Sydney Chaffee
Teaching Policy Fellow
Massachusetts

“All teachers can be leaders, Someone in their first year of teaching can be considered a leader. When we open up our classrooms to each other and share best practices—that’s leadership.”

Sydney Chaffee, a Teacher Leader with the Boston Educators Collaborative and a Commonwealth Policy Fellow, was selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers for the nation’s top teaching honor: the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Sydney, a 9th grade humanities teacher and department chair at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA, has mentored pre-service teachers since 2010.