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!

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
K2-1-Special Populations
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
Dean of Students
Cora Carey
STEAM Teacher
Hailey Chalhoub
3rd Grade Teacher
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Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Chalhoub lived in Tanzania for three years where she worked for a community development organization that supports the growth of small agricultural businesses. She fell in love with teaching business and entrepreneurship skills and decided to move back to the U.S. to pursue her passions for education, youth, and social justice. After graduating from the Boston Teacher Residency in 2019, she taught 5th grade at Young Achievers and she is excited to re-join the Dudley community this year as a 3rd grade teacher! When she is not teaching, Ms. Chalhoub loves to dance, run, eat ice cream, and go for long walks with her dog, Mpoki.

Saundra Coaxum
4th 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
Grade K2-2- 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
4th 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.

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
Sonya James
Science Teacher
Lucy Keeney
Special Education/ELL Teacher
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This is my third year at DSNCS on the Special Pops team teaching ELL and Special Education. I majored in Special Education at Providence College and am a BTR graduate from Cohort 10! Before coming to Dudley, I taught 1st and 2nd grade for 5 years.

Briana Kerble
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!

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)!

Keisha Koech
5th 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!

Maria Marroquin
Reading Recovery Teacher/Grade 1-2-Special Populations Teacher
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I was born in Peru but grew up in Cambridge. Received my Master's degree in education through the Boston Teacher Residency program and most recently completed my Reading Recovery Practicum.

Allyson Oatley
School Counselor/City Connects Coordinator
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Hello DSNCS Families! I am so excited to begin my first year here as the School Counselor/City Connects Coordinator. I come to you from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s in Human Development & Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Psychology. My personal belief is that every child deserves a trusting relationship with an adult and a positive educational experience!

Marcie Osinsky
Marcie Osinsky
Director, Boston Teacher Residency: Elementary
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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
Glen Sherman
Boston Teacher Residency Instructional Coach, 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
Boston Teacher Residency Instructional Coach, ELA
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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
Grade 4-Special Populations 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
5th Grade Math Teacher




BTR at Dudley Street School

Grace Cogan
BTR Resident
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Grace Cogan is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She grew up in New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated with a B.S. in Social Work. Throughout her time there, she combined her 2 passions of criminal justice and education, and spent a year working under the Case Manager in a local jail preparing inmates for release through education and connection to community resources. This reignited her desire to teach full time, and she recently graduated from the Boston Public School Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) program. She is eager to use this year to create a classroom that is a safe space for students and empowers them to engage in a strong foundational learning experience. In her spare time, Grace enjoys baking, reading, and running.

Brandi Dorch
BTR Resident
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Brandi Dorch is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. Brandi is a visual artist, who was born and raised in Boston, MA. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2015. Her inspiration is everything she sees, intuits, imagines, and feels. Whether the canvas takes the shape of a human form or of a still form, her work is a direct reflection of how she processes information - which tends to be in fragments transcribed into bold shapes and outlandish colors. In 2018 Brandi curated her first solo showcase “I AM”, in her backyard. It was open to all the public and featured her paintings and fashion designs. She has also participated in Roxbury Open Studios in 2019. She was selected to be a member of the 2019-20 cohort of the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston. She actively seeks opportunities to show her work at events and venues that will expand her outlook, showcase her output, and connect to various communities.

Sophia Dorsainvil-Johnson
BTR Resident
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Sophia Dorsainvil-Johnson is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. Sophia is a BPS alumn passionate about educating underserved youth in the Boston Area. After graduating from Boston Latin Academy in 2016, she attended college to study Elementary Education and ESL at Boston University, graduating with her Bachelor's degree in May 2020. Sophia plans to go straight into teaching with BPS after earning her Master's. Having been born and raised in the Dorchester/Roxbury neighborhood, Sophia witnessed the many inequities low-income Boston Public School students face, but has also experienced first-hand, the opportunities that arise when receiving a quality education, proper resources, and consistent support. She wishes to be the teacher that provides her students with these tools to be successful. Sophia has worked as a Boston City Scholars Fellow for Boston Saves; the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment's children's savings account program for BPS kindergartners. Sophia has also developed and conducted tours of her neighborhood to educate people on Dorchester's historical relevance and tensions of equity. When she isn't teaching, tutoring, or studying, she can often be found eating a local restaurants with her friends, spending time with family, dancing, or advocating for social justice.

Carinne Gale
BTR Resident
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Carinne Gale is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She grew up in southern California and continued to call California home while studying Communications, Education, and Creative Writing at Stanford University. Her coursework led her to work in marginalized communities across the Bay Area, where Carinne found her most powerful self in the classroom working with students. After graduating, she served for two years in Peace Corps Samoa, where she strengthened community literacy and leadership practices and fell deeply in love with learning. Carinne is eager to grow as an educator in BTR and is honored to join a community dedicated to justice through education.

