Dana Brown
Co-Principal
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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.

Darlene Marcano
Co-Principal
Aaron Alexius
English as a Second Language Teacher
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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-Cevallos
Director of Early College and Career Pathways
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
Math Teacher
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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 Bailey
Director of Community and Family Engagement
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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 Barros
Joao Barros
Physical Education Teacher
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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.

Steven Benjamin
Special Education Teacher, MS ELA
Betsy Bowman
Restorative Practices Coordinator
Kara Buckley
MS Science, 8th grade
Jesse Cardoso
Visual Art Teacher
Sam Chen
Math Teacher, 10th Grade
Camilla Chodkowski
Chemistry Teacher
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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!

Dustin Cohen
Student Development Counselor
Caitlin Cordaro
Math Teacher
Melissa Crayton
MS Math Teacher, 6th grade
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)
Middle School Guidance Counselor
Jennifer De Jesús Ramos
ELA Teacher
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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.

Tim DiMario
Science Teacher - Biology
Mike Dixon
Engineering and Robotics Teacher
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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 Domercant
ELA Teacher
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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 Duarte
SEI/SIFE Instructor
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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 Eckels
Physics Teacher
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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.

Alice Elbakian
MS Science Teacher, 7th grade
Marie-Gessy Exantus
School Nurse
Joshua Fidalgo
Joshua Fidalgo
Dean of Student Life
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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.

Rosemary Finley
Rosemary Finley
Spanish Teacher
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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.

Melanie Goncalves
English as a Second Language Teacher
Jennifer Goodman
Jennifer Goodman
SEI History Teacher
Corinne Hairston Parris
Special Education Teacher, Emotional Impairment
Janice Hanrahan
Special Education Coordinator
Delia Harrington
MS Math Teacher, 7th Grade
Brandi Higginbottom
Dean of Students
Danielle Hughes
Science Teacher - MS
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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 Hughes
History Teacher
Terrance Jefferson
MS ELA Teacher, 8th Grade
Sentidra Joseph
History Teacher
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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 Kelly
Math Teacher
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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.

Alice Laramore
MS ELA Teacher, 7th grade
Edna Leith
Instructional Coach, English Language Learners
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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 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.

Sarrah Lipo
Humanities Special Education
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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 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.

Bill Madden-Fuoco
Bill Madden-Fuoco
Director of Professional Learning and Boston Teacher Residency, Secondary Grades
Carmen Medina-Silva
Carmen Medina-Silva
English as a Second Language Teacher
Natalina Mendes
Math Special Education Instructor
Kimberly Milberg
Computer Science Teacher
Michelle Mindick
Computer Science Teacher
David Moreno
Dean of Students, HS
Gregory Nelson
MS History Teacher, 8th grade
Nadine O'Garro
Instructional Coach, Math
Isabel Perez
Special Education Teacher, HS ELA
Laura Pettengill
Paraprofessional
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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 Reyes
Instructional Coach, Humanities
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.

Ivelisse Santos-Rodriguez
Instructional Coach, Science
Juliana Santoyo
DPC Program Director
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Juliana has taught middle school English in both Boston and New York. She brings a wide variety of experiences and expertise, including founding a Contemplative Practice Based Trauma Intervention Program and Research Study for Colombian Ex-combatants in Medellin, Colombia.

Tim Scott
Instructional Coach, Special Education
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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 Spencer
History Teacher
Maurice Stein
Special Education Teacher, HS Math
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Math Special Education Instructor
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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.

Korey Whitfield
MS History Teacher, 7th grade




BTR and DPC at Dearborn

Taurus Allen
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Taurus Allen is a member of the Dudley Promise Corps Cohort 7. He was born in Boston, MA and currently lives in Dorchester. Taurus wants to be a teacher because he loves watching kids learn and grow.

M'Walimu Paya Ball
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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M’Walimu Paya Ball is a first time DPC member of Cohort 7. He grew up in Somerville and Medford, MA, but went to high school in Cambridge, MA. Two months ago, he graduated from the University of Maine with a Political Science Degree with a Legal Studies minor. He spent his entire four years there and during his college career, he developed a great skill of helping others who needed it most. Whether it was helping a peer outline and gather evidence for research paper or text analysis. Before DPC, Paya was and still is operating his security business throughout the Greater Boston Area; providing safe environments for his private event planners. BallSecurity has a mission statement and it reads, "To ensure the safety of the event as well as the event goers with an excellent, over the top security service that will provide everybody a safe environment". Providing safe environments continues to give joy to Paya and DPC gave him the opportunity to further his mission statement, just in a different setting. Paya is beyond excited to see himself at DSA educating the youth and showing them they can achieve whatever they want.

