.S. in Economics and taught a slam poetry club at his old high school during his junior year. Francis has an Ed.M in Teaching and Curriculum for Mathematics from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.