Brooke Mattapan Team
Kathryn Megrian, Principal
B.A., Bates College; M.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
Ms. Megrian joined the Brooke Roslindale campus in 2006 as a founding teacher. While in Roslindale, she taught Kindergarten, second, fourth, and fifth grade. Ms. Megrian was a 2004 Teach for America corps member in New York City, where she taught fifth and sixth grade at I.S. 216 in the Bronx. She was the founding principal of Brooke Mattapan in 2011 where she continues that role today.
Katherine Barnes, Assistant Principal
B.S., Miami University in Oxford Ohio; M.Ed., Ursuline College
Ms. Barnes joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2011 as a founding first grade teacher. She then became a founding first grade teacher at our East Boston campus in 2012. Before moving to Boston, she taught first grade at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, NY for three years. Ms. Barnes began her teaching leading a Kindergarten classroom for one year at Cleveland’s Lighthouse Community School. After completing an instructional leadership fellowship at Brooke, Ms. Barnes is returning to Brooke Mattapan to serve as Assistant Principal.
Sarah Hammond, Kindergarten Teacher
B.A., Connecticut College; M.Ed., Dominican University
Ms. Hammond joined Brooke Mattapan after having taught pre-Kindergarten in Chicago for two years. Ms. Hammond was a 2010 Teach for America corps member. She will return to Mattapan teaching kindergarten.
Sadie Shea, Kindergarten Teacher
B.A., The College of William and Mary
Ms. Shea joined Brooke Mattapan as the Kindergarten Associate Teacher. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Shea received her undergraduate degree in English from William and Mary. She will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach kindergarten.
Elizabeth Lucas, Kindergarten Teacher
B.S., James Madison University; MAT, James Madison University Graduate School of Education
Ms. Lucas joined the Brooke Mattapan community in 2013 as a Kindergarten Teacher. Before joining the Brooke team, Ms. Lucas worked as a 2011 Teach for America corps member in Washington, DC where she taught second grade and pre-kindergarten at a public charter school.
Kerry McLaren, Kindergarten Teacher
B.A., University of Kentucky
Ms. McLaren joins the Brooke Mattapan community after teaching for 3 years in South Dakota as a 2009 Teach for America corps member. Ms. McLaren spent 2 years as a kindergarten teacher before founding and teaching an early learning program within the school. Ms. McLaren is excited to become part of the Brooke Mattapan team as a kindergarten teacher.
Marianna Spera, Kindergarten Associate Teacher
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ms. Spera joins Brooke Mattapan after earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Education Studies at Mount Holyoke College. While at Mount Holyoke, Ms. Spera worked in the dorms as a member of the Residential Life staff and volunteered with the local YWCA chapter. Ms. Spera has worked with students in various settings, including working as a summer camp counselor and dorm parent at Fay School and as a classroom helper at the Marlborough Early Childhood Center. Ms. Spera will support kindergarten teachers and students as the Kindergarten Associate Teacher.
Tara Vincent, First Grade Teacher
B.A., University of California, Davis; M.B.A., Boston College
Ms. Vincent joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2011 as a founding Kindergarten teacher. Prior to that she was a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She will return to Brooke to teach first grade.
Kristyn Primo, First Grade Teacher
B.A., M.Ed., Bridgewater State
Ms. Primo joined the Brooke Mattapan community after having taught first grade at St. Catherine’s of Siena in Norwood, MA for two years. Ms. Primo received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University. She will return to Brooke to teach first grade.
McClain Powell, First Grade Teacher
B.A., College of William and Mary
Ms. Powell joined the Brooke Mattapan team as the first grade Associate Teacher in 2012. Prior to coming to Brooke, Ms. Powell was a student teacher at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School and The Goddard School. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Linguistics in 2012. She will return to Brooke to teach first grade.
Rina Beyda, First Grade Teacher
B.A., Boston University
Ms. Beyda joined the Brooke Mattapan Community in 2013. Previously, Ms. Beyda taught 4th grade reading in an urban charter school, while working on her M. Ed in Planning and Curriculum at Boston University. This year, she will be joining the first grade team at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Beyda was a 2011 Teach for America Boston Corps Member.
Lindsey Gerdes, First Grade Associate Teacher
B.A., Stanford University
Ms. Gerdes has a background in journalism, writing for such publications as BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Fortune Small Business. She has worked with such volunteer organizations as Path to Shine and Nobis Works in Atlanta, Georgia. She is joining the Brooke Mattapan team this year as a second grade Associate Teacher.
Nneamaka Enechi, Second Grade Teacher
B.A., University of Nigeria, Nsukka; M.Ed., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ms. Enechi joined the Brooke Mattapan community in 2011 as the first grade Associate Teacher after earning her Master’s in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Previously, Ms. Enechi taught English to elementary and high school students in Lagos, Nigeria. Ms. Enechi will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach second grade.
