Winship School Staff, 2017-2018
Mona Ford Walker, Principal
Teaching/Administrative Experience: 14 years
WHAT MS. FORD LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the diverse population of students and families that we serve. I love the community partners that work with us to provide students with wonderful opportunities to learn. I love that our scholars work hard everyday to do their very best and our teachers meet the needs of our students!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: playing basketball, reading, traveling, and rooting for the Patriots!
"Empowering students through engaging and enriching learning experiences is at the heart of this work! Encouraging students to do their very best in order to become lifelong learners is my mission!"
Rachel Azrin, Franciscan Counselor
Counseling Experience: 13
WHAT MS. AZRIN LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love how welcoming the Winship School is. All of the teachers and staff here are devoted to the students' success. I enjoy working in a friendly, nurturing environment with students who are inquisitive and love learning.
PERSONAL HOBBIES:Taking long walks, spending times with family and friends and traveling.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." --Dr. Seuss
Carla Banks, Paraprofessional
WHAT MS. BANKS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Erika Barros, K2 Teacher
WHAT MS. BARROS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP
I love the diversity in our community.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Spending time with my family and baking.
"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write or count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child."
Maria Barros, Paraprofessional
WHAT MS. BARROS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The Winship community challenges kids and gives them the opportunity to succeed in a creative environment.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Reading, art, and other activities.
Roz Bloom, Secretary
Work Experience: 18 years
WHAT MS. BLOOM LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love Winship's spirit of community, togetherness, and cooperation. I have enjoyed working at the Winship for the past 17 years.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Crocheting, gardening, making my own natural hair and body products and spending time with my family and church.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert Bowen, 3rd Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 3 years
WHAT MR. BOWEN LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love how the children and staff alike come to school with a passion and excitement for teaching and learning. I love running the BOKS program and getting the opportunity to meet children of all grade levels and building connections throughout the school. Mostly I love that I am able to come to the job that I love doing everyday. GO WINSHIP HOOT HOOT.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: playing basketball, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." --Larry Bird
Lisa Buckingham, Franciscan Counselor
Counseling Experience: 6 years
WHAT MS. BUCKINGHAM LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The friendly staff and the smiling faces of our students!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: painting, concerts, spending time with friends and cat.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” --George Bernard Shaw
Paula Carnese, Early Childhood Liaison
Experience in Current Position: 5 years
WHAT MS. CARNESE LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The welcoming and supportive staff.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Walks on the bike path with my dog, reading, water aerobics, cooking.
"There can be no academic excellence without first learning how important personal relationships are first."
Elise Caver, 5th Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 17 years
WHAT MS. CAVER LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Everyone at the Winship is warm and welcoming.
PERSONAL HOBBIES:I enjoy reading, traveling, water aerobics, and spending time with my family.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education". --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sherry Clark, Lunch Monitor
WHAT MS. CLARK LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the diversity of the families. I also like the experience of the staff and the communication we all have with one another.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: encouraging people, spending time with family, cooking.
"Do everything you do with all of your heart and soul. Then fulfillment will rest in your heart." --Clark
Maggie Colbert, Speech Teacher
WHAT MS. COLBERT LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Shannon DeBari, 2nd Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 2 years (4 years at the Winship school including student teaching)
WHAT MS. DEBARI LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The close-knit community of staff, parents, and students.The unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that each member has to offer.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: theatre, volleyball, reading, spending time with family.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." --Albert Einstein
Yolanda Dixon, Resource Teacher
WHAT MS.DIXON LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Marcella Elliott-Thompson, 4th Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 14 years
WHAT MS. ELLIOT-THOMPSON LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The welcoming spirit and diversity of the community.
PERSONAL HOBBIES:reading my way through Boston, exploring the rich cultures of the Caribbean, spending time with family.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sussie Figueroa, English as a Second Language Teacher
Teaching Experience: 20 years
WHAT MS. FIGUEROA LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Is the outstanding collaboration among teachers and other staff in the building. The fact that we all care about our students is admirable in nature.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: If I am not flying a rotorcraft (helicopter) or a fixed wing (airplane), or scuba diving in the ocean, you will find me riding my motorcycle or playing volleyball. These are my favorite hobbies.
