Paul F. Toner is the Executive Director of Teach Plus Massachusetts, where he leads Teach Plus’ policy and teacher leadership work in Greater Boston and the Commonwealth. Paul joins Teach Plus from Cambridge Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an education consulting firm where he served as president. From 2010 to 2014, he served as president of the 113,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA).
Paul, a middle school social studies teacher and lawyer, taught at the Harrington School in Cambridge, MA from 1991 to 2001. He left teaching in 2001 to serve as president of the Cambridge Teachers Association. As the leader of the CTA and MTA, he was a strong advocate for students and members while working with the administration to improve labor-management relations and focus on improving student achievement.
Paul has served on many NEA and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education task forces and committees. He is currently a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the Education Commission of the States, the Massachusetts 2020 Advisory Board, and Teachers 21 Board of Directors. He was a participant in Governor Deval Patrick’s Readiness Project and served on Governor Charles Baker’s Education Transition Committee. He is a Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow.
Paul graduated from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts with a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations. He also holds a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Grace and Jack.