Fareeda Bacon, Second Grade Teacher
B.A., UMass Boston, M.Ed., UMass Boston- Boston Teacher Residency
Ms. Bacon has previously taught third grade, as a Resident, while earning her Masters in Elementary Education with the Boston Teacher Residency, an Americorps program. She then went on to teach first grade for two years at a Boston public school. Ms. Bacon now joins the Brooke Mattapan community in 2013 as a second grade teacher.
Kelly Gartside, Second Grade Teacher
B.A., Colgate University
Ms. Gartside joined the Brooke Roslindale team year as the second grade Associate Teacher. This year she will teach second grade at Brooke Mattpan. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Gartside worked for an organization called City Connects which provides student support in Boston Public Schools while working on her M. Ed in Elementary Education at Boston College. Previously, she taught 5th and 6th graders at an after school program and also taught 5th grade for a year at a Catholic elementary school.
Yelana Loiselle, Second Grade Teacher
B.S. Emerson College
Ms. Loiselle joined the Brooke East Boston team as the founding first grade Associate Teacher in 2012. Ms. Loiselle has served over 1,200 hours in South Boston and Dorchester pre-schools through Americorps’ Jumpstart organization and has taught preparatory preschool and cooking at the Sports Club LA. She has also tutored and taught cooking and film enrichment classes at Excel Academy Charter School in East Boston. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications and Psychology from Emerson College. She now joins the Brooke Mattapan community as a second grade teacher.
Jackie Burns, Second Grade Associate Teacher
B.A., Salve Regina University; M.Ed., University of New Haven School of Education
Ms. Burns spent two years teaching first and second grade at an Extended Day program in Cambridge, MA prior to joining Brooke. Ms. Burns will be joining Brooke Mattapan this year as the second grade Associate Teacher.
Mallory Walker, Third Grade Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Teacher U. at Hunter College
Ms. Walker joined the Brooke Roslindale campus in 2010 as a first grade teacher after having worked as a third grade teacher for two years at P.S. 86 in New York City as a Teach for America corps member. For the past two years, she served as a founding first grade and second grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. This year, Ms. Walker will teach third grade.
Alaina Papanastasiou, Third Grade Teacher
B.A., Suffolk University
Ms. Papanastasiou joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2012 as a second grade Associate teacher. She has previous experience as an operations associate at The Achievement Network, an educational non-profit focused on closing the achievement gap. She graduated from Suffolk University in 2010 with a BA in American History and Education. She completed her student teaching at The Eliot School in the North End of Boston.
Emily Jacobson, Third Grade Teacher
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
Prior to Brooke, Ms. Jacobson graduated from Washington University with a degree in Political Science and American Culture Studies. During her time at Washington University, she worked as a student teacher at Compton-Drew ILC Middle School. Ms. Jacobson was a fourth grade Associate Teacher and spent last year teaching fourth grade at Brooke Roslindale. She is looped with her first class and taught fifth grade in her third year at Brooke. This year, Ms. Jacobson will teach third grade at Brooke Mattapan.
Steven Harkey, Third Grade Associate Teacher
B.A., Clark University
Mr. Harkey joins the Brooke Mattapan team as a member of the 2013-14 Associate Teaching Corps, and he will be working with the 3rd grade. Before joining Brooke Charter Schools, he served as a Corps Member with City Year Greater Philadelphia. While at City Year, Mr. Harkey worked on the cyMentor pilot program, where he managed relationships between mentors and high school students at Mastery Charter Schools’ Shoemaker campus. He also tutored Shoemaker students between the ages of 14 and 18 in several subject areas.
Katie Kail, Fifth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
MA.Ed., Lehman College; MSW, Boston University
Ms. Kail joined the New York City Teaching Fellows in 2003 to become a sixth grade Social Studies teacher. After three years in the classroom, she returned to graduate school to receive her Master’s degree in social work. Ms. Kail worked as a clinician at Habit Opco from 2009-2012. Ms. Kail returned to the classroom as a fifth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in 2012.
Courtney Swartz, Fifth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Ithaca College; M.A.T., American University
Ms. Swartz joined the Brooke Mattapan middle school team in 2012 after teaching for several years in the mid-west. She began her teaching career at Park Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and then moved to Illinois to teach third and fourth grade at the Galapagos Charter School. Most recently, she taught fourth grade at UNO Charter School in Chicago. Ms. Swartz was a 2005 City Year corps member.
Julie Gilbody, Fifth Grade Math and Science Teacher
B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston College
In 2011, Ms. Gilbody joined Brooke Mattapan as a fifth grade Associate Teacher. In her second year, Ms. Gilbody taught fifth grade Math and Science. She received her Master’s degree in 2011 from Boston College. She will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach fifth grade math and science.
