Elijah Heckstall
Principal
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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 Alexander
K1 Teaching Assistant
Nakysha Allen
K2 Teacher
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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 Arroyo
K2 Teacher
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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 Auger
Special Education Teacher
Adrian Barbosa
Community Field Coordinator
Jenae Barrett-Sequeira
K1 Teacher
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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 Barros
Physical Education Teacher
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My first experience teaching was on the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. I taught English to 6th and 7th graders. I have been teaching PE for a few years now and can't wait to get back in the building and meet my new students at a new school just a block from home!

Alyssa Bazinet
ELL Teacher
Naomi Bones
K1 Teaching Assistant
Michelle Brown
3rd Grade Teacher
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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 Campbell
Director of Student Culture and Climate
Cora Carey
STEAM Teacher
Saundra Coaxum
5th Grade ELA Teacher
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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 Connolly
2nd Grade Teacher
Kyle Dempsey
Special Populations Teacher
Aisha Dumbuya
K1 Teacher
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Aisha Dumbuya is new to Dudley Street school but is entering her 4th year 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 enjoys hiking, roller blading, and writing poetry.

Alicia Fessenden
Grade 5-Special Populations Teacher
Caitlin Fleck
5th Grade Math Teacher
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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.

Seth Ford
Special Education Coordinator
Julia Goodman
2nd Grade Teacher
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Julia was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Arts Academy and Boston University. She is a passionate educator and second grade is her favorite grade! When Julia isn't at school you can find her reading in the sun, paddle boarding or going for walks with her dog.

Madeleine Grover
3rd Grade Teacher
Leslie Hamilton
K2 Teaching Assistant
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Ms. Hamilton has been teaching in the field of early education for 12 years. She has worked for HeadStart, BPS , Little Sprouts as well as Codman Academy. Leslie has an associate degree in early childhood education and a bachelors in psychology from Lesley University. She is a mother of two boys and loves educating young minds. Leslie is glad to a part of the Dudley Street School family.

Gloria Houston
Office Manager
Porter Houston
Social Worker
Sonya James
Science Teacher
Alexa Kinney
1st Grade Teacher
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I grew up in Upstate New York and spent the last 7 years teaching in New York City! I absolutely love teaching 1st grade and am so excited to be joining the Dudley Street community this year! I love everything picture books, and some of my favorites include anything Mo Willems and Kevin Henkes. I love to run and have completed 3 marathons(so far)!

Briana Kissell
School Nurse
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I have been a school nurse in Boston since 2017 and this will be my third year at DSNCS. I attended Curry College for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and our two puppies!

Keisha Koech
4th Grade Teacher
Sylviana Lener
K2 Teaching Assistant
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I am Haitian American. I speak, write, and read in my native language. I am the youngest of 7 children. I am currently in college for my Bachelors of Education- Special Education. I love to dance!

Carol Litif
Special Education Teacher
Maria Montano
Special Education Teacher
Danielle Navarrete
Music Teacher
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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 Osinsky
Marcie Osinsky
Director of Professional Learning and Elementary Residency
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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.

Trinidad Ramkissoon
Theater Arts Teacher
Chelsea Ruscio
Special Education/ELL Teacher
Glen Sherman
Director of Teaching and Learning - Elementary Math
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Glen Sherman provides mathematics coursework and instructional coaching for current BTR residents at Dudley Street School and ongoing coaching support to BTR graduates in their first year of elementary teaching in the Boston Public Schools. He began his own education career in BPS, where he spent ten years teaching third and fourth grade in two elementary schools in Fields Corner, served on a variety of instructional and math leadership teams, provided professional development at the school and district levels, and served as a mentor teacher in the BTR. For the last six years, he was a Math Coach in the Cambridge Public Schools, where he worked with both elementary and middle-school teachers to improve instruction and student outcomes. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Lesley University. His work his firmly rooted in the belief that all children have the potential to be powerful mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.

Lilly Siu
Director of Teaching and Learning - Elementary Literacy
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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 Soto
Director of Operations
Aida Villar
1st Grade Teacher
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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 Wise
Special Education/ELL Teacher
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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 Yousof
4th Grade Math Teacher




BTR and DPC at Dudley Street School

Tianna Robinson
Boston Teacher Resident
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Tianna Robinson is a Boston native from the Dudley area and a proud Boston Public School Alumni. After studying non-profits in southeast Tennessee, she is excited to return to her hometown Boston and join the first-grade team as a BTR resident. Tianna loves the arts! Before this year, she spent her time as a professional dancer traveling from Columbia to France dancing and teaching children. Tianna looks forward to expanding her experiences as an educator this year.

Claire Callahan
Boston Teacher Resident
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Claire Callahan is an Elementary Education Resident in BTR Cohort 19. She grew up in Vermont and discovered an early interest in education as an art teacher and figure skating coach. After graduating from Hamilton College with a BA in Economics and Studio Art, Claire led trips for a variety of outdoor education programs before joining Dudley Promise Corps at DSNCS last year. She is excited to return to DSNCS and continue to support Dudley scholars’ learning!

Tamia Daniel
Boston Teacher Resident
Mary-Kate Harper
Boston Teacher Resident
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Mary-Kate Harper is a Resident at DSNCS in BTR Cohort 19. She attended Emmanuel College graduating in May 2020 with a double major in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies. After graduating, her passion for service and education lead her to the West Coast to serve with City Year San Jose FY '21. Although she had some amazing experiences on the West Coast, she is so excited to continue growing as a teacher and a learner this year in Boston at DSNCS! Some of Mary-Kate's favorite things to do are going to the beach, yoga, hiking and finding the best ice cream places!

Rebecca Livingston
Boston Teacher Resident
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Rebecca Livingston is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 19. She is excited to be returning to DSNCS as a resident in K2 and 1st grade after a wonderful year as a DPC member. Rebecca studied both Elementary Education and Business Management at Wheaton College and is looking forward to continuing to develop her craft as a teacher. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys going for hikes, playing Bananagrams, and developing her ceramics business!

Dany Louis
Boston Teacher Resident
Marvin Read IV
Boston Teacher Resident
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Marvin Read IV is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 19. He was born and raised in the East Valley in Arizona. He completed his Associate's degree at Mesa Community College and his Bachelor's degrees in Sustainability and Political Science at Arizona State University. Before joining BTR he has worked with children at summer camps, daycares and taught outdoor lessons as well as helped kids compost food waste during lunch at a Tempe elementary school. In his free time he likes to read, exercise, watch television and hang out with his friends.

Jadan Villaruel
Boston Teacher Resident
Lane Ward
Boston Teacher Resident
Abria Roberts
Dudley Promise Corp Member
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I was born and raised in Boston. Recently Graduated from UMASS Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I Worked for Many years at the Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center. I enjoy Teaching children about Nature and the Outdoors.

Keyla Santos
Dudley Promise Corp Member
Jomarys Solano Capeles
Dudley Promise Corp Member
Emma Terravecchia
Dudley Promise Corp Member
Lya Williams Howard
Dudley Promise Corp Member