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.”
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 BenjaminSpecial Education Teacher, MS ELA
Betsy BowmanRestorative Practices Coordinator
Jesse CardosoVisual Art Teacher
Sam ChenMath Teacher, 10th Grade
Caitlin CordaroMath Teacher, 9th Grade
Melissa CraytonMS 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
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.
Tim DiMarioScience Teacher - Biology
Mike DixonEngineering and Robotics Teacher
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, 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 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.
Alice ElbakianMS Science Teacher, 7th grade
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.
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.
Melanie GoncalvesEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
Jennifer GoodmanSEI History Teacher
Corinne Hairston ParrisSpecial Education Teacher, Emotional Impairment
Janice HanrahanSpecial Education Coordinator
Delia HarringtonMS Math Teacher, 7th Grade
Brandi HigginbottomDean of Students
Danielle HughesScience Teacher - MS, 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 HughesHistory Teacher
Sentidra JosephMS History Teacher, 6th Grade
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.
Alice LaramoreMS 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 LikoskyHS Guidance 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.
Jonathan LoPortoDirector of Technology Education
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, 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.
Carmen Medina-SilvaEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
Natalina MendesSEI Math Teacher
Michelle MindickScience and Technology Teacher
David MorenoDean of Students, HS
Gregory NelsonMS History Teacher, 8th grade
Isabel PerezHS 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.
Noel ReyesInstructional Coach, Humanities
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.
Maurice SteinSpecial Education Teacher, HS Math
Meghan SullivanSpecial Education Teacher, Math
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.
Julia RosenbaumMS ELA Teacher, 6th grade
Jovanna Robinson-HidasMS Science Teacher, 8th grade
Juliette RorieHS History Teacher
Shauna HartySpecial Education Teacher
Melissa Mongogna-TiffneySpecial Education Teacher, History
Carolyn SesslerHealth Teacher
Rufina LamotheSpecial Education Paraprofessional
Kaleb HerdSpecial Education Paraprofessional
Nerida GoncalvesELL Paraprofessional
Gregory BanksHS Science Teacher
Jenna ParafinczukSocial Worker
Jasmine PinaSocial Worker
Nadine O'GarroInstructional Transformation Coach
Rosevelt CenteioFamily Liaison
Kristen KellyELL Teacher
Shanice MaxwellMS ELA Teacher, 8th grade
Lauren BaranMS History Teacher, 7th grade
Peter KovachPhysics Teacher
Pinar UndemirMS History Teacher, 8th grade
Jasmine BlakemoreComputer Science Teacher
Korey WhitfieldMS History Teacher, 7th grade
BTR and DPC at Dearborn
Akiva JacksonBTR Resident, English
Akiva Jackson is a Secondary English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 18. The child of two educators, he has always been drawn to the power of teaching to foster community and empowerment. He studied Comparative Literature at Princeton University, focusing on death and freedom in Yiddish and German literature. Akiva was involved in Princeton’s outdoor orientation program, training student leaders and developing a leadership curriculum. He came to believe focusing on individual growth is fundamental to making the humanities about being human. Akiva is particularly passionate about the close reading of texts. This skill—a creative endeavor, combining analysis and insight, empathy and personal experience—is key to not only analyzing literature but to life itself. Being able to find meaning in the smallest moments enables us to fully listen to our fellows and find joy in the everyday. Building on his time in the classroom last summer as a Generation Teach fellow in Mattapan, Akiva is psyched about teaching, but more importantly about learning from his students. Meanwhile, Akiva can be found baking copious quantities of bread, unicycling, swimming outdoors, and watching TV in languages he doesn’t (yet) speak.
Andrew YimBTR Resident, English
Andrew Yim is a Secondary English Language Arts Resident in BTR Cohort 18. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and still hasn't gotten used to the winter. Andrew received his B.A. in English from Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, and has worked in education around New England for the past four years. Most recently, he worked as a program coordinator for 826 Boston, where he led the After-School and Evening Tutoring programs based in Egleston Square. You can find him reading poems and eating scallion pancakes pretty much anywhere in Boston.
