Christine Landry, Principal (Contact)

Ms. Landry began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a founding educator at Monarch Academy in Oakland, California, where she taught K/1 and 2/3 for five years. She went on to help plan another charter school in Oakland, Berkley Maynard Academy, where she worked as a lead educator, literacy specialist, and later the school’s principal. Ms. Landry graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Government and American Studies and earned an MA in Educational Leadership from San Jose State.


Jennie Brown, Assistant Principal (Contact)

Ms. Brown is a graduate of the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, she worked at Breakthrough Cambridge, where she oversaw middle school and high school programming. Ms. Brown graduated from Rollins College with a BA in English and African-American Studies and received a Masters of Social Work from Boston College. 

 

Nakysha Allen, K1 Paraprofessional (Contact)

Ms. Allen is a native of Boston, MA and her goal is to combine her range of experience with her ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic co-teacher. Ms. Allen previously worked at Somerville Public Schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Ms. Allen is working toward her master's degree in Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 at UMass Boston. Ms. Allen graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

 

Jennifer Amigone, Director, Strategic Data Services (Contact)

Jennifer Amigone has been with BPE since 2003. She leads the organization's strategy to provide schools with data support and tools to improve student outcomes. She was previously the Research Director at BPE. Prior to her employment at BPE, Ms. Amigone worked at Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services, Teach for America, the New York City Independent Budget Office, Massasoit School, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Ms. Amigone holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was recently named as a Technical Working Group member of the Northwest Regional Educational Lab, and has presented and published work on subjects such as teacher preparation and induction and early warning indicators.

 

George Anastos, Art Teacher (Contact)

George Anastos graduated from Butera School of Art in 1982. He spent fourteen years as an Art Director for many Advertising agencies in Boston and the greater Boston area designing radio, print and television ads. After leaving the advertising field, George co-directed a middle school program specializing in festival arts, teaching, painting, drawing, puppet making and stilt walking to sixth to ninth grade students from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester, for five years. He went on to become the full time visual arts teacher at the Advent school for seven years, teaching K1-6th grade students drawing, painting and sculpting. George has been curating art galleries in Boston for the past sixteen years and is the founder of the Art for Life studio. George is happy to be at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School as the full time art teacher. He started working at the school in February 2013 in the ELT program as the art educator. 

 

JoAnn Brown, 3rd Grade Teacher (Contact)

Born and raised in Dudley, JoAnn graduated from St. Thomas University in Florida before returning to Boston as a Program Director for the Boston Public Health Commission’s Tobacco Control Program, where she served for several years.  JoAnn then joined BTR as a resident at the Murphy K8 School and graduated with her MA from UMass Boston.  For the last seven years, JoAnn has served as a 4th grade general education teacher at the Henderson Inclusion School.  At the Henderson, JoAnn has lead her scholars and her school to great results, serving as an ILT member, co-chair of the SSC, ANet advisory board member, and Fund for Teachers Fellow, among other roles.  JoAnn currently lives in Randolph with her husband and two children.

 

Amanda Cady, K1 Teacher (Contact)

Since 2007, Ms. Cady has educated children in urban preschool and kindergarten classrooms, and was most recently a preschool teacher at Horizons for Homeless Children in Dorchester. Ms. Cady holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State University and is working towards a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College.

 

Sam Campbell, CFC for Student Culture (Contact)

Mr. Campbell supports administrators, teachers, and school staff in dealing with behavior issues that arise on a day to day basis at the Dudley Street School. Mr. Campbell also coaches teachers and residents in the classroom, helping them to develop positive norms and cutlures that will accomodate the student population we serve. Involved in the education field for over 10 years, Mr. Campbell has previously worked for the Italian Home for Children and the Compass School as an assistant teacher and behavior management specialist. Mr. Campbell previously served as the Program Associate for Curriculum at BPE. 

 

Megan Caplan, Therapist (Contact)

Megan Caplan, LICSW joined Wediko Children's Services in 2009. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work degree from The University of Pittsburgh. Megan's role as a school-based therapist includes offering clinical and program consultation to school staff and direct clinical services to students and families. Her specialties include play therapy and grief, trauma and loss work. 

 

Ilene Carver, 2nd Grade Teacher, Lead for Family Engagement (Contact)

Ms. Carver has worked in Boston schools for 21 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and family engagement coordinator. She is known for her high expectations, for creating a culture of mutual respect in her classroom, and for forming strong, productive relationships with families.

 

Francis Cash, Director of School Operations (Contact)

 

Amelia Chase, K2 Teacher (Contact)

Ms. Chase is a recent graduate of Wheelock College's TeachBoston program. A native of New York, she attended Tufts University and interned in Somerville Public Schools as well as United South End Settlements, where she later became a preschool teacher.

