Faculty & Leaders
Roxbury Prep Network Leaders
Dana Lehman is the Managing Director for Roxbury Prep. Dana Lehman joined Uncommon Schools in July 2010 as Managing Director of the Roxbury Prep network. She previously served as Co-Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep for six years. Ms. Lehman also served as an eighth grade Science teacher and the Enrichment Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to Roxbury Prep, Ms. Lehman taught Physics at Fort Worth Country Day School and Radnor High School. She also served as Director of Summerbridge Fort Worth, a non-profit academic enrichment program. Ms. Lehman holds a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University.
Will Austin is the Chief Operating Officer for Roxbury Prep. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of the Uncommon Schools Roxbury Prep Network, Will Austin served as the Co-Director at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Mr. Austin taught sixth grade Math Problem Solving. In addition, Mr. Austin served as the Enrichment Coordinator and the Summer School Director at Roxbury Prep. Before joining the staff at Roxbury Prep, Mr. Austin received a two-year teaching fellowship at The Steppingstone Foundation. He holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University.
Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus Leaders
Ryan Kelly is the Principal of Roxbury Prep. Mr. Kelly was previously a 7th grade math problem solving teacher, Math Department Coach and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Kelly taught 7th and 8th grade math and science at MicroSociety Magnet School in New Haven, CT as a Teach for America corps Member. Mr. Kelly holds an M.A.T. from Simmons College and a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University.
Connie Yépez is the Director of Operations at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Yépez was the Founder and Executive Director of the Achieve program at Noble and Greenough School. Ms. Yépez holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Eckerd College.
Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus Leaders
Shradha M. Patel is the Principal for Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Patel previously served as the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. Prior to this, she was the Middle Academy Director at Excellence Boys Charter School, also part of Uncommon Schools. Before moving to New York, Shradha served as the 8th Grade History Teacher, Enrichment Coordinator, and Graduate Services Coordinator for 6 years at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill’s campus. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and from Tufts University with a Masters’ Degree in History.
Adam Seidel is the Director of Operations at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Mr. Seidel is excited to build on the accomplishments of RPLS’s first two years and support its continued growth and success. Mr. Seidel served as the Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus during its founding year. Prior to joining the Roxbury Prep Network, Mr. Seidel worked at Common Cents in New York for nine years, where he served as the Managing Director of The Penny Harvest, National Program Director, and Community Development Fellow. Mr. Seidel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus Leaders
Nikki Hawkins Bynoe is the Director of Operations for Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus. As a founding school leader of RPDC, Nikki is excited to continue to increase the number of students that enter, succeed in, and graduate from college in Boston. Nikki has served as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Trinity Boston Foundation, Program Manager at Commonwealth Corporation, and has held positions at several social service organizations. She has a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College.
Amy Zaffuto is the Principal for Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus. As a founding school leader of RPDC, Amy is excited to continue bringing an excellent education to more students in the city of Boston. Amy has served as Co- Director for Curriculum and Instruction, 7th grade Science teacher, and Director of Students at Roxbury Prep. Before joining Roxbury Prep, she worked as an educational instructor for the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida. She also taught middle school science in Baltimore City as a Teach for America Corps Member. Amy received her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from
Roxbury Prep Network Staff
Mia Hollingsworth is the Director of Special Education and English Language Learners for Roxbury Prep. Mia Hollingsworth joined the Roxbury Prep Network in July 2012 after serving as a Mentor Teacher, Reading Intervention Coordinator, Assistant Principal for Special Education, and Special Education Teacher and Coordinator in New York City Public Schools. Ms. Hollingsworth holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University and an M.S. in Secondary Education and School Administration and Supervision from Mercy College. She is pursuing a PhD in Special Education from Walden University.
Mara Rodriguez is a Director of Special Projects for Roxbury Prep. Mara joined Roxbury Prep in August 2008 as the 6th grade Math PS teacher and was the founding 5th grade Math X teacher at Grove Hall Prep (now, the Lucy Stone Campus). Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Mara served as a marketing director for Proctor & Gamble.
