Kati Delahanty

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Kati Delahanty is a Cohort 3 graduate and current ELA teacher at Charlestown High School. She completed her residency at Charlestown in 2006 and has remained there since.

Kati’s undergraduate studies in English and her tutoring at the San Diego Juvenile Hall led her to explore urban education through BTR. At Charlestown High School, she has served as a BTR mentor, and is currently the coordinator of a new writing center, a collaboration between UMASS, the National Writing Project, and the Calderwood Foundation. Kati has spoken on behalf of BTR at various educational events, and currently sits on the Education Advisory Board of Edutopia, the George Lucas Education Foundation.  She has also participated in the Teacher Leadership Resource Team with BPE and worked with their Data Team.  In addition to her high school students, Kati also teaches current residents as an instructor for Literacy Across the Curriculum.

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Inspiration to teach:

Before BTR, I was in San Diego, California editing and writing medical manuals. I volunteered in schools and in a juvenile hall on the side, and I realized quickly that the on-the-side stuff was blowing my mind, but the technical writing stuff…not so much.

In college, I tutored in the Writing Center and loved every second of the learning I was doing ALONGSIDE the tutees (as we called them). The writing (and writers, of course) exposed me to new ideas, opinions, and philosophies every day in the center. It kept me invigorated. I was desperate to stay in that world of thinking, questioning, and learning. Teaching just made sense.

So, I started searching urban ed programs, found BTR, loved the idea of BTR, applied for BTR, was accepted into the 3rd—most awesome—Cohort, shoved everything I could fit into my VW bug, drove the 3,000 miles to Boston, and I haven’t looked back since.

About my students:

My students are brilliant, powerful, and hilarious. They are writers, readers, thinkers, movers and shakers, and—God help me—teenagers.

I learn more from them than they could ever learn from me.

About BTR:

Above all else, BTR is about serving students. To that end…

BTR forces us to reflect, to respect the process, to be vulnerable, and to get over ourselves by genuinely inviting and using feedback without being defensive.

BTR invites us to collaborate with like-minded colleagues (fellow grads, instructors, mentors, and current Teacher Residents) to design curriculum that will empower and inspire our students.

BTR challenges us to effect change in our individual schools and in our city by advocating for our students and by becoming teacher leaders who push other teachers to have high expectations for every single student.

I am proud to be a graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency. I am grateful to have been a mentor for the past two years. And, I’m lucky to still teach with one of my mentors, Adina Schecter, every single day. Because of BTR I don’t feel alone in this work; I feel like I’m a part of something HUGE.

Favorite Thing in the World To Do:

Laugh.

Random thought:

If they don’t play Boys II Men at my 10-year high school reunion in November, I’m walking out.

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