/BDEA Team
BDEA Team 2021-07-20T18:13:53+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 2021-05-19T17:40:22+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, 2.0 Program Leader, ext. 32145 2021-07-21T13:12:31+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 2020-12-11T15:53:10+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. 32141 2021-07-20T17:56:17+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 2021-09-13T20:30:02+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.

Andres Strohmeyer, Social Worker 2021-02-23T17:29:16+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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Angellica Diaz, PGP & Transition Year Advisor 2021-09-23T19:43:53+00:00

Angellica Diaz is the new transition year advisor at BDEA in the PGP office. Angellica was born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved to Boston when she was 17 to attend college. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Babson College and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in GIS mapping at Northeastern University. In her spare time, Angellica loves rock climbing, backpacking, cooking, and painting.

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Antione White, Teaching Assistant 2021-03-22T14:03:54+00:00

Antoine White (he/his) is a BDEA graduate of 2020 teaching humanity courses alongside his mentor David Jones within the BDEA 2.0 program. He is studying diligently to become a licensed electrician through Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Some of his interests include art, traveling, learning/conversations on history, and evolution. He aspires to one day become a licensed Electrician who also builds, designs and sells homes.

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Benadette Manning, Math & Computer Science Teacher, 2.0 2021-07-19T16:38:49+00:00

Benadette is a math teacher at the BDEA’s 2.0 Program. 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, Humanities Teacher 2021-02-23T17:26:30+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
Calvin Williams, Community Field Coordinator 2021-11-08T18:16:00+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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Camella Scott, Data and Accountability Analyst 2021-07-21T13:08:03+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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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 2021-07-06T13:45:01+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, 2.0 2021-07-19T13:31:42+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 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 2021-09-09T13:21:13+00:00

Claire (she/her) began working as the Advancement Associate in 2020 after working in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer focusing in youth development. 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, she enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and warm weather.

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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, 2.0 2021-07-19T13:26:40+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 2021-07-20T18:01:59+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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Elliot Magoon, Teaching Assistant 2021-03-22T14:19:55+00:00

Elliot Magoon graduated from BDEA in 2020 and signed up for the TA program soon after. He is interested in a career in teaching and is planning on going to college in 2022. Some of Elliots interests include reading, history, music, animals and movies. You can find him in Intro History with his mentor teacher Mr. Thomas.

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Erin McIsaac, Teaching Assistant 2021-05-13T18:48:18+00:00

Hey everyone! This is Erin McIsaac (pronouns are she/hers). She is a BDEA graduate (April 2020) who teaches alongside Mr. Boulanger in Literary Writing and Advanced History. She is also a current freshman in college, majoring in Psychology. Some of her interests include animals, art, music, photography, reading, writing, and all things horror! She aspires to one day become a teacher at Boston Day and Evening, and travel around the world!

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Greg Dias, BPS Security Services, ext. 32157 2021-07-14T18:07:42+00:00
Hannah Erickson, Science Teacher, Distance Learning Program 2021-07-06T14:01:07+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 Operations ext. 32140 2021-07-20T17:59:47+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 2021-07-21T13:15:06+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 2021-05-19T17:30:05+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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Jill Kantrowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement 2021-11-09T18:50:38+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 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, 2.0 2021-07-19T13:24:26+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 Teacher 2021-05-19T17:37:50+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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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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Kenese Cohen, Teaching Assistant 2021-01-21T14:26:51+00:00

Kenese Cohen (she/her) is a recent BDEA graduate and current teacher’s assistant. She is assisting Ms. Hallisey with the Literary Writing course. Ms. Cohen is also a freshman at Simmons University, where she plans on majoring in English. She is passionate about the art of storytelling: whether through animation, literature, music, or even gaming. While Ms. Cohen doesn’t have one specific occupation that she’d like to follow, she is determined to use storytelling as a way to positively impact others! 

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Latashia Furtado, School Climate and Family Engagement Coordinator, ext. 32149 2021-09-13T20:43:33+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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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 2021-09-13T20:33:23+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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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 2021-07-21T13:22:41+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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Michael Mensah, Deskside Support Technician 2021-07-22T17:16:48+00:00

Michael Mensah is from West-Africa (Ghana). He came to the United States in the year 2017, He works with an MSP company called Tech Networks of Boston that handles BDEA’s onsite tech issues. Michael is the main person who handles most of the technology issues onsite for BDEA.

He is a Christian and believes in the Bible and Jesus Christ the Messiah. He is very friendly and loves all people.

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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 2021-09-13T20:53:13+00:00

Nafisa joined the BDEA family in 2020. She is part of the PGP team as a College Advisor. Nafisa completed her Bachelor’s degree in marketing at Suffolk University in 2020. She worked at Bunker Hill Community College as a testing protocol and administrative assistant. She enjoys volunteering in her community. Nafisa’s love for traveling came after her study abroad in Spain. She is currently taking classes at Boston University hoping to get her master’s degree in Psychology. She is super excited to work with everyone this upcoming year.

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Nelson Laboy, Community Field Coordinator 2021-11-08T18:14:15+00:00

Nelson Laboy is new to the BDEA team as a Community Field Coordinator.  Laboy was born in Boston, MA and grew up in the Egleston Square community in Roxbury. He has been a mentor and training coach in basketball and softball for the last 13 years, which has always inspired him to continue his dream to continue to be a mentor to young men and young women.