Annie WuBTR Resident, Math
Annie Wu is a Secondary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She grew up in both Taiwan and Poughkeepsie, NY. Annie attended Boston University where she earned a BA and an MA in Economics. After graduating from BU, she spent a year at Boston Green Academy serving with City Year. There she developed a love for teaching and formed rewarding relationships with both staff and students. Annie is excited to learn even more this year as a part of her continuous pursuit of becoming an abolitionist educator. In her free time, Annie loves dancing and cooking.
Ingrid TomazBTR Resident, Math
Ingrid Tomaz is a Secondary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. Ingrid grew up in the South End/Roxbury area of Boston. Ingrid attended college at Salem State University where she majored in Mathematics and minored in Education and Sociology. Working for various after school programs in the greater Boston area ignited a passion for education and social justice. Ingrid has worked with numerous programs designed to encourage students of color to pursue mathematics and other fields of science. Ingrid is overwhelmed with excitement to serve a community that was once her home. She hopes to inspire her students and awaken their interest for math. On her free time, Ingrid enjoys dancing, watching netflix, and going to concerts.
Jesus CastroBTR Resident, Computer Science
Jesus Castro is a Secondary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. Being a first-generation college student brought Jesus incredible satisfaction and pride to his family. Jesus started to study for a Ph.B. Unfortunately, due to financial circumstances, he had to postpone his teaching career aspirations. Instead, he had to pursue a BS in Marketing that could prepare him to find a job to support his family and achieve some of his immediate career goals. Jesus' work experience led him to the Hospitality industry. It was his first job and opportunity to work with children as the Kids Club In-charge. In 2015, he graduated with a MS degree in Hospitality. Working in a resort stimulated his curiosity to learn about different cultures. The combination of formal education and exposure to different ways of life reinforced his purpose in life. Jesus wanted to become a multiplier of critical and analytical thinking. Thus, he volunteered as a teacher assistant at an urban school. There he taught English, French, and History for children and adults. Jesus' most significant achievement was when his accomplishments inspired his mother to go back to school at the age of 52. After inspiring others, Jesus knew that now is the time for him to go back on track and pursue his teaching career. All these events are what have shaped his motivation to pursue a teaching career in an urban district.
Kylie Webster CazeauBTR Resident, English
Kylie Webster Cazeau is a Secondary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. Kylie was born and raised in Boston, MA. She graduated from Temple University in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Sociology and minor in Africology. She has always understood the power of the youth voice and has spent many school years and summers working with students of all ages to educate them on topics ranging from Black history and different community organizations. Kylie also served as a teaching fellow with Generation Teach in Boston, where she taught 6th grade English. Kylie enjoys spending time with her family, (including her cat and dog), and expanding her jewelry collection.
Merav DaleBTR Resident, Science
Merav Dale is a Secondary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She grew up in Berkeley, CA and moved across the country to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she got her BS in Sustainable Food and Farming. While there, was very involved in the Amherst community and helped develop a garden program in public schools for the K-2nd graders. As she taught, she realized her love for the earth and her love for teaching could be combined into the best career ever! Merav can’t wait for this year and to meet all of the students!
Elizabeth (Libby) WardDudley Promise Corps Member
Elizabeth (Libby) Ward is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. She grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and attended college for two years in DC. During her current gap year, she is looking to expand her passions for restorative practices, supporting youth communities, and being a positive role model. At school, Libby studied criminal justice and psychology, and is particularly interested in child psych. She is excited for a year of learning, relationship-building, and fun! In her free time, Libby enjoys playing lacrosse with her friends, discovering new music, and going to the beach!