Jill Seaman is a School Nurse for the Roxbury Prep Network. She previously gained experience in both community and pediatric health during her time with Women of Means and Boston’s Camp Joy. Prior to becoming a nurse, Ms. Seaman worked in collegiate athletics for five years culminating in her tenure as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She holds a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, a M.Ed. in Health and Human Performance from McNeese State University, and a B.S. in Nursing from Simmons College.
Oliver Truog is a Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep. Before becoming Director of Special Projects, Oliver Truog was the founding Director of Operations of Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. He began his work with Roxbury Prep as an Operations Fellow at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus in October 2010. Previously, Mr. Truog owned and operated a construction business in Kansas City, MO and worked in international development in Ukraine. He holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Middlebury College and an International M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus Staff
Lindsey Allen is the Learning Specialist at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Ms. Allen was an apprentice literacy teacher also at Roxbury Prep and worked as an Executive Assistant at Clear Path Educational Consulting Firm in Boston. Ms. Allen also served as a Summer Teaching Fellow at Roxbury Prep in 2011. She holds a B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH.
Titciana Barros is the 6th grade Math X teacher and Real Men Read coordinator at Roxbury Prep, as well as a Teach for America alumna. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, she served as a Summer Teaching Fellow at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Barros attended Boston College, where she earned a B.S. in Theology.
Jonathan Beck is the 6th grade Math Y teacher at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Beck previously worked as a student teacher at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Beck holds a B.A. in Political Science from Ithaca College and a MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Eddie Branchaud is the 7th grade science teacher at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Branchaud served as the Principal of the Robert Muller LIFE School in Panajachel, Guatemala. Prior to that, Mr. Branchaud served for three years as a 7/8th grade science and math teacher, Grade Team Leader, and Science Department Chair at the Bronx Latin School, where he was a Teach for America corps member. Mr. Branchaud holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University, a M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Janice Brea is the High School Placement Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Brea served as an intern at The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, where she co-taught math. Ms. Brea holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Law from Trinity College.
Joe Connors is the School Counselor and Social Worker at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Connors worked as a clinical case coordinator at the Guidance Center of Riverside Community Care. Ms. Connors is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with an M.A. in Social Work from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College.
Brenda Cotto-Escalera is the theater teacher at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Cotto-Escalera worked as a Bilingual Teacher at the Pre-K, 3rd, and 4th grade levels in the Bastrop, TX public schools. Ms. Cotto-Escalera received her B.A. in Theater from the University of Puerto Rico, and her M.A. and PhD. in Theater History from the University of Texas at Austin.
Susannah Cowden is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Ms. Cowden was the 8th grade science teacher and Science Department Coach also at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Cowden was the Deputy Director of Mobilization for Be the Change, Inc. She also taught science at Gallup Junior High School in Gallup, NM as a Teach for America corps Member. Ms. Cowden received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geology from Middlebury College and her M.A.T. from Western New Mexico University.
Jermaine Curtis is an Alumni Services Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Mr. Curtis was an Apprentice Literacy Teacher at Roxbury Prep. Before joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Curtis was a tutor with MATCH High School’s freshman summer program and worked at Wellesley Information Services focusing on business development. He received his B.A. in Communications from Boston College.
Susan Curtis is the Special Projects Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to working at Roxbury Prep, Ms. Curtis was employed at Collette Vacations where she served as an Inside Business Development Executive. Ms. Curtis holds a B.S. in Marketing from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Bryana Daughtry is the 5th grade Writing teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Daughtry previously worked as an intern at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in Washington, D.C., and served as a Summer Teaching Fellow at Roxbury Prep in 2012. Ms. Daughtry holds a BS in Human Development from Howard University.
Tara Davidson is the 5th grade Math X teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Davidson previously worked as a 6th grade math teacher at the MATCH Charter Middle School in Jamaica Plain. Ms. Davidson holds a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Colby College.
David Duane is the physical education teacher at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Duane previously worked at The Manville School, Judge Baker Children's Center as a milieu counselor as well as the head basketball coach. Mr. Duane holds a B.A. in Journalism and English and a minor in writing from Lehigh University.
Monica Duplessie is the 8th grade Writing teacher and Writing Department Facilitator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Duplessie was a Campus Director for Citizen Schools in both Massachusetts and California. She taught sixth grade at St. Joseph’s School in Roxbury, M.A. and was an AmeriCorps volunteer. Ms. Duplessie holds a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College and an M.A.T. at Simmons College.