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Nilo Ashraf, Science Teacher 2021-09-13T20:23:02+00:00

Nury Marcelino, School Psychologist/Clinical Coordinator, ext. 32146 2018-11-28T20:08:27+00:00
Omari Mobley, Community Field Coordinator 2021-10-26T19:40:16+00:00

Omari M. Mobley joined BDEA in the fall of 2021 as a Community Field Coordinator. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Son of retired educators Karen and Greg Mobley and only brother of Nia-Kamil, Dara-Amira and Kheri Jelani. Mobley went to prep school and graduated from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, then continued his academic and athletic career at Merrimack College in North Andover where he played football all four years and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Briefly played arena football in New Hampshire, and still loves to play flag football, and basketball in his spare time. Other hobbies include, reading, yoga, working out, video games, chess, cooking, golfing, drinking wine, and dancing.  Before arriving at BDEA, he worked as a paraprofessional in Lowell, Lawrence and Lynn at the middle school and high school level. Looking forward to coaching the men’s basketball team as well as the chess club here at BDEA and implement SEL while simultaneously breaking down the white supremacy culture.

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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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Quinn Soto, Math Teacher 2021-09-13T19:59:47+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, Operations Specialist 2021-11-08T18:18:42+00:00
Rachel Revis, Social Worker, 2.0 2021-07-19T13:33:53+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 2021-07-20T18:07:58+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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Sara Fass, Numeracy Specialist 2021-09-14T13:52:26+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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Sasia Doman, Family Liasion 2021-08-23T19:28:17+00:00

Sasia Doman is the new Family Liaison staff; part of the student support team. She brings with her a background in education, mental health, and advocacy. Sasia was born and grew up in Dorchester, MA. She received her initial exposure to education through the Metco Program, attending school in Brookline, MA. After graduating high school, she became a corps member of City Year Boston in 2008, serving out of the James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain. Sasia attended the schools of Bunker Hill Community College, Lesley University, and Umass Boston, wherein she attained degrees in criminal justice, psychology and mental health counseling. Sasia worked in the early childhood education field for 10 years as an educator and family advocate. Sasia began her BSP experience in the Roxbury YMCA’s BPS lead kindergarten program in 2016, and transitioned to the McKinley South End program in 2018. She worked with students, families, and staff, providing family, academic, and social emotional support services. Sasia is excited to begin her new journey with Boston Day and Evening!

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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 2021-09-13T20:47:58+00:00
Solange Smith, School Nurse ext. 32152 2021-09-13T20:02:10+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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Soniel Deceus, Community Field Coordinator, ext. 32148 2021-09-13T20:40:22+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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Tatiana Hollins, Community Field Coordinator 2021-09-23T19:46:56+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 Education 2021-08-31T19:05:10+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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Terry Landon, LICSW, Clinician& Consultant at Wediko 2021-08-30T17:53:09+00:00

Terry works at Wediko (part of The Home) and has come to BDEA a couple of times a week for the past five years to meet with young adults who have asked for some additional support.  She has a B.A. in Sociology from an HBCU (University of MD, Eastern Shore) and was initially set on being a researcher.  A summer working with students from Boston changed the trajectory of her career and her life, landing Terry at Wediko, where she spent years working with children, teens, young adults, and their mothers.  Along the way she got an MSW from Salem State University.  Thirty-eighty years later she is here at BDEA talking with students and staff about ways to make our journey through life more meaningful, if not easier.  She spends her spare time playing with her pet pigs and chickens and doing questionable arts and crafts.

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Travis Ruff, Teaching Assistant 2021-05-19T17:14:32+00:00

Travis Ruff is a recent BDEA graduate and now teachers assistant. He teaches alongside Ms. Mills in Evolution and Genetics 1. Travis will be a freshman at college in September of 2021. Some of his interests and favorite activities include music, animals, reading, horror movies, cooking, hiking, and especially kayaking! In the future Travis wants to become a scientist. 

One day, Travis aspires to be like Elon musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Albert Einstein, his heroes.

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Tung Mai, Humanities Teacher 2021-08-31T18:53:39+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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Valdir Lima – Senior Career Specialist, PIC 2021-03-17T19:01:20+00:00

Valdir Lima is a Senior Career Specialist and Program Coordinator at BDEA through our partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council. Valdir joined BDEA in 2021.

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Weddee Neuville-Henry, Literacy Specialist 2021-05-19T17:26:46+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, Pathway Coordinator, 2.0 2021-07-19T13:36:17+00:00

Zachary Solis is the new Pathway Coordinator at BDEA 2.0. He was previously employed at UMass Boston as an Educational Outreach Counselor, where he worked in partnership with Jeremiah Burke and Madison Park High School, serving students in post-secondary planning. Zachary thoroughly enjoyed working with the high school students and having the ability to be versatile in my experiences. Additionally, he brings a unique perspective to BDEA 2.0, being that his background is in business. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Hartford and his M.B.A. from UMass Boston. In closing, Zachary is excited to work with the amazing students and staff of BDEA 2.0 and looking forward to a successful school year.

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