/BDEA Team
BDEA Team 2020-09-18T16:04:28+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

A. Erik Barajas, Data Analyst Associate 2020-09-04T18:39:14+00:00

Erik joined the BDEA team in 2020 as the Data and Accountability Associate. Prior to joining BDEA he worked for the study abroad office at Boston College. He holds a B.B.A in Marketing from St. Mary’s University and a M.A. in International Relations from Texas State University. He enjoys baking, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

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Aaron Stone, Science Teacher 2020-03-30T19:07:32+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, Lead Teacher, ext. 32145 2020-03-26T14:49:16+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 Teacher 2020-03-26T15:12:04+00:00

This is Akshata’s first year on the BDEA Humanities team, where she teaches Literature courses. Prior to joining BDEA, Akshata completed her teaching practicum with the Sheltered English Immersion team at Charlestown High School. Before working in instruction, Akshata’s background was in education policy with the School-Community Partnerships Office and Data and Accountability Office at Boston Public Schools, as well as with the Board of Trustees at Boston Arts Academy. In 2014, she received a Fulbright-Nehru research grant to study how social organizations in India better monitored impact data. She also served as a director of case management at an emergency homeless shelter in Cambridge, MA,  where she grew up. 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. She is licensed in English as a Second Language as well as in English Language Arts.

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Alison Hramiec, Head of School ext. 32141 2018-11-28T20:02:46+00:00

Alison Hramiec has spent the last 15 years re-defining what school looks like for Boston’s most at risk high school population. Her tenure at Boston Day and Evening Academy began in 2004 as one of the founding science teachers for the Day program. In 2008 after completing her principal training and being mentored by the BDEA leadership team she was hired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Through her leadership, she has helped bring clarity to the school’s competency-based program methodology, helping it become known nationwide. Alison is the lead designer of BDEA’s summer institute, REAL (Responsive Education Alternative Lab), which provides educators from around the country the tools to transform student learning to ‘student-centered’ learning.

As of July 1st 2015, she is BDEA’s new Head of School.

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Alyson Harris, Guidance Counselor, ext. 32156 2020-03-25T18:22:40+00:00

Guidance Counselor, Student Support & Post-Graduate Planning
617 635-6789 x 32156
617 839-9258

Alyson joined the BDEA community in 2013 as the Student Admissions Manager and joined the Student Support Team in July 2015. 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.

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Amarilys Taveras, Teaching Assistant 2020-09-18T16:07:14+00:00

Mentor Teacher: Ms. Barrington

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Andres Strohmeyer, Social Worker 2020-03-26T15:13:13+00:00

Andrés joined the BDEA Student Support Team in 2018 to help provide counseling to our amazing crew of students.  He has dedicated his career to providing support for young adults in his hometown of Boston. He attended Boston Public Schools, has a B.A. in English and Political Science from UMass Boston, and an MSW from Simmons College.  Andrés is always happy to talk about tennis, maps, and figuring out adulthood.

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Angelica Pascual, Community Field Coordinator, ext. 32158 2020-09-04T18:37:17+00:00

 Angelica Pascual has been a part of the BDEA Student Support family since 2018-2019 SY.  When she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2013, she knew her passion lied in working with inner city youth. She wanted to be a mentor among students who were just like her growing up.

Fun Facts: Angelica plays on an all women’s tackle football team as a running back! She played Field Hockey and Basketball in college.
Benadette Manning, Math Teacher, Pilot 2020-03-26T15:28:19+00:00

Benadette is a math teacher at the BDEA/Pilot. She has been teaching for over a quarter of a century as an English teacher (Saint Ann’s Catholic School Houston, TX), a Math teacher (Fenway High School, Timiltiy and Tech Boston Academy ), and a high school dean (Cambridge Rindge and Latin).  She received a bachelors degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Wisconsin and a masters degree in Education from Harvard University.  She has been National Board Certified since 1998 and twice runner up for the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching.  She is the co-founder of, a non-profit that installs beehives in elementary-high schools and college.   She believes that all students can learn math and that students need the support of their teacher, a tutor, and their family in order to become competent.    In her spare time, she is a triathlete,  tinkers with microcontrollers and microprocessors, mother of four, and a grandmother of one.

