Lisa Gilbert-SmithHead of School
Lisa Gilbert-Smith joined BPE to serve as Head of School for Dearborn STEM Academy in 2015. Previously, she served as Headmaster for Another Course to College, a pilot high school in the Boston Public School system for the past six years. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Education Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She began her career in education at the Edward M. Kennedy School for Health Careers where she taught Allied Health Careers, served as a guidance counselor and was a member of the school’s leadership team. Lisa has worked in middle school administration, high school administration and served as an administrator on the university level. Lisa is a proud graduate of the Boston Public School System and is a first generation college graduate. She was raised in Mattapan in a single-parent household and is forever grateful for the sacrifices that her mom made to ensure that she received an excellent education.
Aaron AlexiusEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
There may be some truth to the idea that Mr. Alexius has been trying to become a library for most of his life. From his early days in California, through high school in Louisiana, you could always find a book somewhere near him, in the process of being plugged into his brain. Mr. Alexius continued to feed his reading habit at the Scholars’ College in North Louisiana where he studied Philosophy of Language and World Religions, where he wrote his longest paper on the musical spirituality of John Coltrane. Mr. Alexius’ Masters in Education was awarded through the Boston Teacher Residency program, a fine place to read about reading. Mr. Alexius’ teaching experiences range from grade 2 through grade 12, with guest lectures at his home university. He has taught in New Orleans and Boston for seven years. When he is not inhaling books or riding bikes, Mr. Alexius teaches the English Language at Dearborn STEM Academy.
Estefania AlvesSocial Worker
Estefania Alves has worked in the Boston Public Schools for the past 5 years. She grew up in Dorchester, MA and is a BPS graduate. She attended Boston College where she received her Bachelors degree in Human Development and a Masters degree in Social Work. After college she worked for the late Mayor Thomas Menino in his Office of Neighborhood Services Department. Estefania returned to school in 2010 at Boston University where she earned a Masters degree in Education. She taught ESL at Boston International High School for 3 years then moved on to be a Student Support Coordinator/Social Worker for the following 2 years at the same school. Estefania was the Senior Class Advisor and she started the first Student Government Body at Boston International. She speaks Cape Verdean Creole, English and conversational Spanish.
Matthew AndradeMath Teacher
Mr. Andrade received both his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMASS Boston). Mr. Andrade has a strong passion to empower and prepare our young scholars to be future leaders. He believes Black Lives Matter and is truly committed to addressing social justice issues while improving the urban education system. “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.”
Joao BarrosDean of Students
Joao Barros attended high school in Sao Filipe, Fogo CV at Dr. Teixeira De Sousa Secondary School. He has been in education for 10 years now and has been at Dearborn STEM Academy for three years. He started off teaching ESL in Cape Verde for 3 years then worked at the Ralph Waldo Elementary School, the McCormack Middle School and currently Dearborn STEM Academy. Mr. Barros could not attend college in Cape Verde because there were no college or universities at the time. In the U.S. he worked and attended school full time, graduating from Lesley University. He has coached boys soccer in BPS for seven years and was elected coach of the year on one occasion.
Gayle BastaracheMath Teacher
This is Ms. Bastarache's first year at Dearborn Academy. Last year, she taught Algebra 1 at Dorchester Academy. For the first
25 years of her career, she was a teacher/coach for Lynn Public Schools where she gained experience teaching students in grades 6 through 12.
Teaching 6th grade was one of her fondest memories and she is very excited to be teaching 6th grade math at Dearborn Academy. Ms. Bastarache received her Bachelor's Degree from Salem State University, where she majored in mathematics. While there, she received the Thomas Lathrop Award for Excellence in Mathematics and was President of the Mathematical Society. As a teacher in Lynn, she was a Walmart Teacher of the Year in 1986 and a recipient of the Educator of Distinction Award from The National Society of High School Scholars in 2011.
A few years ago, her son challenged her to go back to school to earn a Master's Degree in Education. She attended Cambridge College and graduated in 2015.
Molly McKay BrysonHistory Teacher
Molly McKay Bryson began teaching Economics and Government at Frayser High in Memphis and most recently taught Political Science through Northeastern University's Foundation Year. This past year she completed her Masters in Learning and Teaching as an Urban Scholar at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Molly grew up in Alaska and yet Boston winters still surprise her. She is passionate about public education, student voice, and learning that is meaningful to life outside of school.