April Duquette is the dance teacher at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Ms. Duquette served as a part-time dance enrichment and after-school teacher at Roxbury Prep, and also taught dance at Dana Hall and the Capachione School of Performing Arts. Ms. Duquette holds a B.A. in Theater and Education from Suffolk University.
Julie Evans is the Dean of Students at Roxbury Prep. Previously, she served as the Individual Needs Coordinator and Learning Specialist at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Ms. Evans was the 6th grade math inclusion teacher at Boston Renaissance Charter School. Ms. Evans received her B.A. in Special Education from Arizona State University.
Warren Garris is the 7th grade Reading teacher, Community Meeting Coordinator, an Instructional Coach, and SPARK Crew Facilitator at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Mr. Garris served as an Apprentice Literacy Teacher and the 7th grade English Teacher at Roxbury Prep. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Mr. Garris taught sixth and seventh grade English at The Breakthrough Collaborative in Manchester, New Hampshire. In addition to his teaching role there, he served as the Head of the Administrative Committee. Mr. Garris received a double B.A. in History and in French from the University of North Carolina.
Christopher Graham is the 5th grade Math Y teacher at Roxbury Prep. Prior to teaching at Roxbury Prep, Mr. Graham was an intern Athletic Director and 5th grade science teacher at Epiphany School in Dorchester. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the Boston College School of Arts and Sciences. He also holds an M.A. in Education from the Boston College Lynch School of Education.
James Gumpper is the 6th grade history teacher and an Instructional Coach at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Gumpper was a 5th grade history teacher at Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School in New York. Mr. Gumpper has also served as a Tutorial Curriculum Advisor for Match Charter Public Middle School in Jamaica Plain. Mr. Gumpper has an M.S. in Education from Hunter College and holds a B.A. in French from Dartmouth College.
Kara Higgins is the 8th grade algebra teacher and 8th Grade Level Leader at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Higgins previously taught high school math at EDCO Youth Alternative in Boston and 7th and 8th grade math at Smith Leadership Academy Charter School. Ms. Higgins holds has an M.A.T. from Simmons College and a B.S. in Political Science from Drew University.
Andrew Jarboe is the 8th grade history teacher, History Department Facilitator, and an Instructional Coach at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Jarboe was a World History Teaching Assistant at Northeastern University. Mr. Jarboe has worked as a world history teacher at Harlem Village Academies Charter High School and as a U.S history teacher for Teach for America. Mr. Jarboe holds a B.A. in History from Bates College, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University and a Ph.D. in World History from Northeastern University.
Meredith John is the 8th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. John is currently a Teach for America Corps Member. Ms. John holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.
Dylan Kane is the 8th grade Math PS teacher at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Kane previously worked as a student teacher at MATCH Teacher Residency and as a Teaching Assistant at the MATCH Charter Middle School. Mr. Kane holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Bowdoin College.
Jennifer Kirkpatrick is the 6th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Kirkpatrick previously worked as a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at the Whitewater Middle School in Charlotte, NC as a Teach for America corps member. Ms. Kirkpatrick holds a BS in Journalism: Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College.
Noel Luciano is the 6th grade reading teacher, Reading Department Facilitator, and an Instructional Coach at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Luciano was an English Language Arts teacher at The School for Inquiry and Social Justice, Middle School in New York. Ms. Luciano has a B.A in English Writing and French from St. Lawrence University and holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from The City College of New York, School of Urban Education.
Emily Monteiro is the Director of Alumni Services at Roxbury Prep. She previously served Roxbury Prep as a special education assistant and Tae Kwon Do enrichment teacher. Prior to working at Roxbury Prep, Ms. Monteiro was a summer teaching assistant for Building Educated Leaders for Life. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an MSW from Boston College.
Nataniel Montoya is the Director of High School Placement at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Montoya previously worked as an Associate Teacher at Edward Brooke Charter School and also in the office of the Dean of Students at the College of William and Mary where he was the assistant to the Associate Dean of Students. Nataniel holds a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Psychology from the College of William and Mary.
