As a teacher at Fenway High School in Boston since 2005, Lissette Agyeman-Castillo has over 12 years of experience working with youth of color, developing curriculum and teaching the school’s “Spanish for Native Speakers” class. She has also worked for four years at Sociedad Latina, a youth organizing group supporting the unmet needs of Latino youth and families, as a Curriculum Developer, Summer Program Coordinator and as an Independent Consultant. She is committed to challenging and fighting racial inequalities in education for Boston’s students and to developing curriculums that are relevant, concientiza and promote radical hope. Lissette believes in teaching beyond classroom walls and that Learning & Volunteering Service Trips to places like the Mississippi Delta, Dominican Republic & Honduras can make a difference in the lives of her students. She currently coordinates Fenway High School’s Experimental Learning Week (known as Project Week) and believes that these classes and projects have helped to develop a true sense of community and raise awareness of systematic racism by helping students apply their knowledge outside of the classroom.
Lissette has a Master of Arts in Teaching (2004) and a Master of Public Policy (2015) from Tufts University. She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors such as the “Pass It On” award from the faculty at Fenway High School 2012; Technology Goes Home “Teacher of the Year” in 2009; the recipient of the Fund For Teachers Grant in 2013 and the recipient of the Quest Adventures Service Learning Grant in 2012 and 2013.