Brooke High School Team 2021-2022

Ms. Kimberly Steadman

Acting Principal, Brooke High School and Network Co-Director

B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kimberly Steadman joined Brooke in 2004 as a math teacher and professional development coordinator. Since then, Ms. Steadman founded Brooke's first elementary school and co-lead the expansion of Brooke from one campus to five. Ms. Steadman is currently serving as network Co-Director and hold responsibility for all academic aspects of Brooke. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Steadman taught 4th grade in DC Public Schools and 5th grade in Chelsea Public Schools.

Ms. Vicmarys Brito

Assistant Principal

B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed., Boston University
Vicmarys Brito joined Brooke in 2017 as a high school Spanish teacher. Since then, Ms. Brito has taught Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Spanish 3, Pre-AP, and AP Spanish, and served as Director of Spanish Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently an Assistant Principal. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Brito led the founding Spanish team at Roxbury Prep High School for 2 years and is a Teach for America alum.

Ms. Lauren Horne

Assistant Principal

B.A., Boston University; M.Ed., George Washington University
Lauren Horne joined Brooke in 2018, as our eleventh grade physics teacher at Brooke High School. She is currently an assistant principal. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Horne taught multiple subjects across grades 7-12 in the DC Public Schools and charter schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Ms. Dorice Moise

Assistant Principal

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 an Assistant Principal at Brooke High School after serving as the founding School Psychologist at Brooke High. 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.

Mrs. Danya Wallace

Assistant Principal

B.A., Canterbury Christ Church University; M.A., Goldsmiths University of London; M.Sc., Touro College
Danya Wallace joined Brooke in 2016 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mrs. Wallace also taught sixth grade ELA and social studies and served as an Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently an Assistant Principal at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Wallace taught third grade for four years in the Bronx, New York and worked for many years as an educator in London, England, Botswana, and South Africa.

Mr. Corey Yarbrough

Assistant Principal

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. Mr. Yarbrough is now an Assistant Prinicpal at Brooke High. Before coming to Brooke, Corey founded and served as Executive Director of a local non-profit organization for six years and managed college prep programs for first generation college-bound students in the New England region.

Ms. Magdala (Maggie) Jean-Jules

Dean of Students

B.A., Regis College
Magdala (Maggie) Jean-Jules joined Brooke in July of 2020 as Dean of Students at Brooke High School. Before joining Brooke, Ms. Jean-Jules worked on the Dean/Culture team at UP Academy Dorchester for 7 years. She also worked at two turnaround schools in Mattapan and Roxbury as a City Year Corp Member.

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. Janette Kerr

Director of College Counseling

B.A., University of Illinois; M.A., Temple University
Janette Kerr joined Brooke in 2018 as Director of College Counseling. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Kerr worked in youth development, community engagement, and college counseling in Chicago non-profits and high schools for twenty years.

Ms. Sarah Holden

Director of College Success and Post Secondary Support

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., Lesley University; CAGS, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah Holden joined Brooke in 2011 as the Director of the Office of High School and College Success. She currently serves as the Director of College Success and Post Secondary Support, working with Brooke alumni as they earn their college degrees. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Holden was the Director of Guidance for an area high school.

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.
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Mr. Bryce Scottron

School Counselor

Ms. Carolin Bido

College Counselor

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Carolin Bido joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a college counselor at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Carolin spent two years serving East Boston High School students with the College Advising Corps - Boston University.
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Mrs. Georgina Young

College Counselor

B.A., American University; M.Ed., Cambridge College
Georgina Young joined Brooke in 2021 as a college counselor at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Young worked as the Network Operations Associate at Excel Academy Charter Schools.

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. Alexandra Castillo

Associate Dean of Students

B.A., Saint Anselm University
Alexandra Castillo joined Brooke in 2021 as the Associate Dean at Brooke High school. Before coming to Brooke, Alexandra worked as a School Culture Coordinator.

Mrs. Sarah Hughes

Director of Interventions

B.A., Smith College; M.A., Simmons College
Sarah Hughes joined Brooke in 2018 as a ninth grade history and literature teacher on the Brooke High School team. She currently serves as Director of Interventions. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Hughes taught for more than 11 years in a variety of educational settings including charter public, district public, and independent schools.

