Ulana Ainsworth, K1-K2
Ulana Ainsworth comes to Dudley Street School after teaching at the Lee Academy Pilot School for three years. She was a Boston Teacher Resident in 2012 and received her BA in Education, with a Special Education minor from Westminster College, PA. Ulana is currently a cohort member of the Women Educator of Color cohort as well as a Teach Plus fellow. As an early childhood teacher her goal has always been to teach children to have a growth mindset, a strong sense of self, and to foster independence. This allows the students to be confident about their learning, while building a co-created community of learners
Nakysha Allen, K1 Paraprofessional (Contact)
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.
Jennifer Amigone, Director, Strategic Data Services (Contact)
George Anastos, Art Teacher (Contact)
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.
Renee Beckett-Simmons, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Simmons comes to the Dudley Street School after serving seven years at the Higginson-Lewis K-8, and five years at the Garfield School in Brighton. She began her career with Boston Public as a Paraprofessional and has taught 1st grade for 12 years. Renee received her BA in Human Services and a minor in Elementary Education from Lesley College along with a Masters’ Degree in Education Administration from University of Massachusetts Boston. Renee has been Lead Teacher for the last six years and teacher in charge at her last two schools. She has three adult children and a husband Lester who has had a liver transplant and has become an advocate for organ donation. She enjoys traveling, gardening and seeing the accomplishments and wonderment in her young students as they begin to understand how to read and write.
Renee plans to be a principal one day for BPS and to continue her love for learning more about educating children.
Penelope Brennan, K1-K2 Teacher
Penelope Brennan comes to Dudley Street School after two years as a K2 teacher at the Dever Elementary School in Boston. She previously taught grades K- 2 in California and in the UK. Penelope is excited to begin work with our youngest students and with their families.
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.
Kim Canuto, 4th Grade Math Teacher
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.
Michelle Carroll, Science Teacher
Ilene Carver, 2nd Grade Teacher, Lead for Family Engagement (Contact)
Ilene Carver teaches second grade and was a founding teacher at DSNCS. She has been working in the Boston Public Schools since the early 1990s, the large majority of those years as a classroom teacher in the elementary grades. Ilene is passionate about building partnerships with families and is currently co-authoring a book for teachers about engaging families for children’s success. Ilene resides in Dorchester and has two children who are graduates of the Boston Public Schools.
Amelia Chase, K1-K2 Teacher (Contact)
Ms. Chase has served as a K2 educator at Dudley Street School for the past 3 years, and is part of the K1/K2 team this year. Originally from New York, she received her BA from Tufts University, her MS from Wheelock College through the Teach Boston program and now calls Boston home. Ms. Chase is passionate about fostering independence, curiosity and a love for learning in all students.
Saundra Coaxum, 5th Grade Teacher
Saundra Coaxum is a native of John’s Island, South Carolina. She received her Masters of Education in Middle and Secondary English Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Benedict College. She has taught on both the middle and high school levels. Ms. Coaxum has taught high school in both the Sequoia Union High School District in California and with the Atlanta Public School System. She has been teaching in Boston Public Schools since 2000. While teaching in BPS, she has mentored a number of Boston Teacher Residents, Boston College Graduate Students and pre-practicum students. She has also been a part-time New Teacher Developer. Ms. Coaxum has been an active member of the Instructional Leadership Team at Thomas Edison Middle School for nine years. Ms. Coaxum enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. You can catch her hanging out in the Sweet Carolinas on any extended break. Though Ms. Coaxum has been teaching for a while, her curriculum and pedagogy is continuously evolving.
Tracy Curtin, 3rd Grade Resident
Tracy Curtin is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Kenyon College, Tracy moved to Boston to experience a new city and pursue a teaching career. In the 2015-16 school year, Tracy served as a Dudley Promise Corps Member at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School. As a DPC member, Tracy learned the importance of bringing joy into every child’s education. Tracy is thrilled to return to Dudley Street School as a BTR Resident to continue learning how to build a community of confident scholars and leaders in the classroom.
