Brooke East Boston Team 2022-2023

Ms. Elza Mathieu

Principal

B.A., Simmons College, M.A.T., Simmons College
Elza Mathieu joined Brooke in 2008 as an Associate teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Mathieu then served as a kindergarten teacher, founding first grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan, dean of students, second grade teacher, and assistant principal. She is currently the principal at Brooke East Boston. Prior to joining Brooke, she taught special education at the New England Center for Children.

Ms. Jessica Vasquez

Director of Operations

B.A., Regis College
Jessica Vasquez, joined Brooke in 2013, as a front office manager at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Vasquez has been the Operation Fellow and Director of Operations at Brooke. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Vasquez worked for ABCD Head Start.

Mr. Matt Magoon

Assistant Principal

B.A., The College of Wooster; M.A., Boston College
Matt Magoon joined Brooke in 2014, as an Associate Teacher in East Boston. Since then, Mr. Magoon has taught 7th grade math and science, 8th grade English Language Arts and social studies at Brooke, and has served as a Dean. Mr. Magoon is currently an Assistant Principal at Brooke East Boston.

Mr. Matthew Salisbury

Assistant Principal

B.A., Guilford College; M.S., Pace University
Matthew Salisbury joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. He is now serving as an Assistant Principal at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Salisbury had 15 years of experience teaching and leading in charter schools within the KIPP, Achievement First, and Uncommon Schools networks.

Mr. Cinique Weekes-Bynoe

Assistant Principal

M.A. Boston University; B.A. Boston College
Cinique Weekes-Bynoe joined Brooke in 2021 as Assistant Principal at Brooke East Boston. He also currently still serves on several educational non-profit boards such as LEAH and Minds Matter Boston for educational equity. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Weekes taught 5th grade at Roxbury Prep Dorchester for several years and coached at a plethora of schools in Greater Boston through Teach For America as a manager in teacher leadership development.

Mr. Winfred Morfe

Dean of Students

B.A. and M.A., Southern New Hampshire University;
Winfred Morfe joined Brooke in 2022, as Dean of Students at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Morfe was an Exceptional Children Teacher at East McDowell Middle School and a Behavioral Interventionist at Lighthouse School.

Ms. Eva LaPaz

Dean of Students

B.A., Southern New Hampshire University 
Eva La Paz Joined in 2014, as Summer Intern on the Brooke East Boston operations team. Since then, Ms. La Paz has been an Operations Coordinator at Brooke. Ms. La Paz is currently serving as the Dean of Students at Brooke East Boston. Before working at Brooke, she was a Brooke scholar!

Ms. Allison Stern

School Psychologist

B.A., University of Albany, State University of New York; M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Allison Stern joined Brooke in 2020, as the School Psychologist at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Stern was the School Psychologist Intern at Livonia Central School District, in Livonia, New York. Ms. Stern has also worked at several other public schools in Rochester, NY and in Albany, NY.

Ms. Maria Lopez

School Nurse

Maria Lopez joined Brooke in 2021 as the School Nurse for Brooke East Boston. Prior to joining Brooke Charter Schools, Ms.Lopez worked as a Registered Nurse at Boston Children's Hospital on the Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology Unit.

Mr. Alex Forrest

Dean Consultant

B.A., University of Michigan
Alex Forrest joined Brooke in 2007 as a second grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mr. Forrest taught three years of third grade at Brooke Roslindale, then became part of the founding team at Brooke Mattapan as the Dean of Students in 2011. In 2016, Mr. Forrest was part of the founding team at Brooke High School as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director.

Sra. Jannery Casillas

Co-Curricular Manager

B.A., UPR-Bayamón Puerto Rico; M.A., UMET-Cupey Puerto Rico
Jannery Casillas joined Brooke in 2014 as a Spanish Teacher. She is now serving as a Co-Curricular Manager at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Sra. Casillas had more than 18 years working as an elementary, special education and PE teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston. She moved to Boston in 2006 and worked as a lead teacher in Jamaica Plain Head Start and Boston Public Schools. Sra. Casillas looks forward to inspiring children to continue to study Spanish throughout their elementary school years and beyond. SPANISH IS THE PASSPORT TO ANOTHER WORLD!