Ben Blanco
BTR Resident, Math
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Ben Blanco is a Secondary Math Resident in BTR Cohort 17. He grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a BS in Economics with a concentration in statistics. There, he developed a passion for education through service work and research on early childhood development. Ben is excited to explore with students the connections between math and community issues.

Shevonne Commock
BTR Resident, English
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Shevonne Commock is a Secondary English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She is a Boston Native, born and bred in Dorchester. She attended The University of Massachusetts Amherst where she pursued her love of literature and language graduating with a BA in English. Since graduating from college, Shevonne has worked as a career counselor, helping adults and adolescence figure out who they want to be when they grow-up, and as an educator, teaching in OST programs. When not working, Shevonne loves biking through the city, traveling, and watching marathons of Forensic Files.

Jane Deon
BTR Resident, English
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Jane Deon is a Secondary School English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She grew up in Vermont and has called Boston home for six years. Jane is passionate about literature, writing, and the power of storytelling. She earned a BA in English from Rollins College in Florida, and later an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Prior to joining BTR, Jane spent several years as an ESL teacher at home and abroad. Most recently, she has taught writing and literature at various colleges in Boston. She is excited to be a part of BTR and embark on this new path of her teaching career. Jane looks forward to working with her students as they develop an appreciation for literature and their voices as writers.

Danielle Durham
Dudley Promise Corps Member
Grizel Flores
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Grizel Flores is thrilled to be joining the Dudley Promise Corps Cohort 7. This will be his second year as an AmeriCorps member, having just completed service with City Year at Boston Green Academy. As a Dorchester native, Grizel has attended four schools within BPS and is very passionate about working with students in his community. Although his interests now lies in social work, Grizel had previously graduated from Mount Ida College as a Funeral Service major.

Madelyne Gondres
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Madelyne Gondres is now forming part of DPC cohort 7. Madelyne was born in the Dominican Republic and had to move to Boston at the age of 15 to pursue her dreams of giving her mother and little sister a better life one day. Since moving to Boston, Madelyne got very connected with her high school teachers at Boston International. She got inspired to go to college and become an educator. She recently graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Bachelors in Spanish, she is now looking to find her path in the education system. Madelyne feels like being part of this program will change her life in multiple ways. She hopes to be able to connect with students and be a change in their lives.

Daniel Haack
BTR Resident, Computer Science
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Daniel Haack is a Secondary Computer Science Resident in BTR Cohort 17. He grew up in Lexington, KY and currently resides in Chelmsford, MA with his wife and 2 boys. Daniel attended college at Tufts University where he earned a BS in Computer Science. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University as a web developer. It was here that he was first introduced to the realm of education and his interest in education began.

Shumon Jenkins
BTR Resident, English
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Shumon Jenkins is a Middle/High School English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 17. Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts and attended college in Boston, specifically Emmanuel College. While there he earned a BA in Psychology and developed a passion for education. After working in the Dudley Promise Corps for a year of service, he created relationships with students and discovered a passion to be the greatest educator he could be. Shumon is excited to use this year to help students develop the skills they need to not only survive in this world but to thrive in it.

Yejee Kim
BTR Resident, Math
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Yejee Kim is a Secondary Mathematics Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She is a military child, so she's lived in 11 places around the world such as Seoul, South Korea; Landstuhl, Germany; and Fort Hood, Texas. Yejee attended college in Michigan where she earned a BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College. There, she got her first experience tutoring 4-5th graders and sparked an interest in education and teaching. After graduating, Yejee spent two years with City Year and served at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan where she gained her passion for teaching. Yejee is looking forward to make math more accessible to students and being in a classroom.

Haylee Krenzer
BTR Resident, HS Biology
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Haylee Krenzer is a Secondary Biology Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She grew up in Haverhill, MA and moved to the Greater Boston area last year to complete a service year with City Year Boston. Haylee earned a BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018. While there she worked as a research assistant in a lab researching the effects of climate change on forest growth, studied abroad in Australia to learn about the effects of climate change on ocean life, and minored in education. After her junior year of college, she interned at an education nonprofit located on a nature preserve where she discovered her love of teaching science using kinesthetic learning methods. Haylee is excited to engage students in learning about biology in the context of the environments in which they live.

