Nativity Teaching Fellowship

The Nativity Teaching Fellowship provides immediate classroom experience, school leadership opportunities and a tuition-free Master's Degree at Boston College Lynch School of Education to recent college graduates.

Calling Aspiring Educators Looking to Make a Difference

A perfect opportunity for graduating college seniors or recent college graduates looking to start their career in education, the Nativity Teaching Fellowship offers Fellows immediate teaching experience and a direct impact on our students and their families. Fellows take on a regular teaching load, fulfill school administrative and leadership responsibilities, and have tuition-free access to professional education programs at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. “Graduating” Teaching Fellows have gone on to professional teaching experiences at school’s across the region, into school administration and leadership, education policy and consulting work, and more.

We are no longer accepting applications for Teaching Fellows for 2019-2020. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Principle Kyle Mullins at
  • Application Process and Timeline

    • January 4**: Submit completed application and résumé
    • January 14-18: First-round interviews (by phone)
    • January 28-February 15: Second-round interviews (at Nativity Prep)
    • March 1: Notification of hiring decision

    **Nativity Prep continues to accept applications after January 4, but positions will begin to be filled on this timeline.

  • Program Responsibilities and Opportunities

    • Two-year commitment to Nativity Prep
    • Live in community with other fellows at Burton House
    • Teach (or co-teach) two classes
    • Serve as an advisor to 2-3 students
    • Supervise school-day activities (~2 periods per day, Monday-Friday)
    • Supervise afternoon activities from 3:30-5 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
    • Supervise evening study from 5-8 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday)
    • Coordinate other school programs (e.g., serving as liaison to Boston College PULSE tutors) as assigned by the principal

  • Benefits and Compensation

    • Room and board at Burton House (in Jamaica Plain)
    • Opportunity to enroll tuition-free in a master’s degree program at the Boston College Lynch School of Education
    • Medical and dental insurance
    • $500/month stipend
    • AmeriCorps Educational Award
    • Access to school-owned vehicles for local transportation
    • Chance to make a difference in the life of a Nativity Prep student

  • Application

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 program year.

    Applications can either be:

    1. Downloaded (Teaching Fellowship Application ),completed and emailed to Principal Kyle Mullins (
    2. Completed online

Meet our 2018-2019 Teaching Fellows

Robert Petrie (Providence ’17)
Robert Petrie is the Lead Teacher for 6th Grade Social Studies and a Teaching Fellow at Nativity Prep. In addition to overseeing the academic work for Social Studies for the 6th grade class, he is interested in coaching a number of different sports at Nativity Prep. Prior to Nativity Prep, Bob taught High School United States History at Dedham High School in Dedham, MA. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and his Massachusetts Teaching License in History Grades 5-12 at Bridgewater State University. Bob also likes to play golf and go to the beach in his free time. He has his two parents, an older sister, a younger sister, and two dogs named Gus and Millie!

Sean Moynihan (Marquette ’18)
Sean Moynihan is the 7th grade writing teacher at Nativity Prep and is a current Teaching Fellow. In addition to teaching, he coaches basketball and soccer. Prior to Nativity Prep, Sean attended Boston College High School and received an undergraduate degree from another Jesuit institution, Marquette University. Sean is continuing his Jesuit education as he is currently pursuing his Masters in Education at Boston College. Additionally, Sean worked at the Ron Burton Training Camp the past two summers doing program management and as an Operations Lead. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing baseball, traveling and spending time with his family.

Mackenzie Horl (Holy Cross ’17)
Mackenzie Horl is a second-year Teaching Fellow covering 4th grade Social Studies and Religion at Nativity Prep. In addition to teaching, she coaches JV Basketball and Track, is a member of the Campus Ministry Committee, and the proctor for the Trivia and Sports & History Clubs. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and is currently pursuing her Masters in Secondary Education from Boston College. In her free time, Mackenzie loves to go for runs around Jamaica Plain and play golf.

Fredy Taveras (Fairfield ’14)
Fredy Taveras Jr. is the 4th and 5th Grade Science and Religion teacher and a Teaching Fellow at Nativity Prep. In addition to his teaching, he oversees outdoor activities and the Computer Club. Before Nativity Prep, Fredy taught through the Head Start program at Education Alliance, New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, and is a proud alumnus of the original Nativity Mission School on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Abigail Clavin (Boston College ’17)
Abigail Clavin is the 6th and 8th grade Writing teacher at Nativity Prep and a current Teaching Fellow. As a Teaching Fellow, she serves as coordinator of the PULSE tutors program at Boston College and coaches various sports and afternoon activities. Prior to Nativity Prep, Abigail worked on a sustainable housing project and in marketing & PR. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education at Boston College. Abigail enjoys being active and spending time in the outdoors and on the water.