Shalinia Kasida

I moved to Brookline in 2010 from Boston. My daughter went to John D. Runkle School and is now a Sophomore at BHS.

Education has played a prominent part of my life since my parents were both educators in rural Kenya, where I was born. Seeing how training future educators and providing access to good education transformed the lives of the staff and students at my parents’ school, reinforced in me that every child deserves the best education available to them.

I first learned about the BEF at a Green Apple Event where teachers spoke about the impact of a BEF grant on their work. I was impressed with how the BEF supports and funds Brookline educators to develop skills in innovative ways, so they can bring these skills back to their classrooms and ultimately create a more enriching experience for all Brookline students.

The BEF was founded 40 years ago and the funding they have provided has positively impacted hundreds of educators and thousands of students over that time. Every Brookline student has benefited at some point in the Brookline school life from a BEF grant.

Every year the BEF board gets to see what Brookline educators are excited about, through their various grant programs. Brookline educators are innovative, creative, and not afraid to try new things. Being able to support them is a privilege and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great organization.