Ms. Kaitlyn Ellis

Student Support Manager

B.A., Keene State College, M.Ed., Keene State College
Kaitlyn Ellis joined Brooke in 2014 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. During her time at Brooke, Ms. Ellis has worked with scholars in Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. Ms. Ellis is currently serving as Student Support Manager at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ellis worked at as a special education teacher in a resource room setting.

Ms. Amaka Chikwe

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Hillsdale College
Amaka Chikwe joined Brooke in July 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston, and is now a Kindergarten teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Chikwe attended Hillsdale College where she received her B.A. in Exercise Science. On campus, she played on the women’s basketball team, mentored middle schoolers, and assisted teachers at the local preschool.

Ms. Sarah Geary

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts
Sarah Geary joined Brooke in 2012 as the founding Movement Arts Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, she has served as the dance teacher. She is currently a kindergarten teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Geary had over 12 years' experience as a choreographer and dance instructor across Massachusetts.

Ms. Alondra Hinojosa

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Alondra Hinojosa joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. She has been a third grade teacher at Brooke East Boston, and is now teaching kindergarten there. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hinojosa worked as an Assistant Teacher at the Manville School.

Mr. Corrigan Moore

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College
Corrigan Moore joined Brooke in 2016 as a kindergarten associate teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mr. Moore has become a classroom teacher at Brooke. He is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke East Boston.

Ms. Jeanine Cardoso

First Grade Teacher

B.A., UMass Boston
Jeanine Cardoso joined Brooke in 2019, as a K-2 Associate Teacher, for Brooke East Boston. Since then, she has worked with all grades levels across Brooke. Ms. Cardoso is currently serving as a first grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cardoso was a Behavioral Therapist for various autism groups throughout Boston. Ms. Cardoso is a Brooke Charter Schools alum.

Ms. Meghan Friel

First Grade Teacher

B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.Ed., Sposato Graduate School of Education
Meghan Friel joined Brooke in 2022, as a first grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Friel previously taught both first and second Grade.

Ms. Madeline Laux

First Grade Teacher

B.A., High Point University
Madeline Laux joined Brooke in 2022 as a first grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Laux taught kindergarten for four years and served as the team leader in Montgomery County Public Schools in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ms. Caroline Scherer

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Tulane University; M.Ed., University of Michigan
Caroline Scherer joined Brooke in 2013 as first grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Scherer taught first grade at Brooke East Boston for three years before taking some time at home with her son and teaching 2nd grade at the BTU school in Jamaica Plain. She currently serves as a first grade teacher at Brooke East Boston.

Ms. Chundranae McGary

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., Pierce College
Chundranae (Shun-dra-nay) McGary joined Brooke in 2022 as a second grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McGary obtained more than 12 years of early childhood education experience in Washington State. She held roles such as Infant Lead Teacher, Preschool Assistant, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, 3rd Grade Teacher, and Kindergarten Teacher.

Mr. Dave Nethercote

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., Lesley University
David Nethercote joined Brooke in 2019, as a Middle School Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Mr. Nethercote is currently serving as a 2nd Grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Nethercote received his masters degree from Lesley University and was working as a long term substitute at Boston Latin Academy.

Ms. Alexandra Schroll

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College; M.Ed., Northeastern University
Alexandra Schroll joined Brooke in 2016 as a third grade Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, Ms. Schroll has worked as a first grade co-teacher and helped found the Brooke East Boston Drama Club. Ms. Schroll is now teaching second grade at Brooke East Boston.

Ms. Kristin Bergstrom

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Tulane University; Ms.Ed., University of Kansas
Kristin Bergstrom joined Brooke in 2013 as a founding second grade teacher for the Brooke East Boston team. Since then, Ms. Bergstrom taught second grade at Brooke for a total of five years and has moved up to join the third grade team. She was named a Mentor Teacher in 2016, and has served in that capacity in both second and third grade since. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Bergstrom founded KIPP Central City Primary in New Orleans, LA. There she taught kindergarten, first, and third grade over the course of her five years and participated in the KIPP Teacher Leader Program. She is also an alumnus of TeachNOLA, a division of The New Teacher Project (TNTP).