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Bernadette Kuan, Literacy Specialist 2020-03-26T14:31:24+00:00

Bernadette joined BDEA as a Humanities teacher in the Evening program in the fall of 2011. She completed the Boston Teacher Residency Program where her studies included Adolescent Development, Literacy, Language, Power and Democracy, Learning in a Cultural Context, Foundations of Teaching, Introduction to Special Education, and Behavioral Management. During the program, she taught at the Washington Irving Middle School in a sixth grade English Language Arts classroom. Her previous work includes Sylvan Learning, where she served as a teacher and site coordinator, Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco, CA, where she taught English and Sociology of Gender to enrich and support the education of fifth and sixth graders, and the Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services, where she served as a trained crisis counselor. Bernadette holds a preliminary license in Special Education, and an initial license in English Language Arts. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Bob Benson, Sr. Custodian ext. 32142 2018-11-28T20:03:42+00:00
Camella Scott, Data and Accountability Analyst 2020-03-26T15:23:16+00:00

Cam joined BDEA in 2018. Previously, she served as the Innovation Systems Designer for Boston Public Schools, where she worked to improve processes that enable the spread of innovation throughout the district. Prior to that, she measured program impact for Metanoia Community Development Corporation.

Cam is a former Education Pioneer Fellow, Bonner Leader alumna, and has served as both an Americorps VISTA and Site Coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. She obtained her B.S. in Business Administration at the College of Charleston, her MBA in Business Analytics at Clemson University, and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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Chandrea Peng, Humanities Teacher 2020-03-26T14:53:23+00:00

Chandrea joined the BDEA Humanities Department in 2016. Before coming to BDEA, she completed the Boston Teacher Residency program, teaching 11th grade English. In the summer of 2014, Chandrea taught 6th grade Writing for Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in Education from Bryn Mawr College, and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a Posse Scholar and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

Chandrea is a huge fan of “The Office”. She loves petting dogs, reading think pieces, sharing memes, and chasing frisbees in her spare time.

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Chanté Bonds, Math Teacher, Department Head 2020-09-14T19:22:47+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, Community Field Coordinator, Pilot 2020-03-26T15:05:37+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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Cheuper Freeman, Community Field Coordinator, Pilot 2020-03-25T16:16:44+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 Teacher 2020-03-25T18:23:35+00:00

Chris  joined BDEA in 2004 as a teacher in the math department. Previously, Chris taught at the Thompson Middle School in Mattapan, and the King Middle School in Dorchester. Chris has also worked as an Operations Manager at Staples, and at BankBoston, where he participated in their educational grant program by volunteering time to read to children. He also created the Black History Month program at BankBoston. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University.

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Claire Gracia, Advancement Associate 2020-09-22T16:19:00+00:00

Claire began working as the Advancement Associate in 2020 after working as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. She graduated from Bryant University with a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish. Claire is passionate about community and youth development. In her spare time, Claire enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, hanging out with friends and taking care of her plants.

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Crystal Pepin, School Secretary and Operations Specialist 2020-09-08T18:48:38+00:00

Crystal joined the BDEA community in January 2020 and honorably took on the role of being the School Secretary and Operations Specialist. She has a passion for creativity, DIY projects, interior design, and event planning. Crystal also spends most of my time creating memories with close friends and family.

Crystal Shah, Science Teacher 2020-03-26T14:58:58+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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David Jones, Humanities Teacher, Pilot 2020-03-25T18:25:56+00:00

David Jones is a humanities teacher that has been with BDEA since 2015. His primary focus has been History, but he has also taught Research, Capstone, and Hip Hop Nation. David graduated from University of Kansas with his B.A. in Political Science in 2009. After finishing his bachelors, David worked at the state house in Kansas in the governor’s office under Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson, and in the House of Representatives with Dennis Moore (KS-3). David then moved to Boston to work with an education non-profit. His work at City Year influenced his desire to be in the classroom. David earned his M.A. in Education with the Boston Teachers Residency in 2012, and has taught in BPS since then.  In 2017/18 school year he was elected as building representative for Boston Teacher Union.  As a Teach Plus Alumni, his interest in education outside of the classroom focuses on education policy. Outside of the realm of education he enjoys creating visual arts, music, writing, traveling, and outdoor activities.

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Elisabeth Ewick, Special Education Coordinator ext. 32146 2020-03-25T17:25:37+00:00

Although Elisabeth joined the staff of BDEA in 2010, this is not her first time as a part of the BDEA community. From 2001-2006, she served as the Learning Center and Literacy Director for Boston Day and Evening Academy. Elisabeth has ten years of experience in urban education working within the Boston Public School system at Fenway High School and the Boston Teacher Residency Program, and teaching graduate-level courses at Northeastern University for teachers seeking certification as special educators. She has a solid background in supporting teachers to design classrooms to meet the needs of diverse learners in the inclusive classroom.