Crystal CampbellCoordinator of Special Education Services
"Ms. Crystal Campbell is the Coordinator of Special Education and Student Services (COSESS) for Dearborn STEM Academy. She has worked for BPS for the past 7 years. Prior to joining the BPS family, she attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education with fluency in American Sign Language. After earning her Bachelor's she then moved to Boston to attend Boston University and earned a Master's degree in Reading Education. Ms. Campbell has a passion for education and is happy to be a part of the Dearborn STEM Academy team.
John CancillaEnglish Language Arts Special Education
Mr. Cancilla is an 8th and 9th grade teacher at Dearborn STEM Academy. He studied history and computer science at Siena College in New York before earning his Master's in Teaching at Brandeis University. He was born and raised in Pittsfield and currently lives in Dorchester. This is his second year at Dearborn STEM Academy and fourth year teaching overall. He previously taught history and English at New Bedford High School. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and making music.
Camilla ChodkowskiChemistry Teacher
Camila Chodkowski went to Smith College for her undergraduate degree and got her Master's Degree through Boston Teacher Residency and UMASS Boston. She’s originally from Queens, New York. This year is her 2nd year of working at Dearborn STEM Academy. She has been teaching since 2015. She did her BTR year at BCLA (Boston Community Leadership Academy). In her free time, she loves spending time with her lizard. Ms. Chodkowski strives to be the best Chemistry teacher she can be!
Bruce DaSilvaPhys-Ed Teacher
Bruce DaSilva is currently the Physical Education Teacher at Dearborn STEM Academy. Prior to DSA, he served as a Dean at McCormack Middle School for 9 years. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University Massachusetts Boston. He majored in Human Services with a minor in youth work. Currently, he is the Assistant Coach at O’Bryant High School. Bruce played high school and college basketball with a brief stint oversees in his ancestral country Cape Verde Islands. His enjoys teaching and playing sports.
Guilhermia Debarros-DePina (Mina DePina)Guidance (MS)
Jennifer De Jesús RamosELA Teacher
Ms. De Jesús Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor's from the University of Puerto Rico. While there, she learned about Boston Teacher Residency and decided to move to Boston to be part of the program and obtain her Master’s degree. She has now been in Boston for 8 years and has worked as a high school ESL and ELA teacher, as well as an academic advisor. Ms. De Jesus is excited to be part of the Dearborn STEM Academy community and to share her passion of writing and literature with her students.
Amy DeMatteoDirector of ELL
Amy holds a BA in Middle Childhood Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. In the field of education, she has served as an English, Humanities and ESL teacher and an ELL Specialist. She has also worked in the field of global health, as serving families of multicultural and linguistically-diverse backgrounds has been a long-time passion. Amy is excited to be on the DSA team!
Kimberly DomercantELA Teacher
Kimberly Domercant has had experience teaching 10th and 12th grade ELA. She did her Boston Teacher Residency year at Jeremiah Burke High School and served as a City Year Corps member as an ELA program coordinator. This is her second year at Dearborn STEM Academy. Her first year was as a 6th/7th grade History Teacher and this year as a 6th and 7th grade ELA teacher.
Natanael DuarteSEI/SIFE Instructor
Mr. Duarte graduated from University of Coimbra, Portugal; Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO; and University of Massachusetts, In Boston. He's from Cape Verde and has been a teacher for 17 years and has taught at Dearborn STEM Academy for 5 years. Before working at Dearborn STEM Academy, Mr. Duarte worked at the Ralph Waldo Emerson elementary school. His biggest accomplishment is becoming a father.
Marna EckelsPhysics and Engineering Teacher
Marna Eckels is a physics teacher at Dearborn STEM Academy. Before becoming a teacher, she earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at Boston University and worked as an engineer on technical projects including an implantable artificial heart, satellite communication systems, and airfare search engines. She then earned a M.Ed. from UMASS Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency program, and has been teaching physics and math in Boston and Cambridge since 2010. In addition to reading about science, she enjoys swimming, riding her bicycle, and trying not to kill her garden.
Marie-Gessy ExantusSchool Nurse
Joshua FidalgoDean of Student Life
Joshua Fidalgo has been with Dearborn STEM Academy for the past three years in various roles. Josh received his undergraduate degree from Regis College and is completing his Masters degree at Boston College in Administrative Studies. He was born and raised in the Dorchester/ Roxbury area, and currently sits on the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative's Board of Directors. Josh is excited and passionate about continuing his work with the Dearborn community.