Geymi Santana FranciscoDudley Promise Corps Member
Geymi Santana Francisco is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Geymi was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but has been living in Boston for approximately 6 years now. Geymi just finished undergrad studies in 2020 and will be registered, this upcoming fall, as a graduate student at McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMB. Throughout undergraduate studies, Geymi have always worked with community-focused organizations that focus on supporting and encouraging teens to thrive in life. Geymi has been supported in many incredible ways by people that have been part of her life since arriving in the United States, which is why she understands the importance of having the right person by your side supporting and empowering you every single day regardless of where you come from. Geymi considers herself to be someone who is serious most of the time, but also super goofy. Outside of school and work, Geymi is afraid of heights, yet loves hiking; once visited Malawi and ate peanut butter for 10 days in a row for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has not been able to eat peanut butter since then; lastly, believes the Golden Girls is one of the best comedy shows that exist on earth.
Jack GorslineDudley Promise Corps Member
Jack Gorsline is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Jack is the second of four sons to Jennifer and David Gorsline. Jack is 24 years old, an avid reader, an occasional writer of short fiction, and a proud graduate of Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia. After graduating from Christchurch in 2015, Jack played on the Varsity Football teams at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland until 2018. Along the way, Jack fostered relationships with invaluable mentors and peers alike, ultimately realizing a voracious, untapped passion for working to improve the quality of education nationwide. Jack is ecstatic to be apart of DPC Cohort 8, helping students realize their true potential both inside and outside of the classroom.
Julie Ann BautistaDudley Promise Corps Member
Julie Ann Bautista is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. She attended the University of Massachusetts Boston for a B.A. in Psychology with a Math Minor. In the past, Julie has interned at Year Up, where she learned how organizations can work to bridge the opportunity gap for individuals. She has developed a passion for helping students attain a quality education to prepare for the next steps of their lives. Born and raised in Boston, she is excited to bring this passion and her knowledge of emotional awareness to schools in her hometown. She aspires to become a school psychologist to support students in their academic journey and help students attain special education when needed. In her free time, Julie enjoys singing, playing video games, and cooking.
Kathryn (Katie) CahnDudley Promise Corps Member
Kathryn (Katie) Cahn is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. She moved to Boston from Denver, Colorado, but spent the last four years at college in Connecticut. This last spring, Katie graduated from Wesleyan University with a major in Sociology, a minor in Education Studies, and a certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. In her four years at college, Katie passion for education was reinforced through her tutoring and later coordination of an after-school program for children living close to the university in government-subsidized housing. Her work at the after-school program included implementing restorative justice practices, working with families, uplifting children's voices and opinions, and cultivating a community. Her love for children and young people is never-ending. Katie believes that every child deserves a great education and that in order to break down the systems of injustice that have continued to marginalize certain bodies in this country and create new leaders of justice and peace for the future, education will need to do its part.
Nathan MayDudley Promise Corps Member
Nathan May is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. He grew up in Seattle, Washington before moving to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania. During college, Nathan studied medieval and early modern literature and developed a passion for education while tutoring students in the West Philadelphia community. In his postgraduate life, Nathan has continued to build on this interest in education by serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member and working as a legal assistant in a special education law firm, where he helped advocate for students with disabilities across all five boroughs of New York City. Most recently, he has been researching and writing about issues in K-12 and higher education reform in a Washington, DC-based think tank. Nathan looks forward to sharing his love of literature and the humanities! In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic playgoer and classical music concertgoer.
Sophia ChirayilDudley Promise Corps Member
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!
Tiana EvelynDudley Promise Corps Member
Tiana Evelyn is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Tiana is a recent alumna from Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her college career she volunteered at a local afterschool program, which focused on providing STEM education for Hispanic students K-12. Tiana developed numerous relationships with the staff and students, as she helped students with homework and ran her own online coding program. On campus she was also a Teacher’s Assistant for a Quantitative Seminar, which taught the computer language Python at an introductory level, and she held office hours to further assist students. Tiana is very passionate about STEM education for youths. She was inspired to go into teaching from being introduced to STEM in middle school and believes that every student should be exposed to STEM. Tiana is excited to be working closely with students and inspiring them in all aspects!