BDEA Team2024-04-09T20:34:51+00:00

If you wish to find out more about staff, please click on the individual’s name.
All extensions are preceded by the school’s phone number: 617 635-6789

Aaron Stone, Science Teacher, Department Head2023-10-03T18:11:26+00:00

Aaron Stone began his career teaching 8th grade biology at Community Charter School of Cambridge. At the same time, he honored his commitment to service by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In 2009, Aaron joined Boston Day and Evening Academy. Aaron has been a Boston Teachers Union Representative, and a member of the school’s Election to Work Committee, Instructional Leadership Team, Administrative Leadership Team, and BPS cross-functional team researching district-wide autonomy. These experiences have allowed him to utilize a broadened perspective and deeper understanding of leadership, equity, and student and staff voice. He earned his B.S. in Biology and M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire, and his Principal Licensure from Northeastern University in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Education.

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Adrianne Level, 2.0 Program Leader, ext. 321452023-07-31T23:35:49+00:00

Adrianne joined the math department in 2011. She completed the Boston Teacher Residency Program, teaching 7th grade mathematics at Dever-McCormick K-8 school in Boston. Adrianne has volunteered for many organizations including the Steppingstone Foundation, and various Amateur Athletic Union clubs where she focused on building relationships with youth, provided enriching experiences, and helped them make healthy decisions to build successful lives for themselves. She is currently an American Red Cross disaster volunteer and continues to volunteer with numerous community organizations.  Adrianne holds a B.S in Business Management from Bentley University, and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Akshata Kadagathur, Humanities Teacher2020-12-11T15:53:10+00:00

Akshata is part of BDEA’s Humanities team, where she teaches literature courses. Prior to BDEA, Akshata completed her practicum with the Sheltered English Immersion team at Charlestown High School and worked as part of the School-Community Partnerships team at Boston Public Schools, and at Boston Arts Academy. She is licensed in English Language Arts and English as a Second Language. Akshata received her B.A. from Harvard College in History and Literature and her M.Ed from University of Massachusetts Boston with the Teach Next Year program.

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Alison Hramiec, Head of School ext. 321412023-11-07T05:51:48+00:00

Alison Hramiec begane her tenure at Boston Day and Evening Academy in 2004 as one of the founding science teachers for the newly-established day program at that time. After completing her principal training in 2008, she was hired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Through her leadership in that position, she helped bring clarity to the school’s competency-based program methodology which remains a model that BDEA disseminates nationally. Alison became the Head of School in 2015.

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Alyson Harris, Guidance Counselor, ext. 321562023-01-11T04:47:35+00:00

Alyson, “Sully”, joined the BDEA community in 2013 as the Student Admissions Manager, became a part of the Student Support Team in July 2015, and finally landed in the Post-Graduate Planning Department in 2017. Having graduated from Boston Public Schools herself, Alyson is dedicated to providing the individual support that adolescents in Boston need to be happy, confident, and motivated high-school graduates. She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years, holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in photography from Bridgewater State College, a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, and a professional license in School Guidance Counseling, grades 5-12. She loves music, crafting, the ocean, and true crime documentaries.

Andrea McFarlane, School Nurse2023-01-13T01:51:03+00:00

Andrea McFarlane has been in the medical field for more than 20 years. Driven to be the type clinician on the front lines of caring, educating and responding to patients’ innermost needs, Ms. McFarlane secured her nursing degree from Curry College and has acquired her advanced certifications in Case Management, Ante and Postpartum care, and labor and delivery. Ms. McFarlane started her nursing career in general medical/surgical care and then became a travel nurse in NH and the DMV area. Additionally, she has worked as an infirmary nurse at Harvard University and various private high schools. Knowing the critical importance of representation in healthcare, she soon arrived at her true calling to serve as a maternity nurse and has since taught nursing students at various local colleges in the surrounding Boston area, while also running a postpartum clinic in a private practice with a team of OB GYN physicians in Chestnut Hill MA. Ms. McFarlane previously worked at Madison Park Technical High School as a nursing assistant/pre nursing instructor in the Allied Health Department. She was drawn to the nursing role at BDEA and feels fortunate to be working with a dynamic and supportive community who places the needs of its students first and foremost. BDEA is fortunate to have her caring, student-centered expertise during the school day when she is not working per-diem as a labor and delivery nurse at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as an OB-GYN nurse, or serving as an expert witness in labor and delivery cases.

