Eighth Grade Academy Team 2020-2021

Ms. Danielle Blair

Principal

B.A., Spelman College; M.Ed., Georgia State University
Danielle Blair joined Brooke in 2011 as a fifth grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Blair taught sixth grade for three years and served as an assistant principal for three years at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Blair is currently the principal of Brooke’s Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Blair taught fourth grade for two years in Atlanta. Ms. Blair was also a Teach for America corps member.

Mr. Matt Magoon

Dean of Students, Eighth Grade Academy Athletic Director

B.A., The College of Wooster
Matt Magoon joined Brooke in 2014, as an Associate Teacher in East Boston. Since then, Mr. Magoon has taught 7th grade math and science and 8th grade ELA and Social Studies at Brooke.Mr. Magoon is currently serving as The Dean of Students at the 8th Grade Academy

Mr. Corey Yarbrough

Director of Operations

B.A., James Madison University 
Corey Yarbrough joined Brooke in 2016 as the Founding Director of Operations of Brooke High School and 8th Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Corey founded and served as Executive Director of a local non-profit organization for 6 years and managed college prep programs for first generation college-bound students in the New England region.

Ms. Tanairi Acevedo

Operations Manager

A.S., Bunker Hill Community College
Tanairi Acevedo joined Brooke in 2014 as an office manager at Brooke Mattapan. since then, she served as operations manager at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently the operations manager for Brooke High School and Eighth Grade Academy.

Ms. Shantae Romain

Assistant Director of Operations

B.A., American International College
Shantae Romain joined Brooke in 2019 as an Operations Manager for Brooke High School & Eighth Grade Academy.  She now serves as the Assistant Director of Operations. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Romain worked at Tufts Health Plan for 7 years in clinical strategy and member operations. Ms. Romain is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a community conscious, action-oriented organization focused on initiatives that uplift the communities Zeta serves.

Ms. Dorice Moise

School Psychologist

B.A., Boston College; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; M.A., Ed.S, Tufts University
Dorice Moise joined Brooke in 2016 as the School Psychologist at Brooke Roslindale, where she was also an Associate Teacher from 2008-2010. Ms. Moise is currently the School Psychologist at Brooke High School. Prior to returning to Brooke in 2016, she worked at UP Academy Holland and UP Academy Boston, as a School Psychologist and Special Education Coordinator. Ms. Moise is passionate about trauma-informed learning and is dedicated to the academic and social emotional success of all students.

Ms. Darneala Sequeira

School Nurse

BSN, Laboure College

Darneala Sequeira joined the Brooke team in August 2017 as the school Nurse and is now the Founding School Nurse of the Brooke High School and Eighth Grade Academy. Prior to Brooke she worked at the Codman Square Health Center for 13 years, 8 years in Pediatrics and 5 years as a Staff Nurse in Family Medicine.

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Ms. C.E. Tomlin

Social Studies Teacher

C.E. Tomlin joined Brooke in 2020 as Social Studies teacher for Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Tomlin had two years of teaching experience as a seventh grade U.S. History teacher at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone.

Ms. Thessa Andrade

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Bridgewater State University 
Thessa Andrade joined Brooke in 2017, as Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she became an Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Andrade attended Bridgewater State University, was a mentor for a nonprofit organization called Friends and Mentors for change (FAM for change), and joined AmeriCorps (Jumpstart) in its fight to close the achievement gap for K-2 schools within the Brockton community.
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Mr. Brandi Brillant

Math Teacher

B.S., Southern Connecticut State University; M.P.H., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Brandi Brillant joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a Math Teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Brillant had 3 years providing service with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated in Springfield Massachusetts. Mr. Brillant also had 2 years experience working in education primarily in 7th and 8th grade math at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School.
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Mr. Rayshawn Buchanan

Instructional Support Teacher

B.A, Dean College
Rayshawn Buchanan joined Brooke in January 2020 as a 8GA Associate Teacher. He is currently serving as a Instructional Support Teacher for 8GA. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Buchanan served a Student Life Counselor at the Seed School of Miami in Florida.
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Ms. Siri Carr

English Language Arts Teacher

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Ms. Destiney Nancy Jones

Math Teacher

B.A., St. John's University; M.A., Brown University
Destiney Nancy Jones joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a math teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before Brooke, Ms. Jones completed a teaching fellowship at Prospect Hill Academy After her fellowship, she taught 6th and 7th grade at Prospect Hill Academy. She is also a Sci-Ed Fellow practicing the democratic style of teaching.

Ms. Darlande Joseney

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Darlande Joseney joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Eighth Grade Academy. Ms. Joseney is currently serving as an Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Joseney worked with Generation Teach.