Matt Shaver, Fifth Grade Math and Science Teacher
B.A., Concordia College
Mr. Shaver joined Brooke Mattapan as a middle school Math and Science Associate Teacher in 2012. Mr. Shaver received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, where he gained valuable experience as a student teacher. He will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach fifth grade math and science.
Anne Helm, Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Northwestern University; M.Ed., Tufts University
Ms. Helm joined Brooke Mattapan in 2012 after having taught middle school Social Studies in California. She taught seventh and eighth grade for two years at the Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA and then spent a year teaching sixth and seventh grade Social Studies at the Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco. Additionally, Ms. Helm completed the Shady Hill Teaching Training Course in conjunction with her M.Ed at Tufts University. This year, she will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies.
Allison Scharfstein, Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Yale University
Ms. Scharfstein joined Brooke Mattapan as an Associate Teacher in 2012 after earning her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Yale University. While at Yale, Ms. Scharfstein worked with students in a variety of settings. Ms. Scharfstein will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach sixth grade English Language Arts.
Danielle Blair, Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher
B.A., Spelman College; M.Ed., Georgia State University
Ms. Blair joined the Brooke Mattapan campus in 2011 as a fifth grade Math and Science teacher after teaching fourth grade for two years in Atlanta, GA. She was a 2009 Teach for America corps member. This year, Ms. Blair will return to teach sixth grade Math and Science.
Carol Lee, Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher
B.A., Princeton University
Ms. Lee joined Brooke Mattapan as an Associate Teacher in 2012 after working as a staff recruiter for KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) for several years in New York City. Ms. Lee will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach sixth grade math and science.
Annie Weinberg, Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College, MAT, Columbia University – Teachers College
Prior to Brooke, Ms. Weinberg spent a year earning her Master’s degree at Columbia University Teachers College and student teaching in East Harlem. Before pursuing her Master’s degree, Ms. Weinberg did a short stint in Financial Services immediately after graduating from Middlebury College. Ms. Weinberg is joined Brooke Roslindale in 2012 as the middle school English Language Arts Teacher. She will return to Brooke Mattapan to teach seventh grade English Language Arts and Social Studies.
Krista Kovatch, Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher
BSB/M, University of Phoenix; M.Ed., University of Phoenix
Ms. Kovatch earned her BSB/M at the University of Phoenix and is currently attaining her Master’s Degree in Education. She is joining the Brooke Mattapan team after having served as the lead middle school math and science teacher at The Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica, a non-profit, bilingual school with a focus on environmental education and sustainability. While lead teaching, Ms. Kovatch co-founded the Escuela Intermedia, a new model within the school aimed at increasing rigor and culture of achievement within grades 5-7.
Maryum Reed, Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies Associate Teacher
M.Ed. University Massachusetts Boston
Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Reed was employed as a Kindergarten/Infant Lead Teacher at Tartt’s Day Care Center Inc.. This year she will be joining the Brooke team as a fifth grade associate teacher. Ms, Reed was a member of Americorps through the Boston Teacher Residency Program.
Charlene Stoever, Middle School Math and Science Associate Teacher
B.A., Wellesley College
Ms. Stoever has recently completed a year of service with City Year in San Antonio, Texas, where she tutored 9th grade Algebra and ESL students. She also served as a Volunteer Recruiter and In-Kinding Coordinator for service projects throughout San Antonio. She majored in French and Women’s Studies and is passionate about languages, traveling, the environment, and service. She has worked on housing projects with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Boston, and San Antonio. In 2011 she interned with La Poderosa Media Project, a non-profit which guides high schoolers in the production of short films in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador. Ms. Stoever is also dedicated to natural preservation, as she interned with the Sequoia National Forest in 2009 as a Spanish interpreter. She is excited to join the Brooke Mattapan team this year as a fifth grade Math and Science Associate Teacher.
Annabel Moorman, Middle School Math and Science Associate Teacher
B.A., Oberlin College
Ms. Moorman graduated from Oberlin College in 2013 with a degree in Biology, and she is very excited to share her love of science as a sixth grade Associate Teacher. Originally from Kentucky, Ms. Moorman loves traveling and recently spent four months living in Tanzania. She has volunteered with public health programs in Haiti, the Girl Scouts of America, and the America Counts program.
Mary Ellen Pearce, Student Support Teacher
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA.Ed., Wilmington University
Ms. Pearce joined Brooke Mattapan in 2012 after working as a 1st-4th grade Special Education teacher at the Richey Elementary School in Wilmington, DE. At Brooke Mattapan, Ms. Pearce will support students in grades Kindergarten through sixth. Ms. Pearce was a 2010 Teach for America corps member.
