Lisa Gilbert-Smith
Head of School
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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 Alexius
English as a Second Language Teacher
Estefania Alves
Estefania Alves
Social Worker
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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 Andrade
Matthew Andrade
Math Teacher
Joao Barros
Joao Barros
Dean of Students
Gayle Bastarache
Gayle Bastarache
Math Teacher
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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 Bryson
Molly McKay Bryson
History Teacher
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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 Campbell
Coordinator of Special Education Services
John Cancilla
English Language Arts Special Education
Camilla Chodkowski
Chemistry Teacher
Bruse DaSilva
Bruce DaSilva
Phys-Ed Teacher
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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 Ramos
ELA Teacher
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Ms. De Jesús Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelors from the University of Puerto Rico. While there, she learned about Boston Teacher Residency and decided to move to Boston to be a 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 Jesús is excited to be part of the Dearborn community and to share her passion of writing and literature with her students.

Amy DeMatteo
Director of ELL
Kimberly Domercant
ELA Teacher
Natanael Duarte
Natanael Duarte
SEI/SIFE Instructor
Marna Eckels
Marna Eckels
Physics and Engineering Teacher
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Marna Eckels is a physics teacher at the 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 Exantus
School Nurse
Joshua Fidalgo
Joshua Fidalgo
Dean of Student Life
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Joshua Fidalgo has been with the 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.

Marisol Figueroa
Marisel Figueroa-Marrero
SST Staff Lead
Rosemary Finley
Rosemary Finley
Humanities Teacher
Wisline Francois
Humanities Teacher
Sarah Goldstein
Humanities Special Education
Jennifer Goodman
Jennifer Goodman
SEI History Teacher
Eliza Griscom
Computer Science Teacher
Delia Harrington
Math Special Education
Danielle Hughes
Science Teacher
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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 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 Janes
History Teacher
Justin Keith
Safety Paraprofessional
Joseph Kelly
Math Teacher
Edna Leith
ESL Teacher
Tim Likosky
Tim Likosky
College Counselor
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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.

Rebecca Lewis
History Teacher
Jonathan LoPoto
Jonathan LoPorto
Computer Science Teacher
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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 McNamara
Tess McNamara
ELA Teacher
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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-Silva
Carmen Medina-Silva
English as a Second Language Teacher
Natalina Mendes
Math Special Education Instructor
Raushanah Muhammed
MS Engineering Teacher
Shelley Pick Olsen
Shelley Pick Olsen
Director of Instruction, Math
Matt Ruggiero
Matt Ruggiero
Office Manager
Willeka Sanders
Willeka Sanders
Office Manager
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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 Sheehan
Gina Sheehan
Math Teacher
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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!

Larry Shiman
Lawrence Shiman
Math Teacher
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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.

Valerie Spencer
Director of Instruction, Science
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Math Special Education Instructor
Angelene Thompson
Angelene Thompson
Director of Instruction, Humanities
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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.

Alicia Wedderburn
Science Teacher - Bio/MS
Darren Wells
Science Teacher - General Studies