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Mary Burchenal

Mary Burchenal, Director

Mary Burchenal began her teaching career in independent schools: St. Mark’s School in Southborough, The Lovett School in Atlanta, and Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. In 1990 she joined the English department at Brookline High School and stayed for twenty-nine years, the last fifteen as department chair.

After retiring from Brookline High in 2019, Mary joined Teachers as Scholars, a program that fed her teaching life for over twenty years. Mary writes poetry and lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Tim Carey, another retired English teacher. Mary holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University.

Henry Bolter

Henry Bolter, Founder and Associate Director

Henry Bolter began his teaching career in 1972 at the Agassiz Community Pre-School in Cambridge and then at the Buckingham Lower School in Cambridge as a 4th grade teacher. After graduate work in American history at Tufts, he taught American history at Newton South, Newton North, and Brookline High School. In 1987 he became Brookline’s Grants Coordinator and in 1996 he founded Teachers as Scholars.

In 2003, Henry left the Brookline Schools and incorporated Teachers as Scholars as a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. He served as Director until July of 2023. Henry lives in Cambridge.