The faculty and staff members at Boston Green Academy are looking forward to an exciting third year – and we’re proud to tell you more about each of them!
Matt Holzer – Co-Headmaster
Matt Holzer is the Co-Headmaster at Boston Green Academy, formerly the Assistant Headmaster. He continues to support and coordinate the academic program at Boston Green Academy and helped to design and launch BGA as a member of the Founding Group. He most recently served as the Program Director for Humanities and Humanities Curriculum Coach for the Boston Public Schools, and taught high school for nine years in New York City and San Francisco. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University and his Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When not working to build BGA, Matt’s fabulous spouse and two amazing daughters are nice enough to accompany him on adventures.
Natalie Jaeger – Co-Headmaster
Natalie Jaeger is the Co-Headmaster at Boston Green Academy, formerly the school’s Director of Special Education Services. Before helping to found BGA, Natalie was a special education teacher at Fenway High School for 7 years. She received her Masters in Education from UMass Boston and Masters in School Administration from Simmons College. When she is not working Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, dog and cat at their home in Lynn.
Mr. AK (as he is affectionately known by his students) teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry. Mr. AK comes to BGA after seven years teaching at Codman Academy Public Charter High School and two years at Another Course to College. He earned is undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A & M University, a small Historically Black College near Houston, Texas. Mr. AK lives in Roxbury with his lovely wife and two amazing children. Mr. AK is a huge Boston fan and loves to play and talk sports. Some of his other interests include wealth building, personal growth and eastern spiritual philosophy.
Camden Bahamon – Special Education Teacher
Mr. Bahamon teaches 10th grade Humanities, 9th grade Foundations, and social skills and various subjects in the multidisciplinary room. He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and previously taught Algebra at New Mission High School and Charlestown High School in their programs for students with autism spectrum disorders. Mr. Bahamon went to Wesleyan University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and obtained his Master’s of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He currently lives in Roxbury and in his free time he enjoys playing sports like basketball and soccer, exercising, or exploring on adventures with the family. He also has a passion for drawing and bike riding.
Carolyn Blennau - 9th Grade Biology Teacher
Carolyn Blennau teaches 9th grade biology. This is her first year at BGA and her 12th year of teaching. She previously taught at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, CA. However, this summer she returned to Massachusetts, where she was born and raised, to be closer to family. She is a graduate of UMass Amherst where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology. In addition she earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Educational Technology from National University. Most recently she completed graduate coursework for California’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. When she is not working she is spending time with her husband and 3 young children. Previously they had spend many weekends exploring the beautiful coast and scenic areas of California and they are excited to now explore New England.
Matt Blennau – Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science
Matt Blennau is the 10th grade Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science teacher at BGA. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He also earned his Masters of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to joining the staff at BGA, Matt spent 11 years teaching high school science in Southern California. While there he coached basketball and tennis and enjoyed mentoring boys into fine young men. Matt enjoys being a techie and when he isn’t reading up on science he spends time watching movies with his awesome wife (and colleague) and playing sports with his 3 children.
Mary Callaghan – Development Director
Mary Callaghan coordinates the development initiatives of Boston Green Academy, working with individuals, corporations and foundations to raise funding to support the school’s mission. She also coordinates the school’s outward-facing identity through the website, communications, media outreach and events. Mary comes to BGA with 7 years of experience in development, PR and marketing, most recently with Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, and spends her time outside of school with her friends and family, running, reading and playing tennis less often than she would like.
Colleen Chausse – Outreach and Enrollment Manager VISTA Colleen Chausse is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Boston Green Academy for the school year. She can be found recruiting and enrolling new students, coordinating the Parent Council, and taking photographs of school activities. Originally from a small town in Connecticut, she attended Tufts University where she earned a B.A. in Greek & Latin. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, and eating delicious food.
Jim Cefalo – Special Education Paraprofessional
Jim Cefalo is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Boston Green Academy, working in the multidisciplinary room. Mr. Cefalo has been working with youth since he was 22-years old and still loves every minute of it. A native of the Boston, Saugus, and Malden area, he enjoys going to the movies, long walks on the beach, fixing things, singing, spending time with family and friends.
Derrick Dambreville – Special Education Paraprofessional
Derrick Dambreville is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Boston Green Academy where he co-teaches with Kathryn Decker in the Multidisciplinary Program. Prior to becoming part of the BGA community, Mr. Damreville worked at the John Marshall Elementary School in the Special Education Program. Born and raised in Dorchester, he is graduated from Fenway High School and is currently working on his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science. When Mr. Damreville is not working with students, he enjoys playing basketball, videogames, and working out.