Elizabeth Nugent is the 7th grade pre-algebra teacher and 7th Grade Level Leader at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Nugent previously worked as a math teacher at Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center in Dorchester. Ms. Nugent holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology from Stonehill College and an M.Ed. in Urban Elementary Education from Simmons College.
Theresa Oberst is a Learning Specialist at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Oberst previously worked as an AmeriCorps member at the Harbor Pilot Middle School and as an 8th Grade Social Studies student teacher at the Aquinas Institute Junior High in Rochester, NY. Ms. Oberst holds a B.A. in History from Nazareth College.
Shedane Olukoga is the 5th grade science teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Olukoga previously was an Apprentice Science and Literacy Teacher at Roxbury Prep. Before working at Roxbury Prep, Ms. Olukoga attended Regis College, where she earned a B.A. in Management.
Dana O’Neal is the 7th grade math problem solving teacher and Math Department Facilitator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. O’Neal was a tutor and math teacher at MATCH Corps in Boston. Ms. O’Neal holds a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Noemiley Perez is a Learning Specialist at Roxbury Prep. She previously served Roxbury Prep as an assistant to the co-directors and a tutor and botany enrichment teacher. Ms. Perez holds a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Melinda Quinn is the Office Manager at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Quinn previously worked at CranstonArc, a non-profit agency that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities. Ms. Quinn holds a B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College. She also holds an M.S. in Management Healthcare Administration from New England College.
Dwayne Robinson is the Dean of Students, Athletic Director and a physical education teacher at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Robinson was a permanent substitute teacher at Bristol/Warren Regional School District and Springfield Public Schools and taught physical education at Kennedy Middle School. Mr. Robinson holds a B.A. in Movement and Sports Studies from Springfield College and an M.S. in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
Leonard Russ is an Alumni Services Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Prior to Joining Roxbury Prep, Mr. Russ worked as a Clinical Therapist at the Counseling Center providing therapy for children, teens, and adults. He also conducted group therapy with adolescent boys and co-facilitated group therapy within the correctional system for adult males. Mr. Russ holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) from NC Agricultural & Technical SU and an MSW from Boston University.
Megan Satterthwaite is the 7th grade History teacher at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Satterthwaite previously worked as a history teacher at the Camden City Accelerated Academy in Camden, NJ as a Teach for America corps member. Ms. Satterthwaite holds a B.A. in History from Boston College.
Hannah Schneider-Lynch is an Alumni Services Coordinator at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Schneider-Lynch previously worked as an Americorps college completion coach at College Forward in Austin, TX. Ms. Schneider-Lynch holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.
Carolyn Sparkes is the 5th grade reading teacher and 5th Grade Level Leader at Roxbury Prep. Previously, Ms. Sparkes served as an Apprentice Literacy Teacher at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Sparkes taught writing at Summerbridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Sparkes holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education Studies from Middlebury College.
Jessica Thorn is the 6th grade writing teacher and 6th Grade Level Leader at Roxbury Prep. Ms. Thorn previously served as an Apprentice Literacy Teacher at Roxbury Prep. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Thorn was a student-teacher at Schuylerville Elementary School in Schuylerville, NY, Greenfield Elementary School in Greenfield, NY, and Edendale Primary School in Pretoria, South Africa. Ms. Thorn holds a B.A. in Education Studies from Skidmore College.
Colin Turner is the 8th grade Reading teacher at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Turner previously taught English at the James F. Leonard Middle School in Lawrence, Massachusetts and at Bronx Prep Charter Academy in New York City where he taught 10th Grade English. He earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University School of Education and his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH.
Matthew Wintheiser is a Learning Specialist at Roxbury Prep. Mr. Wintheiser is a Teach for America corps member, and previously worked as a Special Learning teacher at the Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, MA as well as a Middle School Specialist at the Mario Umana Academy in Boston. Mr. Wintheiser holds a B.A. in Broadcast Media Studies, Journalism from Gonzaga University and an M.Ed in Special Education-Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Boston University.
Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus Staff
Ramón Alicea III is a 5th grade Literacy teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Previously, Mr. Alicea taught early elementary in Boston Public Schools for four years. He holds a B.A. from Bates College and a M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts.
Eleanor Allen is the School Social Worker at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. She has extensive experience in social services, legal services and counseling. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over 7 years in psychotherapy practice in Boston. Eleanor graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science, has a Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, and a juris doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.