Ms. Lauren Haist

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed., Lesley University
Lauren Haist joined Brooke Roslindale in 2010 as a first grade Associate Teacher. Since then, she has taught 2nd grade in Roslindale and been part of the founding second and third grade teams at Brooke East Boston. Similarly, she helped found the third grade at Brooke East Boston.  She is currently a third grade teacher at Brooke East Boston.

Mr. Avery Margerum

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Bates College
Avery Margerum joined Brooke in 2018 as a second grade Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since completing his year as an AT, Mr. Margerum is now serving as a third grade teacher.

Ms. Olivia Lucier

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., The University of Scranton; M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University
Olivia Lucier joined Brooke in 2022 as fourth grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lucier taught fourth grade in Downey, California for four years, and then fifth grade in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also served as a City Year member in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Ms. Meaghan McCann

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Virginia Tech; M.Ed., George Mason University
Meaghan McCann joined Brooke in 2022 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McCann taught fourth grade for two years and fifth grade for one year at Loch Lomond Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia. She was an assistant coach for Girls on the Run, tutored students after school, and volunteered to help with science club at her previous school.

Mr. Gage De La Cruz

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Dartmouth College
Gage De La Cruz joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. He is currently a fourth grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. De La Cruz studied psychology at Dartmouth College and worked as an academic support coach for the Ledyard Charter School nearby in Lebanon, NH.

Ms. Gabrielle Friedman

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., Middlebury College; M.A.T., University of Chicago
Gabrielle Friedman joined Brooke in 2022 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Friedman had six years of experience teaching 5th-8th grade math and science and 8th-9th grade algebra, including two years in Chicago and four years in Massachusetts. She provided legal advocacy to immigrant survivors of violence and taught adults ESL prior to earning her MAT in Elementary Education from UChicago UTEP.

Ms. Gloria Cruz Olea

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., William and Mary
Gloria Cruz Olea joined Brooke in 2022 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cruz Olea taught sixth grade ELA at Roxbury Prep Dorchester for two years.

Teacher Alexis Teevens

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; M.Ed., Bay Path University;
Alexis Teevens joined Brooke in 2013 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, Teacher Teevens has taught 7th grade ELA and social studies at Brooke East Boston. She is currently a fifth grade teacher. 

Ms. Alyssa Castellini

Third-Fifth Grade Science Teacher

B.A., University of Canberra; M.A., Northeastern State University; STEM Education Certificate, NASA Endeavor Program
Alyssa Castellini joined Brooke in 2016 as the third through fifth grade science teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Castellini was a third grade teacher at St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School in Vermont, teaching science, social studies, math and ELA.

Ms. Ysabel Cueva

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Stonehill College
Ysabel Cueva Rodriguez joined Brooke in 2017 as an Associate Teacher on the Brooke Easton Boston team. Ms. Cueva has been a fifth grade teacher and is currently teaching sixth grade at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms..Cueva worked for Generation Teach.

Ms. Nina Hefner

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Ouachita Baptist University; M.Ed., Union University
Nina Hefner joined Brooke in 2022 as a sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Nina taught sixth grade ELA for four years in a charter school in Memphis, TN.

Ms. Alexa Rudolph

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Tufts University; M.A.T., Tufts University
Alexa Rose Rudolph joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. She is now teaching sixth grade ELA and SS at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Alexa interned as an English Teaching Fellow for The Berkeley Academy for 3 years and worked with the Breakthrough Collaborative as a Teaching Fellow for their After School Program Initiative.

Ms. Caitlin Allison

Sixth and Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A., University of Arkansas
Caitlin Allison joined Brooke in 2019 as a computer science teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Caitlin was a sixth grade math teacher in Rhode Island.

Mr. Jordan Grace

Sixth and Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jordan Grace joined Brooke in 2018, as a Math Associate Teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Since then, Mr. Grace has filled in as an algebra teacher, taught seventh grade math, and coached the girls basketball team at the Eighth Grade Academy. Mr. Grace is now a sixth and seventh Grade Math Teacher at Brooke East Boston, on the Middle School Team. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Grace served as a Paraprofessional at Cambridge Public Schools.