Ryne Deckard – Director of Technology
Ryne serves as the Director of Technology. Before coming to BGA, Ryne was the Director of Technology for Advantage Academy in Duncanville, TX. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media and a Concentration in Theology from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. When not working, Ryne loves exploring new places with his wife, crawling on the floor with his infant son, and watching his beloved, hometown St. Louis Cardinals win more World Series Rings.
Kathryn Decker – Multidisciplinary Lead Teacher
Kathryn is the lead teacher for the multidisciplinary team and serves our students with moderate to severe special needs. Before BGA, she worked in Arlington Public Schools and Los Angeles Public Schools. She is originally from Rochester, New York. She has her Master’s degree in Special Education from California State University Domiguez Hills, but is currently pursuing her Ed.S from Bay Path College in Severe Special Needs, as well as her BCBA certification. When she is not working she enjoys rowing, and spending time with her dog.
Trinity Diggs – Special Education Paraprofessional
Trinity Diggs is a paraprofessional at Boston Green Academy and works in the multidisciplinary room. Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, Ms. Diggs has been working with kids for about 10yrs. She attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and studied mass media with a concentration in radio/ television and a minor in music. When she is not working at BGA, she loves to write, draw and spend lots of time outdoors.
Kathy Ennis – Staff Mentor and Guidance Support
Kathy Ennis has just begun mentoring teachers and providing guidance support at the Boston Green Academy after spending last year working in development at WriteBoston and tutoring at The English High School. From 2001-2010, Kathy was Executive Director of Primary Source, where she worked to broaden the organization’s reach both geographically and programmatically. With the goal of increasing the global awareness of K-12 students, she developed 50 formal partnerships with schools and school districts. Before directing Primary Source, Kathy was a teacher of English, history, and the humanities at Needham High School and the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, where she designed an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum. In her spare time, she eats good food, goes to the theater, watches movies, and takes long walks.
Kat Enright – Volunteer and Partnerships Manager VISTA
Kat Enright is one of the three AmeriCorps VISTA members here at BGA for the 2013-2014 school year and will work to strengthen BGA’s partnerships with local non-profits, organizations, and corporations. A native of Pennsylvania, she just finished her undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Writing at Gettysburg College before moving to Boston in August 2013. When she is not working she loves to write, read books, watch movies, and play video games – basically engage stories in any way possible.
Joseph Esposito – Special Education Paraprofessional
Joseph Esposito works in the Multidisciplinary Program as one of Boston Green Academy’s Special Education Paraprofessionals. Prior to joining our BGA staff, Mr. Esposito was a building substitute at the Gavin Middle School in South Boston beginning in 2001. Before that, he taught French in Whitman, Massachusetts as well as was French and Spanish teacher at St. Mary Regional High School in Lynn, Massachusetts. He has been in the education field for nearly 36 years and counting.
Rosemary Finley – ELA Teacher
Rosemary is a native of Long Island, NY and currently lives in South Boston. Rosemary earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Roxbury Community College. After earning her A.A., Rosemary was chosen to receive the Foster Furcolo Scholarship, a full tuition and fee scholarship at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Spanish Language. During her studies, Rosemary’s interest in education stems from her early exposure to Spanish language studies during her grade school’s after school programs. It was there that she began to learn Spanish. Rosemary continued her Spanish studies through high school, winning a H.S. Spanish Achievement award and into college where her interest in education was deepened through volunteer and student leadership experiences. Prior to joining Boston Green Academy, Rosemary was part of Boston Teacher Residency, Cohort 10 and a former Volunteer Tutor for BGA’s AIM High Program.
Kalen Fletcher – Student Support Intern Kalen Fletcher is a social work intern working towards her MSW at Boston University. Before coming to BGA, Kalen worked as an Americorps fellow at the Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain. She is originally from Seattle, WA and obtained her Bachelors degree from Skidmore College in New York. When not working, or doing school work Kalen enjoys spending time with friends, running and live music.
Justin Garvey – Special Education Teacher
Justin Garvey works as a teacher in the multidisciplinary classroom helping students increase the functional life skills and academic skills to the best of their abilities. He worked with students with multiple disabilities over the past 15 years in the classroom settings, therapy settings, afterschool programs, and as a respite care provider. Justin is originally from Maryland and made the move up to Massachusetts five years ago to live closer to his lovely wife’s family. He study special education at Towson University in Baltimore Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. When Justin is not teaching he loves spending time with his wife and children.
