Joining together for OUR children


The design team for the Massachusetts 2021 Summer Biggest Winner Math Challenge includes educators with a broad range of careers and lived experiences.  With more than 150 years among them, this Ed Inquiry team is collectively creating a new approach to education that creates an authentic conversation from which learning takes place.  As longstanding contributing members of their respective communities,  these design team members have successfully and continue to navigate the many systemic barriers in their career and lives.  These leaders, educators and contributors have come together this year, to ensure that a transformative experience is created for children across the Commonwealth. All participants of the Biggest Winner Match Challenge will be learning. – From the 2500 rising 5th to 8th graders enrolled, to the 50 high school students that will get exposure to of real world teaching as summer assistants, to the math instructors coming together from across the country to learn new methods, tools and techniques and the grassroots project team that embraced the call of Commissioner Riley to expand the program for many more kids of color this summer. The 2021 Biggest Winner Math Challenge Team is ready to engage, encourage, entertain and enlighten OUR kids this summer. 


Tyrone Mowat, MBA (Ed Inquiry) – Team Lead

  • 30 years in industry 
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • 12 years in public education with
  • proven results in turnaround
  • Former Chair: Gifted/Talented Advisory Education Council Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Believes the time is now, we must find and nurture future leaders
  • Biggest Winner Founding Member

Molander Etienne – Content Design Contributor

  • 25 plus years in education
  • proven results closing the achievement gap
  • Deep experience in culturally affirming literacy curriculum
  • Deep experience successfully leading teachers of children of color.
  • Believes that Black and Brown children MUST be globally competitive readers and writers, now!.

Dr. Adrian Mims – Content Design Contributor

  • Founder – The Calculus Project
  • Former METCO tutor
  • Former summer school director
  • Former Associate Dean of Students
  • Believes that advanced math is within every child’s reach with the right environment and instruction

Sonya Patton – SEL Content Contributor

  • Therapist
  • 20 years in education 
  • proven results in school turnaround
  • Former school counselor
  • 8th grade HS transition program
  • Believes that students must leave school with strategies for every day life as well as great academics.


Barbara Brothers – Project Coordinator

  • 20 years in education with proven results 
  • After school program coordinator
  • Biggest Winner Massachusetts Founding Member
  • Believes that when adults focus on what is in the best interest of the children and have high expectations students succeed.

Lauretta Siggers – Talent Acquisition

  • 20 plus years in human resources and recruiting
  • Deep experience in program design and support
  • expertise in higher education, and teacher preparation programs
  • Believes that talent is all around us when we look deeper into each person’s lived experience.

Heath Racela – Video Producer

  • 15 plus years in television production
  • Producer on This Old House Series for PBS
  • Deep experience in video communication
  • Believes that video can reach and teach so many in new and innovative ways.

Robert Howard – Team Leader

  • 25 years in education
  • deep understanding of classroom experience in the urban settings
  • Pragmatic approach to teaching math as language
  • Current teacher 120 8th grade students of color
  • Biggest Winner Massachusetts Founding Member
  • Believes that true liberation is built upon a foundation of education

Christopher Smith – Team Leader 

  • 7 years in education
  • Emerging teacher adopting new methods and tools
  • Biggest Winner Massachusetts Founding Member
  • Believes that students learn best when they are engaged, trust the adults around and operate within a supportive class community

Raheem Howard – Team Leader

  • ?? years serving in in-patient mental health care
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  • Biggest Winner Massachusetts Founding Member
  • Believes that student learn best from those they know and feel kinship with. Every student needs  to have several adults they can model.

Deanna Rogers – Project Advisor

  • 40 years leading schools throughout the country
  • Experience with school logistics, planning and programming
  • Biggest Winner New Orleans Founding Member
  • Believes we should meet children where they are and help them to  grow to where they can be

Pernell Grazette – Associate

  • ?? years in juvenile justice working to educate incarcerated youth
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  • Believes that students need to know how to navigate the various cultures they will encounter on their road to success.

Dena DeGraffenreid – Associate

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  • Believes that we are best able to authentically communicate with our children when we know, respect and accept their culture as we expose them to our lived experiences.


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