Alan ArringtonDirector of OperationsMr. Arrington was born and raised in Roxbury, MA and is committed to transforming the lives of young people in the City of Boston. Prior to joining the Frederick as the Director of Operations and School Climate, he worked in various roles during his eight years of service at Youth Options Unlimited Boston. He is proud graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in Sociology and graduated in 2007. While at Morehouse College, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated in the Spring of 2006 and was the Chapter's Chaplain during his tenure. His favorite food is wood-grilled pizza with pepperoni and spinach.Lisa BaronConnecting With CareDirectorDr. Baron joined the LGF community in 2007 as the Director of Connecting With Care (CWC), a program of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention. CWC is a school/community partnership to place mental health clinicians full-time in the Boston Public Schools, and the Frederick is the “hub” of the program, which now includes 13 schools across the city. Dr. Baron’s career focus has been on school-based mental health, and on increasing access to mental health services--particularly trauma treatment--for urban children and youth.Dr. Baron is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Certified Health Services Provider. She earned her bachelors in music and psychology from Mount Holyoke College, her masters in Counseling from Boston University’s Overseas Program in Germany, and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. Dr. Baron is a recipient of a National Health Service Corps award for dedicated clinical service to underserved children and families. She has 15 years of experience in trauma program administration and over 25 years of clinical and supervisory experience in schools, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. She enjoys working out at the gym, playing classical piano, reading, and developing her meditation practice. She loves anything chocolate!
Nadia Bhatti6th Grade MathMs. Bhatti is one of the 6th-grade math teachers at the Frederick. This is her fourth year teaching but first year at this school. She went to Harvard University for her undergraduate degree and graduate school at Boston University.
Edverette Brewster7th/8th Grade HumanitiesMr. Brewster is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and the first male in his family to graduate from college. Earning a Bachelors of Arts from Vanderbilt University, relocated to Boston to teach middle school English Language Arts at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. Brewster teaches 7th & 8th-gradeHumanities and serves as the Lead Teacher, as well as the Step Team coach. Last year, Edverette earned his Masters in Instructional Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His passion is to provide culturally relevant instruction and quality support for students in public school settings. In his free time, you can find Mr. Brewster singing at church, watching a movie, or catching up with former students and friends.
Greg CarusoLibrarian“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”― Sidney SheldonMr. Caruso joined the staff at the Frederick Pilot in September of 2009, following three years at South Boston High School. Proud to be part of the Frederick community, Mr. Caruso guides our students as they explore the world of books and libraries. His goal is that each student learns that for every question, every problem and every inspiration, there is a book which will answer it, help solve it or nurture it, connecting it to the world outside and to the experiences of others from any time or place.Beyond discovering new worlds both real and imaginary, each child who enters a library embarks on a voyage of self-exploration, finding skills, interests, emotions, and developing the confidence, curiosity, and habits of mind central to living a full and productive life. Books also enhance our empathy for others’ abilities and challenges, helping us to create a kinder, more compassionate world for ourselves and our children.
Arelis Dine7th/8th Grade Science
Dan Donoghue7th Grade Humanities
Ms. Dowlin joined Tenacity at the Frederick this year after working for 4 years as a middle and high school Spanish teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. Before teaching Spanish, she was an Assistant Head Start teacher at a charter school in Philadelphia and spent a year teaching English for WorldTeach in Ecuador. After working for two summers with the Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program, Ms. Dowlin is excited to work with Tenacity at the Frederick since it combines her passion for improving educational outcomes for urban youth, and tennis (she played on the varsity tennis team in college). Debby received her M.Ed. from Temple University in 2013, and a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Wellesley College in 2006.Debbie DowlinTenacitySite Director / Academic CoordinatorSheila DrainLearning CoachMrs. Drain is new to the Lilla G. Frederick this year. This is her 23rd year as a BPS middle school teacher. A favorite quote of Mrs. Drain’s is from Rita Pierson, “ Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”When not in the classroom, you can find Mrs. Drain working in her gardens, cooking or reading at the beach.Steven Dunmire6th Grade ELA / Social StudiesMr. Dunmire is excited to be in his first year as an ELA teacher at LGF! He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in sociology and received his certification and master's degree in education from UMass Boston via Boston Teacher Residency. When not teaching, you can find him cooking spaghetti and reading 2-3 books at once.
