Deborah LaPierre is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade special education teacher at Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester. Deborah previously taught special education at the Prek-3rd grade levels. Since 2014, she has served as an MCAS alternate assessment training specialist supporting teachers from across the state in the completion of student portfolios that assess their progress in standards-based instruction. Deborah earned a BA in English from Harvard University, a MEd in Special Education from American International College, and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.