Marisel Figueroa-MarreroSST Staff Lead
Rosemary FinleyHumanities/Language (Spanish) Teacher
Ms. Finley is a native of Long Island, NY and currently lives in South Boston. She earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Roxbury Community College. After earning her A.A., Ms. Finley was chosen to receive the Foster Furcolo Scholarship, a full scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she completed a B.A. in Music and Spanish Linguistics. Ms. Finley attended the Boston Teacher Residency where she earned her M.Ed. with a focus in English Language Arts. Ms. Finley’s interest in education stems from her early exposure to English Literature and Spanish Language during after school programs for students at her grade school. It was then that she began to learn Spanish informally. Ms. Finley continued her Spanish language and cultural studies at high school, and was awarded the Middletown High School Spanish Achievement award upon graduation. Later, she focused in Spanish Linguistics and Jazz Vocals in college where her interest in education was deepened through volunteer student leadership experiences. Prior to joining Dearborn STEM Academy, Ms. Finley taught at the Boston Green Academy, and did her residency year the Jeremiah Burke High School. When not teaching Ms. Finley enjoys snowboarding, playing music and writing poetry.
Wisline FrançoisHumanities Teacher
Wisline François grew up in Boston and is a former BPS student. She completed her undergraduate education at Pine Manor College and her Master's degree from UMass Boston. She has demonstrated through her community engagement and affiliations that she is committed to social responsibility and civic engagement. As an educator Wisline is dedicated to self-improvement and providing students with an excellent culturally-sensitive educational experience.
Jennifer GoodmanSEI History Teacher
Eliza GriscomComputer Science Teacher
Delia HarringtonMath Special Education
Danielle HughesScience Teacher
Danielle Hughes is a Science teacher at the Dearborn STEM Academy. She was born in Brussels, Belgium and has a multi-cultural family background. She has worked in the Boston Public Schools for the past five years. She attended UMASS Amherst where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and Umass Boston where she earned a Masters degree in Education. Danielle joined the Dearborn STEM Academy team in 2012 and has served on the ILT (Instructional Leadership Team), as well as the School Site Council. She is excited to continue working with the Dearborn community.
Vanessa JanesHistory Teacher
Ms. Janes did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Tufts University and received a Masters in History from the University of Chicago. She trained to be a teacher in the Academy for Urban School Leadership’s Chicago Teacher Residency Program, through which she earned a Master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University. She loves animals, etymology, art, and of course, teaching!
Justin KeithSafety Paraprofessional
Joseph KellyMath Teacher
Mr. Kelly studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Amherst College, then got his Masters at Boston University. He also grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts. This is Mr. Kelly’s 6th year as a teacher and 2nd year teaching at Dearborn STEM Academy. Before Dearborn STEM Academy, he taught at Chelsea High School, where he was also the lead Math teacher for two years. Mr. Kelly believes math can and should be fun.
Edna LeithESL Teacher
Mrs. Monteiro Leith has worked as a bilingual educator since 2010, serving children from immigrant families in Somerville, Cambridge and, most recently, in Boston, where she teaches English as a second language to newcomer students here at the Dearborn STEM Academy. A native of São Vicente, Cabo Verde, Mrs. Monteiro Leith holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Pará in Belem, Brazil and earned her two Masters degrees - one in Human Services Management and the other in Applied Linguistics - from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Mrs. Monteiro Leith believes passionately that all children can succeed at high levels when they are supported by a nurturing school community. She is a passionate and proud member of the Dearborn STEM Academy Team.
Tim LikoskyCollege Counselor
Mr. Likosky has worked in the Boston Public Schools for 14 years. He taught Spanish at the Sarah Greenwood for 6 years and was a Guidance Counselor at Boston International High School for 8 years. He coached the boys soccer team for seven years earning the Boston City coach of the year award in 2011. He has also taught ESL at the TAG program at UMASS Boston for four summers. Mr. Likosky has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and History from UMASS Boston where he played soccer for four years and was the captain for two years. He also earned two Masters degrees, one in Education, the other in Guidance Counseling/Psychology, both from UMASS Boston. He speaks Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole and loves to travel in his free time or visit family in New York City.
Sarrah LipoHumanities Special Education
Sarrah Lipo received her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and her Master's degree from Lesley University. Ms. Goldstein grew up in Long Island. Before teaching at Dearborn STEM Academy, she taught 6th grade ELA at Revere Public Schools. Sarrah has been teaching at Dearborn STEM Academy for 2 years.