Kathleen Frazier, K2 Teacher
Teaching Experience: 10 years
WHAT MS. FRAZIER LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the community feel at the Winship. We have dedicated and wonderful students, families, and teachers.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: running, hiking, sports and anything outdoors.
"In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and SNAP--the job is a game!" --Mary Poppins
Beth Grinley, SESS Cord.
WHAT MS. GRINLEY LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I like how the Winship staff work together collaboratively to make for a great working environment. I like that the Winship is a small elementary school with a low student/teacher ratio, which allows students to receive more individual attention/support.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I love traveling, rollerblading, and watching/going to sport events.
"The Beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." --B.B King
Jennifer Hayes, K1 Teacher
Teaching Experience: 21 years (12 years at the Winship school)
WHAT MS.HAYES LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Is the close family feeling we have with students, families and staff.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: traveling, reading, knitting, spending time with family and friends.
"Oh the places we'll go, Today is your day! Your mountain is Waiting So...get on your way!" --Dr. Suess
Kathleen Hickey, Instructional Coach
WHAT MS. HICKEY LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the welcoming staff and wonderful students.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Spending time with my family, jogging, reading.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats
Nick Kapura, Science Teacher
WHAT MR. K LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love trying to help so many different students and families to think like scientists...not just so our students do well in school, but so we will all be better thinkers in life!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: photography, reading, playing guitar.
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." " --Kurt Vonnegut
Lisa Llorente, K2 Teacher
WHAT MS. LLORENTE LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the students who come from far and near to learn at the Winship. I love how the students can teach me so much, too, and remind me to wonder all the time. I enjoy working with so many dedicated people, in a building that stands strong after over 100 years as we learn in the 21st century.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: travel, art from recycled, beautiful stuff, reading, writing and going to the movies.
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try." --Dr.Seuss
Vanessa Ma, Lunch Monitor
WHAT MS. MA LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP
Bridget Molinari, 1st Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 16 years
WHAT MS. MOLINARI LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love that the Winship is a small school that has many families involved in the school. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach first grade at the Winship, and look forward to working with an amazing team of teachers, students and families!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: yoga, reading, traveling, and family.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" --Albert Einstein
Ana Patricia Montoya, 4th Grade Teacher (on leave)
Teaching Experience: 26 years
WHAT MS. MONTOYA LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Is its small size, which allows for closeness and growth. It's also such a beautiful building!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: reading, history, the arts, tennis, traveling, nature, etc.
"Be the Change you Want to See in the World." --Mahatma Gandhi
Aaron G. Noll, School Librarian
Teaching Experience: 11 years.
WHAT MR. NOLL LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the amazing ethnic and racial diversity at the Winship. I feel that I'm a small part of a great and important project of building tolerance and mutual respect in our city, nation, and world."
PERSONAL HOBBIES: reading history, hiking the Appalachian Trail, cooking.
"I believe that by engaging the natural curiosity of students for the world around them, I can create a passion for learning that will continue long after my students' days at the Winship have passed."
Marie-Yacinthe Nowicki, School Nurse
Teaching Experience: 20 years
WHAT MS. NOWICKI LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
What do you love about the Winship: Beautiful building, small community environment, friendly staff, awesome students.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Sewing, gardening, hiking, mountain bike riding.
“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.” --Confucius
Izrail Nudelman, Winship School Grandfather
WHAT MR. NUDELMAN LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The atmosphere that surrounds, the people who work there, the common desire to teach and learn.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: surfing in Internet clouds, movies, art, music.
"Live as you should, act as you need, and all will be as it should be."
Heather Oluwole, 3rd Grade Teacher
WHAT MS. OLUWOLE LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love many things about the Winship. I love that is it a small, historical school, in a part of Boston that I love, but most of all, I love the people you can find in it!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: In my spare time, I love spending time with my family outdoors, especially at the beach.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." --Dr. Suess
Kati Ordonez, 2nd Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 12 years
WHAT MS. ORDONEZ LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the eagerness and exuberance for learning that students at the Winship have.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: photography and reading.
Donna Pare, Occupational Therapist
WHAT MS. PARE LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the old historical building and the beautiful woodwork herein. I love the polite students, the supportive parents and our great playgrounds and outdoor classroom.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I have done Aikido (a Japanese martial art) for 30 years and I love yoga, sewing, house repair and construction projects.
