Through the Jinny Chalmers Fund for Education Justice, we honor Jinny’s work by supporting and encouraging those who share her vision. Our values include:
- Excellent, equitable, inclusive education for students in Boston’s urban core
- An emphasis on racial justice in classrooms and in communities.
- Prioritizing equity and access for students with special needs
- Recognizing families of students as equal partners with educators in developing and carrying out educational goals
- A family- and teacher-centered process for decision-making about school issues
- Prioritizing teacher mentoring and integration of racial justice issues in teacher education
- Dedication to developing leadership skills and opportunities for self-determination among youth
The wife of Jinny Chalmers and an organizer for the Boston Teachers Union, Ilene was a teacher in the Boston Public Schools for more than 20 years.
Maya Feller, Jinny’s daughter, is a nationally recognized registered dietitian. Whether addressing the nation or working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in providing nutrition education from an anti-bias patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach.
An elementary educator in the Boston Public Schools for nearly 10 years, working to promote inclusive practices in her school, union and district
Monakatellia Ford Walker
Currently enrolled in Harvard’s Doctoral of Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program; formerly a student, teacher, and principal in the Boston Public Schools
Has served for 23 years as Director of School Operations at Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School