Jason Armstrong is a 5th grade Math teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Before joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Mr. Armstrong taught 6th grade math at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School for seven years. He holds an A.B. in Music from Harvard College and a Masters of Arts in Educational Studies at Tufts University.
Nikhil Bhatia is a 6th grade Math Teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Previously, Mr. Bhatia taught 6th grade Math and 9th grade Physics as a Teach for America corps member in Chicago. Last year, Mr. Bhatia taught Biology at Chelsea High School outside of Boston. Before teaching, Mr. Bhatia graduated as a James Scholar in Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Khushboo Bindra-Rangwala is the 5th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Mrs. Bindra-Rangwala taught 9th and 10th grade Biology, Environmental Science, and Physical Science in Hartford, CT as a Teach for America Corps Member. She received both her B.S. in Biology and M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum from Northeastern University.
Robert Bonner is the 6th grade Writing teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. He attended Fairfield University, where he studied English and Communications. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, he worked at Lowell Catholic High School as an English instructor, while working towards his Masters of Education from Providence College.
Audris Campbell is the 5th grade Math teacher Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Campbell was an Educational Consultant for School Match 4U, Inc. She also taught math and English at BEST Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Teach For America Corps Member. Ms. Campbell received her B.S. in Sociology and Criminology from Florida State University and her M.P.A. from the University of Georgia.
Natasha Chaku is the 6th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. Ms. Chaku graduated from Vassar College in 2012 with a degree in Cognitive Science concentrating on child development. In college she worked with many different after-school programs and helped to found an organization that provided SAT tutoring to high school juniors and seniors. This past year, she worked as a science teacher at Pincushion Montessori School.
Brenda Cotto-Escalera is one of the Drama teachers at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. Ms. Cotto-Escalera holds a PhD in Theater History with a focus in Latin American Group Theater and collective creation. Prior to Roxbury Prep, she worked as a university professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lesley University, and has been active as a playwright and director in the Boston area. She previously worked as a bilingual third and fourth grade teacher at a high needs school near Austin, Texas. She is happy to be back in Boston, and is ready embark on a new creative adventure at Roxbury Prep.
Jay Curtis is the Physical Education Instructor at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to working at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Jay worked as the Outreach Coordinator for at-risk youth in Princeton, New Jersey for five years. He has also worked with Princeton High School’s Special Education Department, as well as served as an assistant coach for their football team. Jay received his B.S. from Springfield College in Sports Management.
Molly Dilworth is a 7th grade English teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Before joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Ms. Dilworth taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English as a Second Language at Paul Revere Middle School in Houston, Texas as a Teach for America corps member. She holds a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College.
April Duquette is one of the Drama teachers at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone campus. Ms. Duquette attended Suffolk University, where she received her B.A. in Theatre and Education with a concentration in dance. She previously taught dance at a Dana Hall and Curry College, while teaching enrichment at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill campus.
Maegan Etesse is an Individual Needs instructor at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Atesse recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor Degree in Science. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, she worked as a substitute teacher for Brockton Public Schools.
Katie Gallagher is the Office Manager at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining the staff at Roxbury Prep, Ms. Gallagher was the Manager of Education Programs at the Celebrity Series of Boston where she developed and cultivated artist residencies and various community events that connected students and the public to great artists such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, Audra McDonald, and Olympia Dukakis. She also was the Program Manager for AileyCamp Boston, a free six-week summer dance camp for Boston middle school students, as well as its related after school program, ACT2. Ms. Gallagher holds a B.A. in Political Science and Russian/ East European Studies from Boston College.
Semhar Habtehans is the Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Habtehans is deeply committed to working with children and families and around issues of social justice. She has previously worked as a case manager in New York City's child welfare system and as a Research Assistant at the Young Men's Health Initiative at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University’s Center for Health and Community Education. Ms. Habtehans holds a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study from New York University and a Master's of Public Health from Columbia University.
Ashley Herring is the Dean of Students at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Herring graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in African American Studies. She graduated from New York University with a MA in Educational Theatre. Her artistic background is professional storytelling and performing in musicals. While in New York, she was very fortunate to work on technical crews and as a stage manager for Off-Broadway musical and festivals. Ashley finds the most joy in assisting children explore their culture through theatre. Ashley is proud to be a part of Uncommon Schools and looks forward to fun and challenging times with scholars in theatre.