Renita ElliottParaprofessionalMs. Elliott has been with Boston Public Schools for 17 years. She has an Associate Degree in general studies with numerous hours of BPS/Para training. She joined the Frederick in 2014. Ms. Elliot works with scholar students who need just a little help in certain academic areas. Her favorite treats are ice cream and chocolate cake. She also loves R&B music.Carmen FernandezParaprofessionalLionel FloresDean of StudentsMr. Flores has been at the Frederick for the past eight years where he has served in multiple roles: as a 1:1 autistic non-verbal paraprofessional, academy coordinator, operations, and currently dean of students. He has served as part of the coaching staff for wrestling and football and is the head baseball coach at the Frederick. Mr. Flores is fluent in Spanish, a United States Army Veteran, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Liberty University. Mr. Flores and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have three children together. His favorite foods are rice and beans and pizza; he enjoys watching and playing sports.
Ann FlynnSecretaryMrs. Flynn has been the secretary here at the Frederick Pilot Middle School since July 2003. At that time, the building was still under construction and the staff worked out of the King Middle School. Mrs. Flynn attended the Boston Business School immediately out of high school and worked for Boston Police Department prior to working for Boston Public Schools. She has three children, 17, 7, and 4. Her children keep her busy in a good way and she enjoys every moment with them.
Tanya FrankCounselorMs. Frank is one of the school social workers at the Frederick. She grew up around Boston, received her Bachelors of Arts in 1997 from Bradford College and her Masters in Social Work in 2001 from Boston University, after which she earned her LICSW. She counsels students and families from diverse backgrounds and promotes their inclusion in the mainstream classrooms. She also supervises MSW students from Simmons College, Boston University, and Boston College. In addition, she has a private practice in which she provides therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples.
Richard GarciaESL Humanities
Juan GomezPolice OfficerMelissa Graham8th Grade Humanities
Keith GuyetteSESS CoordinatorKeith Guyette is in his second year as the Coordinator of Special Education at the Frederick, he is also a graduate professor at American International College. Throughout his career, he has supported students with special needs in various settings and schools. HIs goal is to continually develop least restrictive 21st century based educational programs that improve each year, becoming stronger, with more options, and more opportunities for all students to reach and surpass their potential.
Melissa Hamilton6th Grade MathHer favorite snacks include Milk Chocolate Covering Peanut Butter Pretzels from Trader Joe's, Cheez-Its, and strawberries. In her spare time, she love's spending time with her family, doing yoga, and being at the beach!
Patrick HarrisSpecial EducationMr. Harris is excited for another challenging, productive and exciting year at the Frederick (year four)! He is also looking forward to successful soccer and wrestling seasons, hopefully ending with another championship. He graduated from Bates College with degrees in History and Spanish and received his certification and master's degree in education from UMass Boston via Boston Teacher Residency. When not teaching, you can find him running, climbing, or, cooking. You're mostly likely to find him with his nose in a book. Right now he's reading X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz.Grace HebardParaprofessionalMs. Hebard was born and raised Boston and attended Boston Public Schools. She has been working for BPS in various roles for 17 years, the past 8 years at LGF. Ms. Hebard has 3 sons who graduated from Boston Latin School and her husband is a BPS high school teacher. She attended Quincy College and UMass Boston. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, and reading. Her favorite food is anything chocolate.Agustina HenriquezParaprofessionalMs. Henriquez is from the Dominican Republic. She is a paraprofessional at the Frederick who started working for Boston Public Schools in 2001. She graduated from college in 1989 in the Dominican Republic with a degree in Accounting.Gloria HernandezParaprofessionalMs. Hernandez has been a paraprofessional in special education at the Frederick since 2003. She has experience working with students with a wide range of abilities. She is an alumnus of Northeastern University and has a BPS certificate in Special Education. Ms. Hernandez loves working with students helping them to learn, making them laugh, and feel safe. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and dancing.
Rose JosephKatie KerseySpecial EducationThis is Ms. Kersey's 8th year as a teacher. She earned a Bachelor's of Psychology Degree from Merrimack College in 2007 and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State University in 2012. She is currently attending UCLA to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Behavior, in hopes of receiving the BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She joined the Frederick Pilot Middle School in 2010 as a special education teacher. Her favorite food is a warm cup of tea with something sweet to eat!Rachael KinnealeyHealth & Physical Education TeacherThis is Mrs. Kinnealey's third year teaching in Boston Public Schools but her fifth year teaching. Previously she had taught high school Social Studies in Londonderry, NH after graduating from Saint Anselm College earning her Bachelors Degree with a major in History and minors in both secondary education and Spanish. She moved back home to Boston and earned her Graduate Degree from Boston University with a Masters of Education in Physical Education and Coaching.Mrs. Kinnealey is currently the girls' basketball and track & field coach at LGF and hopes to continue coaching to young female athletes to become successful high school athletic scholars. Growing up on the North Shore in Swampscott, MA, Mrs. Kinnealey has always enjoyed competing in sports and keeping an active lifestyle. She currently enjoys spending time with her family that includes her husband, daughter and dog Mack, going for long walks on Wollaston Beach or hiking the Blue Hills.
