FOR CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Her advocacy helped add 170 seats to Cambridge's city-run afterschools for the upcoming school year, and to raise salaries and fully prioritize low-income students.
The system is confusing. (A big part of why I'm running.) If you're applying to the PreK/K lottery, read my summary.
Eugenia's oldest attends Baldwin for K. He buses in, then buses to the YMCA, a nonprofit afterschool.
Photo: Eugenia & Ming at DHSP Windsor preschool for Maxine's "child of the week." (Baldwin photo needed!)
Former Bronx public high school teacher
Eugenia was a public high school teacher in the Bronx, at the Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology. She taught English as a Second Language, History and led a business program.
In law school, Eugenia chaired the Rikers Island Juvenile Education Program, and headed the Prisoners Rights Advocates.
Eugenia has co-led sustained, year-long afterschool advocacy resulting in Cambridge adding 170 afterschool seats for 2023-24, and City Council unanimously passing and co-sponsoring a policy order to fully meet demand in three years. After her advocacy raised these issues, the City increased afterschool staff salaries, and gave low-income students lottery priority (both in summer 2022).
This is her being interviewed about afterschool for an NBC Boston segment. (It was an extremely humid day!)
Teaching: Eugenia was a public high school teacher in the Bronx, at the Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology. She taught English as a Second Language, History and led a business program. In law school, Eugenia chaired the Rikers Island Juvenile Education Program, and headed the Prisoners Rights Advocates.
Here is a portrait of Eugenia as drawn on New York Education Department property by one of her wonderful students having a mischievous day. There are no pictures from her time in Rikers as cameras were exceedingly unwelcome during jail visits.
Currently, Eugenia consults on strategy and communications for the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition, Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse, and Resilience Education (a nonprofit helping incarcerated learners). She also researches and writes blog posts for college admissions coaching startup Prompt. Sometimes, she writes newsletters for the restaurant her husband co-owns in Inman Square, Puritan & Co.
Additional experience: Previously, Eugenia was the Kendall Square Association's Director of Marketing and Events. A Cambridge resident, she's served on the Board of Margaret Fuller House, and represented a family facing eviction for De Novo. She served on the board of Alef-Bet Child Care when Maxine was there. Cambridge's storied Brattle Theater has featured her on its podcast pointing out that the great Marilyn Monroe did indeed write her own memoirs.
Bilingualism: Eugenia grew up in Belgium, speaking French at school and English at home - she greatly values bilingual education, understands how hard it can be to learn a new language in a school context, and supports all children speaking a second language by the time they graduate.
Outside work, Eugenia enjoys adventures with her husband Ming and young children Cassius (6) and Maxine (4).
Left: Ming, Maxine, Cassius & Eugenia at City Hall last Halloween.
Right: Ming and Eugenia came to DHSP Windsor Preschool for Maxine's "child of the week."