Anna Stanger Golden – Special Education, Math & Science Teacher
Anna Stanger Golden is the Special Education teacher of Biology, Environmental, Algebra, and Geometry. Anna is on the Board of Directors at BGA as well as the Leadership Team. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and her Masters in Special education both at Simmons College to which she has much allegiance. Anna is about to begin her fifth year teaching; the first three were spent at City on a Hill near Dudley. When not working, which happens infrequently, Anna is DIY crafting, playing guitar badly, hiking, eating cheese and other goodies, or just hanging out with her family.
Brian Gonsalves – Director of Student Support Services and Dean of 9th Grade
Brian Gonsalves is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the Student Support Team that include a student support counselor, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator and Community Field Coordinators and Clinical interns. He was formally the Director of Student Support Services at Boston Evening Academy from 2008 -2011 and a Student Support Counselor from 1995-2008 at Fenway High School. Brian is a licensed Independent Social Worker and a graduate from the Boston College School of Social Work. Brian is a sports enthusiast and enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time.
Grant Gary – Mathematics Teacher
Grant Gary is a Mathematics Teahcer at BGA as well as an international man of mystery. He has traveled to over 22 countries as a member of the CIA . His cover as a school teacher in South Boston was blown after he lost a wrestling match with an aggressive Polar Bear in the outskirts of Antarctica while collecting intelligence on a covert Russian Base. He now spends his mild mannered days disguised as a Math teacher who enjoys silly past times such as climbing volcanoes, learning how to survive avalanches, and Teaching his students about the 5th dimension.
Lucas Hall – Library Teacher http://www.hellolibrary.org/
Lucas Hall runs the school library & its programs for BGA students, staff, and families. Before coming to BGA in 2011, he was a Literacy, Humanities, and special education teacher for six years at Fenway High School in Boston. He holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science / School Media from Syracuse University, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University, and a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. In his free time, he walks, reads, swims, and hangs out with two-legged and four-legged friends.
Reverend Shaun O. Harrison – Community Coordinator
Reverend “Rev” Harrison is a founding member of Boston Green Academy. Rev currently works as a Community Coordinator, supporting teachers and students around behavior management concerns and disciplinary issues. Rev facilitates several Anger Management and Young Men’s groups at BGA every year. Prior to working at BGA, Rev worked as the In-School Suspension Coordinator for Odyssey High School. Rev earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College and is also a certified Mediator through the Peace Builder’s Institute. When not working to support the students of BGA, Rev runs a gang outreach program called Operation Project GO, enjoys reading and walking.
JoAnne Hawkes – Staff Assistant
Ms. Hawkes is the Head Staff Assistant at Boston Green Academy. Before joining the BGA staff she was the secretary for Odyssey High School for six years. A fun fact about Ms. Hawkes: she was born and raised in South Boston and has played volleyball for over 30 years. She currently plays on a coed team who has won the championship five out of the last six years. When Ms. Hawkes is not working, she enjoys going on family vacations.
Kelly Hawkes – Humanities Teacher
Kelly Hawkes is a Humanities teacher at BGA, after serving as a paraprofessional in several english and math class last school year. Before working for BGA, she was a long-term substitute teacher at Excel High School, part of the South Boston Educational Complex. Ms. Hawkes has lived in South Boston, Massachusetts her whole life. She studied at the University of Massachusetts Boston and earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Studio Art and subsequently her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English Language Arts. When she’s not working, Ms. Hawkes likes to play volleyball and work on her paintings, which focus on realistic land and seascapes.
Tra’Neal Holloman-Rodgers – Special Education, Math & Science Teacher
Ms. Rodgers teaches Math and Science to 11th and 12th grade students with Individual Education Plans for Moderate Disabilities. Before she was selected as a staff member of BGA, she had the pleasure of teaching and learning with students and staff at The Engineering School in the old Hyde Park Education Complex for 3 years. Ms. Rodgers was born raised in Boston and has 14 years of experience supporting urban youth and families. Before studying education, she was in the field of social work and served as a Family Support & Stabilization Worker. There Ms. Rodgers supported the social-emotional needs of youth and families, provided referral services, and helped families build their support networks. She loves supporting the needs of her own family when she’s not in school or lesson planning and she loves sharing family time, taking road-trip adventures, and making positive contributions in her community.