Mr. Patrick Bates

Humanities Teacher

B.A., California State University, Fullerton
Patrick Bates joined Brooke in 2021 as a 10th Grade Humanities Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Bates taught for 2 years as an A.P United States History and World History teacher in California.
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Ms. Theresa Byrne

Humanities Teacher

B.A. and Ed.M., Harvard University

Ms. Joanna Cabrera

Humanities Teacher

B.A., Syracuse University
Joanna Cabrera joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke High School, where she is now teaching 9th grade Composition. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Cabrera worked many summers as a teaching fellow with Generation Teach before graduating from Syracuse University in the spring of 2019. Ms. Cabrera is a Brooke Charter School alum.

Ms. Christine Ko

Humanities Teacher

B.S., Vanderbilt University
Christine Ko joined Brooke in 2017 as the Founding 10th Grade AP United States History and American Literature at the High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ko taught AP World History for four years in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Mr. Scott Dollen

Humanities Teacher

B.A., Gonzaga University
Scott Dollen joined Brooke in 2021 as a humanities teacher at Brooke High School. Before teaching at Brooke, Scott taught AP World History for 5 years at Roxbury Prep High School in Boston, and was the founding coach of their Quiz Bowl team.

Ms. Kelley Ferreira

Humanities Teacher

B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed., Boston University
Kelley Ferreira joined Brooke in 2021 as a humanities teacher at Brooke Charter High School Team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ferreira spent four years serving the Springfield community at Phoenix Charter Academy.

Ms. Tasha Frank

Humanities Teacher

B.A., Rollins College
Tasha Frank joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke High School, where she is now a humanities teacher.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Frank worked as a long-term substitute teacher at Winthrop High School. She also has more than six years of experience in content editing, content creation, and project management in the fields of Academic, Information Technology, and STEM publishing.

Mr. Jim Mayers

Humanities Teacher

B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.A.T., Relay Graduate School of Education
Jim Mayers joined Brooke in 2019 as the eleventh grade AP Language & Composition Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Mayers taught AP Seminar for two years in Brooklyn, was an instructional coach with Teach For America - Arkansas, and taught eighth and tenth grade English for four years in Marked Tree, Arkansas.

Mr. Josh Morton

Humanities Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Josh Morton joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke High School, where he is now a humanities teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Morton worked as a building-based substitute at John B. Devalles Elementary in New Bedford.

Ms. Maddy Nam

Humanities Teacher

B.A. Harvard College; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Maddy Nam joined Brooke in 2020 as a History and Literature teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nam taught English and coached debate for two years at Roxbury Prep High School.

Ms. Gabriella Sharpe

Humanities Teacher

B.S., Boston College
Gabriella Sharpe joined Brooke in 2016 as an Associate Teacher in the Brooke High School Humanities Department. Since then, Ms. Sharpe has been a tenth grade AP US history and literature teacher at Brooke. Ms. Sharpe currently serve as a 12th grade literature teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Sharpe was an elementary music teacher and an eighth grade English teacher in MS.

Ms. Lauren Shively

Humanities Teacher

B.A., Colgate University; M.A.T. Simmons University
Lauuren Shively joined Brooke in 2019 as a tenth grade United States American history and literature teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Shively taught English for five years at City on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley Square in Roxbury and taught English as a Foreign Language for one year in Yilan, Taiwan.

Ms. Casey Sullivan

Humanities Teacher

B.A., The University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., Fitchburg State University
Casey Sullivan joined Brooke in 2021 as a tenth grade humanities teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Sullivan worked for three years as a history teacher at Roxbury Prep High School.
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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 and is currently teaching math at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Brillant had three years providing service with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated in Springfield Massachusetts. Mr. Brillant also had two years experience teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School.

Ms. Melinda Casey-Magleby

Math Teacher

B.A. College of the Atlantic;f M.A.. University of Chicago; M.A., Harvard University
Melinda Casey-Magleby joined the Brooke Roslindale team in 2006 as a middle school science teacher. Since then, Ms. Casey-Magleby has taught middle school math at Brooke Roslindale, math at Eighth Grade Academy and is currently serving as a math teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Casey-Magleby worked at a non-profit in Chelsea and worked in schools in Boston and Chicago.