Mr. Patrick Lanciault

Science Teacher

B.A., University of South Carolina
Patrick Lanciault joined Brooke in 2018 as one of the founding 8th Grade Academy science teachers. Prior to Brooke, Mr. Lanciault taught 6th grade science in Dallas, Texas, 7th grade science at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill, as well as 10th-12th grade ESL in rural Thailand.
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Mr. Mike Massey

Mindfulness Teacher

Ms. Kaylee Pena

Math Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Kaylee Pena joined Brooke in 2019 as an algebra and pre-algebra teacher for Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Kaylee had 5 years of teaching experience, and four of those years she worked as a seventh grade math teacher at Roxbury Prep Charter School.
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Mr. William Richardson

Math Teacher

B.A., George Washington University
William Richardson joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a Math Teacher and House Chair at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Prior to joining Brooke, Mr. Richardson had more than 5 years experience working as a math teacher and instructional lead at Synergy Academies, a charter organization in Los Angeles. He has also previously worked to help grow technology startups in the Philippines and Boston.

Ms. Jessica Rubin

Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education
Jessica Rubin joined Brooke in 2019 as an ELA and Social Studies teacher at 8th Grade Academy. Ms. Rubin currently serves as an 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rubin served as a City Year Corps Member at Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Roxbury, MA, and then went on to teach for three years at Up Academy Boston.
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Ms. Sarah Seltzer

Science Teacher

B.A., Bridgewater State University
Sarah Seltzer joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a science teacher at the Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Seltzer was a Robert Noyce Science Scholar, working to bring STEM educational outreach to high needs school districts.

Ms. Marisa Taylor

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Fairfield University; M.A., Emmanuel College
Marisa Taylor joined Brooke in 2018 as an Eighth Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher for Eighth Grade Academy. She currently serves as an Eighth Grade ELA Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Taylor worked at Roxbury Prep for six years with varying positions from fifth grade ELA teacher, Individual Needs Specialist, seventh grade ELA and math teacher, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction.
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Ms. Tiffany Thibault

Instructional Support Teacher

Mr. Angel Albelo

Physical Education Teacher, Eighth Grade Academy and Athletic Director, Brooke Mattapan

B.S., Bentley University; M.Ed, University of Miami
Angel Albelo joined Brooke in 2017 as the Athletic Director and PE teacher for Brooke Mattapan. Mr. Albelo is currently serving as the Athletic Director for both Brooke Mattapan and the 8th Grade Academy and as the PE teacher for the 8th Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Albelo worked at State Street Bank as an account controller and then served in the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Charles Hughley

Video Production Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Northeastern University
Charles Hughley joined Brooke in 2017 to teach media literacy and video production at Brooke High School. He continues to teach that course at the high school as well as at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Mr. Hughley also coaches the high school flag football and table tennis teams as well as the eighth grade basketball team. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Hughley started and currently runs his own visual production company, Brothers in Beards.
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Ms. Jaclyn Bryson

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.Ed., Francis Marion University
Jaclyn Bryson joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Bryson was a Teach for America corps member where she served as a special educator in South Carolina for five years.

Ms. Hannah Kearns

Student Support Coordinator

B.S., University of Vermont
Hannah Kearns joined Brooke in 2019 as a Student Support Coordinator for the Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Kearns taught sixth grade special education in San Diego as a Teach For America corps member.

Ms. Nicole Eduwensuyi

Operations Associate

B.A., UMass Boston; M.S., Northeastern University
Nicole Eduwensuyi joined Brooke in 2019, as an Associate Teacher with 8th Grade Academy. Ms. Eduwensuyi currently serves as an Operations Associate with 8th Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Eduwensuyi served as an AmeriCorper with Massachusetts Promise Fellowship for two years. After serving, she lived in Nigeria for a year.
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Ms. Lorraine Ruiz

Office Manager

B.A., Boston University
Lorraine Ruiz joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Office Manager at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ruiz worked at SaaS company in customer success. Previous to that, she spent almost 14 years at a telecommunications company where she held different roles in customer service, logistics, and account management.

Mr. Manuel Lopez

Day Porter

Manuel Lopez relocated from Guatemala to Boston 24 years ago. He began working at Brooke High School and Brooke Mattapan in 2016. He is part of CM General Services who provides maintenance and cleaning for Brooke Charter Schools.

Mr. Omar Matos

Facilities Manager

Omar Matos is a graduate of Brighton High School. He is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. in 1992. At Brooke, he is responsible for ensuring schools are always clean, functional, and safe for students and teachers. Prior to Brooke, Omar worked in construction and for the Massachusetts DYS.
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Ms. Myra Rivera

Day Porter

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