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

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.

 

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. 
 
 

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, Campus Supervisor (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. 

 

Tom Carco, K2 Teacher (Contact)

Mr. Carco began working with kindergartners and first graders in Brookline after completing his undergraduate degree at Boston College. While studying in the Master of Integrated Elementary and Special Education program at Wheelock College, he worked with 2nd-5th grade students in a learning center in Needham. His academic studies have included research on child anxiety and cognitive development. Mr. Caro is excited to share lots of information about the UMass K2 class on his website

 

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)


Elizabeth Centeio, School Counselor (Contact)

Ms. Centeio recently worked with the Boston College - City Connects Program at the Trotter and Emerson Elementary Schools as a School Site Coordinator.  Ms. Centeio is a native of the Dudley Street neighborhood and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools.  She has a Masters of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts at Boston.

 

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.

 

Jessica Ekhomu, 1st Grade Teacher (Contact)

Ms. Jessica Ekhomu has a bachelor's degree in criminal Justice, a master's degree in public health, and a master's degree in education. She also has an ESL license. She is a Teach for America alumna and taught 5th grade for 3 years before joining the DSNCS team. She is lead teacher of the Howard 1st grade class. She loves having class celebrations and doing class cheers.

 

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.

 

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

 

Maria Knight, K1 Paraprofessional (Contact)

 

Weezie Lauher, Senior Development Associate (Contact)

Weezie Lauher is a member of the development department at BPE, a lead partner at the Dudley Street School. In this role, she coordinates and oversees BPE's individual giving and fundraising events, and is also the development contact at the Dudley Street School, where she secures funding for the school, coordinates site visits for potential donors, funders, and community partners, and assists in the management of the Dudley Street School's board of trustees. Prior to joining BPE and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, Ms. Lauher supported programming and development at a housing and homelessness nonprofit in Boston. She holds a BA in History with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bryn Mawr College. 

 

Arion Mills, Student Support (Contact)

 

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 Educator, Level 1 Lead Teacher (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. 

 

Troy Singleton, Physical Education Teacher (Contact)

 

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.

 

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.