Ernest CoakleyAssociate Head of School
Kristen Almquist-CevallosDirector of Early College and Career Pathways
Kristen has been an urban educator in the Boston area for over 15 years. Kristen has built 6 different career themed pathways and 2 designated Early College programs. Kristen’s ultimate goal is to prepare under-represented students for college AND career and most importantly to be able to earn a family sustaining wage in the Boston area upon graduation.
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.
Libby AmerStrand Specialist
I am originally from Newark, DE and moved to Boston four years ago for graduate school at Boston University School of Social Work. I do this work because I believe every single student has the right to a quality education which includes feeling supported emotionally/mentally at all times. My favorite part about the work I do is building meaningful relationships with students and staff alike. A fun fact is I've played competitive soccer since I was five years old!
Ernestine AndradeSpecial Education Coordinator
Ernestine Tina Andrade has served as an education for 19 years. Her passion as an educator has been focused on supporting students with special needs and student that are gifted and talented across all content areas in grades 5-12. She is grounded by her core values in making connections with inner city youth, making her scholars love and enjoy education, and preparing scholars for the years beyond school. These experiences have now extended her practice to coaching, mentoring teachers within BPS and in special education coordination.
Matthew AndradeInstructional Coach, Math
Mr. Andrade received both his Bachelors 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.”
Lauren BaranMiddle School History Teacher, 7th grade
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.
Steven BenjaminReading Specialist
Steven Benjamin is the middle school reading specialist at DSA. Originally from Pennsylvania, he received his bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, a Master in Education from UMass Boston, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language from MGH Institute of Health Professions. At DSA he has taught Orton-Gillingham reading interventions as well as 6th and 7th grade ELA special education. When not teaching, he loves reading, being outside, and playing video games.
Rebecca BerwickPathways Teacher, Humanities + Engineering
I grew up outside of Boston and I attended Brown University, where I studied International Relations and Environmental Sustainability. I've been in education for about a decade - I've taught in Newton, Boston, and Barcelona, Spain. While I've been teaching for a while, this is my first year at Dearborn STEM. I'm the mother of two little girls - Sadie and Naomi - and we live nearby in Jamaica Plain.
Jasmine BlakemoreComputer Science Teacher
Blanca BurgosRestorative Practices Coordinator
Charles CauleyInstructional Transformation Coach
I grew up near Columbia, SC and attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
This is my 26th year in education: 4 years teaching in SC, 7 years in Charlotte, NC, 2 years in Boston before becoming an Assistant Principal for 12 years and then back in classroom this past year. I have taught every high school mathematics course including, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles.
I, along with my partner Suzanne, have a toddler (Florence or Flora) which is absolutely the only hobby time can afford. Though, I do enjoy logic problems, playing poker and spades, when I have time.
Rosevelt CenteioFamily Liaison
Born and raised in Boston, MA. I have been working in education for eight years and going into my second school year with the Dearborn STEM Academy. I also attended Boston Public Schools from K-12 as a student. It’s been an honor and a blessing to be working in BPS, where it all started serving the students, families, and the community.
Saadia A. ColemanScience Teacher
Saadia Coleman, taught for many years with Boston Public Schools. I grow-up in Boston and attended Boston schools. Attended Pine Manor College, Harvard University, and Simmons College. Love most of our Boston professional sports teams. The most important thing about me is "I love, love science."
Melissa CraytonMiddle School Math Teacher, 6th grade
Bruce DaSilvaPhysical Education 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)Middle School Guidance Counselor
I was born in Cabo Verde and migrated to the US in the 80’s. I have been living in the Boston area since.
I attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Counseling.
I completed my graduate studies at UMASS Boston in Education and Counseling/Mental Health.
I’ve been working at Dearborn for 25 years supporting students’ academic and social emotional development.
I am looking forward to working with you and continuing to build relationships and partnerships to best serve our students.
Jennifer De Jesús RamosHigh School ELA 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.
Tim DiMarioHigh School Science Teacher - Biology
I was born in a small town called Lee in western Massachusetts in Berkshire County. Directly out of high school I joined the military and was stationed in Ft. Lewis in Washington. After 3 years of active duty service I joined the Massachusetts National Guard and continued to train part time while I got my undergrad degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from UMass Amherst. I graduated from Boston Teacher Residency in 2008 and have been a teacher in Boston ever since. Currently I teach Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Topics in Science here at DSA.
Mike DixonEngineering and Robotics Teacher
Hello All, I am originally from the South Side of Chi- town (Chicago), my Alma Maters are MIT, Gordon-Conwell T.S, and Boston College (PhD). I have been teaching and administrating in public, private and STEM based schools for over 30 years. I was a national College board Siemens AP teacher (Calculus) of the year. What I really love is seeing ways Students can share their voice in STEM. I have 6 sons, love Journaling, Sports, Sci- Fi, hiking and finding connections with things Scientific and Spiritual.
Kimberly DomercantHigh School ELA Teacher, 9th Grade
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 DuarteESL/SEI Teacher
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.