Elisabeth designed the learning center at Fenway High School, a model, which helped students with learning differences to succeed in post secondary education. She holds a B.A in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.Ed. from Lesley University.

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Erin McIsaac, Teaching Assistant 2020-09-18T16:11:01+00:00

Mentor Teacher: Mr. Boulanger

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Gabrielle Guity – Senior Career Specialist, PIC 2020-03-26T15:32:38+00:00

 Gabrielle Guity is a Senior Career Specialist and Program Coordinator at BDEA through our partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council. Gabrielle joined BDEA in 2019.

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Greg Dias, School Police, ext. 32157 2020-03-25T17:22:35+00:00
Hannah Erickson, Science Teacher, Pilot 2020-09-10T17:23:50+00:00

Hannah began at BDEA in 2011 after completing the Boston Teacher Residency program.  She holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family and her adorable dog Frankie

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Irma Camacho, Director of Operaitons ext. 32140 2020-09-11T16:42:15+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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Jacob Cipro, Science Teacher , Seminar 2020-03-25T16:51:35+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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Janet Platt, Lead Teacher, ext. 32145 2020-03-26T14:57:47+00:00

Janet joined BDEA in 2004 with the start of the Day Program. Previously, she taught Math in the Reading (MA) Public Schools, and Physics in Njikwa, Cameroon with the Peace Corps. She has also worked as a Math textbook editor. Janet’s classes focus on teaching students how to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers, gaining confidence and trust in themselves as students and in their ability to solve problems, value the lessons in mistakes they make, and to feel confident and satisfied in their abilities as mathematicians and as students. Janet regularly uses BDEA’s Project Month to create pinhole cameras with her students, who then present this work at BDEA’s annual Symposium. Students use math, physics, art, and logics to create the cameras. Janet holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an M.Ed. with a concentration in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is currently working toward certification in Special Education.

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Jennie Hallisey, Humanities Teacher 2020-09-22T16:02:40+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 Mills, Science Teacher 2020-09-14T19:18:05+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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John Pike, Math Teacher 2020-03-26T15:01:29+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, Pilot 2020-03-26T15:35:17+00:00
Joseph Boulanger, Humanities Teacher 2020-09-14T19:21:19+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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Julia Stoller, Math Teacher 2020-03-26T15:04:10+00:00

Julia joined the BDEA math department in the fall of 2017. Before that, Julia taught at Dorchester Academy and student taught at the Burke High School.

Julia is passionate about art and LGBTQ inclusion. She incorporates drawing, painting and photography into her math classes and lead a Project Month class that taught Geometry through art projects. Regarding LGBTQ inclusion, Julia ran the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Dorchester Academy and continues to be involved in making BDEA a queer-friendly space for students and staff.

Julia holds a BA in Education Policy from Brown University and a M.Ed from UMass Boston. She earned her M.Ed through the Boston Teacher Residency.

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Julie Gray-Parks, Humanities Teacher 2020-03-25T17:17:13+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, School Climate and Family Engagement Coordinator, ext. 32149 2020-03-25T17:18:48+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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Lauren Barry, Director of Institutional Advancement 2020-03-26T15:23:45+00:00

Lauren joined the BDEA team in 2019 as the Director of Institutional Advancement. She is passionate about eliminating barriers to education for Boston students, and has focused on supporting alternative pathways for students to achieve a high school diploma for much of her career.

Prior to joining BDEA, Lauren worked as a high school history teacher, and as a central office administrator for Boston Public Schools. She holds a BA in History from the University of CT, an MAT from Northeastern University, and an MA in History from American Public University.  In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, traveling, and boxing.

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Lawrence Hutcheson, Math Teacher 2018-03-07T17:42:15+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. 32151 2020-03-25T17:30:00+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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Magdalene Moise, Admissions Manager, ext. 32155 2020-03-25T17:36:30+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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Marc Lazare, Science Teacher 2020-03-26T15:11:23+00:00
Margie Samp, Director, Post Graduate Planning ext. 32144 2020-03-25T17:35:56+00:00

Margie joined BDEA in 2000. Her work with BDEA students 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 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.