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Andres Strohmeyer, Social Worker2023-01-17T00:46:41+00:00
Anita Ivarson, Special Education Coordinator ext. 321462022-10-26T00:49:16+00:00

Joining the BEDA community in 2022, Anita comes with 27 years of experience teaching in Boston Public Schools.  In her role as Special Education Program leader, she strives to support inclusionary teaching practices and special education accommodations.  Transition planning is also pertinent to her role, helping families and students understand and access resources for post-graduate exploration and planning.  Anita is a proponent of experiential learning and understands the value of providing opportunities for students.  Anita has Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Lesley University and Mathematics from Harvard.  She is currently completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northeastern University.  In her personal life, Anita enjoys spending time with her daughters and dogs.  Her favorite hobbies include skiing, salsa dancing, and consuming large amounts of ice cream.

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Annaëlle Chery, Attendance Coordinator2022-09-19T23:10:30+00:00

Annaëlle Chery is the new Attendance Coordinator at Boston Day and Evening Academy. She completed her Master’s of Business Administration at Cambridge College with a concentration in management. Annaëlle has worked in various schools throughout the City of Boston as an Inclusive Practice Community Field Coordinator and a School Transitional Coordinator since 2018. Annaëlle enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. She is so excited to be a part of the BDEA community. Annaëlle is looking forward to connecting and building a strong support system for students. Annaëlle believes that getting students to attend school, and engage in learning will set them up for a successful future. 

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Blaine Yesselman, Instructional Leader2023-07-31T23:22:29+00:00
Bob Benson, Sr. Custodian ext. 321422023-01-15T21:25:02+00:00
Calvin Williams, Community Field Coordinator2021-11-08T18:16:00+00:00

Calvin Williams is a new Community Field Coordinator at BDEA. Calvin is a Boston Native and is excited about the opportunity to work with the students in BDEA. He enjoys engaging and redirecting young people through health and athletics. Calvin will also be the coach for the BDEA boys basketball team.

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Caryn Rickert, School Librarian2023-10-03T18:31:27+00:00

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Chanté Bonds, Math Teacher2023-10-03T18:08:22+00:00

Chanté graduated from Bentley University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Design and Corporate Communication. In 2010 she received her Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After a short stint in the business world as an Operations Manager at Brown Brother’s Harriman, Chanté changed careers and was an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the Division I level for eight years. Chante received a full scholarship to play basketball at Bentley University where her team won over 100 games in four years, making it to the Division II Final Four once in those four years.

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Charell Hendricks, School Climate Coordinator2023-10-03T18:01:00+00:00

Charell served as a Youth Workforce Program Coordinator for out-of-school and at risk youth for Madison Park Development Corporation. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Certificate from Roxbury Community College, and previously worked closely with court-involved youth through the Choice Program while interning at Roxbury District Court. A Boston native and former Metco student, Hendricks worked as a Paralegal for Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, LLP, the largest minority firm in the country, prior to joining MPDC. Charell also became a certified mediator through Vital Village’s Social Justice Institute. She is also a Robert Kraft Fellow through the organization Empath (formerly known as Crittenton Women’s Union). Charell is a mother of two, loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

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Cherelle N. Webster-Payne, Social Worker2022-09-19T23:12:42+00:00

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Cheuper Freeman, Community Field Coordinator, 2.02021-07-19T13:31:42+00:00

Cheuper joined BDEA in 2004 as the school’s Safety Coordinator. He became a Community Field Coordinator for the Day program in 2007. Previously, Cheuper was a plant manager at Dial Corp. Cheuper is passionate about working with young adults, helping them build happy and healthy futures in successful careers and college. Cheuper participates in regular trainings with the Student Support Team, learning new ways for effective crisis intervention and prevention, including training at the Trauma Center, and completing a Sexual Exploitation prevention workshop. Cheuper holds an Associates degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University.