Alice ElbakianMiddle School Science Teacher, 7th grade
Ms. Elbakian is a first generation Armenian-American from Watertown, MA. She holds a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Education. She is passionate about critical, analytical thinking, student-led inquiry, and good questions. Central to her teaching philosophy is the belief that confidence in one's own reasoning and problem-solving ability can inspire confidence in oneself. Some of her favorite things are writing, engaging with art, learning new things, sharing quality time with loved ones, listening to music, and roaming around riparian ecosystems.
Marie-Gessy ExantusSchool Nurse
Joshua FidalgoDirector of Operations
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.
Alisa FlemingHigh School Math Teacher, 9th grade
Marlon ForresterVisual Arts Teacher
Nerida GoncalvesELL Paraprofessional
Melanie GoncalvesELL Teacher
My name is Ms. Goncalves and I’m a Boston native, born and raised in Dorchester, and proud daughter of Cape Verdean immigrants. I also speak Cape Verdean Creole.
I attended Emmanuel College for my undergraduate degree and received my M.Ed from UMass Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency (Cohort 8!). I worked in BPS for over 10 years. I am a proud ESL teacher here at DSA.
Corinne Hairston ParrisSpecial Education Teacher, Emotional Impairment
Kara HankinsSpecial Education Teacher, Math
Delia HarringtonMiddle School Math Teacher, 7th Grade
Hello DSA! This will be my 6th year teaching at the Dearborn. I am excited to be switching roles trom 7th grade math to the 7th grade inclusion teacher. I graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a B.S. in middle school math education. I then attended Simmons College and graduated in 2015 with a Masters in the Art of Teaching. This past summer I completed a Masters in Educational Technology from Michigan State University in which I got to travel to Galway, Ireland!
Shauna HartySpecial Education Teacher
Kaleb HerdSpecial Education Paraprofessional
Brandi HigginbottomDean of Students
Danielle HughesMiddle School Science Teacher, 6th Grade
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 HughesHigh School History Teacher
Keysha JonesHigh School Math Teacher, 11/12 Grade
Sentidra JosephMiddle School History Teacher, 6th Grade
My name is Sentidra Joseph. I am born and raised in the lovely city of Boston. I am an alumni of East Boston High School. I received my bachelors in American history and masters in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I first started teaching in 2018 at Dearborn Stem Academy. Alongside of teaching, I also coach the middle school girls basketball team, lead the history department and MC the middle school’s Pep Rally. I enjoy traveling, roller blading, and experiencing new things.
Rufina LamotheSpecial Education Paraprofessional
Alice LaramoreMiddle School ELA Teacher, 7th grade
Edna LeithInstructional Coach, English Language Learners
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 LikoskyHigh School Guidance Counselor
Jonathan LoPortoDirector of Technology Education
Jonathan has been at the Dearborn since 2015. He's passionate about making tech education engaging for all learners. Jonathan is the recipient of the 2019 CSTA Excellence in Teaching Award and a finalist for 2019 MA STEM Teacher of the Year. Prior to teaching, Jonathan worked for Irrational Games and Blue Man Group.
Bill Madden-FuocoDirector, Boston Teacher Residency, Secondary Grades
Bill Madden-Fuoco leads the team of coaches responsible for the teacher preparation program at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Since graduating BTR in 2007, Bill spent a combined ten years in BPS teaching Humanities and serving as BTR's Secondary ELA Instructional Coach. Prior to his career in BPS, Bill earned an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked for five years as the Research and Communications Coordinator for the Anti-Defamation League's Education Division. A passion for equitable educational opportunity and a desire to be part of a team that delivers high-quality education to students in an open-admissions BPS school drives his work, and he draws crucial inspiration from the works of Toni Morrison, Joe Strummer, James Baldwin, Tracy K. Smith, Bruce Springsteen, and the privilege of working with BPS students, families, and staff.
Shanice MaxwellMiddle School ELA Teacher, 8th Grade
I'm Shanice Maxwell, an alumna of Virginia State University and Syracuse University, and a current divinity student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. I've taught students for the past four years and previously worked as a journalist. I love all things ELA, international travel, cooking cultural dishes, fitness, adventurous activities, and serving the community with my sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I look forward to building relationships with students and their families this year, and cultivating genius in our 8th grade leaders!
Carmen Medina-SilvaESL Teacher
Natalina MendesSEI Math Teacher
Michelle MindickScience and Technology Teacher
Melissa Mongogna-TiffneySpecial Education Teacher, History
David MorenoMiddle School Special Education Teacher
This will be Mr. Moreno's 4th year at the Dearborn. His work in Boston Public Schools and in residential care prior have deepened his understanding and commitment to student development. He received his Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts where he completed a functional needs assessment for the Dearborn regarding student relations and cultural inclusivity. In his free time, you may find Mr. Moreno exercising, cooking a new recipe with his partner, or analyzing a Boston Celtics game.
