Connolly calls his 3 years as a teacher a vital qualification

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just before Easter in 1995, Harvard senior John R. Connolly went to Manhattan at the urging of his Spanish professor, a Jesuit priest, to visit a boys’ school for low-income immigrant families on the Lower East Side.

By the end of the holiday weekend, Connolly had an offer to teach at the Jesuit-run school, beginning a short career in the classroom that would end three years later in what Connolly tearfully recalls as a “personal failure” at Boston Renaissance Charter School.

Now that narrow slice of his early 20s, his time as a teacher, has become an outsized part of his campaign biography, as the city councilor and experienced corporate lawyer is running to become Boston’s “education mayor.”

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