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Christopher Johnson, Math Teacher2023-01-17T00:56:42+00:00

Chris has worked as a Math Teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy Since 2004. Before working at Boston Day and Evening Academy He worked at the King Middle School and the Thompson Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Umass Boston. Chris is currently a co-coordinator of Boston Day and Evening Academy’s TA program. Prior to his career in education, Chris was an operations manager with Staples throughout central mass and worked in Banking at Bank Boston/Fleetbank in East Providence RI where he worked with Meals and Wheels and worked with Bank Boston and Providence Public School partnership program to read and tutor elementary school students throughout the City of Providence. Chris also is a Certified Lead Teacher mentor. Chris participated in the BPS Males Educators of Color Leadership program from 2021-2022. Chris also taught in Worcester State University’s Upward Bound program where he taught 9th-grade students about Financial Literary. Chris is also currently an advisory board member for Umass Boston’s Project TLC(Teachers Learning with Counselors) and also helping to mentor the first cohort of Project TLC. Chris is a Father of three, has been happily married for 20 years to his sweetheart of 23 years, loves coaching basketball, is a sports enthusiast, and loves spending time with family and friends.

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Christopher Quaye, Pathway Coordinator, 2.02023-10-03T18:30:08+00:00

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Cory O’Hayer, Special Education & English Learner Inclusion Teacher2023-10-03T18:26:11+00:00

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Crystal Shah, Science Teacher2020-03-26T14:58:58+00:00

Crystal joined the BDEA team in 2017 as a science teacher. Previously, Crystal taught at Chelsea High School as a science teacher for English Language Learners. She also works at CityLab at Boston University, where she teaches biotechnology and biomedical science through inquiry-based experimentation. She is interested in the connections between education and neuroscience and how to make the connections transparent to students so that they can leverage that information to benefit their own learning. Crystal holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Science Education from Boston University, and an Ed. M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University.

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Edwin Armas, Data & Accountability Associate2023-10-03T18:45:52+00:00

Edwin joined BDEA in October 2022. Although born in Beverly, Edwin has been a lifelong resident of Lynn and is a first-generation American whose family came from Guatemala. Edwin studied at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he received his BA in Computer Science. He was the first person in his family to attend college. Email Mr. Armas. 

Fabienne Mondesir, Science Teacher2023-10-03T18:24:04+00:00

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Gigi Bly, Community Field Coordinator, Blended Learning2023-10-03T18:16:33+00:00

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Greg Dias, BPS Security Services, ext. 321572023-01-15T21:31:25+00:00
Irma Camacho, Director of Operations ext. 321402023-01-15T21:13:37+00:00

Irma Camacho joined BDEA in 2007 as an Executive Assistant to the Headmaster. After graduating from BPS herself, Camacho became an active member of the community, demonstrating her commitment towards helping youth achieve their goals and build a better future. She became Director of Operations in 2012, and is responsible for the management of all non-instructional services, staff, and events at BDEA. Through her work, Camacho aims to create a culture of service and support, always centering the needs of each and every student.

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Jackie Ramos, Substitute Teacher2023-04-07T21:15:18+00:00
Jacob Cipro, Science Teacher , Seminar2020-03-25T16:51:35+00:00

Jacob joined BDEA in 2008. His Science classes focus on exploration and investigation, emphasizing to students the value of seeking knowledge. Jacob previously taught at Dorchester High School, and has had experience substitute teaching. He has also trained individuals to work in professional kitchens. Jacob is currently building a partnership with a stem cell research group from Harvard University Medical School to give students the opportunity to experience relevant medical research. Jacob spent the 2009-2010 school year working to create a physics curriculum, incorporating literacy and numeracy in addition to the principles of Physics. He spearheaded a project to transform his classroom to facilitate this curriculum, for which BDEA received a generous grant from the Smith Family Foundation. He has used “green” building processes, installing sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Jacob holds a B.S. in Biology from Ripon College, WI, and studied Theater at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is currently working towards an M.A. in Physics Education at Boston University.

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Jamaal Shaheed, Math Teacher, 2.02023-10-03T18:33:38+00:00

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Jeffrey Key-Alston, Community Field Coordinator2023-10-03T18:20:03+00:00
Jennie Hallisey, Humanities Teacher2020-09-22T16:02:40+00:00

Jennie has been a faculty member with Boston Day and Evening Academy since its inception as the Downtown Evening Academy in 1994. She has taught in high schools in California and Massachusetts. For many years, Jennie was the coordinator of the Distance Learning Program, serving students who are not able to come to school every day.  Jennie emphasizes to all of her students the importance of passion; in reaching their academic potential, as well as continuing to use their strengths and passions to grow and learn after graduation.