 

Lindsay Eldredge, 1st Grade Teacher (Contact)

Lindsay is from Central MA originally and moved to Boston to attend Wheelock College. While at Wheelock, Lindsay worked with youth in various roles – as a team leader for Jumpstart, a camp counselor, and a student teacher at the Holmes in Dorchester.  During college, Lindsay also studied abroad in Barcelona and she is fluent in Spanish. Last year, Lindsay served as a Boston Teacher Resident at DSNCS in the Harvard classroom. 

 

Sabine Ferdinand, 1st Grade Teacher (Contact)

Ms. Ferdinand is a recent graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency program, where she completed her residency at the Dudley Street School. Ms. Ferdinand serves as the first grade teacher for the Northeastern University Grade 1 classroom. She attended Lesley University and completed a BA in elementary education and mathematics. Ms. Ferdinand is fluent in Haitian Creole.

 

Lynne Godfrey, Director of Instructor, Curriculum and Adult Development for Mathematics (Contact)

Lynne Godfrey oversees professional support for Boston Teacher Residency program participants, graduates, and their colleagues in partner schools. Ms. Godfrey’s classroom at the King Open School on Cambridge is where Bob Moses began his pioneering work that became the Algebra Project. With her students and other teachers, Ms. Godfrey helped develop and taught the Algebra Project Transition Curriculum. She has taught grades two through eight in Cambridge and Boston and has been an adjunct professor at Wheelock College, a senior facilitator with the Algebra Project, the upper school coordinator and math coach at the Young Achievers School, and, most recently, a math coach for the Cambridge Public Schools.

 

Sarah Little, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development (Elementary Literacy) (Contact)

Ms. Little has spent the past 15 years working in a variety of roles in education. Most recently, she worked as the Director of Elementary ELA Achievement for a charter school network in New York and Connecticut.  She also has worked as a 1st grade teacher, a 2nd grade teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher and a Title I reading specialist. She is finishing her doctorate in Teacher Education from Michigan State University where she had the privilege of teaching elementary literacy methods courses and supporting elementary teacher interns.  Also while at Michigan State, she was part of Launch into Teaching, a comprehensive new teacher induction program that supports new teachers nationwide.  Ms. Little has a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Michigan and an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Stephanie Lividini, K2 Teacher (Contact)

Originally from Sleepy Hollow, New York, Stephanie graduated from the State University of New York, Cortland. Stephanie started her teaching career at the innovative and well-regarded University of Chicago Donoghue Charter School, where she taught Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade for 3 years and honed her balanced literacy skills. Upon moving to Boston, Stephanie joined the Young Achievers Pilot School, where she has acted as a lead 3rd and 5th grade teacher. She has acted as a BTR mentor and taken on various leadership roles. Stephanie currently lives in Jamaica Plain.

 

Kate Lyons, 2nd Grade Teacher (Contact)

Kate is joining us from Washington D.C. where she has been a 2nd and 3rd grade ELL teacher for five years at the EL Haynes Public Charter School.  A Massachusetts native, Kate also worked as a Spanish teacher and Linguistics instructor, as well as coaching sports (field hockey, track, and sailing) at various levels. Kate is fluent in Spanish and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about ELL instruction and expeditionary learning. Kate is a graduate of Emory University, as well as receiving a MA in Teaching from Georgetown and an MA as an Education Specialist from George Washington.  Kate has just moved back to MA and is living in the South End.

 

Amelia Lopes Ford, Head Staff Assistant (Contact)

Ms. Lopes Ford started her work with students as a social worker for the Home for Little Wanderers and later became the Family and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Emerson Elementary School. After graduating from Boston Teacher Residency, she taught special education at the Edwards Middle School and went on to support the operations of BPS Schools and various school programs. She is a graduate of Lesley University and UMass Boston and is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole.

 

Nora Haddadi, Special Education (Contact)

Ms. Haddadi specializes in reaching students in unique and creative ways. She started teaching English as a Second Language for adults in Los Angeles. Upon completion of the Boston Teacher Residency program, she joined Young Achievers K-8 Pilot School as a 3rd grade teacher in an inclusion classroom. After three successful years, Ms. Haddadi transitioned to the role of drama specialist, where she used her skill in and love for the arts to teach interdisciplinary skills to students. Ms. Haddadi served as the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School's art teacher in its first year before transitioning into a role in special education. 

 

June Handy, K1 Paraprofessional (Contact)

 

Maria Knight, K1 Paraprofessional (Contact)

 

Kayla Morse, 3rd Grade Teacher (Contact)

Kayla hails from Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida.  Kayla was active in Breakthrough Collaborative in college and spent some time in Cambridge.  After college, she made a big move to Boston to become a BTR resident at the Young Achievers Pilot School and graduate with her MA from UMass Boston.  Since then, Kayla has worked as a full-inclusion 2nd and 3rd grade educator at the Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester.  At the Henderson, Kayla lead her scholars to achieving 76% proficient or advanced status on the ELA MCAS and 95% on the Math MCAS.  She has remained active in BTR recruitment and selection. Kayla currently lives in Quincy. 