Christina KostarasESL Math & Science
Alice Laramore7th Grade EnglishMs. Laramore has been teaching English/Language Arts/Humanities for the last four years, first at the Irving Middle School and then at the Frederick Pilot Middle School. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature and has a Masters Degree from UMass Boston in Teaching. She joined the LGF staff in 2013, and she enjoys working in such a close-knit, growth-focused community. Ms. Laramore's favorite things include the color green, reading books, and eating or baking with apples.
Malvina Libsch8th Grade Math
Wanda LorenzoParaprofessionalMs. Lorenzo was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She moved to Boston to pursue a degree in childhood development at Urban College of Boston. Now she is attending Bridgewater State University. Ms. Lorenzo has been working the Frederick for nine years in the ESL program helping bilingual students. She has also been assisting students and families with the Tech Goes Home program at the Frederick for five years.Susan LovettASPIREDirectortheASPIREExpanded Learning Program, has worked at the Frederick School for 10 years. ASPIRE is Boston's only Exemplary After School Program as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Susan earned her Master's Degree in Social Work at Boston University and her Master's Degree in Education at UMass Boston. Susan has worked with youth and families in the Greater Boston area for 25 years. In addition to being the Director of ASPIRE, she is the Secretary of the Frederick School Governing Board, she teaches part-time at Boston University's School of Social Work and she's a yoga teacher - and student.
In 2014, she founded Hands to Heart Center - Yoga for the People, a non-profit program providing yoga classes that are accessible, inclusive and inspiring in low-income communities. Susan enjoys yoga, boxing, and chocolate.
Pauline LugiraPrincipalMs. Lugira has impacted the lives of students for over a decade. After several years of teaching in public, private and charter schools, Ms. Lugira began her career in the Boston Public Schools. At the Frederick Pilot Middle School, she taught 7th and 8th Grade Humanities. After 6 years of classroom teaching at the Frederick, she transitioned into school leadership, serving as the Humanities Department Chair. In this role, Pauline supported whole-school Data-Driven Instruction Cycles and worked to align the Humanities curriculum with the Common Core Standards. Following her time as a teacher at the Frederick, Ms. Lugira was selected to participate in the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. As a Principal Fellow with the Lynch Leadership Academy, she worked with the Dever-McCormack school community to create a culture of student achievement. Upon the completion of this fellowship, she became the Assistant Headmaster at Boston Green Academy. At Boston Green Academy she was tasked with the awesome opportunity to lead BGA’s middle school expansion project. She is excited to be back home at the Frederick, as the new principal.Ms. Lugira earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English from Boston College. Upon graduation, she relocated to the Washington D.C. area to attend graduate school at the George Washington University, where she studied Educational Leadership. Ms. Lugira holds a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College, where her studies focused on the factors affecting the success of black males in public school systems.
Ruth Lynn6th Grade ELAThis is Ms. Lynn's second year teaching ELA at the Frederick and she is delighted to be working with the 6th grade team this year. A graduate of Colgate University, she has been teaching ELA for 15 years and has taught in boarding, private and public schools in four different states. She is a newly elected member of the Governing Board for the school and is excited about the innovative changes occurring around the Frederick. More importantly, she is ecstatic to be working with our youngest scholars this year!
Timothy Maher7th Grade MathMr. Maher, an alumnus of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, is in his first year of teaching 7th Grade Math. He joined the LGF community in 2015 after working at the F.D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park. His favorite things include his grandmother's eggplant parmesan, watching college basketball, and reading on the beach.