Jennie holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Purdue University, an M.A. in Guidance Counseling from Bridgewater State University, and has a certification in Speech Communication, ELA, and Guidance Counseling. Jennie is part of the Humanities department.

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Jennifer Lopez, Substitute Teacher2023-04-07T21:17:52+00:00
Jennifer Mills, Science Teacher2021-05-19T17:30:05+00:00

Jennifer joined the science department in 2001. She enjoys sharing with students her passion for biology, especially the subjects of evolution and genetics. She loves traveling and likes to connect her experiences with classroom learning.  In 2012 she was fortunate enough to travel to Tanzania through a grant from Fund for Teachers. Jennifer earned bachelor of arts degrees in both English and Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College.

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Jessica Martinez, Community Field Coordinator2022-10-26T00:52:21+00:00

Jessica Martinez joined BDEA in 2022 as a Community Filed Coordinator and is excited to be part of the school’s community and its efforts to continue advocating for the student support initiative at BDEA. She is a proud Afro-Dominicana born and raised in Boston; the same city that has served her academically and professionally. She attended Salem State University and is looking forward to embarking on a master’s program soon. In her spare time, she loves dancing, laughing hard with her really-loud family, crafting/ decorating, and building community through advocacy, to ensure that she sees the students and the families she serves win!

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Jill Kantrowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement2021-11-09T18:50:38+00:00

Jill Kantrowitz has joined the BDEA team as the Director of Institutional Advancement.  Kantrowitz was born in Boston, MA, has previously lived in North Carolina and New York City and now calls Brighton home. Ms. Kantrowitz has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years with a focus on fundraising for the latter part of her career. Her previous roles spanning 15 years in both program and development at Summer Search New York City enhanced her passion for youth leadership and support and the drive to fund the programs that fuel those areas. She is happy to be back in the Boston school system where she began her career teaching sexuality education.

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John Fahey, Substitute Teacher2023-04-07T21:33:28+00:00
John Pike, Math Teacher2020-03-26T15:01:29+00:00

John is a career changer who moved to Boston from Vermont in 2012 to participate in the Boston Teacher Residency Program, where he earned his Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Prior to changing careers and becoming a math teacher at BDEA in 2014, John was the Director of Finance and Operations for a school district in Vermont. John has four young adult “children” (3 boys and a girl) ages 19 to 28. In his spare time, John loves to fly fish, kayak, hike the mountains of New England, mountain bike and snowshoe.

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Jose Capo Jr., Humanities Teacher, 2.02021-07-19T13:24:26+00:00

Jose Capo is a humanities teacher that grew up in the Boston Public Schools system. Jose is a Posse Boston Alum, he graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in both Sociology and Communication. After finishing his bachelors, Jose worked in his community of Roxbury as a Program Coordinator, at The Center of Teen Empowerment, helping the young people that reside in the neighborhood to become not just community organizers, but agents of social change. Jose then decided to take a break to figure out his next step, which was joining the Boston Teachers Residency and working to attain a M.A. in Education at UMASS Boston. Outside of the world of education, Jose is super interested in science fiction, Marvel Comics, Anime/Manga, collecting sneakers, playing basketball, traveling, and Star Wars.

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Joseph Boulanger, Humanities Teacher2021-05-19T17:37:50+00:00

Joseph joined BDEA in 2005, having previously taught the History of the Americas and Social and Cultural Anthropology in the International Baccalaureate program.  He teaches Advanced History and Research and Methods courses. His classes include the exploration of the impact of totalitarian regimes in World War II era Europe and researching the biological and environmental factors that influence the development of sociopathy in individuals.

Joseph is a recipient of the Fund for Teachers grant and used it to study post-colonial history in Tanzania and came back to co-teach a special symposium project titled the Cradle of Humankind with the science department.  In addition to being passionate about history, Joseph enjoys devouring books, collecting records, traveling and getting into adventures large and small.

