The Breakthrough (Virtual!) Gala


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We prepare low-income students for success in college and train the next generation of urban teachers using our unique Students Teaching Students model.


Be inspired by our community of students, teachers, partners and supporters.

Meet Our Speakers – More to be announced soon!

Diana Abraham
Breakthrough Teaching Fellow Alumna 

Diana taught with Breakthrough for two summers during college before being hired by one of our partner schools, where she continues teaching BTGB kids! Listen to her evolution as an educator and the role Breakthrough has played.

Melanie Goins
Breakthrough’s Board Chair

Melanie has been on the Breakthrough board for a decade. Discover why she decided to step up into the Chair role and how her own life journey connects to the Breakthrough mission.

Winston Tuggle
Breakthrough Volunteer and Associate Board Co-Chair

Winston’s first job out of college was as a classroom teacher.  He now works in human resources, but was determined to find a way to remain tied to educational equity. Hear why Breakthrough became that way.

Thabiti Brown
Breakthrough School Partner

Thabiti began his career in education as a Breakthrough Teaching Fellow. Today he is Headmaster of one of Breakthrough’s partner schools. Listen to his full circle story.

Bill Hannigan
Breakthrough Supporter

Bill is the child of educators and had the opportunity to serve on the board of a local education foundation. Discover why he finds purpose in supporting Breakthrough.

Fred Tung
Breakthrough Board Member

Fred’s parents immigrated to the United States as refugees and his pathway as a student and citizen were shaped by this experience. Find out why Breakthrough’s mission connected to his family’s journey and spurred him to join the Board of Directors.

Shoko Fox
Breakthrough’s Director of Teaching, Learning & Evaluation

Shoko first entered a Breakthrough classroom as a freshman in college. Learn why she decided to return to where it all began to train the next generation of educators.

Caleb Tsegaye
Breakthrough Student and Teaching Fellow

Caleb is the third child in his family to attend Breakthrough, but has cut his own path through the program. Now he is a senior poised to enter the next phase of his life and educational career. Listen to his remarkable journey over the last six years and his dreams for the future.

Marissa Underwood
Breakthrough Parent

Marissa has two children attending Breakhrough, at our newest campus in Somerville. Find out what made her take the leap to enroll her kids and how she is an integral part of the BTGB community.

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Event Hosts

Christine Gilman and Tom Andrews
Elizabeth and Melville Hodder
Trudi Veldman and Robert Kamen

Joseph and Debra Corrado
Michael and Barbara Eisenson
Jeff and Maxine Saunders

Andrew and Margherite Matteis
Beth Grady and Duncan Spelman
Caroline Carmichael and William Pelosky
Elizabeth Adams and Clifford Lasser
Goldenheim Family
Marcy Crary and Tim Hall
Melanie and Jason Goins

Edwin and Susan Johnson
Jeff and Kate Davis
Jeff Singer and Maureen Whitley
Jonathan and Beth Piskorowski
Kenya and Jennifer Rutland
Miriam McKendall and James Zachazewski
Paul and Wendy Rapisarda
Yolanda Kodrzycki and Scott Moriearty
Carol Ann and Edwin Kania
Jim and Susan Kelleher

Fred and Angelique Tung and Family
Joan and Charlie Hunt
Michael and Sue-Ellen Haynes
Mino Fujii-Kamiyama and Kuni Kamiyama
Brad Howarth and Dave Bastien

Event Sponsors