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Michelle Allman, Math Teacher 2020-09-14T19:19:35+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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Nafisa Bilal, College Advisor 2020-09-01T18:35:12+00:00
Norman Lowe, Student Support Coordinator, ext. 32154 2020-03-25T17:45:28+00:00

Norman joined Boston Day and Evening Academy in 2002 as a Student Support Services Coordinator and was recently named director of the department.  Norman offers support for students in social emotional health, attendance and retention, and works to introduce students to relevant and eye-opening experiences that will help them in their studies, and prepare them for life after high school. In 2002, Norm organized a reading and book signing with Author Michael Patrick McDonald. McDonald shared excerpts from his book All Souls, which resonated with students and got them excited about reading. Norman holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and an M.S.W. from Boston College.  In 2013 he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cathedral High School. “I acknowledge and honor my position as a role model, particularly for the young men of color with whom I work.”

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Nury Marcelino, School Psychologist/Clinical Coordinator, ext. 32146 2018-11-28T20:08:27+00:00
Octavius Nunes, Teaching Assistant 2020-09-21T17:52:06+00:00

Mentor Teacher: Ms. Erickson

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Owen Thomas, Humanities Teacher 2020-03-26T15:15:10+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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Rachel Revis, 2.0 Social Worker 2020-09-04T18:41:12+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 group home 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 BPS in 2020 as a social work substitute at Boston Arts Academy, and knew schools is where she wanted to be.
When she’s not working she loves everything Beyonce, the beach, good food, music and films.

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Rawchayl Sahadeo, Lead Teacher 2020-03-26T15:26:40+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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Rosalinda Midence, Community Field Coordinator, ext. 32143 2020-03-26T15:07:34+00:00

Rosalinda joined BDEA in 2018 as a Community Field Coordinator.

Her professional experience extends 24 years of educating, mentoring, and advocating for students through out the school district. Rosalinda is also a Boston Teachers Union Organizer and serves on The BTU COPE- Committee on Political Education and recently joined the Restorative Justice Committee.

Rosalinda earned a B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies, and M.Ed. in School Counseling from Cambridge College and is a Certified Spanish Medical  Interpreter and Translator for Bay State Interpreters. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and her pet.

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Santos Rios, AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring 2020-09-25T13:24:44+00:00

Before receiving a BA from Hampshire College in 2019, Santos was a member of the BDEA community as a student at the flagship and graduated in 2014 with a James Baldwin Scholarship. Six years later, he finds himself reunited with the BDEA family as a staff member (SST) dedicated to utilizing his experiences as a BDEA alum, college graduate, and professional to support the students at BDEA 2.0. During his undergrad, Santos was heavily engaged with critical race theory, sports, politics and their intersections. Santos is currently the AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring. Santos is a huge fan of sports – particularly basketball, music, and gaming.

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Sara Fass, Numeracy Specialist 2018-03-07T17:35:49+00:00

Sara joined BDEA in 2003 as a math teacher. Her math classes included an interdisciplinary approach to numeracy, and she also used volunteer resources to provide extra support for her students. In the 2010-2011 school year, Sara became the Numeracy Specialist, providing one-on-one and group support for students who struggle with Math. Sara holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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Sarah Barrington, Science Teacher, Department Head 2020-09-14T19:26:21+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 Head 2020-09-14T19:25:02+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 Door 2020-03-25T17:38:34+00:00
Solange Smith, School Nurse ext. 32152 2020-03-25T17:35:16+00:00

Solange joined the BDEA team in 2019. A proud Boston Public Schools alumna, Solange brings to BDEA over 10 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 dog, Ziggy. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in boot camp fitness training and spending time with her family.

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Soniel Deceus, Community Field Coordinator, ext. 32148 2020-09-11T17:43:17+00:00

After graduating HS in Fort Lauderdale FL, Soniel moved to Boston in 2002 to attend Umass Boston and studied Psychology.  Soniel has been working at BPS since 2008.   He spent time working in Special Education as an ABA Tech and paraprofessional.  He joined the BDEA Student Support Team as a CFC in March 2020.  Soniel is an avid Boston Celtics fan and enjoys playing pickup basketball , strength training, soccer, and cooking.

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Tyron Boswell, Community Field Coordinator, ext. 32158 2020-03-26T15:33:40+00:00

Tyron Boswell joined BDEA in 2019 as a Community Field Coordinator (CFC). A graduate of Northeastern University, Boswell grew up in the very same community that BDEA resides. He has worked as a social worker, as well as a division 1 men’s basketball coach for the past 5 years, reaching the NCAA tournament twice. Boswell enjoys working out as well as spending time with family.

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Weddee Neuville-Henry, Literacy Specialist 2020-09-04T18:33:55+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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Zachary Solis, 2.0 Pathway Coordinator 2020-08-31T17:56:02+00:00

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