Shalaya MorissetteEngineering Teacher
Shalaya Morissette is a Lead Process Manager within the Gas Pipeline Safety group for National Grid USA. She is also the President of the Greater Boston chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and sits on the board of directors for the New England Women in Energy and Environment nonprofit organization. Shalaya received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her Master's in Education from Cambridge College. As a lifetime learner she is continuing her education by pursuing a second bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology with Excelsior College.
Gregory NelsonMiddle School History Teacher, 8th grade
Jenna ParafinczukSocial Worker
Isabel PerezHigh School ELA Teacher
Laura PettengillSpecial Education Paraprofessional
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.
Jasmine PinaSocial Worker
Jovanna Robinson-HidasMiddle School Science Teacher, 8th grade
Jovanna Robinson-Hidas attended Mount Holyoke College where she received a BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology and Developmental Studies. She then went on to receive her masters degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts through the Boston Teacher Residency. Prior to becoming a teacher Jovanna worked at an after school program at BPS and also as an environmental educator. During her spare time, Jovanna can be found reading a good book and/or sitting on her porch enjoying coffee.
Stacey RosarioHigh School ESL Teacher, 9th grade
"Stacey was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. As a first-generation American, she is very proud of her Dominican culture and Latinx heritage. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UMass Amherst. She is an alum of Teach For America and has a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University. For the past five years, she's taught ESL in her hometown of Lawrence, serving students who have just arrived to the United States within the past year or two. Stacey is extremely excited to join the DSA community this school year."
Juliette RorieHigh School History Teacher
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
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.
Emily SotoHigh School ESL Teacher, 10th grade
Emily Soto currently teaches 11th/12th grade ESL ELA and History. She has been a homegrown educator for the last five years in Boston. Emily received a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Studies from UMass Boston, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. She enjoys being an ESL teacher because she loves to empower her students to be active multilingual learners in their communities and be proud of their cultures and who they are.
Carolyn SesslerHealth Teacher
Phillip SmithMiddle School Math Teacher, 8th grade
My name is Phillip Smith and this my 16th year working in the Boston Public Schools. I’ve started as a paraprofessional, then a cluster substitute and finally a math teacher. Over the years, I taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade math. I’ve earned my Bachelors from Northeastern University and Masters in Education from Endicott College. In addition to teaching, my interests include coaching football, basketball and track and field. I also enjoy dancing, playing basketball, youth mentoring and being a Foster Parent. My own continuing mission as a teacher is to foster a lifelong love of learning and to help you find your own passion in life. This year, I am eager to create relationships with each of you, and help us create a culture of learning where we may all create quality work!
Maurice SteinSpecial Education Teacher, Resource
I am originally from Brazil and spent my childhood growing up in the suburbs of Boston. I attended the University of Vermont (UVM) for my undergraduate where I was lucky enough to have a work-study job as a park ranger for all the protected forest areas owned by UVM. After completing my M.Ed. at Lesley University in 2014, I started working in Boston Public Schools and don't see myself teaching anywhere else. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the educational leadership program at Lesley University with research interests in serving marginalized student populations, the resegregation of schools, and the movement to hire and retain teachers of color.
Felicia TeixeiraESL Paraprofessional
Laura TeixeiraHigh School Science Teacher, 9th grade
Pinar UndemirMiddle School History Teacher, 8th grade
Erin WilsonSpanish Teacher
Annie WuMiddle School Math Teacher, 7th grade
BTR and DPC at Dearborn
Jordonna Brittle-AnthonyBoston Teacher Resident
Hannah LevyBoston Teacher Resident
Phung NinhBoston Teacher Resident
Max PlonczynskiBoston Teacher Resident
Mr. Plonczynski is from a suburb of Chicago. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in technology and engineering education and is currently in a Masters program at UMass Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency program. Max loves hiking and is a member of the Highpointer's Club. This year he will be working within the CS pathway assisting Juniors and Seniors.
Marla RhumaBoston Teacher Resident
Donovan Riley RobinsonBoston Teacher Resident
Santos RiosBoston Teacher Resident
Ngoc TruongBoston Teacher Resident
Angelica WoodsonBoston Teacher Resident
Jack BednarDudley Promise Corp Member
Joe LakeDudley Promise Corp Member
Rachel MarcusDudley Promise Corp Member
Virgile-Minh PerrierDudley Promise Corp Member
Thomas ReidDudley Promise Corp Member
Thomas is an aspiring history teacher currently serving in Cohort 9 of the Dudley Promise Corps. He grew up in York, Maine and earned a BA in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After college, Thomas spent 3 years as a live-in community member at the Haley House soup kitchen in Boston’s South End. He currently teaches ESOL to adults in the evenings and organizes with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston.
Ekilisandro (Eki) TeixeiraDudley Promise Corp Member
Lianka VadiDudley Promise Corp Member
Hi my name is Lianka Vadi! I am a DPC member this year, working with the 7th grade math teacher Ms.Wu. I grow up in NYC. I am a first generation , Graduated with a sociology and psychology degree at Hartwick College. During my time at College I worked with high schools to inform their students on healthy relationships and became Hotline certified.