Ms. Nalini Khurana

Sixth and Seventh Grade Science Teacher

B.A., Brown University
Nalini Khurana joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. She is now teaching sixth and seventh grade math. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Khurana attended Brown University and studied Education and Psychology. She also served as a leader of a student organization that volunteers at a Providence elementary school and spent two summers working with Generation Teach.

Ms. Allie Morgenstern

Sixth and Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., Tufts University
Allie Morgenstern joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston.  Since then, she has taught fourth grade. She is currently a sixth and seventh grade math teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Morgenstern studied Child Development and English at Tufts University.

Mr. Shaquille Brummitt

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Shaquille Brummitt joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. He is now a seventh grade English language arts and social studies teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Brummitt was a behavioral therapist for Beacon ABA Associates, and did some work in sales with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Ms. Kelsi Gammon

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Pacific University
Kelsi Gammon joined Brooke in 2022 as a seventh grade English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Gammon spent four years as the middle school social studies and French teacher at Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan in Tucson, Arizona.

Mr. Christopher Wallace

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Chair

B.A., Wayne State University
Christopher Wallace joined Brooke in 2016 as an Middle School ELA/Social Studies Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Mr. Wallace is now a 7th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Brooke East Boston and the DIG (Diversity Initiative Group) representative for the East Boston campus. He also is currently enrolled at Northeastern University working towards his Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Ms. Emma Dionne

Eighth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Marist College; M.A., Brandeis University
Emma Dionne joined Brooke in 2022, as an eighth grade English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Dionne was the Social Studies Fellow and Interim Teacher at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Chelsea, MA.

Ms. Kejohna Hammond

Eighth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.S., Temple University; M. Ed., Boston University
Kejohna Hammond joined Brooke in 2022 as an 8th grade ELA and social studies teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hammond served as an Teach for America Corps Member, and had previously taught fifth and sixth grade ELA at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone.

Ms. Akeda Riley

Eighth Grade English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Special Education Teacher

M.A., Relay Graduate School of Education; B.A., Boston College
Akeda Riley joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Riley worked as a Special Education Coordiantor in NYC, worked with students from different walks of life in foster care and transitional homes, danced and choreographed for a dance team, and hosted art clubs for students, teachers, and parents.

Mr. Rayshawn Buchanan

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

B.A, Dean College
Rayshawn Buchanan joined Brooke in January 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. He is currently serving as an eighth grade Math Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Buchanan served a Student Life Counselor at the Seed School of Miami in Florida.

Ms. Kimberly Hinkey

Eighth Grade Science and Computer Science Teacher

B.A., George Washington University
Kim Hinkey joined Brooke in 2019 as the sixth and seventh science teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hinkey worked in Washington, DC as a math and science teacher with Teach for  America, and then moved to Boston to work as a middle school science teacher in Dorchester. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in college admissions at the George Washington University.

Mr. Felipe DaCosta

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

B.A., Wesleyan University
Felipe DaCosta joined Brooke in 2019 as an algebra and pre-algebra teacher at the 8th Grade Academy. He served as a sixth/seventh grade Math Teacher at Brooke East Boston, and is now an eighth grade Match Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Felipe spent four years teaching algebra at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone.

Ms. Emily Brinn

Student Support Teacher

B.A., Bucknell University
Emily Brinn joined Brooke in 2016 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Brinn has taught as a first grade and kindergarten teacher at Brooke. Ms. Brinn currently serves as a K-2 Student Support Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.
Brooke logo - white alt Copy Created with Sketch. Meet my team

Mr. Patrick Burbine

Student Support Teacher

B.A., Tulane University
Patrick Burbine joined Brooke in 2022 as a Student Support Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Burbine taught 5th grade in South Korea.

Ms. Alexandra Stanton

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Monmouth University
Alexandra Stanton joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Stanton worked for five years as a special education interventionist at Mastery Charter Schools in New Jersey.

Ms. Laura Murphy

Multilingual Learner Coordinator

B.S., Syracuse University; M.S., Bay Path University
Laura Murphy joined Brooke in 2013, as a second grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, Ms. Murphy has taught second, third, and fourth grade at East Boston. Ms. Murphy is currently serving as a Multilingual Learner Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, she was a 2011 TFA Eastern North Carolina corps member.