Matthew Johnston – Spanish Teacher www.johnstonbga.
Matthew Johnston is from Charlestown, graduated from Fenway High School in 2000, and went to college at George Washington University in D.C. He majored in Spanish Language & Literature, studied in Sevilla, España and graduated in 2004. He quickly moved to Puerto Rico and worked in a hotel. Soon, he met his future wife, Ela. Later, they had a daughter, Victoria Sofía, in San Juan. They decided to move to Boston to have access to excellent education and healthcare, and to be close to his family. In 2008, he ran into a former Fenway teacher, who asked him to join his team to open a new school in Boston. After five years of hard work, the school opened. This is now your school: Boston Green Academy.
Lauren Kelton – LICSW Student Support Counselor Ms. Kelton is a founding social worker at Boston Green Academy. In her role as student support counselor, Ms. Kelton supports the social-emotional needs of students and works closely with families and community providers to make sure that each student has a network of support to help them achieve academic success. Prior to her arrival at BGA, Ms. Kelton worked for the city of Boston for over 10 years performing social work in various capacities, always with children and families. Ms. Kelton earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Spanish from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and her Masters degree in Social Work from Salem State College. When not working to support the students and families of BGA, Ms. Kelton enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.
Aparna Lakshmi – Humanities Teacher
Aparna Lakshmi teaches 11th grade Humanities at Boston Green Academy, and this will be her fourth year teaching in the Boston Public Schools. Aparna has previously worked at The City School and Spontaneous Celebrations, and she completed her pre-practicum at The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens and the Boston Arts Academy. Her favorite novel is Cereus Blooms at Night.
Mia Lefkowitz teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at Boston Green Academy. Before joining BGA, Mia taught ESL in Brooklyn, New York for seven years. Mia holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.A in ESL and Education. When she is not in the classroom, you can find Mia outside identifying trees.
Casey Leonard – Math Teacher website
Casey Leonard teaches Advanced Algebra and AP Calculus at Boston Green Academy. She also serves as a senior advisor. Prior to the opening of BGA, she taught 9th grade math at The Engineering School in Hyde Park as well as various mathematics and computers classes in the San Francisco Unified School District. Outside of school, Ms. Leonard loves to run road races and practice yoga.
Malvina Libsch – Mathematics Teacher
Mrs. Libsch currently teaches Algebra I at BGA and is originally from Liberia, West Africa. For the last year and a half, she worked at Tech Boston Academy, more recently teaching high school math. Mrs. Libsch received a dual Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Gerontology, then a Masters degree in Education from UMASS Boston. She has worked many years as a Social Worker for the state of MA and later an elementary school teacher for the city of Boston. When not working, Mrs. Libsch loves reading, watching movies and socializing!
Mary Linehan – Dean of Students
Mary Linehan functions as the Dean of Students at Boston Green Academy and handles all the discipline issues that arise. In addition, Ms. Linehan holds parent, teacher, and student conferences. She coaches volleyball, junior varsity basketball, and varsity softball. Before BGA, Ms. Linehan had the same position at Odyssey High School. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development with a minor in Education from Lesley College. When she’s not working, Ms. Linehan likes to go to the beach, travel, and play golf.
Reginald Loving – Community Coordinator
Regi is a founding member of Boston Green Academy. After starting out as a paraprofessional in BGA’s multidisciplinary program, Regi transitioned into his current role as a Community Coordinator. In this role, Regi supports students and teachers around behavior management concerns, disciplinary issues and also acts as a mentor to many of our students. When not in school, Regi is always on the go; he enjoys spending time with friends and family and relaxes by listening to a variety of music.
Lucía Mandelbaum – Humanities Teacher https://sites.google.com/site/
Lucía Mandelbaum is a 9th grade Humanities teacher at Boston Green Academy. She is also the on-site coordinator for Sole Train, the running program at BGA. She will be doing her first half marathon this year! Prior to realizing her passion for teaching, Lucía worked for several years making documentary films. Before finding a home at BGA, she spent two years at Fenway High School teaching Humanities and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Clark University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University. When she’s not at school, you can find her enjoying a burrito at Anna’s Taqueria, belting out tunes in karaoke, and going on adventures with friends and family.
Alcindo Monteiro – Learning Center Paraprofessional
Aclindo serves as one of BGA’s Learning Center Paraprofessionals and works closely with Ms. Simmoms. He worked for about two years as a Youth Worker at Catholic Charities Teen Center and graduated from Umass Dartmouth with a Bachelors degree in Finance. A fun fact about Alcindo: he was born in Cape Verde. When he’s working, he enjoys playing soccer, basketball and football as well as spending time with my nieces and nephew.