Lisa Schofield, Student Support Coordinator
B.S., Syracuse University; M. Ed., Rider University
Ms. Schofield joins Brooke Mattapan as Student Support Coordinator having been an 8th grade Special Education Liaison in Chelsea Public Schools for the past two years. Prior to moving to Boston, Ms. Schofield served as a special education teacher for five years in the Upper and Lower Middle Schools in the Montgomery Township School District outside of Princeton.
Emily Rodier, ELL Coordinator
B.A., Marquette University; M.Ed., Boston College
Ms. Rodier will split her time between Brooke Mattapan and Brooke Roslindale working as a support teacher for students learning English. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Rodier spent three years as a first grade teacher at the Sacred Heart School in Boston, MA. During the 2011-2012 school year, she also served as literary specialist at Sacred Heart.
Amber Callister, ELL Coordinator
B.A Brigham Young University; M.A.T. Westminster College: Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ms. Callister taught second grade at an urban school in Salt Lake City for three years and recently received her Reading Specialist license and Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked with struggling readers and English Language Learners in Cambridge Public Schools as a Reading Specialist intern. She will split her time as an ELL Coordinator between Brooke East Boston and Brooke Mattapan.
Sarah Aliberti, Art Teacher
B.F.A., Tufts University/SMFA; M.A.E., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Ms. Aliberti joins Brooke Mattapan in 2013 as the Art teacher after having taught in the Milton Public Schools and serving as Youth Education Coordinator at the New Bedford Art Museum. Ms. Aliberti began her teaching career at Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford.
Tyler Monroe, Movement Arts Teacher
B.A., Butler University; MFA, Harvard University
Mr. Monroe joined Brooke Mattapan in 2012 after earning his Master’s in Dramaturgy from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Monroe taught physical education at the Krecji Academy in Naperville, IL. Mr. Monroe’s curriculum will integrate movement and drama.
Dianne Hurvitz, Music Teacher
B.A., M.Ed., Oberlin College
Ms. Hurvitz joined Brooke Mattapan in 2012 to teach music after having taught pre-school in Winter Park, CO. Ms. Hurvitz began her teaching career as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Prospect Hill Academy in Somerville, MA.
Jessie Welch, Spanish Teacher
B.A., Penn State University
Ms. Welch joined Brooke Mattapan in 2012 after teaching second grade and sixth grade in California as part of Teach for America. After teaching first grade for a year, Ms. Welch is returning to Brooke Mattapan to teach Spanish.
Alison Merrill, Dance Teacher
B.A., Elon University
Ms. Merrill is joining the Brooke Mattapan team as the Dance teacher. Prior to Brooke, she instructed, choreographed and developed summer dance programs at Chimney Corners Camp, which partners with the world-renowned dance festival, Jacob’s Pillow. She teaches dance, yoga and group exercise to children and adults of all ages.
Alex Forrest, Dean of Students
B.A., University of Michigan
Mr. Forrest joined the Brooke Roslindale staff in 2007 as the second grade Associate Teacher. After teaching third grade for three years, Mr. Forrest was the founding Dean of Students at Brooke Mattapan in 2011 where he continues that role today.
Elza Mathieu, Middle School Dean of Students
B.A., Simmons College
Prior to Brooke, Ms. Mathieu worked with the Cambridge Camping Association and with students with special needs at the New England Center for Children. Ms. Mathieu joined the Brooke Roslindale community in 2008 as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher. She then taught Kindergarten for two years before becoming a founding teacher at the Brooke Mattapan campus in 2011 teaching first grade and kindergarten. This year, she will be the Dean of Students for the middle school campus in Roxbury.
Kimberly Bartlett, Director of Operations
B.A., Brown University; M.B.A, Yale University
Ms. Bartlett joined Brooke Mattapan in June 2011 after completing her MBA at the Yale School of Management. Ms. Bartlett was a 2010 Education Pioneers Fellow in the Los Angeles cohort where she worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start Program. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Bartlett worked at The Road Less Traveled, an organization that runs outdoor adventure and service summer programs for teenagers. She also spent several years at CVE, Inc., a nonprofit social enterprise in San Francisco that provides job training and job placement services to individuals with mental health disabilities.
Jessica Vasquez Office Manager
B.A., Regis College
Ms. Vasquez joined the Brooke Mattapan team in May 2013. Before joining the Brooke Mattapan community, Ms. Vasquez worked for Action for Boston Community Development as the Assistant to the Head Start Director. Ms. Vasquez is excited to be part of the Brooke community and is looking forward to working with the scholars.
Carla Constanza, School Nurse
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Boston; B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston
Ms. Constanza joins Brooke Mattapan after completing her degree in Nursing. She brings to the school experience in community health nursing and school nursing. Ms. Constanza is looking forward to keeping the staff and scholars safe and healthy throughout the year.