Winship School Staff 2019-2020

  • Mona Ford

    Mona Ford Walker

    Principal

    mford@bostonpublicschools.org

    EXPERIENCE:

    17 years Teaching/Administrative

    WHAT I LOVE 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!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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!"

    Carla Banks

    Carla Banks

    Paraprofessional 

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    Elizabeth Barron

    Elizabeth Barron

    Computer Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    24 years teaching Technology.

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the family environment among staff and students.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Knitting, Yoga, Reading and Pilates

    "[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." --Jim Henson

    Erika Barros

    Erika Barros

    K2 Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the diversity in our community.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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."

    Roz Bloom

    Roz Bloom

    Secretary

    EXPERIENCE:

    21 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Robert Bowen

    Physical Education Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    6 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Andrew Brit

    Andrew Brit

    Playworks Coach 

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    Paula Carnese

    Paula Carnese

    Early Childhood Liaison

    EXPERIENCE:

    6 years (in Current Position)

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The welcoming and supportive staff.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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."

    Sherry Clark

    Sherry Clark

    Lunch Monitor 

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    Lauren Clarke-Mason

    Lauren Clarke-Mason

    4th Grade Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    24 years

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The Winship is a kind, caring community of learners.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Writing, Reading, Yarn Crafts, Bike Riding and lifting heavy things.

    "Until the Lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the Hunter" --J. Nozipo Maraire

    Maggie Colbert

    Maggie Colbert

    Speech Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the staff at the Winship School. All of the teachers have been so friendly and helpful during my first year. They welcomed a new SLP.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    I love to bake cakes and travel to new places.

    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." --St. Francis of Assisi

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    Tom Crowley

    Custodian

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    Shannon DeBari

    Shannon DeBari

    2nd Grade Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    5 years (7 years at the Winship school including student teaching)

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The close-knit community of staff, parents, and students.The unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that each member has to offer.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

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    Lorraine Dickerson

    Lunch Monitor

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    Yolanda Dixon

    Yolanda Dixon

    Special Education Teacher 

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love how small the school community is. I also enjoy the students.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Watching movies, traveling & spending time with family and friends.

    "Every child has the right to a great education. It's my job as an educator to provide my students with the best, fun, and meaningful learning experiences."

    Marcella Elliot-Thompson

    Marcella Elliott-Thompson

    5th Grade Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    16 years

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The welcoming spirit and diversity of the community.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Sussie Figueroa

    English as a Second Language Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    23 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Kathleen Frazier

    K2 Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    13 years

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the community feel at the Winship. We have dedicated and wonderful students, families, and teachers.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Kelly Geelan

    Kelly Geelan

    Franciscan Counselor

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the community and the supportive atmosphere at the Winship.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Reading and Baking

    "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."

    Jennifer Hayes

    Jennifer Hayes

    K1 Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    24 years Teaching (12 years at the Winship school)

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    Is the close family feeling we have with students, families and staff.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Kathleen Hickey

    Instructional Coach

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the welcoming staff and wonderful students.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Nick Kapura

    Science Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE 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!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Lisa Llorente

    English as a Second Language Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Amie Luna

    Amie Luna

    Nurse

    EXPERIENCE:

    12+ years as a Pediatric Nurse and enjoy every single moment of it.

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I have only been at the Winship for almost 2 weeks but I love how open and friendly all staff and students are. In addition I love the feeling of comfort that I get when I walk through the door.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    I enjoy spending time with my family, I enjoy the beaches of Cape Cod and Skiing in Maine.

    "Everything happens for a reason and to maintain a positive outlook in life."

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    Brandy Lungelow

    K1 Paraprofessional

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    Michelle Lynch

    Michelle Lynch

    Cafeteria Manager

     

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    Bridget Molinari

    Bridget Molinari

    K1 Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    19 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Yoga, reading, traveling, and family.

    "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" --Albert Einstein

    Aaron G. Noll

    Aaron G. Noll

    School Librarian/English as a Second Language Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    14 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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."

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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."

    Izrail Nudelman

    Izrail Nudelman

    Winship School Grandfather

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The atmosphere that surrounds, the people who work there, the common desire to teach and learn.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Surfing in Internet clouds, movies, art, music.

    "Live as you should, act as you need, and all will be as it should be."

    Katiuska Ordonez

    Kati Ordonez

    2nd Grade Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    15 years

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the eagerness and exuberance for learning that students at the Winship have.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Photography and reading.

     

    Chet Ozmum

    Chet Ozmum

    K2 Paraprofessional

    EXPERIENCE:

    2nd year as Paraprofessional

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The devotion of the staff and the energy and curiosity of the students.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Jazz music, movies and chess

    "I have no control over how long I live, but I do care about what kind of life I live, and I can control this." --George Jackson

    Laverne Pokou

    Laverne Pokou

    K1 Paraprofessional

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    Alexandra Rice

    Alexandra Rice

    2nd Grade Teacher

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    Sara Richardson

    Sara Richardson

    Early Childhood/Special Education Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love that the students and staff are friendly and helpful!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Reading, running, baking, and traveling.

    "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." --Brad Henry

    Maxina Rosa

    Maxina Rosa

    English as a Second Language Teacher/Teacher-In-Charge

     

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    The amazing relationship between students, parents, staff and administration which forms the true diverse infrastructure of the Winship community. I absolutely love the flourishing Outdoor Classroom which provides hands on learning for all students.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Nature, biking, reading, & crochet.

    "Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do." --Brian Tracy

    Renee Schwartz

    Renee Schwartz

    Physical Therapy

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    Lesley Snay

    Lesley Snay

    Visual Arts Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    1 year

    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Rita Sparrow

    1st Grade Teacher

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    From the moment you enter the Winship you are surrounded by a caring, friendly, and happy community that warms the soul.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

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    Stephanie Sursky

    Occupational Therapist

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love the diverse community, the excitement students have for learning, and the team approach taken towards education here at the Winship. I also love coming to work at such a beautiful historic building!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Reading, bike riding, attending concerts/theater performances, and exploring the New England outdoors.

    "The secret in education lies in respecting the student." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Mike Templeton

    Mike Templeton

    YMCA Before and After-school Director

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    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE WINSHIP:

    I love how welcoming students, parents, and staff are.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    Golfing, Basketball, snowboarding, & hiking.

     

    Amy Thomas

    Amy Thomas

    3rd Grade Teacher

    EXPERIENCE:

    21 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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!

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Sarah Walls

    Sarah White

    City Connects Coordinator

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    Beth Young

    Elizabeth Young

    COSE Coordinator

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    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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

    Ardelia Zavala-Caro

    Ardelia Zavala-Caro

    Lunch Monitor

    EXPERIENCE:

    19 years

    WHAT I LOVE 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.

    WHAT I LOVE TO DO:

    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."