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Juan Santos, Art Teacher2023-01-13T02:28:50+00:00

Juan is a Boston native. He is also a local artist and grew up in the Boston Public Schools district. He holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts. His preferred mediums are digital, aerosol, ink, watercolor, and acrylics. His work ranges from portraitures, illustrations, cartoons, animation, and graffiti. He has been working in the Boston Public School system for 16 years. Juan is also part of the Computer Clubhouse. He was not only a member of the Clubhouse but also a mentor. Helping students explore the arts and build community. In Juan’s spare time, he enjoys spending time at coffee shops trying out new coffee, traveling, and painting.

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Julie Gray-Parks, Humanities Teacher2020-03-25T17:17:13+00:00

Julie joined the BDEA humanities department in 2016. Before joining BDEA, she taught ninth and tenth grade English at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.

Julie is a graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency program. She holds bachelor of arts degrees in English and American Studies from Tufts University and a master of education from UMass Boston.

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Latashia Furtado, Director of Student Support, ext. 321492022-04-08T20:28:19+00:00

Latashia joined BDEA in 2012 as a Community Field Coordinator (CFC). She graduated from Cambridge College with an M.Ed concentration in Counseling Psychology. Tashia has worked in various schools throughout the city of Boston since 1997. She chose the field of support services because it allows her the opportunity to meet each student where they are and build from that perspective. She uses a holistic approach when serving our students, while helping to support and promote a new way of thinking and reflection on the possible alternatives to a behavior.

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Laudimira Mendes, Operations Specialist2023-10-03T18:37:49+00:00

Laudimira is a 2012 graduate of BDEA who has had experience in a number fields since leaving our school. She is committed to working with new students to ensure a smooth transition as they adapt to Boston Day and Evening Academy.

Lawrence Hutcheson, Math Teacher2018-03-07T17:42:15+00:00

Hutch joined the BDEA math department in 2010. He was previously a teacher resident at the Timilty Middle School in Boston, and a tutor at Math Advantage in Wellesley, MA.  He has also worked for The Weston Drama Workshop in Weston, MA, David Korins Design Inc. in NYC, and The Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren, VT, as well as volunteering with the Red Feather Development Group on the Hopi and Northern Cheyenne reservations. His diverse background in art, design and construction helps him develop math activities for the classroom that are practical, experiential and creative.

He holds a B.A. in Studio Art/Sculpture with a minor in Mathematics from Vassar College as well as a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He lives with his wife and children in Jamaica Plain and bikes to work every day.

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Leslie Hill-Singleton, Registrar ext. 321512021-09-13T20:33:23+00:00

Leslie joined BDEA in 2003. Previously, she worked in the healthcare industry, and also volunteered as a Parent Coordinator for the non-profit Teens Against Gang Violence. Leslie feels passionate about working with young people, giving them the resources and guidance to be successful in the face of obstacles. Leslie holds a B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Youth Development. She is currently enrolled in Cambridge College pursuing a degree in Guidance Counseling.

Leslie completed her Masters of Education at Cambridge College in 2010, earning a degree in High School Guidance Counseling. While there she completed an Individual Research Project on the graduation rates of young males of color.

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Liliana Pulgarian, School Secretary2023-01-15T21:28:02+00:00

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Magdalene Moise, Admissions Manager, ext. 321552023-10-03T18:39:40+00:00

Magdalene Moise joined BDEA as the admissions manager in January 2019. Before joining BDEA, Magdalene was a professor of Sociology in South Florida for the past seven years. She has earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She comes to BDEA with almost a decade in education and twenty years in business, coordination, and leadership. Magdalene’s dream is to help every student at BDEA no matter their cultural or socioeconomic background to achieve upward mobility through education.

School Phone: 617-635-6789 Ext. 32155
School Cell: 857-269-6962

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Margie Samp, Director, Post Graduate Planning2023-01-13T02:16:51+00:00

Margie joined BDEA in 2000. Her work with BDEA students and their families in Post-graduate planning includes visiting colleges, providing guidance and information on financial aid, the admissions process, and college applications, coordinating scholarships with colleges, and helping students with job placements, career counseling, and transition programs.