Allison Kramer is the 6th grade Math teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone. After graduating from Kenyon College, Ms. Kramer moved to Boston. Upon her arrival, Ms. Kramer began working at MATCH Middle School in the Teacher Residency program. While doing so, she also had the opportunity to work with students from the Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill campus, and found that it brought out her “inner nerd”.
Jeanine Morris is a 5th grade Literacy teacher at the Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone campus. Before joining Roxbury Prep, Mrs. Morris taught 1st grade at St. Rose School in Chelsea. Mrs. Morris has been teaching for ten years. Mrs. Morris holds a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Sarah Lynch is the Instructional Fellow at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Ms. Lynch worked as the Dean of Students and taught seventh grade English at North Star Academy, in Newark, NJ. In addition, Ms. Lynch taught seventh grade and eighth grade English and History at The Young Women’s Leadership School at Rhodes High School, in North Philadelphia. She also worked as a clinical social worker and a match manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters Pinellas County and served as an Athletes in Service to America AmeriCorps volunteer. Ms. Lynch holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and a M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work.
Kettlynn Prophete is the 7th grade History teacher at Roxbury Prep School Lucy Stone campus. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, Ms. Prophete developed the vision of multicultural teaching practice curriculum at the Meadowbrook School of Weston in Weston, MA. She received both her B.A. in English and Master’s in Urban Education- Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College.
Sarah Riemens is a 5th grade English Language Arts teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Prior to joining the faculty at Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Ms. Riemens taught 8th grade English and American history in East Los Angeles for four years. She holds a B.A in History and Psychology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Arts in Education from Alliant International University.
Mohindra Rupram is a 7th grade Math teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Mr. Rupram graduated from Harvard University. Prior to joining Roxbury Prep, he worked as a middle school math teacher, teaching all three grade levels.
Brianna Sanders is one of the nurses a Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Sanders is a part of the second graduating class of Roxbury Prep, and attended Regis College, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She also holds a specialization in medical technology and community health nursing.
Meekerley Sanon is the 7th grade Science teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Before coming to Roxbury Prep, Lucy Stone, Ms. Sanon completed her B.S. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Public Policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Ms. Sanon conducted research in early childhood cognition at Boston's Science Museum and Boston's Children Museum. In addition, Ms. Sanon completed a teaching practicum at the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston and received her teacher certification through the MIT-Wellesley Teacher Education Program.
Ashley Sharpe-Porter is one of the Individual Needs instructors at the Lucy Stone campus. Ms. Sharpe –Porter graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Psychology. While in school, Ms. Sharpe-Porter had the opportunity to work with preschoolers at both Ashby Learning Academy, and Dean Rusk Head Start Academy. She also had the pleasure of mentoring high school students in the Atlanta Public School system, and now looks forward to embarking on a new journey as a part of the Roxbury Prep family.
Marisa Segel is the 6th grade Reading teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Segel served as a 6th and 8th grade Reading teacher at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill Campus. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Ms. Segel had a career in producing educational media, co-founding Goslabi Productions. Ms. Segel received her B.A. in American History from Barnard College and her M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University.
Marisa Taylor is a 7th grade English teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Ms. Taylor previously worked as a 5th through 8th grade Teacher at Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center in Dorchester. Ms. Taylor holds a B.A. in Film and Communications from Fairfield University and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Emmanuel College.
Korey Whitfield is the 6th grade History teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus. Before coming to Uncommon Schools, Mr. Whitfield taught at Brookline High School in Massachusetts and in Richmond, California for Leadership Public Schools. More recently he worked for The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Boston Teacher Residency program. He holds a B.A. in Sociology, History and Education from Northeastern University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University with a concentration in Learning and Teaching.
Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus Staff
Lester Carter is the Individual Needs Coordinator & Assistant Dean of Students. Lester spent the past seven years working at Bank of America before joining RPDC’s founding staff to start a new career. In his time at Bank of America, Lester has served as a Bank Teller, Senior Operations Analyst, and Senior Customer Service Specialist. Prior to joining Bank of America, Lester served as a City Year Corp Member at The Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston. Lester holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.
