I had the great pleasure of speaking with Brendan Donovan, Special Education Leader for Boston Public Schools who followed his dream to become Poker Dealer at Encore Boston Harbor. In addition, Brendan is a die-hard New England Patriots fan! Brendan shared an incredibly humble story that includes raising over $6,000 to support meals to over 1,000 front line workers all over the city of Boston, MA. His initiative provided lunch and dinner to Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Faulkner Hospital and to 7 combined Boston Police Stations and Boston Fire Houses! Going above and beyond, Brendan also created a First Responder Tribute video that you can view at
Read on to learn why this Special Education professional decided to become a Poker Dealer. How he was in a reality TV show, and why he raffled off his signed Tom Brady memorabilia!
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I have been working for the Boston Public Schools since 2002 as a special education teacher. In 2019, I was promoted to work out of the Central Office as a Special Education leader for Boston Public Schools. With that said, I have always loved poker. I had thoughts and dreams of moving to Las Vegas and becoming a professional poker player/dealer. I never followed through on this dream, but luckily Vegas came to Boston. I heard an ad on the news and became one of the first people to join the "Dealer School" classes at Cambridge College in the winter of 2019 for Encore Boston Harbor. I officially started at Encore June 3rd, 2019. Now, I have two full time jobs.
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