Beverly MartinParaprofessionalMs. Martin has been a Special Education Paraprofessional for nine years. She has been here at the Frederick since 2008. She graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Science. Her favorite food is anything Chicken. Her favorite activities include spending lots of time with my family.Kendra MartinVocal Music Elective Teacher
David Mastrovich7th Grade ELAMr. Mastrovich (Mr. M. to the students) was born and raised in Dracut, Massachusetts – a small town about 25 miles north of Boston. He currently lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. Mr. Mastrovich has two children: a four-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. Mr. Mastrovich graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2003; he double-majored in English and Elementary Education. The following year he attended Boston College and received a Master’s Degree in Education (specifically Curriculum & Instruction). In 2004, he began working at what was then The New Boston Pilot Middle School; he has been there ever since. Mr. Mastrovich enjoys making people laugh and tries to incorporate that into his classes as much as possible. He also enjoys karate, playing basketball, running, playing the guitar, and playing video games (he’s really just a big kid at heart). He also loves spending time with his beautiful family. Mr. Mastrovich enjoys all types of sandwiches; sandwiches are most definitely his favorite food. He has enjoyed his 11 years at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School and looks forward to being a part of its future.
Candice McLeanDennis McGahanSpecial EducationMr. McGahan has been working with special education students for the past nine years. He has been a teacher here at the Frederick since 2011. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. He received his first Master's Degree in Education from River College and second Master's Degree in Reading from Salem State University. He's currently working towards at Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners from UCLA. One of Mr. McGahan's favorite foods is lobster. An activity that he enjoys is going to the gym or relaxing on the beach.
Meghan McGoldrickAcademy LeaderMs. McGoldrick is returning to the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School community this year as an Academy Leader. She first joined the Frederick community in 2007 after having begun her teaching career in North Carolina. During her years in the classroom at the Frederick, she primarily taught sixth-grade math and science while serving as the Math Department Chair. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Ms. McGoldrick was a mentor to new teachers, Ribas Associates education consultant for teacher supervision and evaluation, and a lesson designer for 21st Century Lessons, a joint BPS/BTU initiative focused on designing high-quality lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. For the past two years, Ms. McGoldrick has worked in the Office of Human Capital where she was a New Teacher Developer and managed the BPS New Teacher Development program. She is excited to be back home at the Frederick this year.Ms. McGoldrick earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Boston College, masters in Educational Policy and Management from Harvard, Instructional Technology Certification for Educators through University of Massachusetts – Boston, and masters in Educational Leadership from Simmons College.Marianela MedinaParaprofessionalCatalina Medrano de AriasSIFE ProgramMrs. Catalina de Arias is a humanities teacher for SIFE 6-8. She was raised in Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of two migrant working parents that were ELLs themselves and went on to pursue college degrees and careers in nursing and law enforcement. She is an eight-year veteran of the Army and was honorably discharged in 2001. That same year she graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a degree in Spanish and specialization in international relations. Upon graduation, she was immediately recruited as a dual language teacher in Carrollton, Texas. She has since received her Master's degree in education administration in 2005 from Texas A&M. She is in her first year at the Frederick and is excited about the instructional opportunities that lie ahead in this new season of her career.
Stephen MookESL Math & ScienceWhile Mr. Mook has been teaching middle and high school for 15 years now, he started off thinking he was going to teach college. Mr. Mook began his teaching career in Hawaii as a Principal and middle school teacher. After three (great!) years in Hawaii, Mr. Mook moved back to Boston and worked as a teacher, and then later as a Principal at Notre Dame High School in Lawrence. When his older daughter started in Kindergarten in BPS, he began teaching first at Brighton High School where he taught AP Statistics and Advanced Algebra and then at the Rogers Middle School where he taught ESL Math. This is his first year at LGF. Both of his daughters now attend BPS schools.Mr. Mook loves teaching because each day is different. He is also a rabid Patriots fan. He likes to play all sports, but especially golf, soccer, and basketball. Mr. Mook received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in History. While it seems odd that someone who studied History would be teaching Math, his thesis used statistics to investigate the first members of the Nazi Party.
Christa MorseConnecting With CareSchool-Based CounselorMs. Morse joined the Frederick in 2013 and is entering her third year here. Before coming to the Frederick, she studied psychology and Spanish at the University of Virginia and then a dual masters degree in counseling and theology at Boston College. In her free time, she enjoys playing folksy guitar music, practicing yoga, and hiking.Marie-Julie MurraySpecial EducationMs. Murray joined the Frederick in 2006 and this is her ninth year as a special education teacher. French is her first language as she is originally from Montréal, Québec. She moved to Boston in 2006. She has two Bachelor's Degrees, one in French Literature and Creative Writing from Université du Québec à Montréal and one in Special Education from Université de Montréal. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology from UMass Boston as well as a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Autism Studies from UMass Lowell. Throughout her career, she has only worked with students with special needs and loves finding innovative ways to ensure all students learn. Ms. Murray truly feels like she has the best classroom in all of the district and is so honored to work with such wonderful students. Having been a vegetarian since 2002, she loves Indian cuisine as well as a good burrito!