Deja Lodge
Dudley Promise Corps Member
Tung Mai
BTR Resident, English
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Tung Mai is a Secondary English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 17. He grew up in Boston and decided that he would contribute to the community as an educator. He attended Bunker Hill Community College and went on to finish his degree at Lesley University with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Education. In the last two years, Tung has spent his time as an educator at the Excel High School in South Boston as well as a mentor and engagement coordinator at the Dorchester Youth Collaborative in Fields Corner. Tung is excited to join the Dearborn community and deepen a love of reading and writing.

Wesley Ogbevoen
BTR Resident, Math
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Wesley Ogbevoen is a Mathematics Resident in BTR Cohort 17. He grew up in Boston and attended the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science located in Roxbury. There he fell in love with math and would go on to receive his BS in Mathematics from Framingham State University. Wesley played on the varsity basketball team for both his high school and university. He shares a passion for both basketball and math and always looks for ways to encourage his students to work hard towards whatever goals they set for themselves. Wesley looks forward to connecting with other inner city students and hopes to prevent them from being afraid of their math courses.

Christopher Ponthokkan
Dudley Promise Corps Member
Grace Richter
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Grace Richter is a member of DPC Cohort 7. She grew up in a small town in Westchester, New York. She moved to Boston when she started attending Boston College in 2015. She graduated in 2019 having earned her BA in History. During her time at BC, she spent time tutoring middle and high school students in a number of subjects. She also has experience coaching BPS students in SAT Prep. She is excited to help and support DSA students in the upcoming year!

Jovanna Robinson-Hidas
BTR Resident, MS General Science
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Jovanna Robinson-Hidas is a Middle School Science Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She grew up in Western MA getting lost in the forest, doing science experiments in the backyard, and picking strawberries on a farm. Jovanna attended Mount Holyoke College where she received a BA Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology and Developmental Studies. While there, she developed the Restoration Summer Scholars Program to promote environmental science education for high school girls. Jovanna moved to Boston three years ago to accept a two year position with Citizen Schools, where she developed a passion for working with middle schoolers in Boston Public Schools. She has also taught as an environmental educator at a local non-profit, and served in the Dudley Promise Corps at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School for part of a school year. Jovanna is excited for this coming year to pass on her love of science in everyday life to middle schoolers at the Dearborn STEM Academy.

Julia Rosenbaum
BTR Resident, English
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Julia Rosenbaum is a High School English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 17. She grew up in New York City, spending many afternoons tutoring kids at her local public school on the Upper West Side in literacy and math. She attended Hamilton College in upstate New York, where she tutored her peers' essays, labs, and job applications at the Writing Center and fostered creative expression in her leadership of the school's literary magazine. Over the summers, she interned at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School to help young artists develop their writing and formulate their college essays, and she interned with Sanctuary for Families at their shelter for domestically abused families to help run their summer day camp. She just graduated this Spring from college and moved to Boston for BTR, knowing that this would be the best city and opportunity for her to be an educator. Julia is thrilled to engage with students intellectually, creatively, and personally. She looks forward to collective excavations of texts, analyses of narratives, and the formulation of written compositions.

Monica Salmeron
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Monica Salmeron is a DPC Cohort 7 member. She grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts. Monica attended college in Kentucky where she earned her BA in Spanish from Centre College. On a study abroad trip she discovered that she wanted to pursue teaching as a career. Prior to discovering her passion for teaching, Monica worked as a Student Athletic Trainer on her campus and as a Medical Assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital. There she developed multiple skills that will hopefully help her in her year of service. Monica is excited to be able to help the students reach their full potential academically!

Olivia Tisdale
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Olivia Tisdale is a second year Senior Core of DPC Cohort 7. She lives in the Roxbury area. She’s a full time student working on obtaining her bachelors degree in Psychology at Endicott College. Olivia is excited to use this year to work with as many students as possible to help them see their true worth and the good in everyday. She believes that not only can she teach the students of DSA but, that she can learn from each individual as well!

Kevvi White
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Kevvi White is a mother from Roxbury whose children are coming up in Roxbury as well. She was raised in Dorchester but moved around a bit like most children today. Kevvi hopes to build connections with as many young people as possible and have the voice when they can not speak. She aspires to one day be a teacher of monumental change while being connected with the students as a whole. Her goal is to be as connected and respected as possible with clear set boundaries & "mentorships" that will last forever.