Dr. Regine Philippeaux obtained her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University, her Masters in Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has spent over 22 years in education. Starting her career in higher education, she has also taught high school mathematics in Boston using culturally relevant pedagogy and worked as an educational researcher for many years.
During her time as a researcher and professional development expert at the National Center for Restructuring Education Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, her research focused on issues in urban education and inquiry-based instruction. It is during her time as a researcher that the beginning ideas for Excellence for All began. In 2011, she moved back to Massachusetts to launch Massachusetts’ Race to the Top professional development projects and in 2016 joined Boston Public Schools once again to formulate and launch the Excellence for All initiative.
Dr. Philippeaux is a dedicated educator fighting to remove barriers and open doors to immigrant, low-income, and black and LatinX achievement. As a Haitian immigrant who experienced racism, microaggressions, and the stress of living unders biased policies, she is a fierce advocate for racial equity. Her expertise and drive to provide rigorous instruction that encourages innovation, is culturally responsive, and builds a sense of belonging, is why the Excellence for All STEAM school Network was founded.
Ms. Toni-Ann Wiliams obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education from Washington Adventist University. While working in human services, she discovered her passion for serving students in special populations. Over the course of completing her degree, she began working in substantially separate classrooms supporting students with disabilities. Post-graduation, she continued to work with special populations as a behavior technician while working as a Special Education teacher in a Massachusetts Charter School.
In transitioning to Boston Public Schools, she has served as a teaching assistant, specialist, and classroom teacher. She also served as a Program Manager for special populations and a Curriculum Coordinator for lower academy teachers in Boston. Ms. Williams is passionate about providing the needed services and accommodations for special populations. As a Special Education Teacher, she designed and implemented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)that ensured students achieved success. Her desire to serve all children equitably and provide accessible high quality educational programming is now brought to the Excellence for All STEAM School Network.