A lifelong learner, Mr. Heckstall hails from Middletown, Conn. and attended Trinity College in Hartford, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Neuroscience. While completing his Master of Education from Lesley University, Mr. Heckstall became a Teach For America corps member and worked as a science and special education teacher at what is now the Dearborn STEM Academy. Mr. Heckstall remained working in schools as a teacher, a Dean of Students and finally his most recent school-based role as Co-Principal of the 9th Grade Academy of Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Mass.
Allison AlexanderK1 Teaching Assistant
Nakysha AllenK2 Teacher
Ms. Allen has been with the Dudley Street School for the past three years as a K1 Teacher Assistant and Lead Teacher. She also completed her student teaching at DSNCS, and worked at Somerville Public Schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She earned a master's in Special Education Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 from UMass Boston. She also attended Florida A&M University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Ms. Allen is a native of Dorchester, MA and her goal is to combine her range of experience with her ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher.
Ana ArroyoK2 Teacher
My name is Ms. Arroyo and I am a Kindergarten Teacher. I am a graduate of BPS, I have 3 daughters who have all gone to or are still at a BPS school, and I have been a teacher in BPS for 12 years. I believe that learning should be an adventure created by my student's curiosity. My goal to teach each student in a way that they are able to learn giving them the opportunity to access what they need to be successful moving forward in their education while making sure that they have fun learning!
Talya AugerELL Teacher
Adrian BarbosaCommunity Field Coordinator
Jenae Barrett-SequeiraK1 Teacher
Jenae Barrett-Sequeira comes to Dudley Street School after teaching 1st grade at the Higginson Lewis K-8 school for the past 3 years. She received her Master of Science in early childhood education from Wheelock College through the Wheelock Teach Boston program. Mrs. Sequeira is a lifelong resident of Boston, growing up in the Roxbury/Dorchester neighborhoods. Her passion is building relationships with families and the community. She enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Kunta BarrosPhysical Education Teacher
Alyssa BazinetELL Teacher
Naomi BonesK1 Teaching Assistant
Michelle Brown3rd Grade Teacher
I am a third grade teacher at Dudley Street. I received my degree in teaching from the University of New Hampshire and have taught in Lawrence and Boston. This is my ninth year teaching and my 4th year teaching at DSNCS. I love being a part of the Dudley community and working with scholars and their families.
Sam CampbellDirector of Student Culture and Climate
Cora CareySTEAM Teacher
Hailey Chalhoub3rd Grade Teacher
Saundra Coaxum5th Grade ELA Teacher
Saundra Coaxum is a native of John’s Island, South Carolina. She received her Masters of Education in Middle and Secondary English Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Benedict College. She has taught on both the middle and high school levels. Ms. Coaxum has taught high school in both the Sequoia Union High School District in California and with the Atlanta Public School System. She has been teaching in Boston Public Schools since 2000. While teaching in BPS, she has mentored a number of Boston Teacher Residents, Boston College Graduate Students and pre-practicum students. She has also been a part-time New Teacher Developer. Ms. Coaxum has been an active member of the Instructional Leadership Team at Thomas Edison Middle School for nine years. Ms. Coaxum enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. You can catch her hanging out in the Sweet Carolinas on any extended break. Though Ms. Coaxum has been teaching for a while, her curriculum and pedagogy is continuously evolving.
Caitlin Connolly2nd Grade Teacher
Nicole Corneau3rd Grade Teacher
Kyle DempseySpecial Education Teacher
Aisha DumbuyaK1 Teacher
Ms. Dumbuya is entering her 3rd year at DSNCS and her 6th year as a classroom teacher. Previously, she taught K1 at Adams elementary school in East Boston, and K2 at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School. Ms. Dumbuya obtained her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Women's and Gender Studies from Wheaton College (MA) and her M.Ed from the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University. Her passions include advocating for social justice, and when not teaching, Ms. Dumbuya most enjoys camping, figure skating, and spending time with family/friends.
Alicia FessendenSpecial Education/ELL Teacher
Caitlin Fleck5th Grade Math Teacher
Miss Fleck comes to the Dudley Street School after teaching elementary students for the past three years. She received her Master's degree at Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2012. She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and moved to MA for college, and has not since been able to leave. Caitlin is excited to continue her work bringing joy to learning math with the Dudley Street community.
Julia GoodmanReading Specialist
Madeleine Grover2rd Grade Teacher
Gloria HoustonOffice Manager
Porter HoustonSocial Worker
Sonya JamesScience Teacher
Alexa Kinney1st Grade Teacher
Alexa Kinney comes to Boston from NYC and Binghamton, NY. After 7 years teaching in NYC, she is excited to begin her 3rd year at DSNCS. She loves to instill the joy of learning in 1st graders and provide a solid foundation for future success. Outside of school, Ms. Kinney loves to be outside and exploring New England!
