Dana BrownPrincipal for Operations, Culture, and External Relations
Dana Brown brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Dearborn, serving most recently as Interim Principal for Holyoke High School and prior to that, for thirteen years as the Principal at Malden High School, one of the largest and most diverse high schools in Massachusetts. In 2015-16 Brown was named Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association. Brown also served recently as the Executive Director of High School and Community Partnerships at Bunker Hill Community College, the largest Community College in Massachusetts. Mr. Brown is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experiences with the DSA community as we continue building a robust early college program.
Shelley Pick OlsenPrincipal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assesment
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.
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.
Kristen Almquist-CevallosDirector of Early College and Career Pathways
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.”
Pam BaileyDirector of Community and Family Engagement
Ms. Bailey has been on a professional and personal mission of nurturing healthy family relationships for 30 years. As a Social Workers, she has held school and District based positions as a; Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, Manager of Coordinated Services and School Support Team Liaison. In addition, she has facilitated hundreds of parent/professional parent/child development workshops for Families First Parenting Programs in Watertown, Mass. Ms. Bailey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in counseling, from Lesley University. She received her Master of Social Work degree with a certificate in Organizational Leader from Wheelock College. Ms. Bailey is the proud mother of three young adult sons.
Is part of the Boston Plan for Excellence Senior Leadership Team, as the Director of Community & Family Engagement. Her role is to work with School & Program Leaders to develop & nuture partnerships with families, community organizations.
Joao BarrosPhysical Education Teacher
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.
Betsy BowmanRestorative Practices Coordinator
Jesse CardosoVisual Art Teacher
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!
Caitlin CordaroMath Teacher
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!
Tim DiMarioScience Teacher - Bio
Mike DixonScience Teacher - Physics
Mr. Dixon (Aka MD Squared) was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, on the wrong side of the tracks. He was very fortunate to be able to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a degree in Physics. He also received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. His heart was for educating urban youth and that led him to pursue a PhD in Education from Boston College.
Michael joined together with his Crystal Dixon, working side by side educating students, especially urban. Along the way they have raised 6 wonderful boys.
During those 28 years He taught at various types of schools including Boston Public Schools, as well, where he received the Siemens Award for Excellence in AP Teaching. He served as an assistant professor at Gordon College. Over the past 12 years he has run Cross Factor Academy which was a STEM-based School. He is excited to be coming to Dearborn STEM Academy this year!
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 EckelsEngineering and Robotics 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 FinleySpanish 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.
Chardas FreemanScience - MS
Jennifer GoodmanSEI History Teacher
Delia HarringtonMath Teacher
Daniel HendersonMath Teacher
Mr. Henderson is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, reformed business operations consultant and teacher extraordinaire. He was raised in SoCal and Texas and never learned to go a week without tacos. Mr. Henderson lived and worked on three continents, visited 47 states and has called 28 houses/apartments home. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Mississippi. Has taught math for 6 years.
Danielle HughesScience Teacher - MS
Danielle Hughes is a 6th Science teacher at the Dearborn STEM Academy. She has worked in Boston Public Schools since 2010, and and has been at the Dearborn since 2012. She attended UMASS Amherst where she received a Bachelors degree is Psychology, and UMASS Boston where she earned a Masters degree in Education. She is passionate about teaching Science, and hopes to convey this excitement to kids everyday in the classroom.
Nancy HughesHistory Teacher
Terrance JeffersonELA Teacher
Sentidra JosephHistory Teacher
Hi! My name is Ms. Joseph. I am born and raised in Boston. I am an alumni of East Boston High School and received my Master's in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston. Before I became a teacher, I was a park ranger with Boston African American National Historic Site. I gave tours and talks to the public and school groups about Boston's history. After teaching history to the public for over 10 years, I felt I could give back to my community better by becoming a history teacher.
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.
Yolanda KnightMusic Teacher
Coryne LegareHistory Teacher
Ms. Legare is an 11th year teacher. She did her student teacher at the Dearborn in 2007. She then taught in Malden Public Schools and Holyoke Public Schools teaching a mix of middle and high school. She is excited to be back in the Dudley area after so many years in this brand new building. For the 2018-2019 academic year, she is teaching 7th and 8th grade social studies.
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.
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.
Bill Madden-FuocoDirector of Professional Learning and Boston Teacher Residency, Secondary Grades
Carmen Medina-SilvaEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
Natalina MendesMath Special Education Instructor
Michelle MindickComputer Science Teacher
David MorenoDean of Students, HS
Nadine O'GarroInstructional Coach, Math
Laura Pettengill has been working in Special Education since 2014. She earned her Bachelor's at Mass College of Liberal Arts. She is an activist for creating equal opportunities for all students and helping them develop a growth mindset. She is determined to support students every step of the way and help them achieve personal goals inside and outside of school.
She is also a professional dance and creative arts instructor and is a firm believer in the power of artistic expression and its' ability to create change. She embraces culture, adventures and curiosities; something she hopes to pass on to her students. She is enthusiastic about developing her career in the Boston area and making an impact at The Dearborn STEM Academy.
Noel ReyesInstructional Coach, Humanities
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.
Ivelisse Santos-RodriguezInstructional Coach, Science
Juliana SantoyoDPC Site Director, Dearborn STEM Academy
Tim ScottInstructional Coach, Special Education
Prior to joining the Dearborn STEM Academy, Mr. Scott worked as the Special Education Instructional Coach at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, MA, where he worked with the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to develop their inclusion model. He values a collaborative approach to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous, engaging curriculum and learning activities. Mr. Scott is excited to return to the Boston Public Schools where he started his career teaching at the McKinley Preparatory High School.
Danielle SpencerHistory Teacher
Jemuel StephensonBrilliant Career Lab Director
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.
Chelsea VoakeDirector of Strategic Initiatives
Chelsea is fiercely passionate about equity and access in education. In her previous role as the Director of Teacher Training and Development at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Chelsea created the Prospect Fellows Program, a dual teacher-training and student-intervention program; led Prospect Hill's Master Teacher Program, the district-wide new teacher mentoring program; and facilitated New Teacher Institute, the summer induction program for new faculty. Chelsea has taught 9th and 10th Grade World History both at Prospect Hill and in the Bronx. Chelsea earned her BA in geography and environmental studies at Dartmouth, her MAT in secondary history instruction at Brown, and her Ed.M. in school leadership at Harvard.