Brooke Mattapan Team 2020-2021

Ms. Abby Waldman

Principal

B.A., Brandeis University; M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abby Waldman joined Brooke in 2008 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Waldman then taught fourth grade and served as an assistant principal. She became the principal of Brooke Mattapan in 2015. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Waldman taught third grade through Teach for America in Las Vegas.

Dr. Melissa Oyer

Assistant Principal

B.A., Duke University; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Temple University
Melissa Oyer joined Brooke in 2017 as the School Psychologist at Brooke Mattapan. Dr. Oyer is currently the Assistant Principal for Student Support at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Dr. Oyer was the School Psychologist and Director of Individualized Student Services at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design in Philadelphia, PA.

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. Mrs. Wallace is currently serving as Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan, working specifically with sixth and seventh grade. 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.

Ms. Theresa Walsh

Assistant Principal

B.A.,Syracuse University; M.A..,American University
Theresa Walsh joined Brooke in 2017 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently serving as Lower Elementary Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Walsh was principal of Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary School in New York City. She has taught in NYC and Washington, DC.

Ms. Jackie Benevides

Upper Elementary Team Leader

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., George Washington University
Jackie Benevides joined Brooke in 2012 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Benevides has taught fourth and fifth grade and worked as a Mentor Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Benevides taught upper elementary in Louisiana and Maryland, coached new teachers at the Sposato Graduate School of Education, and worked as an Instructional Coach in Boston Public Schools. Ms. Benevides is currently serving as Upper Elementary Team Leader for the fourth and fifth grades at Brooke Mattapan.

Mr. Niel Francois

Dean of Students

B.A., Andrews University
Mr. Francois Graduated from Andrews University in 2012. While there he studied Social Work in hopes to one day work with children. After graduating Mr. Francois felt impressed to transition into teaching. He started working with kindergarten aged children, Elementary Special Education, and 6th grade history in a span of 5 years. Mr. Francois has a passion for student achievement and character development and is excited to continue that work here at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Allyson Taylor

Director of Operations

B.A., University of California Los Angeles; M.A., Harvard University
Allyson Taylor joined Brooke in 2018, as the Director of Operations at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Taylor graduated with her Masters in Education Policy and taught 3rd grade at a charter school in New York City.

Ms. Kendra Uccello

School Psychologist

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Tufts University
Kendra Uccello joined Brooke in 2019 as a School Psychology Intern at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a School Psychologist there. Before coming to Brooke, Kendra completed her practicum in Boston Public Schools and worked as a Research Technician in a child development lab at Boston University.

Ms. Stephanie Abellard

School Nurse, BSN, RN, CPN

B.A., Regis College
Stephanie Abellard joined Brooke in 2018 as the school nurse at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Abellard had over 5 years of direct patient care experience, including at Boston Children's Hospital and at Beth Israel Advanced Urgent Care. Ms. Abellard became a certified pediatric nurse in 2016.

Ms. Emma Blackney

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Emma Blackney joined Brooke in 2018, as a Kindergarten Teacher on the Brooke Mattapan team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Blackney taught two years of Kindergarten at a charter school in New York City.

Ms. Emily Brinn

Kindergarten 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 teacher at Brooke. Ms. Brinn currently serves as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Laura Crowe

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Union College; M.Ed. Boston University
Laura Crowe joined Brooke in 2019 as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Crowe worked at UP Academy Dorchester where she taught 1st Grade and English as a Second Language for the past 5 years. Ms. Crowe served with City Year Boston and Teach for America prior to and during her time at UP Dorchester.

Ms. Gabrielle Holme-Miller

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Kalamazoo College
Gabrielle Holme-Miller joined Brooke in 2017 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Holme-Miller is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Heather Flaherty

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Georgetown University; M.Ed., Relay Graduate School of Education
Heather Flaherty joined Brooke in 2018 as a 1st Grade Teacher. 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. Darriana Howard

First Grade Teacher

B.S., Bucknell University; M.A.T., Relay Graduate School of Education
Darriana Howard joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a First Grade Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Howard taught kindergarten for one year and first grade for two years at Excellence Girls Charter School in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Reyana Maguad

First Grade Teacher

B.S., Boston University
Reyana Maguad joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher for the first grade team at Brooke Roslindale.  She is currently teaching first grade at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Maguad worked as a lead tutor in a Boston Public School, an instructor for Galileo Learning in San Francisco, and the program director for Youth for Asian Theater, a not-for-profit serving San Francisco youth.

Ms. Chandler Pearson

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Williams College
Chandler Pearson joined Brooke in 2019 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently a first grade teacher on the Mattapan team. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Pearson attended Williams College where she majored in psychology. She spent her college summers working for various education non-profits including Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), Middle Grades Partnership (MGP), and Generation Teach. 

Ms. Sade Phipps

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Sade Phipps joined Brooke 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She is currently teaching first grade at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Phipps taught first grade in Dorchester at UP Academy Holland for two years with Teach for America.