Marisa Olivo - Foundations of Literacy 2 Teacher
Marisa Olivo presently teaches tenth grade language and literature. Before joining the BGA, Marisa taught English literature courses at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School (2006-2012). Marisa has additionally taught Special Education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (2001-2006). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Connecticut (2001) and her Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from the University of Rhode Island (2009). When she is not working, Marisa enjoys going for runs, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family, especially her Goddaughter Avery.
Johanna Pena – Community Coordinator
Johanna Pena serves Boston Green Academy as a Community Coordinator. Born in New York City and raised in Boston she is a proud Boston Public School graduate. Ms. Pena has been working closely with youth ages 10-19 in the Boston community for over 10 years where she helps guide and coach young adults to make smart choices that will benefit their future and make it a successful one. She is also a mother of a happy and energetic three-year-old little boy. When she is not serving students, her hobbies include writing, singing and working out.
Corina Rangel - Humanities Teacher
Corina Rangel teaches 10th grade Foundations and 11th grade Humanities at BGA. This is her first year at BGA and her tenth year teaching in Boston Public Schools; she previously taught at Madison Park TVHS. Corina earned her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Boston University and is working on her Masters in Liberal Arts from Harvard University’s Extension School. She is a proud USMC military brat and has lived all over the country, but considers herself a Southerner (so you’re bound to hear a few “y’all”s from her). When she’s not working, Corina is at the beach, spending time with loved ones, binge-watching TV shows, trying new restaurants, and reading – always reading.
Vicky Rivera – Director of College and Career Counseling
Vicky Rivera assists students in preparing for their futures beyond high school graduation – from applying to colleges and for financial aid to exploring career options to discovering exciting summer opportunities, Ms. Rivera supports BGA students in attaining their dreams. Originally from Lynn, Massachusetts, Vicky returned to her roots in January of 2012 to join the Boston Green Academy community after having worked in College Counseling at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida and previous to that being the Founding Director of College Counseling at Gateway High School in San Francisco, California. Vicky graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization, concentrating on race relations in the United States, in particular to Latinos. Outside of BGA, Vicky adores spending time with her soccer-fanatic husband, playing with her daughter and running after her 1-year-old son.
Janayra Santiago – Spanish Teacher
Ms. Santiago teaches Spanish II to sophomores, juniors and seniors at Boston Green Academy. Ms. Santiago, a native of Puerto Rico, moved to Massachusetts as a junior in high school. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is currently working on her M. Ed. at the secondary level at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She started as an intern in the Academy of Public Service at the former Dorchester Educational Complex, after that she continued teaching at Monument High School and Excel High School at the South Boston Educational Complex. Before deciding to go into teaching Ms. Santiago was a paralegal at a small law firm in downtown Boston. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling.
Alicia Scott – Special Education & Humanities Teacher
Alicia Scott teaches 11th and 12th grade Humanities and Journalism at Boston Green Academy. She is currently in her 2nd year of teaching at Boston Green Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History at Georgian Court University and her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. She is also a graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency Program, serving her residency at Fenway High School. While not teaching, Alicia loves to compete in sports, specifically volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and running. She also enjoys going to the beach, baking, and knitting.
Julian Scott – Director of Budget and Operations
Julian Scott serves as the Director of Budget and Operations at Boston Green Academy. Before finding himself at BGA, Mr. Scott was the Budget Analyst at Northeastern University where he obtained his Masters of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management; he received his undergraduate degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There he played football for the four years he attended while rooting for his favorite football team the Philadelphia Eagles. His ultimate career goal is to be the Commissioner of the National Football League. Mr. Scott originates from Connecticut where he grew up as the youngest of four siblings and when he’s not working at BGA, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and watching football games.
Chamberlain Segrest – Director of Green Programming
Chamberlain Segrest was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She then attended Tulane University and graduated with a double major in Ecological Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. Following graduation she worked as a researcher in the mountains of Wyoming, an English Teacher in South Korea (she now loves Kimchi!), and a Science Teacher in Maine and New Orleans. In 2007 she moved to Boston, MA and worked for five years as the Director of Education at “e” inc., a nonprofit that works to bring science literacy and community action to schools and community centers in Boston. She is now thrilled to be the Director of Green Programming at Boston Green Academy where she helps the BGA community achieve their mission of environmental sustainability. When not working, Chamberlain loves playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, reading and skyping with her family in Alabama, Montana and Missouri.
