Eighth Grade Academy Team 2021-2022

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

Assistant Principal

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, 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's Eighth Grade Academy.

Ms. Shantae Romain

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 Director of Operations. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Romain worked at Tufts Health Plan for seven years in clinical strategy and member operations.

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. Jackie Disch

School Psychologist

B.S., Tulane University; M.A., Tufts University
Jackie Disch joined Brooke in 2020 as a School Psychologist in Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Disch completed her master’s degree in school psychology at Tufts University.

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.

Ms. Nicole Eduwensuyi

Operations Manager

B.A., UMass Boston; M.S., Northeastern University
Nicole Eduwensuyi joined Brooke in 2019, as an Associate Teacher with Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy, where she currently serves as a School Operations Manager. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Eduwensuyi served as an AmeriCorps member with Massachusetts Promise Fellowship for two years. After serving, she lived in Nigeria for a year.

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.

Ms. Siri Carr

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Sposato Graduate School of Education
Siri Carr joined Brooke in 2020, as an English language arts teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Carr worked for five years as a Composition Teacher at MATCH Charter Public Middle School.

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. Jeremiah Laing

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jeremiah Laing joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. He is now teaching English Language Arts at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Laing studied English with a focus in writing, rhetoric, and communication at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Ms. Emily Murphy

English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Southern Methodist University
Emily Murphy joined Brooke in 2021 as an English Language Arts teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Murphy spent four years teaching middle school reading and writing at a charter school in Dallas, Texas as a Teach for America corps member.

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 English Language Arts and social studies teacher for Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. She currently serves as an eighth grade English Language Arts 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.

Mr. Caleb Johnson

Math Teacher

B.A., Harvard College
Caleb Johnson joined Brooke in 2021, as an Algebra Teacher at the 8th Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Johnson taught algebra at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone and taught special education at State College High School in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Dianne Lam

Math Teacher

B.S., Harris-Stowe State University
Dianne Lam joined Brooke in 2021 as math teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lam taught two years in Saint Louis, MO at Ritenour High School as a math and leadership teacher.

Ms. Kaylee Pena

Math Teacher

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

Mrs. Brittany Ryan

Math Teacher

B.A., Texas A&M University
Brittany Ryan joined Brooke in 2021 as a math teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Ryan was an eighth grade math teacher for six years at Richardson North Junior High in Richardson, Texas.

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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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.

Mr. Jayson Joyce

Social Studies Specialist

B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston University
Jayson Joyce joined Brooke in 2015 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mr. Joyce has moved to teach eighth grade ELA and social studies at Brooke Eighth Grade Academy, where he currently serves as a social studies specialist. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Joyce worked on President Obama's and Senator Markey's election campaigns, and he served as a Teach for America corps member in Chicago.

Mr. Khang Phan

Social Studies Teacher

B.A. and M.Ed., Texas A&M University
Khang Phan joined Brooke in 2021 as a social studies teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Phan spent ten years working at Title I schools in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Phan has taught social studies to a variety of grade levels, and has served as both a campus- and district-level content team leader.

Ms. C.E. Tomlin

Social Studies Teacher

B.S., Northeastern University
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.

Mr. Angel Albelo

Athletic Director, Eighth Grade Academy, and Brooke High School

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.

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.

Mr. Rayshawn Buchanan

Instructional Support 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 Instructional Support Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Buchanan served a Student Life Counselor at the Seed School of Miami in Florida.

Ms. Heather Flaherty

ELL Coordinator

B.A., Georgetown University; M.Ed., Relay Graduate School of Education
Heather Flaherty joined Brooke in 2018 as a 1st Grade Teacher. Since then, she has transitioned to the role of English Language Learner Coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Flaherty served as a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member in the South Bronx, a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in Barranquilla, Colombia, and a 3rd grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York.
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Ms. Jessica Harvin

Instructional Support Teacher

B.A., Nyack College

Ms. Hannah Kearns

Student Support Coordinator

B.S., University of Vermont
Hannah Kearns joined Brooke in 2019 as a Student Support Coordinator for Brooke's 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. Tiffany Thibault

Instructional Support Teacher

B.A., University of Vermont
Tiffany Thibault joined Brooke in 2020 as a Instructional Support Teacher at Brooke's Eighth Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Thibault was a preschool teacher at Greater Quincy Childcare Center.
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Mr. Alex Drumm, Jr.

Associate Teacher

B.A., Denison University
Alex Drumm, Jr. joined Brooke in the fall of 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke's 8th Grade Academy. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Drumm taught 8th grade literature with Breakthrough Boston for two years, 8th grade math with Breakthrough Cambridge for a year, and teaching film at the Brockton Boys and Girls Club.

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. 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.

Ms. Mayra Ferreira

Day Porter

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.

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