Cecilia Elhaddad, 4th Grade Resident
Cecilia Elhaddad is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. Born and raised in Dartmouth, MA, she came to Boston to attend Simmons College for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. While at Simmons, she co-facilitated a first-year seminar course, volunteered at the local Boston Teachers Union School, and interned with Democracy Matters and the Office of State Senator Chang-Díaz. She believes that education is crucial for the functioning of democracy and cannot wait to begin working to provide a quality education to her students.
Emma Fialka-Feldman, 2nd Grade
Emma Fialka-Feldman teaches second grade and was a resident 1st grade teacher at Dudley Street School during its founding year in 2012. She has a deep passion for inclusive education where students with and without disabilities and special needs learn in the same classroom and is proud that Dudley Street School practices inclusion. Emma studied inclusive education at Mount Holyoke College. She has worked and taught in elementary classrooms in Nogales, Arizona, and in Massachusetts in Springfield, Sunderland, and Boston. While not originally from Boston, Emma is now enthusiastic to call Boston “home!”
Ariana Foster, 3rd Grade ELA
Ms. Foster comes to Dudley Street School after teaching fourth grade for two years at the Edward Everett Elementary School, in Dorchester. Prior to this, she taught third grade in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ms. Foster received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Clark University, where she also completed her Master of Arts in Teaching. Ms. Foster is excited to be a part of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and to be joining the Dudley Street School community.
Caitlin Fleck, 5th Grade Math Teacher
Miss Fleck comes to the Dudley Street School after teaching elementary students for the past three years. She received her Master's degree at Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2012. She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and moved to MA for college, and has not since been able to leave. Caitlin is excited to continue her work bringing joy to learning math with the Dudley Street community.
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.
Marylynn Harris, 4th Grade ELA
Mrs. Harris, formerly known as Ms. Bauzile is the 4th grade literacy teacher. Mrs. Harris is excited to begin her second year with Dudley Street School. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She then went on to pursue a year as an Elementary Resident in the Teach Next Year (TNY) program where she received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is currently a student at Simmons College receiving a Masters in Language and Literacy. Mrs. Harris started her teaching career in BPS as a special education teacher. She also taught for 2 years in Randolph Public schools as a special education teacher for 4th and 5th grade students. Mrs. Harris enjoys spending time with her family and friends, catching up on reality T.V. or reading an exciting novel. She looks forward continuing to grow as a teacher and fostering the love of learning within her students.
Aiyana Hedeen-Garrett, 2nd Grade Resident
Aiyana Hedeen-Garrett is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Aiyana decided to venture to New York to earn her Bachelor's degree from snowy Syracuse University. At SU, Aiyana was placed in elementary schools all across the Syracuse area, working in both urban and suburban environments. Aiyana started off on the sidelines as a teacher's aide before becoming a full-fledged student-teacher, taking on lesson planning and teaching 25-30 students every day for an entire semester. Aiyana is excited to move to Boston and start the BTR program, where she can learn practices from her new environment and peers while sharing her own experiences.
Jasmine Hill, 1st Grade Teacher
Jasmine Hill is an Elementary Resident in Boston Teacher Residency Cohort 14 from Boston, MA. She recently graduated from Boston College where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in General Education. After graduating BC she completed a year of service through an AmeriCorps program called Dudley Promise Corps. Jasmine is passionate about working with youth in her community and hopes to teach in Boston for years to come.
Akailah Jennings, 1st Grade Teacher
Akailah Jennings is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. She grew up in the Bronx and attended college in Philadelphia. In college she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. During her time in college she spent most of her time working in schools in southwest Philadelphia, leading her to develop her passion for education. While she is sad to leave the students, teachers, and staff in Philadelphia she is eager to experience a new city.