"We have greater freedom with greater function. Occupational therapists put the FUN in FUNCTION!"
Roni Pavick, Art Teacher
Teaching Experience: 23 years
WHAT MS. PAVICK LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The Winship has a community atmosphere that feels like a large family. I love that The Winship teachers and students represent 35 countries and 23 different languages! As someone who has lived on 4 continents, I appreciate and enjoy the beauty of cultural diversity.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I enjoy all of the arts, concerts, astronomy, world travel, and boating.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” --Albert Einstein
Diana Pomales, Special Education Secretary
Professional Experience: 11 years
WHAT MS. POMALES LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the friendly faces of the Winship.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: baseball, music, cooking, reading.
"Give of yourself what you would like given to you." --Unknown
Brenda Ramsey, Paraprofessional
WHAT MS. RAMSEY LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Maxina Rosa, Literacy/Math Support
WHAT MS. ROSA LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Lesley Snay, Playworks Staff
Professional Experience: 2 years
WHAT MS. SNAY LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the small community here at the Winship. It gives me the opportunity to get to know every student and create a program geared toward every students needs.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I love to dance and go hiking.
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." --Mahatma Gandhi
Rita Sparrow, 1st Grade Teacher
WHAT MS. SPARROW LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
From the moment you enter the Winship you are surrounded by a caring, friendly, and happy community that warms the soul.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I love crossword puzzles, reading mystery books, and yoga.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" --Dr. Seuss
Joan Stack, Paraprofessional
WHAT MS. STACK LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Mike Templeton, YMCA Before and After-school Director
WHAT Mr. Templeton LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love how welcoming students, parents, and staff are.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Golfing, Basketball, snowboarding, & hiking.
Amy Thomas, 3rd Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 18 years
WHAT MS. THOMAS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love working at the Winship because I get to meet such wonderful students and families and get to collaborate with some amazing teachers!
PERSONAL HOBBIES:Traveling with my family and reading with my daughter.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." --Unknown
Odalis Torres-Vivas, K0-K1 Students with Disabilities Teacher
Teaching Experience: 32 years
WHAT MS. TORRES-VIVAS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love the students and their families and what they contribute to our school. I want to embrace and respect their culture. I like how the Winship creates a learning community that reaches everyone’s needs.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: reading, traveling, restaurants, musical theater.
“For me, books are magical. They will take you into other places and cultures you do not know about. They will open your mind to the world. Just read, read, read, read. Books will make you a happier person.”
Han Tran, 4th Grade Teacher
WHAT MR. TRAN LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
Sarah Walls, City Connects Coordinator
WHAT MS. WALLS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP
Billy Werra, Custodian
WHAT MR. WERRA LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The children and teachers are very nice.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Watching/playing sports with my kids and cleaning (not really, but it seems like that's all that I do).
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody, is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." --Rocky Balboa
Maryjane Williams, Physical Education Teacher
WHAT MS. WILLIAMS LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
The active school community that exists at the Winship.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: Coaching track and field, being physically active, and reading a good book.
"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." --Arthur Ashe
Felicia Wynn, 4th Grade Teacher
Teaching Experience: 17 years
WHAT MS. WYNN LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
It is my first year at the Winship and I have felt welcomed since day 1. I love the staff and students looking out for each other and working together towards one goal.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: cooking, traveling
Emilia Varona-Vicente, School Pyschologist
Teaching Experience: 4 years and 28 years as a school psychologist
WHAT MS. VARONA-VICENTE LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I love our students and our teachers. It is a cozy school with a diverse student population and strong academics. Hurray for the Winship Owls!
PERSONAL HOBBIES: I have a strong interest in literature and languages. I enjoy playing the clarinet in my church's assemble. I enjoy snorkeling in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.
"The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know." --Blaise Pascal
Ardelia Zavala-Caro, Lunch Monitor
Professional Experience: 16 years
WHAT MS. ZAVALA CARO LOVES ABOUT THE WINSHIP:
I like the school because it is a small one, and also the teachers and principal know you well. They are very friendly and help me when I need it.
PERSONAL HOBBIES: reading, dancing, watching soccer on T.V.
"Discipline is very important for education. I believe that education is an important tool that will help you to better yourself and get better opportunities in the working world."