Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai

Special Projects Leader: African American Programs


(617) 923-9933

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day involves a critical review of the Making Freedom curriculum as we work to digitize this pioneering work and make it accessible to a broader audience! We are also hard at work planning our upcoming Historyathon event!

Tell us about your background and what brought you to Primary Source.

I am excited to join the Primary Source team after working in urban and suburban schools both in traditional, public, private and charter organizations and districts over the last twenty years. With past experiences as a teacher, coach, consultant, administrator and professor I have worked with learners of all ages and across multiple content areas. I am excited to bring this experience to Primary Source and to marry my educational experiences of best practices for planning and delivering engaging, culturally responsive lessons with my personal interest in the history of the African and Caribbean diasporas as well as the African American experience.  I currently hold a B.A. from Boston College in English and Sociology with a minor in Black Studies, a M.Ed. from UMASS Boston, and an Ed.D from Loyola Marymount University in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. 

What inspires you to do this work?

I am inspired in my work because I want to be a lifelong learner and to inspire others to do the same! It is exciting and fulfilling to provide opportunities to shed light on figures and events in history!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family, reading and time in nature!

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

I would love to visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights in action!