Chris Buttimer is currently a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).  His research interests include adolescent literacy, critical pedagogy, instructional coaching, and school reform.  Chris recently completed a master’s degree in Language and Literacy at HGSE, obtaining a K-12 reading specialist license in the process.  Prior to coming to HGSE, Chris earned his master’s degree in teacher education from UMass Boston and taught 7th and 8th grade ELA in the Cambridge (MA) public schools for six years.  In addition to his coursework, Chris has worked with HGSE and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) in a variety of roles, including as an advisor who supported teacher candidates during their teaching practicums.  Chris has also worked as a middle school curriculum developer for BPS through SERP, a non-profit organization linking educators and researchers together to create cross-disciplinary curriculum and improve teaching and learning.