Mr. Carter Hempleman

Math Teacher

B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Columbia University
Carter Hempleman joined Brooke in 2018 as an Algebra I and II teacher at Brooke High School. He is currently serving as the ninth grade team leader and is teaching AP Statistics. Before coming to Brooke, he was with Uncommon Schools as the assistant principal and math & science coordinator at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill and the founding 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Roxbury Prep Dorchester. Mr. Hempleman started his professional career working as a financial advisor with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Ms. Anne Jarrett

Math Teacher

B.A., University of Notre Dame
Anne Jarrett joined Brooke in 2021 as a math teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Jarrett studied Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where they served as Director of Gender Relations in Student Government and as a tutor at the University Writing Center.

Ms. Murielle Joseph

Math Teacher

B.A. Providence College
Prior to joining Brooke in September 2018 as an Associate Teacher, she graduated from Providence College in 2015 with a degree in Social Sciences, focusing in Psychology, Political Science, and History. She immediately went on to complete a year of service as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Miami, and later for a second year with City Year Providence. During her two years in these two cities she worked mentoring and tutoring in 9th grade Algebra I classes. For the past year she worked part time as a youth mechanics instructor teaching STEM and bike building to high school students at a community bike shop in Providence, as well as being a substitute teacher for Boston Public Schools.

Mr. Richard Szabo

Math Teacher

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
Richard Szabo joined Brooke in 2020, as a Math Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Szabo worked for Teach For America in Memphis, Tennessee as a secondary math teacher and coached the school's math team.

Ms. Brenna Flatley

Science Teacher

B.S., Carnegie Mellon University; M.S., John Carroll University
Brenna Flatley joined Brooke in 2021, as a physics teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Flatley taught and coached robotics for two years at ITW David Speer Academy in Chicago, IL. Prior to that she taught at Columbiana High School for three years outside of Youngstown, OH.

Mr. Cedric Jacobson

Science Teacher

B.S. Chemistry, Microbiology and B.A. in Biology University of Montana; M.Ed Southern Methodist University 
Cedric Jacobson joined Brooke in 2018 as the Chemistry Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Jacobson had nine years of teaching experience with numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Distinguished Teacher at the Achievement First Network and being selected as a finalist for Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Adaline King

Science Teacher

B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.A., University of the Pacific
Adaline King joined Brooke in 2021 as a science teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. King taught ninth grade biology at Roxbury Prep High School for three years. Prior to that she taught biology at Golden State Prep in Oakland, CA for three years and was the grade level lead.

Ms. Kayla Lambright

Science Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.Ed., Boston University School of Education
Kayla Lambright joined Brooke in July 2020, as a science teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lambright worked for two years at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Public Charter School as the high school biology teacher. Prior to that, she worked at Girls Inc. Lowell for two years as the STEM Outreach Specialist.

Ms. Luyan Lin

Science Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.S., Johns Hopkins University
Luyan Lin joined Brooke in 2019 as the biology teacher on the Brooke High School Team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lin served as a 2016 Teach for America corps member and worked in Bridgeport, Connecticut as the 7th grade science teacher and grade level chair.

Mr. Al’Amin Cissi

Science Teacher

B.A., Wheelock College
Al'Amin Cissi Joined Brooke in 2021 as a Science Teacher. Before coming to Brooke he was a science and Math teacher 5 years at Uncommon Schools and before that a poet. He has developed and facilitated an affinity groups, worked in community organizing with the Dudley Promise Corps (2015 - 2016) and is a member of the WISE Learner's Voice Cohort 2014.

Ms. Charliana Mendez

Spanish Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Boston College
Charliana Mendez joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a Spanish Associate Teacher at Brooke High School.\, where she is now a Spanish teacher Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mendez received her B.A. in Hispanic Studies while minoring in Education and then moved on to receive her M.Ed. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish.
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Ms. Gabriela Penagos

Spanish Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Florida Atlantic University
Gabriela Penagos joined Brooke in 2021 as a Spanish teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Gabriela had more than three years of teaching and tutoring experience at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Public Schools, and Sita Devi Tutoring Services for foster children.

Ms. Shelly Rua

Spanish Teacher

B.A. and M.A., University of Rhode Island
Shelly Rua joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a Spanish Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rua taught Spanish for six years at Foxborough Regional Charter School.