John OrtizCounselorMr. Ortiz has been a school social worker for seven years. This is his third year at LGF. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he went to U-Mass Boston and obtained his bachelor's in psychology and sociology. He also went to Boston College and received a master's degree in social work. His favorite foods are Thai food and Latino food. He loves to exercise and play basketball.
Max PatlanSpecial EducationMr. Patlan teaches a substantially separate 8th-grades in all content areas. He is from Los Angeles and began teaching at the Frederick in 2010. He earned his Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston. When he’s not teaching at the Frederick, Mr. Patlan loves spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and making music.
Zoila RicciardiDirector of Operations
During her professional career, Zoila has developed extensive knowledge in key business functions. Her primary areas of expertise are: business process reengineering, budget, and cross-functional team management.
Her professional experience spans K-12 education, higher education, banking, consulting, biotech and technology industries. Zoila has been working at Boston Public Schools since 2010 as a Budget and Project Manager for the Office of English Language Learners. In 2015, Zoila started a new assignment as Director of Operations at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, she has fiscal responsibilities for the entire school, exploring partnerships with nonprofit organizations, responsible for all matters of school administration not directly related to instruction. Zoila thrives on bringing together appropriate resources to create new solutions.
Zoila has an undergraduate from Boston University, an MBA and Advanced Certificate from Simmons College and Babson College respectively. Zoila is originally from Peru, speaks Spanish and Portuguese. When she is not at work, she is in talking long walks, coffee with friends, swimming, hot yoga
Eric RistSpecial EducationMr. Rist has been teaching special education classes for eighteen years with the last thirteen of those at the Frederick. Mr. Rist is a graduate of Northeastern University. He enjoys reading, baseball, and traveling.
Sonia RiveraParaprofessionalMs. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico. She attended high school in Boston Public Schools. She started working in Boston Public Schools in 1986. Her career as a paraprofessional began at the Donald McKay School in East Boston. Ms. Rivera has been at the Frederick since the school opened in 2003. She is continuing her education at Northeastern University.Lynn Rosario2D Art Elective TeacherMs. Rosario has taught art for eighteen years and thirteen of those years were at the Frederick. She has an M.A.T. from Rhode Island College and C.A.G.S. from Salve Regina. Her passion is sharing through expressive art workshops that art is a powerful processing tool. Yes, art has your answers. Ms. Rosario is a traveler and likes to explore different types of food and dances.
Tajah RossLearning Coach
Ms. Ross was born in New York City and raised in Dallas, Texas where she attended Performing Arts schools. While there, she was trained to play the oboe and read, write and sing classical music.
She happily joined the LGF team in the fall of 2012 after teaching for two years in a school district just North of Boston. Ms. Ross absolutely loves teaching all students and specializes in adapting instructional lessons and materials to meet the needs of diverse learners. She believes that every child has the right to receive a quality education and is passionate about serving students in urban schools. Ms. Ross received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Boston University and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree from New England School of Law.
A southerner at heart, Ms. Ross loves authentic Mexican/Tex-Mex food and the occasional Snickers or Kit Kat bar. She also loves to kayak and spend time outdoors when the weather is nice.
Anne Saint JusteParaprofessional
Nina Sanchez-OcneanCounselorMs. Sanchez is proud to be part of the Student Support Team at the Frederick Pilot Middle School. Like some of the students, she is of Puerto Rican descent and speaks Spanish fluently. She received her undergraduate and Master's degree from Boston College, after which she earned her LCSW. Ms. Sanchez helps provide individual counseling for students and ongoing consultation with parents, teachers, and other collaterals. Throughout the years, she has also conducted a variety of groups for the students at the Frederick. To best help support students, she supervises Social Work interns from Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard University. She finds working with our students, their families, and our teachers extremely rewarding.
Avery Saulnier de ReyesSIFE ProgramMs. Saulnier de Reyes is in her tenth year of teaching. She has been at the Frederick since 2013 and is currently teaching multilingual literacy. She is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions and Northeastern University. Her favorite activity is trying to learn new languages.