Ms. Monique Meeks

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Amy Mejia

Second Grade Teacher

B.A. Stonehill College; M.S.W., Wheelock College
Amy Mejia joined Brooke in 2017 as a third grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has been a fourth grade teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mejia worked as an Ongoing Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families and prior to that served as a Victim/Witness Advocate for Plymouth County’s District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Matthew Salisbury

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., Guilford College; M.S., Pace University
Matthew Salisbury joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. 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.

Mx. Char Skidmore

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., UMASS Boston; M.S., Wheelock College
Char Skidmore joined Brooke in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mx. Skidmore has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade at Brooke. In 2014, Mx. Skidmore served as a founding teacher at UP Academy Holland School, teaching kindergarten through second grade scholars. Char rejoined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2018 as an instructional support teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher.

Ms. Christine Wolfenden

Second Grade Teacher

B.A, University of Connecticut; M.Ed., University of Missouri - St. Louis
Christine Wolfenden joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Wolfenden taught first and second grade in Boston and St. Louis.

Ms. Jennie Brown

Third-Fifth Grade Science Teacher

B.A., Smith College; M.A.T., Tufts University
Jennie Brown joined Brooke in 2017 as the 3-5 grade Science Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Brown taught in Cambridge and Oakland. She also taught youth science programming at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, the Springfield Museums, and the Museum of Science, Boston.

Mr. Drew Gallagher

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Sarah Riley

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Appalachian State University
Sarah Riley joined Brooke Charter Schools in 2019 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a third grade teacher there. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Riley taught third grade in Raleigh, North Carolina and worked as a curriculum developer for the Positivity Project.

Ms. Kelsey Shallow

Third Grade Teacher

B.S., University of Delaware
Kelsey Shallow joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Shallow was an elementary teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools in Harlem, New York.

Ms. Lexie Ladd

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A. and M.A., St. Joseph's University
Lexie Ladd joined Brooke in 2015 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Ladd has been a third grade teacher and a Student Support Coordinator for grades four and five. Ms. Ladd is now a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ladd worked at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy working on the fourth grade team, with a focus on the Wilson Reading Program.

Ms. Darragh McLaughlin

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Rhode Island
Darragh McLaughlin joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. McLaughlin is currently a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McLaughlin was a student teacher for first, third, and fifth grade while majoring in elementary education at the University of Rhode Island. She also completed a teaching fellowship with Generation Teach.

Ms. Katherine Stevenson

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Cedar Crest College
Katherine Stevenson joined Brooke in 2019 as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Stevenson taught English Language, Math and Science for one year in Thailand and second grade teacher at Molly Stark Elementary in Bennington, Vermont for five years.

Ms. Emily Corbett

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Clark University
Emily Corbett joined the Brooke team in 2019 as a 5th grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, she taught 7th grade math at Up Academy Boston for one year, 7th grade science at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone for four years, and 7th grade science for two years in North Carolina through Teach for America.

Ms. Anna Luker

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed. Boston College Lynch School of Education

Ms. Barbara Mattie

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A.,Boston College
Barbara Mattie joined Brooke in 2020 as a 3rd Grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Mattie is currently serving as a 5th Grade Teacher at Brooke's Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mattie was a student teacher for first, fourth, and fifth grade in Boston public schools while majoring in Elementary Education at Boston College. She also taught 8th Grade Chemistry with Breakthrough Greater Boston.

Ms. Shanera Brodie

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Amherst College
Shanera Brodie joined Brooke Mattapan in 2017 as a middle school Associate Teacher. After her AT year, Shanera transitioned to lead teacher and is currently in her second year of teaching sixth grade English Language Arts and social studies. Shanera is a Boston native and proud Brooke alumna and is thrilled to be back in the Brooke community working with our wonderful Brooke scholars!

Ms. Annie Gaburo

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Colgate University
Annie Gaburo joined Brooke in 2019 as a sixth grade english language arts teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Gaburo taught sixth grade ELA at Boston Prep.

Ms. Veronica Gentile

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.E.T, Sposato Graduate School of Education
Veronica Gentile joined Brooke in 2017 as a 6th grade math and science teacher at the Brooke Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Gentile taught 6th grade math and science for five years at Boston Prep, and worked for four years in a variety of roles at Match Charter School.

Ms. Andrea King

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Andrea King joined Brooke in 2018, as a 6th grade math/science Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. King is currently serving as a 6th grade math/science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. King worked for City Year as an Americorps member at a high school in Boston.

Ms. Adrianna Rivers

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A, Smith College
Adrianna Rivers joined Brooke in 2019, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a Sixth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rivers attended Smith College where she studied Environmental Science and Nursing. At Smith she was a part of many organizations including the Black Student Alliance and House Council. She also was the manager at her school's Campus Center.

Ms. Dareon Stacker

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Denison University
Dareon Stacker joined Brooke as an Associate Teacher in 2015. Since then, she taught sixth grade Math and Science at the Brooke's Roslindale campus. She is currently a sixth grade Math and Science Teacher at Brooke's Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, she completed a successful year with the Dudley Promise Corps.