Rebecca LewisHistory Teacher
Rebecca Lewis has a BA in English Literature and a History minor from Emerson College in Boston. She is originally from Waterford, Connecticut. This is her 9th year teaching and her second year at Dearborn STEM Academy. Rebecca was formerly a Dean of Students for a year at UP Oliver in Lawrence. She also volunteered in the Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta in 2009. She has worked at Anna Strong Middle School in Marianna, AR, UP Academy Boston, UP Academy Oliver, and Bentley Academy in Salem, MA.
Jonathan LoPortoComputer Science Teacher
Jonathan LoPorto grew up overseas in Switzerland, Australia, and Singapore. After graduating high school from Singapore American School he attended Northeastern University. While at school he started working for Blue Man Group. After graduating he accepted the position of Head Sound Engineer for Blue Man. After almost a decade in show business, he left Blue Man to pursue other life goals. Jonathan joined the Peace Corps and taught Computer Science in Mbalizi, Tanzania. Upon his return to the states, he started working for Irrational Games, an award winning video game studio. The pull to get back to teaching was strong and once Irrational Games released the project he was working on, Jonathan entered the Boston Teacher Residency program. He taught Computer Science at Tech Boston Academy prior to coming to the Dearborn. Jonathan is an avid boxing fan and frequently returns to Tanzania to visit the friends he made there.
Tess McNamaraELA Teacher
Ms. McNamara is in her second year working at the Dearborn STEM Academy, though she was previously a Boston Teacher Resident. She received her undergraduate degree in English Education at Boston University and her Master's Degree from UMass Boston. She has lived in Boston for about six years, and before that, she grew up mostly in Narragansett, R.I. Ms. McNamara is enthusiastic about building a strong sense of community with her students, helping them develop their literacy skills, and working together to make DSA a fantastic place to learn and have fun!
Carmen Medina-SilvaEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
Natalina MendesMath Special Education Instructor
Raushanah MuhammedMS Engineering Teacher
Raushanah Muhammad is a self-motivated professional with a passion for education, mentoring and leadership development. She grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin Academy before attending Tennessee State University where she graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Years later she returned to school to earn a master of science degree in Engineering mangement from Tufts University. She is currently completing another Master in Education degree from UMASS Boston. This is her third school year at Dearbor STEM Academy but prior to teaching, most of her 14-year career experience has been as a full-time technical professional in engineering and construction management. Her professional goal as a teacher is to advance the outcomes for students 6-12 in STEM education and help prepare them for related carrers. In addition to teaching she likes to spend time in the kitchen cooking with her daughter.
Shelley Pick OlsenDirector of Instruction, Math
Mrs. Olsen has been in education for the past 13 years. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and went to college at the University of Denver where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. She started her teaching career teaching middle school math in Boston Public Schools at the Irving Middle School. After 5 years in this role, she decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduating from this program, Mrs. Olsen realized that she missed teaching math too much and she needed to get back into the classroom. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia where she taught High School Math for 4 years. While teaching in Virginia, Mrs. Olsen went back to school at Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a Math Specialist Graduate Degree. Mrs. Olsen relocated back to Boston to move into school leadership. She spent one year as an Assistant Principal at Chelsea High School and then was excited for the opportunity to combine her love for math and her passion for school leadership as the Director of Instruction for Mathematics at Dearborn STEM Academy. This is Mrs. Olsen's second year at Dearborn STEM Academy and she looks forward to continuing to see the school grow and reach its true potential.
Matt RuggieroESL teacher
Matt Ruggiero has been an ESL teacher at Dearborn STEM Academy since 2015. He grew up in Boston and is a graduate of Boston Public Schools. Before teaching at the Dearborn, Mr. Ruggiero taught middle school extended day learning, and has also worked at the New England Aquarium. When he is not in school, Mr. Ruggiero's favorite thing to do is to go hiking (he is currently halfway through the New Hampshire 4000-footers). Both as a student and as a teacher, the most important part of school for Mr. Ruggiero has been the space to build community. Mr. Ruggiero feels lucky to get to be a part of the Dearborn community.
Willeka SandersOffice Manager
Mrs. Sanders has been employed with the Boston Public Schools for over 15 years. For twelve years she served as the Administrative Assistant supporting the office of Elementary & Secondary Mathematics. In 2013 Mrs. Sanders was the Program Coordinator for the Curriculum & Instruction - Science & Mathematics Department. Mrs. Sanders also recently served as the Chairman on the Family Council Board for Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School.