Steven Claudio is the Office Manager. Steven held a variety of part-time positions at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill Campus before coming to RPDC as the founding Office Manager. He has greatly enjoyed his full-time role as the founding office manager at RPDC. In his time at Roxbury Prep, Steven has worked as a tutor, Enrichment teacher, and Assistant Office Manager. Steven is a graduate of Roxbury Prep, Mission Hill and Boston Latin Academy, and is currently pursuing his Associate’s degree from Roxbury Community College.
Ray Cruz is the Director of Students and Administration. Ray has been excited to take on a new role as founding Dean of Students and work with a great new group of people in the Roxbury Prep community. Previously, Ray (a.k.a. Super Cruz) served as the Office Manager at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill Campus. Prior to working with Roxbury Prep, Ray was Director of Security at the Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center, and has also worked for the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels. Mr. Cruz has also served more than seven years in the United States Navy on submarine duty and as a military policeman. Mr. Cruz holds an A.A. in Business Management from Ashford University.
Vin DeLucia is P.E. Teacher and Assistant Dean of Students. Vin is RPDC’s founding physical education teacher and has taken on additional responsibilities with the Dean of Students. Vin has loved the opportunity to meet new people, new students, and join the staff at a new school. Vin spent two years teaching at the Bishop Woods School in New Haven, Connecticut teaching physical education to students in grades K-8. Vin also served as the football coach at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut. Vin earned a B.S. in Exercise Science Teacher Preparation from Southern Connecticut State University.
Evan Diamond is a 6th Grade Science Teacher. Evan is excited to join RPDC’s strongly unified school culture that clearly puts student success as its goal. Evan has taught math, English, and arts in a variety of different settings and countries, and most recently served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Philadelphia. In college, Evan mentored middle school students and peers and was Co-Captain of the Alpine Ski team. Evan holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is pursuing a Master’s in Education from Boston University in Boston, MA.
René Haile the 5th Grade Math Teacher. As a founding math teacher at RPDC, René has enjoyed guiding students towards doing more than they thought possible. René is a former member of AmeriCorps and she served as the Community Center Director for the UNC—Greensboro Center for New North Carolinians. She also worked as a Supplemental Math Instructor at Caldwell Academy in Greensboro. Prior to working at Caldwell Academy, René spent two years as a Youth Camp Administrator and Assistant Coordinator in Nigeria through SIM International. René holds B.A. degrees in Mathematics and Bible and Religion from Erskine College.
Ji-Young Ham is a 6th Grade Math Teacher. Ji-Young joins RPDC after spending a year working with kindergarteners and 6th graders in the Philadelphia Public Schools. In college, she has also spent many summers as a mentor for young students in reading, writing, English, and fitness. Ji-Young received her B.A. in Mathematics and Education from the Smith College and her M.S.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Meghan Kezer is the 6th Grade History Teacher. Meghan greatly enjoyed being part of a team that has worked to make a difference in the lives of so many urban youths. Meghan was RPDC’s Community Meeting coordinator and Freshman Academy teacher this past year. Previously, Meghan taught literature and social studies to 7th and 8th grade girls at the Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center. At Mother Caroline Academy, Meghan also served as the Athletics and Activities Director. Meghan earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Boston University, and is completed her M.A. in Teaching from Emmanuel College.
Abby Lane a 6th Grade Math Teacher. Abby looks forward to returning to the classroom and inspiring RPDC students’ love of learning and math this year. Prior to joining RPDC, Abby worked at The Achievement Network, developing products that align with Common Core State Standards. Abby has also served as an Urban Education Leaders Intern with the District of Columbia Public Schools, an After-School Program Coordinator for the United Way of Santa Fe County, and a Group Facilitator with Girls, Inc. Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM.
Sarah Lefeber is the 5th Grade Reading Teacher. Sarah joins RPDC from Harlem Academy, and is looking forward to working with other great RPDC teachers. At Harlem Academy, Sarah was the 4th grade lead teacher. She also had the opportunity to work with 5th-8th grade students in Girls’ Advisory and Reason & Rhetoric (speaking and writing). Sarah received B.A. in Elementary Education from Rollins College and her Master’s in Literacy Education at NYU.