Eileen Shakespear – Associate for Teacher Development and Collaboration
Eileen Shakespear is currently Associate for Teacher Development and Collaboration at Boston Green Academy. In this role, she supports BGA teachers to think more deeply about the craft of their work, to examine and improve their practice. Though no longer teaching full time, she still loves the vitality, the human variety, beauty, and spunky spirit of city people and city schools. Eileen also works as a district/union coach for the Washington based National Education Association Institute for Teaching and Learning. Prior to BGA, Eileen taught English and Humanities in the Boston Public Schools for thirty five years, the last 25 at Fenway High School where she directed Project Week and co-built the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative with Boston Arts Academy and Tufts University. Eileen has an undergraduate degree in English from Boston College and a master’s degree in Education from the University of London, Institute of Education. She is also a Notional Board Certified Teacher. When she is not working, Eileen swims year round, does coffee shop research, talks and laughs with friends and family, reads good books, and enjoys good food and travel.
Maricel Sheets – Assistant Headmaster
Currently Maricel Sheets coordinate school culture & climate initiatives that support BGA students and faculty achieve the mission of the school. This school year is Ms. Sheets’s fourth year as a School Administrator serving with Boston Public Schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History & African-American Studies from Simmons College. Additionally, she is well decorated with two Masters degrees: one being in Education, Policy & Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education and the other in Education Administration from Umass Boston. When Ms. Sheets is not working on BGA’s culture and climate initiatives, she enjoys laughing and having fun with her family at the movies, taking trips, and enjoying different events in and around Boston.
Laura Simmons – Learning Center paraprofessional
Laura Simmons is the learning center paraprofessional at Boston Green Academy. Prior to coming to Boston Green Academy, she worked at TechBoston Academy as a reading support teacher. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and is currently earning her Masters Degree in Special Education from Eastern Nazarene College. When not in the classroom, Laura enjoys working out, walking her dog and baking.
Alyssa Taglieri-Noble – Special Education Humanities Teacher http://ataglieribga.
Alyssa Taglieri-Noble teaches 9th and 10th grade Humanities and Foundations of Literacy at BGA. Alyssa grew up in the suburbs of Boston and has spent the last four years as a special and general education history teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston. When not working at BGA, Alyssa likes to spend time outside with her family, read, and make all sorts of crafts.
Shannette Washington – Data Manager Shannette Washington serves as the Boston Green Academy Data Manager as an AmeriCorp VISTA Member. She assists the staff in managing key information and analyzing academic data so that programs may be targeted to improve academic outcomes. Shannette is coming to BGA after giving a year of service with City Year Boston where she served at the Dever McCormack Lower School in dorchester. Shannette is originally from Manchester,Connecticut and graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Psychology . When she’s not at BGA she enjoys reading, exploring the many different foods Boston has to offer and playing boardgames.
Erica Wilson – Physics and Engineering Teacher
Erica Wilson strives to immerse students in her Green Physics and Sustainable Engineering classes and in authentic problem-based learning experiences. Her students will graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to impact local and global environmental justice issues. This is currently her 11th year of urban teaching and her third year as senior adjunct Professor of Science at Cambridge College. She double majored in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University and earned her Masters in Science Education from Cambridge College. Outside of school, Erica enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters, traveling, and hosting exchange students.
Megan Wollack – Chemistry Teacher
Megan Wollak teaches 11th grade chemistry at Boston Green Academy. Megan is originally from a small town in Minnesota but came to Boston for college. She received her B.S. from Boston College where she studied chemistry and secondary education. She earned her M.Ed through the Boston Teacher Residency and has taught at Boston Latin School and Boston Community Leadership Academy as a student teacher. In her free time Megan enjoys playing and coaching softball.
Ashley Zahlaway is a paraprofessional in multiple Humanities classes at Boston Green Academy. She was born and raised in South Boston and still lives there today. Ashley attended Simmons College and earned two degrees from here: her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She is the first person in her family to go to college. Prior to working at BGA, Ashley was an intern at Fenway High School where she taught Humanities to 9th and 10th graders and loved every minute of it! When she is not working at BGA, chances are she is at her other job at the South Boston Neighborhood House or hanging out and relaxing with her friends and family. Ashley plans on working as a high school History or Humanities teacher next year.