 

Caroline Myers RN., Med.(Contact)

Ms. Myers is a native Bostonian and a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schools.

She has been a registered nurse for twenty six years. Before becoming a school nurse, Ms. Myers worked in hospitals as a staff nurse and in the community as a visiting nurse. She brings over twenty years of experience as a BPS school nurse to DSNCS and is excited to serve the students, families and school community.     

 

Dwayne Nuñez, K2, Grade 1 Instructional Coach (Contact)

Mr. Nuñez taught early childhood and elementary grades at the Haynes Early Educational Center since 2008. He has a long-standing connection to Project Joy Playmakers, teaching other educators the importance of play therapy to help students through trauma. A native of Boston, Mr. Nuñez is a graduate the Boston Teacher Residency.

 

Jeannie Park, K1 Teacher (Contact)

Ms. Park is working towards her masters degree in Inclusive Elementary Education with a second certification in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia. She taught for 3.5 years at the Cambridgeport Elementary School in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Park graduated from Holy Cross College with a BA in Economics. 

 

Kathleen Pirozzolo, Therapist (Contact)

Katie Pirozzolo, MSW, LCSW, graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010 and from Boston College School of Social Work with a Masters in Social Work in 2012. She has worked for Family Service of Greater Boston since September 2012 as the Strong Start Clinician, focusing on early childhood mental health, specifically regarding trauma and social/emotional/behavioral problems. Katie also has experience as an intern counselor at McCormack Middle School in Dorchester and as an intern clinician at the Home for Little Wanderers in the Preschool Outreach Program.

 

Abbie Taube, Special Education (Contact)

Since 2005, Ms. Taube has been working to support students in a variety of school settings. Ms. Taube works hard to support children's well-being across all aspects of the school day, striving to ensure that students experience success in both the academic and social realms. She has a Bachelor's degree in developmental psychology, and a Master's degree in elementary and special education.

 

Jose Timas, Physical Education Teacher (Contact)

Jose was born, raised, and lives in the Dudley neighborhood.  While earning his BA at St. Peter’s University, Jose lead student recruitment efforts, a peer advisor, and a summer program assistant.  This past year, Jose served in the first cohort of the Dudley Promise Corps in the PE classroom and took over the PE classroom in the middle of the year.  Jose is an active DSNI member and continues to mentor youth in the Stronger Leaders Brighter Future Mentoring Program. 

 

Anthony Valdez, K1 Teacher (Contact)

Mr. Valdez joins our staff from Wheelock College’s TeachBoston program. He co-taught in both K1 and 2nd grade classrooms during his time at the Mather Elementary. Prior to this, he was a co-teacher/lead teacher at the Gregg House Preschool in Lynn for five years. Mr. Valdez is a native of the North Shore and has diligently worked in support of youth since his college years at Salem State College. Fluent in Spanish, he is the co-founder of Youth Rising, a non-profit focusing on youth leadership development in Salem, MA and Santiago, Dominican Republic.

 

Vy Vu, Strategic Data Services Manager (Contact)

Ms. Vu joined BPE with a background in nonprofit management consulting, public affairs, and community development. Previously, she worked at Technical Development Corporation, where she provided research and strategic planning support to nonprofit organizations in the arts and education sector. She also participated in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York City, a yearlong fellowship designed to strengthen leadership and professional skills to engage with complex, cross-sector social challenges. Hailing from Dorchester, MA, Ms. Vu has spent many summers participating in Boston-are youth programs, first as a youth and then as a program contributor. Ms. Vu is responsible for data training, analysis, and deployment at the Dudley Street School, including curriculum assessments, attendance data, and report cards. She holds a BA in History from Yale University.

 

Elizabeth Goncalvez Wachman, Director of Special Populations (Contact)

Ms. Goncalvez Wachman has taught for 19 years in a range of settings and with students with a wide variety of abilities, including students with special needs and English language learners. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she served as the Program Director of The Association for the Support and Integration of Children with Disabilities in Cape Verde. She is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole.

 

Sam Zuckert, Data and Improvement Associate (Contact)

After graduating from Tufts University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Zuckert spent time working at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and volunteering at the Paraclete Academy in South Boston before joining the BPE Strategic Data Services team as a Data and Improvement Associate in 2014. Mr. Zuckert is originally from Evanston, Illinois where he lived for his first eighteen years before uprooting himself and moving to Boston. His favorite movie is There Will Be Blood; his favorite mathematician is Georg Cantor; and his least favorite mathematician is Leopold Kronecker.