Previously, she was the producing director for the New Math Theater Company in New York City while working as an actor and voice-over artist. After moving to Washington, DC, Margie taught English as a Second Language at Pimmit Hills High School in Falls Church, VA, taught drama at H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, VA, and produced educational documentary films. Margie holds a B.A. in Theater from Emerson College and an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Margie is currently a James Bryant Conant Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Mercedes Aponte, Substitute Teacher2023-04-07T21:21:01+00:00
Michelle Allman, Data and Systems Manager2023-10-03T18:03:56+00:00

Michelle joined the BDEA community in 2015 as a math teacher and became the head of the math department in 2017-2020. Prior to BDEA, Michelle taught mathematics for over 15 years, including nine years at Champion High School, an alternative school in Brockton, MA.

While a program manager at Diploma Plus, Michelle worked with districts across the nation to build performance-based alternative schools for traditionally underserved students. Her focus in all her work has been to develop numeracy-rich classrooms; support authentic learning experiences; and improve blended and online learning approaches.

When she’s not at work, Michelle likes to spend time with her family, coach her children’s soccer teams, read, and tackle home renovation projects.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University, completed her coursework for her M.A. in mathematics from Tufts University, and an M.A.T. in mathematics from Northeastern University.

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Migdalia (Milly) Perez, Family Liaison2023-10-03T18:28:32+00:00

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Nilo Ashraf, Science Teacher2021-09-13T20:23:02+00:00

Nury Marcelino, School Psychologist/Clinical Coordinator, ext. 321462018-11-28T20:08:27+00:00
Owen Thomas, Humanities Teacher2020-03-26T15:15:10+00:00

Owen Thomas has taught critical history in Boston for the past 7 years. For the first 4 years, he worked at Diploma Plus, an alternative program housed with Charlestown High School. There, Owen helped to lead the history team and develop curriculum that broke down the artificial walls placed between the school and the community at large. He led interdisciplinary courses that included powerful experiential elements and highlighted the connection between historical moments and the world we live in today. He spent a year at Davis Leadership Academy, teaching 7th grade English, learning literacy techniques at Boston’s only middle school with a specific focus on cultural relevance for students of color. He is trained in a facilitates restorative justice and community building circles. Since joining BDEA he has continued his work building powerful communities of learners who tie together important ideas from the past with the challenges we face in our world today.

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Quinn Soto, Math Teacher2021-09-13T19:59:47+00:00

Quinn Soto is new to the BDEA team as a teacher in the Blended Learning Academy.  Soto was born in Brooklyn NY, but has been in MA for the last 21 years and in BPS for the last 15.  He is a teacher with experience from 5th grade through high school.  Quinn worked with two mathematics education programs that shaped his approach to teaching and learning: the Bridge to Calculus (BtC) program, which indirectly led him to a dedication to middle-school mathematics, and the Young People’s Project (YPP), which inspired his passion for and expertise in near-peer mentoring and experiential learning.

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Rachel Pizarro, Admissions & Operations Specialist2023-10-03T18:38:40+00:00
Rachel Revis, Social Worker, 2.02023-01-13T02:21:07+00:00

Rachel has been a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) since 2016. She received her BSW in 2013 from Eastern Connecticut State University. She went on to Simmons University completing their Advanced Standing program and earned her MSW in 2014. During that time, she was fortunate enough to intern at Year Up in the Student Services department. It was there that she grew to love the young people of Boston. After earning her graduate degree, Rachel went on to become a clinician, working with young men ages 16-22 in a residential setting in Dorchester. While working in the group home, Rachel had the honor of working with young men from Boston, and immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Rachel supported young men in navigating through the foster care system, and helped them in successfully transitioning into adulthood. She joined Boston Public Schools in 2020 and realized that this is where she was meant to be! Rachel is a wife, mother, and dog mama to Banks. She loves good food, good music, and a good laugh.

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Rawchayl Sahadeo, Instructional Leader2023-07-31T23:16:55+00:00

Rawchayl Sahadeo joined BDEA as an Instructional Leader in the school year 2019-2020. Before coming to BDEA, her work at Fenway High School spanned over 18 years which made her an experienced educator in the roles as a Humanities teacher, district Humanities coach, and a school teacher leader with a multiple of duties. She proudly has taught since 2002 as a full-time educator in the Boston Public Schools, with the last five years gaining experience working exclusively with Special Education students in regular education and substantially separate classrooms. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in English and Journalism-Reporting and two M.Ed. degrees from Tufts University and Simmons College. Rawchayl was raised in New York City and in a small rural town outside of Tampa, Florida. She enjoys reading, traveling, watching tv, and spending time with her family.