Briana KerbleSchool Nurse
Briana has been the school nurse here at Dudley Street since 2018. She loves getting to know all of the students and watching them learn and grow over the years. She moved to Boston from Phoenix and attended Curry College for nursing. She loves spending time with friends and family, especially her 2 dogs!
Keisha Koech4th Grade Teacher
Carol LitifSpecial Education Teacher
Maria MontanoSpecial Education Teacher
Danielle NavarreteMusic Teacher
Danielle Navarrete, born in Miami, Florida, decided to move to Boston to work towards a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy and a Minor in Psychology at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Danielle was placed at clinical sites with different populations including early intervention students, older adults, adults with mental health needs and women experiencing homelessness. She has since then worked as a Music Therapist at the Community Music Center of Boston with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Danielle is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a Music Teacher at Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and she looks forward to filling classrooms with music!
Marcie OsinskyDirector of Professional Learning and Elementary Residency
Marcie Osinsky has been a leader in the Boston Teacher Residency for the past 13 years. Prior to that work, she was an elementary classroom teacher and a teacher educator at Wheelock College. This year, she is a member of the school leadership team at Dudley Street School engaged in the development and implementation of the Teaching Academy model. She will work to develop a strong professional learning community at the school, directly supporting the roles of BTR coaches, collaborating teachers and residents. Marcie Osinsky is deeply invested in the preparation of new teachers. She is committed to ensuring resident teachers have the beliefs, skills, and knowledge to positively impact student engagement and achievement, both in their residency year and as future teachers in the Boston Public Schools.
Chelsea RuscioSpecial Education/ELL Teacher
Glen ShermanDirector of Teaching and Learning - Elementary Math
As director of mathematics at Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter school, I oversee the school’s math program and provide instructional coaching/support and professional development for DSNCS teachers and Boston Teacher Residency teaching residents. I also teach the BTR Elementary Math Methods course. My work -- firmly rooted in the belief that all children are capable of powerful mathematical thinking and problem solving -- is focused on building teachers’ capacity to: 1) help students develop positive math identities and believe in the inherent value of their mathematical ideas; 2) promote equity through intentional disruption of practices that perpetuate marginalization, exclusion, and unjust outcomes.
Lilly SiuDirector of Teaching and Learning - Elementary Literacy
Lilly Siu, Ed.D, oversees ELA curricular decisions, professional development, and instructional coaching at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (DSNCS), and serves as the Language and Literacy methods instructor for the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR). Dr Siu holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D from Harvard University. Her research interests include student engagement, social and emotional education, and critical theory and pedagogy. Dr Siu is a mother of three, a daughter of immigrants, and a native of San Francisco, California.
Alex SotoDirector of Operations
Chanel ThompsonDance Teacher
Aida Villar1st Grade Teacher
Aida is a first grade teacher at Dudley Street. She was born and raised in Roxbury and is a Boston Public School Alumni. Aida received her BA in Early Education and worked in many centers in the city of Boston. Aida then got her Master's through the Boston Teacher Residency (Cohort 16). She is of Afro-Dominican decent. !Y habla espanol!
Liz WiseSpecial Education/ELL Teacher
Ms. Wise began her teaching journey in college, where she taught ESL to adults. From 2009-2012, Ms. Wise served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, where she taught 5th and 6th grade at a rural elementary school. She has an M.Ed in elementary education from Boston University and is currently pursuing her Ed.S. in reading at Gordon College. Outside of school, Ms. Wise enjoys reading, watching TV, and spending time with her family and friends.
Yasmin Yousof4th Grade Math Teacher
BTR and DPC at Dudley Street School
Jessica BenjaminBoston Teacher Resident
Abigail KoernerBoston Teacher Resident
Eden PhillipsBoston Teacher Resident
Ms. Phillips is a triple AmeriCorps alumna with a passion for creating positive change. She graduated from Smith College in 2019 and then worked in schools as a tutor, inspiring her pivot towards elementary education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.
Ilenia Pizzaro-RoblesBoston Teacher Resident
"I have been a BPS Student all my life up until college and always loved teaching kids in my community of Roxbury, whether it is tutoring or being a Junior Counselor at a camp. I have never thought about becoming a teacher until my second year of college where I was blessed to work with first graders and loved the connections I built with the teachers and children I was working with. This career so far has given me a reason to wake up excited to start the day and will hope to blossom your children into beautiful and enriched trees and flowers.
Harry TongBoston Teacher Resident
Adam WeilBoston Teacher Resident
Adam Weil is a Resident at DSNCS in BTR Cohort 20. He attended Vassar College graduating in June 2022 with a double major in Educational Studies and History. His educational passions lie in Constructionism, Historically Responsive Literacy, and Critical Love. He is looking forward to continue to develop his craft as a teacher and an educator. In his free time, Adam enjoys going singing, watching soccer, and listening to audiobooks. He cannot wait to be apart of this community !