Erika Maciaszczyk is the Individual Needs Apprentice Teacher. Ms. M is excited about witnessing and playing a part in students’ academic and personal growth at RPDC as an Individual Needs Apprentice. Erika spent the past year working on projects at RPDC with the Director of Special Projects. Prior to RPDC, Erika worked at Milton Academy as a substitute teacher. Erika holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in American Studies from Trinity College.
Kathryn McCurdy is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. Kathryn is excited about returning to Roxbury Prep after completing her pre-doctorate coursework at University of New Hampshire. Kathryn was the 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher, Enrichment Coordinator, and Math Department Coach at Roxbury Prep’s Mission Hill Campus. She has also served as a Math Coach at the MATCH school and worked with the MATCH Teacher Residency. Kathryn is working towards a Ph.D. in Teacher Education at the University of New Hampshire, and she holds a M.A. in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Kansas.
Mary McGrath is 6th Grade Writing Teacher. Mary is looking forward to working with intentionality and purpose towards RPDC’s very clear mission and set of values. Mary joins RPDC from Mother Caroline Academy, where she served as Teaching Fellow working with 6th Grade ELA, Social Studies, Science and 7th Grade ELA, and also as Disciplinary Coordinator and Administrative Facilitator. Prior to her work at Mother Caroline, Mary has worked as a volunteer educator with Children of South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, and at Head Start in Bridgeport, CT. Mary has earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Fairfield University and her M.A.T. in English at Emmanuel College.
MaryAdair McGrath is the Director of Special Project and Chief of Staff. MaryAdair feels lucky to be a part of growing and developing an excellent school at RPDC. Last year, she served as the Individual Needs Coordinator at RPDC. MaryAdair spent three years at YES Prep in Houston, where she served as the Special Education Teacher and Department Chair. She was a member of Teach for America’s 2009 Houston Corps, and she earned her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.
Caton McKenna is the 5th Grade Writing Teacher. Caton has enjoyed getting to know a great group of students and colleagues in her founding year at RPDC. Caton joined RPDC from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught 10th-12th grade Biology and Ecology. Caton also served as the Science Department Head, Common Planning Team Lead, and Teacher Mentor. Caton was a member of the 2009 Teach for America Nashville Corps, and she holds a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University.
Elisabeth Roche is a Learning Specialist. Elisabeth looks forward starting at RPDC so that she can be challenged and learn from experiences with students. Elisabeth joins RPDC from KIPP: Delta Elementary Literacy Academy where she teaches 2nd grade as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta. In college, Elisabeth was the Co-Editor in Chief of The Villanovan, a campus newspaper. Elisabeth holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Casey Siagel is the 6th Grade Reading Teacher. Casey was excited work alongside educators who are passionate about their craft and making a difference in the lives of students in her founding year at RPDC as the 5th grade Reading teacher. Before joining RPDC’s staff, Casey taught 6th grade English, Pre-Algebra, and Ancient Civilizations at the Del Mar Pines School in San Diego, CA. Casey has also served as the Del Mar Pines Summer School Administrator and taught Advanced Writing for the 8th and 9th Grade Accelerated English Course Summer Program. Before moving to Del Mar Pines, Casey spent six years teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English at St. Columbia School in San Diego. Casey holds B.A. degrees in English Education and English Textual Studies from Syracuse University.
Becca Varon is a 5th Grade Math Teacher. Becca has had a great time getting to know a new community of students and parents in her founding year at RPDC, while working towards a common goal with a group of like-minded people. Prior to RPDC, Becca served as a Teach for America corps member, teaching 6th grade at Challenger Middle School in Glendale, Arizona. She also served as the co-coordinator for the gifted program at the school. Becca graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science, and received her Master’s in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.
Colleen Withers is the 5th Grade Science Teacher. After a fantastic founding year, Colleen can’t wait to meet the new RPDC staff and work as a team! As a Teach for America corps member, Colleen worked for two years teaching 7th and 8th science at William T. Machan Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. Colleen also served as the school’s Assistant Coach for the middle school girls’ basketball team. Colleen holds a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Vermont, and completed her Master’s in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.