Gina SheehanMath Teacher
Miss Sheehan attended Stonehill College where she majored in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. She is an All-American field hockey player and enjoys watching and playing sports. After Stonehill College she attended Boston University where she received her Masters in Mathematics Education. Miss Sheehan loves math! Besides her love of math, she also loves watching college basketball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is very passionate about education policy and traveled to Washington D.C. for a semester to advocate for students in low-income communities. She is looking forward to a great year at Dearborn!
Lawrence ShimanMath Teacher
Larry Shiman is a math teacher at Dearborn STEM Academy. Before becoming a teacher, he earned a BA in Psychology and Politics from New York University and a MPP in Public Policy from Harvard University, and worked for many years as a pollster and survey research consultant. He has made several appearances on national television programs providing analysis of public opinion data and political elections. He recently earned a M.Ed. through the Boston Teacher Residency program and has been teaching high school math in Boston for the past three years. When not thinking about mathematics, he is passionate about politics, theater and sports, and loves to travel.
Matthew SpellmanHumanities Special Education Instructor
Mr. Spellman is excited to be at Dearborn STEM Academy for his second year! After moving back to his native Boston, Mr. Spellman enthusiastically embarked on his journey with the Boston Teacher Residency, where he worked as a 12th grade ELA teaching resident with Ms. Finley. After a great year teaching and learning from his 12th graders, he began his job hunt, which brought him back to his second year at the Dearborn community! This year, Mr. Spellman is co-teaching 10th and 11th grade ELA with Ms. DeJesus and Mr. Hill. Mr. Spellman looks forward to another year of teaching and learning from his students!
Valerie SpencerDirector of Instruction, Science
Megan SullivanMath Special Education Instructor
Megan Sullivan has been a teacher for the past 8 years. This is her 3rd year teaching at Dearborn STEM Academy. Ms. Sullivan's passion is traveling. She studied abroad in London and also worked in Seoul, South Korea, Shanghai and China. She has visited 29 countries and 41 states. Ms. Sullivan’s life dream is to visit all 50 states and 7 continents. This summer she did a month long cross country road trip where she visited South Dakota, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon and California. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A in International Relations & Political Science. She earned her master’s in teaching from Northeastern University along with a Graduate Certificate from UMass Boston. She taught kindergarten for 2 years before moving to middle school where she has taught Math, ESL and Special Education. Ms. Sullivan is from Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Dorchester.
Angelene ThompsonDirector of Instruction, Humanities
Angelene Thompson holds a BA and MA in English Literature. She has spent the last twenty years as a classroom teacher - ten as an ELA middle school teacher and ten as a high school English and AP English teacher. Throughout her years of teaching, she has served as lead teacher, department chair and teacher-coach at various times. She is very excited to be a part of the collaborative reshaping of the Dearborn STEM Academy.
Alicia WedderburnScience Teacher - Bio/MS
Alicia is excited to be a part of the science team at Dearborn STEM Academy. She has previously worked as a high school science teacher in Cambridge - for 8 years - and as a middle school science teacher in Boston - for 7 years. She received both her Undergraduate and Master's degrees from Boston University. She was born in Kingston Jamaica, immigrated to Boston at 10 years old and has lived in the Dorchester neighborhood ever since. Ms Wedderburn has 3 children who all attend Boston Public School. She is active in the community which is especially important to her since this is where she lives, works and where her children attends school. Ms Wedderburn looks forward to continuing to work with and learn from the students, parents, faculty and staff of the Dearborn community.
Darren WellsScience Teacher - General Studies
Mr. Wells is involved in many community/professional activities and has received numerous awards and grants. In 2008 he was selected as one of Boston’s first Co-horts of Science Educational Fellows. In 2006 he was selected to serve on the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Academies of Science. In 2005, he became the first teacher in Massachusetts to receive the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award. As such, he earned a $5,000 grant for his school. He is also the only African American male throughout the entire country in 2004 to receive the U.S. Presidential Award in Science and Mathematics. He is an officer/member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, Network of Educator in Science and Technology at M.I.T., Tufts, Boston University and a Harvard Medical School Teacher/Mentor Fellow. He is an avid bike rider and does community charity benefit for the Massachusetts Red Ribbon Ride and Greater Than Aids initiatives.