Ms. Vanessa Salinas

Spanish Teacher

B.A., B.S., and M.A., University of Rhode Island
Vanessa Salinas joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a Spanish Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Salinas had more than eight years of experience working as a middle school and high school teacher in Massachusetts.

Ms. Benigna Valle

Spanish Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Benigna (Nina) Valle joined Brooke in August of 2020, as a Spanish teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Valle was an AP Spanish teacher, instructional coach, department chair, softball coach, and Latinx RAICES affinity group leader at Uncommon Charter Schools' Roxbury Prep High School.

Ms. Jabree Ellis

Computer Science Teacher

B.A., Wellesley College
Jabree Ellis joined Brooke in 2019 as a Computer Science Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Ellis worked for two years as a Dudley Promise Corps AmeriCorps Service member. In this role, Ms.Ellis had the great honor of being an assistant 6th grade science teacher and mentor.

Mr. Reed Kuivila

Computer Science Teacher

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., Boston University

Mr. Roger Rios

Computer Science Teacher

B.S., St. Petersberg College
Roger Rios joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a computer science teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Rios was a computer science teacher at Boston Public Schools for two years and Polk County Public Schools in Florida for six years.

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. Emily Burke

Student Support Coordinator

M.Ed., Boston University; B.A., Catholic University of America
Emily Burke joined Brooke in 2019 as a Student Support Coordinator. Prior to coming to Brooke, Emily was a Learning Specialist at Excel Academy Charter High School in East Boston.

Ms. Gianna Cialdea

Student Support Coordinator

B.S., University of Maine, Farmington
Gianna Cialdea joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator. Before coming to Brooke Ms. Cialdea was a middle school special education teacher at Nokomis Regional Middle School in Newport, Maine.

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.

Ms. Alexa Murphy

Student Support Coordinator

Alexa Murphy joined Brooke in 2020 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Murphy was a New York City Teaching Fellow and worked at High Tech High in San Diego, California.

Mr. Jonathan Rollock

Student Support Coordinator

B.A Brandeis University, M. Ed. Lesley University
Jonathan Rollock joined Brooke in 2019 as a Student Support Coordinator working with both the Brooke High School History and Math teams. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Rollock worked in education for 7 years, spending the last three at City on a Hill Dudley Square.

Ms. Kelsey Sanders

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Western Washington University; M.S., Pace University
Kelsey Sanders joined Brooke in 2019, as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Sanders taught Special Education in the Bronx for three years as a member of the 2012 cohort of the NYC Teaching Fellows. Following that, she served as a Learning Specialist and chaired the Special Education department at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Lynn, MA.
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Mr. Zadrian Philip

Extracurricular Program Lead

Mr. David Johnson

Art Teacher

B.A., Bunker Hill Community College; Massachusetts College of Art and Design
David Johnson joined Brooke in 2021 as the Studio Arts Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, David had more than 10 years of experience with drawing, painting, teaching, and mentoring within the Boston community.
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Ms. Diana Alejandro

Spanish Associate Teacher

B.A., Moravian College
Diana Alejandro joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher.

Ms. Chastidy Rubin

Associate Teacher

B.A., Boston University
Chastidy Rubin joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rubin worked as an enrichment teacher for Kingsley Montessori School, and in private childcare for over five years.

Ms. Julia Savage

Associate Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Julia Savage joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Julia received her B.S. in mathematics with a minor in education from UMass Amherst, where she worked as both a math tutor and resident assistant.

Ms. Cassandra Calixte

School Operations Manager

M.A., Lasell University; B.S. Framingham State University
Cassandra Calixte joined Brooke in 2021 as an Operations Manager at Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Cassandra spent more than 5 years leading teams and managing the efficient, effective, and profitable operations of a retail store.

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.
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Ms. Kayla Myrtil

Operations Assistant

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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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Mr. Kyle Dixon

School Culture Assistant

Kyle Dixon joined Brooke in 2021 as a School Culture Assistant. Before coming to Brooke, he worked for Commonwealth Care Alliance, coordinating healthcare benefits. Before that, he worked in the IT/Operations field. He worked for Boston Medical Center as a consultant for EPIC, as well as Dearborn STEM Academy, and AmeriCorps.

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