Sheena Lee, 3rd Grade Math Teacher
Sheena Lee is a lifelong learner who is dedicated to the academic and social development of youth. Originally from Long Island, NY, Ms. Lee moved to Boston, MA to attend Northeastern University. Here she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching- Focus on Urban Education and her Bachelor of Arts, in Modern Language with a focus on Spanish. Since graduating, she has served as educator in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, Ms. Lee has collaborated with organizations such as Babson College and Brazelton Touchpoints Center to develop youth entrepreneurship programs for international students and leadership programs for early childhood professionals. Ms. Lee enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her dog Spitfire, cooking, gardening and fishing.
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.
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)
James McCrea, 2nd Grade Resident
James McCrea is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. With his wife Sara, a social worker and psychotherapist, he has a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. Born in Belfast, he grew up on a farm in rural Ireland— moving to the US in 1994 at twenty-five. He received his BA in history from University College Dublin and MA in English Literature at Tufts University. It fills him with awe to see children pass through new doors of awareness and understanding, and he loves being a part of that process.
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.
KimVy Nguyen, 3rd Grade Special Eduation Lead Teacher
Ms. Nguyen graduated from Boston Teacher Residency’s 1st Cohort. Since she graduated, she has taught between grades 2nd - 8th grade. In between her teaching time, she serves on the board of Boston Teachers Union/Boston Public Schools’ Professional Learning Advisory Board and District Capacity Project. Both boards work simultaneously towards labor management collaboration and to create a meaningful and purposeful professional development/learning system for all teachers in Boston Public Schools. Trying to understand and connect teacher policy to her classroom, Ms. Nguyen is a co-facilitator for the American Federation of Teachers/BTU Teacher Leader program, and was part of the TeachPlus Teacher Leader program at the Holland Elementary School. She is very excited to join Dudley Street School School as a 3rd Grade Special Education Teacher Leader.
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.
Kemi Oyewole, 5th Grade Resident
Kemi A. Oyewole is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. Raised in Long Beach, California, she completed degrees in economics and mathematics at Spelman College, a historically Black women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Massachusetts to begin a PhD in economics at MIT. Recognizing her love for youth and direct service, she left MIT and transitioned into working as a math fellow at a Boston elementary school. Kemi is actively engaged in giving back through her church and sorority alumnae chapter. She is eager join BTR in sharing the beauty of mathematics and the joys of learning with young scholars.
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.
Richard Perkins, 5th Grade Resident
Richard Perkins, BTR Cohort 14 Elementary, is a practicing artist, an advocate for adults with developmental disabilities, and a father of two children in Boston Public Schools. Originally from Penticton, British Columbia, Richard has obtained degrees from the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Arts), Concordia University (Bachelor of Fine Arts), and the University of Guelph (Master of Fine Arts). He hopes to bring his passion for art making—which has recently expanded into children’s books, and even a few toys!—to the elementary classroom.
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.
De'Shawn Washington, 4th Grade Resident
De'Shawn Cergill Washington is an Elementary Resident in BTR Cohort 14. De'Shawn served at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School as a member of Dudley Promise Corps. At Orchard Gardens, De'Shawn spent time serving second grade students and supporting their academic needs in literacy and math. He also worked with Citizen Schools, another AmeriCorps program to work with middle school students in teaching apprenticeships in financial literacy and community health. In addition, De'Shawn is an active member of the Dudley Street Neighborhood initiatives' Education Committee where he works with community members, teachers and students in ways to best serving students in Boston Public Schools. De'Shawn earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. After two years working for a Big 4 accounting firm, De'Shawn discovered a love and passion for teaching young students and decided to dedicate his life's mission in serving students in an elementary school setting. Ultimately, De'Shawn wants to teach in a Boston Public School and serve students throughout the city through teaching and making learning fun for the kids.
Christine Yancey, 3rd Grade Resident
Christine Yancey is an Elementary Education Resident in BTR Cohort 14. Originally from a suburb north of Boston, Christine has lived in the city for almost 30 years. Christine worked as a legal secretary/paralegal for over 20 years and is now excited to begin a new career working with some of the youngest minds in the city.
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.