Aaija Hall
BTR Resident
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Aaija Hall is a Resident in the BTR Cohort 18. She attended school at UMass Amherst, where she earned her BA in Sociology with a minor in Education. While Aaija knew she wanted to be a part of educational spaces since the beginning of her college career, at UMass Amherst she learned how transformative education could be. Prior to teaching, Aaija has worked at camps during most her summers and coordinated teen leadership programs focused on growth and awareness. These experiences taught her how inspiring it is to facilitate spaces with young people. After growing up there, Aaija felt encouraged to pursue her educational career in Boston. During her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and listening to podcasts targeted towards reflection and growth.

Katherine Hepburn
BTR Resident
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Katherine Hepburn is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she worked at a summer camp for 8 years, holding a variety of leadership roles. Katherine earned her BS in Exercise Science from Simmons University in Boston, MA. She then went on to do a service year with Americorps working with low-income students in Brookline, MA. Through her service year, her love for teaching and youth work was strengthened. Katherine's passions include working towards equity in education, health & wellness, exploring the outdoors and art. This year Katherine is excited to help students love STEM! She is very artistic, and her hobbies include crafting, singing, playing the ukulele, and mandolin.

Wilnyde Saintus
BTR Resident
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Wilnyde Saintus is an Elementary Resident in Cohort 18. She was born and raised in East Boston and is excited to teach and give back to her community. Wilnyde has recently graduated from UMass Lowell where she earned a dual degree in Education and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. There she worked as a team leader for Jumpstart through AmeriCorps and was able to grow her lifelong passion for educating young children. Wilnyde values culture tremendously, and hopes that speaking French Creole and Spanish will help build and strengthen relationships with not only her students but also with their families. In her free time, Wilnyde enjoys trying new food, reading, and dancing!

Adriana Snow
BTR Resident
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Adriana Snow is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 18. She is a Boston native and a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schoo. Adrianals graduated from Skidmore College in New York State with a degree in English and Education Studies, and always had the intention of returning to Boston and bringing her passion for education and equity back to her community. For the past three years, Adriana has been tutoring middle school students in math in the Jamaica Plain and East Boston neighborhoods. She also assisted with a photography enrichment course where students explored the power of visual expression, and practiced peer feedback and critique. Adriana cannot wait for the coming year and for the opportunity to learn how to become a more effective educator. In her spare time she loves live music events, dancing, and traveling!

Claire Callahan
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Claire Callahan is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. She grew up in Vermont, and became interested in teaching as a figure skating coach and assistant art teacher in high school. After graduating from Hamilton College in 2018 with a degree in economics and studio art, Claire led hiking trips for teenage students for one summer before stepping aboard Schooner Roseway as the Program Coordinator for educational voyages at sea. During that year, she learned about the power of teamwork and community alongside applied academics, and she is excited to bring these lessons into the classroom. Claire's favorite things to do include hiking, cooking, and painting!

Ella Frederick
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Ella Frederick is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Born in Sheffield, England, Ella Frederick returned with her family to Texas when she was six months old. She grew up in rural Dublin, Texas, graduating from the town's only high school in 2020. Ella was active in the band, varsity power-lifting team, theater, and other extracurricular programs. She worked as a pianist for two years, satisfying one of her childhood goals. Throughout her education, Ms. Frederick developed a love for working with and for others--especially in education and other social justice pursuits. After working in the Dudley Promise Corps, Ella plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin, double-majoring in sociology and political science. This year, Ella is excited to focus on working with kids to help foster a love for learning and education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, water-coloring, spending time outside, and baking.

Christine Huang
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Christine Huang is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Christine is a corps member of the special education fellowship at the Dearborn Academy. She grew up in Boston and got her BA in psychology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania this past May. She spent her summers interning at the Boston Medical Center in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics department. During the fall semester of her junior year, she studied abroad at the University of Sussex in the city of Brighton in England. Christine is looking forward to building upon her experience of working directly with children during her time at Dudley Promise Corps. Christine enjoys playing music and reading in her free time.

Rebecca Livingston
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Rebecca Livingston is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. She grew up in Amherst, MA and recently moved to Boston to start her career in Elementary Education. Rebecca graduated from Wheaton College this past May as a double major in Elementary Education and Business Management. Throughout college, she developed her passion for working in urban school districts. She has had influential teaching experiences and internships in the United States and abroad. Rebecca is excited to use this year to build strong relationships with students and further her growth as a teacher. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, exploring nature, and running her ceramics business.

Mary Kay McIntyre
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Mary Kay McIntyre is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 8. Ms. McIntyre is excited to work with young people in the Boston Public Schools. She has experience as a school occupational therapist and has also worked with older adults in rehabilitation. Raising her own four kids has taught her a lot including patience and humility. Ms McIntyre received her bachelor degree from Tufts University in Mechanical Engineering and her master degree from BU in Occupational Therapy. Her work with A Better Chance scholars has contributed to her emerging passion to support students’ academic and career success. She grew up in Quincy and is exploring a path where she can contribute toward improving opportunities for students in under-resourced public schools in Boston.

Carmella Verrastro
Dudley Promise Corps Member
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Carmella Verrastro is a Corps Member in DPC Cohort 18.