Ms. McClain Powell

Multilingual Learner Coordinator, Chair

B.A., The College of William and Mary; M.ED., Boston University
McClain Powell joined Brooke in 2012, as a First Grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Powell has taught First Grade, Second Grade, and been a Second Grade Mentor Teacher. Ms. Powell is currently serving as an Multilingual Learner Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Ms. Powell has also taught Kindergarten at Orchard Gardens Pilot School in the Boston Public School System.

Mx. Gus Preston

Multilingual Learner Coordinator

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Columbia University
Gus Preston joined Brooke in 2022, as an Multilingual Learner Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mx. Preston taught 4th grade in the NYC Public Schools and 6th and 7th grades at Fusion Academy.

Ms. Katherine Barnes

Interventions Coordinator

B.S., Miami University in Oxford Ohio; M.Ed., Ursuline College
Kat Barnes joined Brooke in 2011, as a founding 1st Grade Teacher, at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Barnes taught 1st Grade as a founding teacher at the East Boston campus, served as an Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan and East Boston, and is now the interventions coordinator at Brooke East Boston.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Barnes taught 1st Grade at Excellence Boys School in Brooklyn and Kindergarten at Lighthouse Academy in Cleveland.

Ms. Heidi Deck

Interventions Coordinator

B.S., Vanderbilt University, M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
Heidi Deck joined Brooke in 2014 as a second grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, she founded the fourth grade team at Brooke East Boston and taught fourth grade for three years. She completed an instructional fellowship during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Ms. Deck has also served as the assistant principal for third through fifth grade at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Deck had five years of teaching experience including third grade, special education, and ELL teacher leader at Fulton Elementary in Aurora, Colorado.

Ms. Kelli Skeffington

Interventions Coordinator

B.S., Boston College; M.A., University of South Dakota
Kelli Serbin joined Brooke in 2015 as a Second Grade Teacher in East Boston. After teaching second grade for three years, Ms. Serbin began teaching fourth grade in 2018. She is currently an interventions coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Serbin taught first and second grade in South Dakota as a Teach For America 2013 Corps Member.

Mr. Brendan Kelly

Instructional Substitute Teacher

B.A., Trinity College
Brendan Kelly joined Brooke back in 2013 as a sixth grade ELA teacher. Since then, Mr. Kelly taught sixth grade ELA for three years and eighth grade ELA for four years. Currently, Mr. Kelly is  the debate coach, back to defend our Best School in the Boston Debate League title. Before Brooke, Mr. Kelly worked as a middle school ELA teacher in Dorchester, and attended Trinity College for undergrad and Boston College for my masters.

Mr. Luke Ferreira

Physical Education Teacher

B.S., Franklin Pierce University
Luke Ferreira joined Brooke East Boston in 2015 as the founding physical education teacher. Before coming to Brooke Mr. Ferreira was the physical education teacher at St. Brendan's School in Dorchester.

Mr. Keenan Flowers

Music Teacher

B.A., Bethune-Cookman University
Mr. Flowers joins Brooke East Boston as the Music Teacher! As a multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Flowers plans to inspire and nurture scholar's musical growth and instill a lifelong love and understanding of music using a unique combination of in-class teaching, directorial, and playwright experience coupled with four and a half years in music engineering and visual media. Remaining true to his multi-ethnic roots and southern demeanor, he wants everyone he encounters to feel a sense of cultural values, academic appreciation, and readiness to lead our future (scholars) beyond tomorrow.

Ms. Jackeline Matos

Art Teacher

B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Jackeline Matos joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, she also taught third-fifth grade science at Brooke Mattapan, and second grade at Brooke East Boston. She is now an Art Teacher at Brooke East Boston.

Ms. Johanna Paredes

Dance Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Johanna Paredes joined the Brooke East Boston team in 2019 as a 4th grade Associate Teacher. Since then, Ms. Paredes has worked with all grade levels at Brooke. She is currently serving as a Dance Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Paredes worked as a Mental Health Specialist while teaching Latin dance to kids of all ages in Cambridge and Boston.