Randy Seymour7th/8th Grade Math
Fatima SherifParaprofessionalTommy Simmons8th Grade HumanitiesMr. Simmons has been teaching since his sophomore year of college through the Breakthrough Collaborative. In 2007, after graduating with a BA in Communications and Philosophy from BC, Mr. Simmons taught abroad in Mozambique with the Peace Corps for two years. He started at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in 2010, and after graduating with a Masters in Education from Harvard became a full-time humanities teacher in 2011. He is currently a 6th-grade humanities teacher and wrestling coach. Mr. Simmons is fluent in English and Portuguese, can speak some Spanish, and is proficient in understanding (but not speaking) Sass. And he loves peanut butter.
Cherylann SmithSpecial EducationMs. Smith-Iwanicki has twelve years of teaching experience with students from infancy through the 8th grade. She joined the Frederick family in 2012 and is currently a teacher in the 7th grade substantially separate all subject areas classroom. She received an Associates of Arts Degree from Fisher College in Boston, Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development (Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology,) with a concentration in Elementary Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Masters Degree in Education from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In her spare time she enjoy traveling, watching the New England Patriots, or going out to eat at either Chinese of Mexican food restaurants.
Hai SonAcademy LeaderNaomi SpectorTeressa SullivanDemetris ThomasParaprofessionalMs. Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the teaching field. She started teaching at the Westfield Childcare Center as a preschool teacher in 2001. Her experience includes teaching literacy and early childhood education at various private schools. Ms. Thomas started working with BPS in 2010. She joined the Frederick Pilot Middle School in 2011 as a Paraprofessional for the physically handicapped. In 2013 she took on a new position as a Multilingual ESL Paraprofessional.Ms. Thomas attended Suffolk University and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College with a Minor in Early Childhood Education. When she is not in the classroom she loves spending time with family, traveling, reading, art and cooking. Her favorite food is Thai and she loves Chocolate Turtles.
Pamela ThompsonNurseMrs. Thompson has been a practicing nurse for over two decades. In addition to helping students at the school, she is also active in the community. She enjoys traveling with her husband and loves Caribbean and African food.
Teharri TurnerHealth & Physical Education TeacherMr. Turner grew up in Connecticut and attended Manchester High School where he was recognized for his athleticism in basketball. He was named one of the top 100 players in the state of Connecticut and was awarded the McDonald’s All-American Honorable mention award in 1994. Mr. Turner continued his basketball career while he studied at UMass Boston. He was named team captain 3 out of the 4 years of playing for Coach Charlie Titus. He made the Little East All 2nd team in his rookie season, was a 1,000 Point scorer, and is the number four all-time leading scorer at UMass Boston.After graduating from UMass with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education, Mr. Turner wanted to give back and decided to work for the Boston Public School System. He has taught Health and Physical Education at the Frederick for the past 12 years. He has 13 years of coaching experience as the coach for the middle school boy's basketball and girl’s soccer.Mr. Turner is committed to building youths' healthy minds and bodies through physical activity and sport. He understands the importance of youths' need for daily physical activity, as well as the need for knowledge and life skills. He believes that “commitment, hard work, and dedication are the keys to success in anything you do.”
Veerendra Veeragoudar6th Grade Science
Ivan VergaraESL HumanitiesMr. Vergara was born and raised in the city of Boston and attended BPS schools from 1st through 8th grades. Because of his fascination with human behavior Mr. Vergara decided to pursue his BA in psychology (plus a minor in history) from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. After some years in the fields of finance and accounting, he decided to return to a career that was rooted in his love of the human experience - teaching. He earned his M.Ed from UMass-Boston via the Boston Teacher Residency.Mr. Vergara is now in his 7th overall year of teaching, with the last 6 being here at the Frederick school as an ESL humanities teacher. When not teaching he loves to travel (or at least think about traveling), listening to music (preferably live), reading, and being active.
Kareen Wilkinson8th Grade ScienceBorn and raised in Seattle, WA, Ms. Wilkinson enjoyed playing soccer and playing the viola in orchestras. She knew she wanted to become a teacher after taking Genetics in 10th grade. It opened up her eyes to learning things she had not known before and wanted to share it with others. Ms. Wilkinson has worked for City Year Boston, Science Club for Girls and has been at the Frederick for five years now. What she loves about working at Frederick is that as a science teacher, she can expose students to many things in science they have never learned before. Ms. Wilkinson also run the Robotics Club here and sings in Organized Noize. She attended Pomona College for her Bachelor's in Biology and the Harvard Graduate School of Education for her Master's in Education. If you ever want to make her smile, just offer her Red Vines Licorice or Gummy Bears. She loves both candies and actually enjoys making homemade gummy candy.
Sharif Williams8th Grade Math