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Ricky Lambright, 2.0 Community Field Coordinator2022-04-30T23:50:38+00:00

Ricky Lambright is a new Community Field Coordinator at BDEA 2.0. Ricky is a Boston native that grew up in the heart of Roxbury. Prior to BDEA 2.0, Ricky worked for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) as a Senior Youth Worker for more than 22 years. He is very excited to be a part of the BDEA 2.0 Community. Ricky’s goal is to help motivate, exhort, and support students by helping them to reach their full potential on the core virtues of BDEA 2.0 (Accountability, Discipline, Empathy, Hard Work).

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Rita Gehrenbeck-Shim, Career Exploration Program Coordinator2023-01-17T00:23:22+00:00

Rita is thrilled to return to BDEA as the Career Exploration Program Coordinator. She is passionate about getting to know students and their interests to best inform decisions made around partnerships with outside organizations, and career exploration courses offered. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, walking, writing poetry, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Sadiyyah Mahdi, Biology Teacher2023-01-13T01:53:13+00:00

Sadiyyah Mahdi was born on Mars, but as she viewed that big blue orb in the night sky, she knew the red planet was only the start of her journey. After many weeks of training in their 20s, Mahdi was finally able to make a jump large enough to break free of the gravitational pull. They floated in space for a bit before tumbling to Earth and landing in pasta. They also decided that she/her or they/them pronouns best fit their definition of herself. They weren’t sure how they survived in space, so she decided to become a scientist and help younger beings make sense of the universe we all inhabit. She also doesn’t think Boston gets that cold after experiencing the vacuum of outer space.

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Sarah Barrington, Science Teacher, Department Head2020-09-14T19:26:21+00:00

Sarah joined the BDEA Science Department in 2012. Prior to joining BDEA, Sarah completed the Boston Teacher Residency program, teaching 9th grade Biology at Boston Latin Academy.

Before teaching Sarah was a shorebird specialist monitoring populations of endangered shorebirds and reporting the nesting data to the State and Federal Governments. Sarah has also interned at the New England Aquarium in the education program. Additionally she has worked as a Visitor Use Assistant with the National Park Service on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Sarah has also taught swim lessons and continues to teach swimming to students at BDEA.

Sarah holds a BA in Biology from Wheaton College and a M.Ed from UMass Boston.

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Sharif Muhammad, Technology and Capstone Teacher, Department Head2020-09-14T19:25:02+00:00

Sharif joined BDEA in 2002 as the Technology Instructor for both day and evening students. His classes include units on office software, web development and computer graphics, and he also is the instructor for students working on their Capstone projects. He holds a B.S. in Graphic/Web Design from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State University.  Sharif has a passion for art and design.  In 2012, he picked up oil painting and loves creating new works of art in his free time.

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Shirelle Williams, Junior Technician, Front Door2023-01-15T21:35:40+00:00
Solange Smith, School Nurse ext. 321522023-01-17T01:03:09+00:00

Solange joined the BDEA team in 2019. A proud Boston Public Schools alumna, Solange brings to BDEA over 12 successful years of nursing experience. Solange started her nursing career in 2009 after earning an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Roxbury Community College. She eventually went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and then a Master of Education degree from the School Nurse Education Program at Cambridge College.

Solange is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and has a passion for community health and making a difference in the lives of young people. Before coming to BPS, Solange served in various settings including as a community health nurse at Mattapan Community Health Center and as a transplant surgery nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Solange lives in Hyde Park with her husband, Nigel and son, Bryson. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her family.

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Stephanie Placeres-Kehoe, Substitute Teacher2023-10-03T20:28:10+00:00

Stephanie Placeres-Nunez Joined BDEA in March 2018 as a Cafeteria Attendant. Since joining BDEA she has worked as Head Chef and Substitute Teacher and has taught enrichment classes including Balling on a Budget and Real Estate/Home Buying. Stephanie has worked with youth for more than two decades as a youth care advocate and active foster parent. She also worked for more than 16 years in Account Management within the security field. Stephanie is dedicated to making an impact on anyone she comes in contact with. Her favorite things to say are “Living the Dream” and “Change Someone’s Day With Your Smile!” 