Ms. Karen Price

Spanish Teacher

B.A., Regis College; M.S., Wheelock College
Karen Price joined Brooke in 2017, as an Associate Teacher for lower elementary at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Price is currently serving as a Spanish teacher at Brooke East Boston for kinder to seventh grade. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Price served as a Peace Corps Youth Development Coordinator in Costa Rica for 27 months, while earning her graduate degree from Wheelock College.
Brooke logo - white alt Copy Created with Sketch. Meet my team

Ms. Maeve Morgan

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Nazareth College
Maeve Morgan joined Brooke in August 2022 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Morgan was a preschool teacher in Rochester, NY.

Mr. Anthony Chu

Associate Teacher

B.S., Boston University
Anthony Chu joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher for Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Chu worked as a research assistant at Boston Children's Hospital.

Ms. Cosette Davis

Associate Teacher

B.A., Yale
Cosette Davis joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Davis worked for a year as a Research Assistant in an infant and child development lab at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Ms. JuanaLiz Deblas

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
JuanaLiz Deblas joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston.

Ms. La’Asia Fleming

Associate Teacher

B.A., Boston College
La’Asia (pronounced luh - asja) Fleming joined Brooke in 2022, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Fleming did ABA work, group home residential counseling, summer camp support, as well pediatric medical nursing internship.

Ms. Sophia Nieves

Associate Teacher

B.A., Middlebury College
Sophia Nieves joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nieves taught English to students remotely in Chile, tutored foreign language learners, and coaches rugby with the Mystic River Youth Rugby program in Malden, MA.
Brooke logo - white alt Copy Created with Sketch. Meet my team

Ms. Kayla Padilla

Associate Teacher

B.A., New England College
Kayla Padilla joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher in Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Padilla worked as the Technical Photography Staff for the Masters of Fine Arts Program at The Institute of Art and Design at New England College and as a Product Photographer for F.W. Webb.

Mr. Adrian Rojas

Associate Teacher

B.A., Amherst College
Adrian Rojas joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Rojas studied Philosophy at Amherst College.

Ms. Alysia Williams

Speech and Language Pathologist

B.A. and B.S., Andrews University; M.S. Columbia University
Alysia Williams joined Brooke in 2018 as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Brooke East Boston. She currently serves students at Brooke East Boston, 8th Grade Academy, and Brooke High School in that role. Prior to coming to Brooke, Ms. Williams provided bilingual speech therapy in outpatient clinic, in-home, and school settings.

Ms. Imelda Cosme

School Operations Manager

Imelda Cosme joined Brooke in 2021 as a School Operations Manager at Brooke East Boston. She is a proud parent of 2 Brooke scholars!

Ms. Heaven Aguirre Aldana

Office Coordinator

B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston; M.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
Heaven Aguirre Aldana joined Brooke in 2022 as an Office Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Aguirre Aldana was working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a BFT Administrator.

Mr. Alex Orellana

Families and Culture Coordinator

Alex Orellana joined Brooke in 2022 as a Families and Culture Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. Mr. Orellana is a Brooke alum, graduated from Brooke High School's first class in 2020!

Ms. Libia Acosta

School Culture Aide

B.A., Pine Manor College
Libia Acosta joined Brooke in 2017 as a School Culture Aide at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Acosta had a few years of experience working with kids at Willow Path Childcare.
Brooke logo - white alt Copy Created with Sketch. Meet my team

Mr. Jonathan Barillas

School Culture Aide

B.A., Salem State University
Jonathan Barillas joined Brooke in 2022, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Before coming into Brooke, Mr. Barillas worked at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club for ten years.

Ms. Kayla Myrtil

School Culture Aide

Kayla Myrtil joined Brooke in 2019 as an Office Assistant at Brooke High School, and then transitioned to an Operations Assistant. She is now serving as a School Culture Aide at Brooke East Boston. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Myrtil was a SCOOP Intern at Boston Children's Hospital. Ms. Myrtil is also a Brooke alum!

Ms. Vanessa Ribeiro

School Culture Aide

Join our team, apply today!