Juan Figueroa

I believe that teaching is about building relationships and motivating students to achieve at their highest potential. Beaver is a place where I will be able to grow as an educator because of its dedication to progressive education. I look forward to small class sizes—an integral part of a powerful education. I am also very excited to work with a motivated staff and administration that has one goal in mind—to educate each student. My experience in the Boston Public Schools has taught me that the most important way to truly empower students is through building positive relationships and allowing students to see the possibilities that lie beyond the school walls.

Outside the classroom, I am the boys’ head basketball coach. I started coaching basketball during my sophomore year in college at my alma mater Boston Latin School. At that point, I grew to love coaching so much that basketball has since been apart of my life. I am entering my 21st season coaching basketball. My coaching career began at Boston Latin School followed by Emerson College where I was an assistant coach for five years. Then in 1999 I became the head boys’ basketball coach at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston. The last ten years at the O’Bryant gave me the opportunity to use basketball to guide young men in becoming champions in the game of life. I look forward to bringing this experience to Beaver. Aside from teaching and coaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two beautiful children ages 3 and 5 months.