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T’Shango Mbilishaka, Humanities Teacher, 2.02023-10-03T18:22:13+00:00
Tatiana Hollins, Community Field Coordinator2021-09-23T19:46:56+00:00

Tatiana L. Hollins joined BDEA in the fall of 2021 as a Community Field Coordinator. Ms.Hollins is BPS graduate who considers herself to be a very proud African American lesbian woman from Boston who lives to give back to her community using restorative practices. Before arriving at BDEA, she worked as a paraprofessional with the sub-separate population at another BPS high school. While working at the other high school she had the opportunity to work as a GSA advisor for four year. Ms.Hollins is a huge fan of athletics and had the pleasure of coaching track, cheerleading and volleyball during her four years at her previous school. Ms.Hollins graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology while minoring in Urban Studies.

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Tehka Bowen, Coordinator of Special Education2023-01-13T01:56:34+00:00

Tehka Bowen, a fourth-generation Bostonian who grew up on Mission Hill in Roxbury, joined BDEA in 2021. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College. After working in many different professions, Ms. Bowen began her career in BPS as a substitute teacher. After receiving her  M.S. Ed. in Special Education from Simmons College, Ms. Bowen became a permanent teacher within BPS. She chose BPS, because of the ethnic and linguistic diversity represented by students and staff. During her career, Ms. Bowen has served in a variety of roles within both middle and high school settings across the district. She has taught within substantially separate, general education and inclusive settings. Ms. Bowen enjoys interacting with students, staff, parents, and community partners in her role as a Coordinator of Special Education.

Her love of learning and community service has taken her to many countries. Ms. Bowen’s ultimate goal is to visit every continent and to become proficient in a third language. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Tung Mai, Humanities Teacher2021-08-31T18:53:39+00:00

Tung Mai joined BDEA in 2021 as a Humanities Teacher. After graduating BPS, he went to Bunker Hill Community College, Lesley University, and on to receive a Masters in Education at UMass Boston. Mai’s commitment to improving the lives of his neighbors has taken him across life as an artist and educator with a focus on defining justice and progress through the eyes of future generations.

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Tyron Boswell, Physical Education Teacher2023-01-17T01:41:21+00:00

Boswell has joined BDEA as the Physical Education Teacher now spearheading the BDEA Athletic Department after previously working at BDEA as a Community Field Coordinator. Between these two roles, Boswell worked as a Social Worker, and a Division I Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Rhode Island, reaching the NCAA tournament twice. Boswell holds a B.S. in Communication from Northeastern University and an M.Ed. from the University of Rhode Island.

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Vicki Cantillo, School Psychologist2023-01-13T02:08:39+00:00

Vicki joined BDEA in 2022 as a School Psychologist. Before coming to BDEA, she worked as a reading specialist at English High School. Prior to joining BPS, Vicki came from the Randolph Public School System where she served for 22 years as a social worker, school psychologist/ team facilitator and reading specialist. Ms. Cantillo worked as a clinician with Justice Resource Institute/ DYS. Ms. Cantillo holds a B.A. in psychology from Boston University, an M.S.W in Social Work from Simmons University, a C.A.G.S./ Ed.S., in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and she is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P) through the Wilson Academy, Oxford, Massachusetts.

Vicki is a firm believer in life-long learning, all things chocolate, and Boston sports! Vicki has two fur babies- an English Bulldog and a Snow Shoe Siamese cat.

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Weddee Neuville-Henry, Literacy Specialist2023-01-13T02:13:44+00:00

Weddee joined the BDEA Humanities Department in 2020 as a Literacy Specialist. Before coming to BDEA, she worked as an inclusion specialist and a literacy intervention director at Charlestown High School. In the summer of 2017, Weddee spearheaded the Summer Reading Program, modeled after the award-winning program of Boston Arts Academy. Mrs. Neufville-Henry holds a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University, an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Educational Leadership, and a C.A.G.S. in Communication Disorders – Reading from Mass General Institute of Health Professions.

She is a firm believer in life-long learning, independent/ documentary films, and being in nature. She is married with two children and a cat. 

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