Mr. Adam Dobberfuhl

Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; M.S., Boston University
Adam Dobberfuhl joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th grade math and science teacher at the Mattapan Campus. Before coming to Brooke, Adam had more than 10 years of science teaching and administrative experience at Boston Prep.

Mr. John Ellis

Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., The College of William and Mary
John Ellis joined Brooke in 2018 as a seventh grade Math and Science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Mr. Ellis currently teaches math to all seventh grade students. Before coming to Brooke, John taught seventh and eighth grade Math at Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, LA.

Ms. Polly Furth

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Centre College
Polly Furth joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th-grade ELA teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Furth had seven years of teaching experience at the elementary and high school level in Indonesia, Washington, D.C., and Denver, CO.

Mr. Sean McKenna

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Bridgewater State University
Sean McKenna joined Brooke in 2017 as a fourth grade teacher in Mattapan. Mr. Mckenna is currently serving as a seventh grade ELA and history teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. McKenna taught seventh grade in Lowell, MA.

Ms. Taylor Toll

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Bucknell University; M.Ed., Harvard University
Taylor Toll joined Brooke in 2015 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, Ms. Toll has taught 3rd and 5th grades at Brooke and 4th grade in Denver, Colorado. She has returned to Brooke to serve  a Seventh grade ELA and SS teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Digna Peña Cintron

Spanish Teacher, Co-Curricular Department Chair

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Digna Peña Cintron joined Brooke in 2015 as a Spanish teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has co-founded the middle school softball program. She is currently serving as the Co-Curricular Department Chair and is co-teaching Spanish. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Peña Cintron taught Spanish as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta.

Ms. Khamara Cleaves

Dance Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
She joined Brooke in 2015 as a paraprofessional in 2015. Since then, she has been Brooke Mattapan's K-8 Dance teacher. Ms. Cleaves is also an alumnus of Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Alexis Daley

Art Teacher

B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
Alexis Daley joined Brooke in 2017 as the Brooke Mattapan K-8 art teacher. Since then, Ms. Daley has also coached the middle school girls basketball team at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Daley worked as a luthier's assistant and taught with the Eliot School of Fine Arts.  

Mr. Kenny Francois

Physical Education Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kenny Francois joined Brooke in 2016, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mr. Francois has taught 4th grade and Physical Education at Brooke. Mr. Francois is currently serving as the Physical Education teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Francois did City Year at the Irving Middle School in Roslindale.

Mr. Arion Mills

Music Teacher

Arion Mills joined Brooke in 2020 as a music teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Mills was the Dean of Up Academy Holland and also worked as the music teacher at this school as well as a behavior-related role to support with the the safety and well-being of the school.

Ms. Eloisa Najam

Spanish Teacher

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Ms. Meredith Baez

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Meredith Baez joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Baez was an assistant teacher while also attending University of Massachusetts Boston where she studied early childhood education.

Ms. Samantha Sims

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Samantha Sims joined Brooke Charter Schools in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before Brooke, Ms. Sims was completing her undergraduate degree. While at school, Ms. Sims worked as a research assistant within an African American Linguistics Laboratory, curated archives as a Student Assistant in the Special Collections and University Archives, and worked on the executive board on the school Publication The Rebirth Project.

Ms. Rediet Tefera

Associate Teacher

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Rediet Tefera joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Tefera worked as a math tutor for students in pre-K through twelfth grade.

Mr. Raymond Tejeda

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Raymond Tejeda joined Brooke in 2019 as a fifth grade Associate Teacher. Mr. Tejeda is a Brooke Charter Schools alum.

Mr. Joe Tharp

Associate Teacher

B.A., Northeastern University
Joe Tharp joined Brooke in July of 2020, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Tharp studied history and Education at Northeastern University, with minors in Spanish and international affairs.
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Ms. Debra Aviles

Teacher of the Deaf

Ms. Katie Lee

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Amherst College; MST, Pace University; M.Ed., Harvard GSE; CAGS, UMass Boston
Ms. Lee joined Brooke in 2008 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since that time, Ms. Lee has served as a first grade and student support teacher at Brooke Roslindale and a fourth and first grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before Brooke, Ms. Lee taught first grade in New York City as a Teach for America corps member. She has also worked as a student support coordinator, instructional coach, and special education teacher within other district and charter schools in Boston.

Ms. Abigail Moldover

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Lesley University; M.A., Columbia University
Abigail Moldover joined Brooke in 2016 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Abigail worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist in New York City before switching careers to education. She worked as a teaching assistant in Tenafly, New Jersey, and then spent three years as a classroom teacher in the South Bronx.

Ms. Aimee Nitolo

ELL Coordinator

B.A., University Of California San Diego; M.A., San Francisco State University; Teaching Credentials, Sacramento State University
Aimee Nitolo joined Brooke in 2015 as the ELL Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nitolo had worked in education for 12 years including as an AmeriCorps VISTA for ReadBoston, a preschool teacher at South End Head Start, a Bilingual Liaison for Beaufort County School District in South Carolina, and a Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California.

Mr. Roy’al Sanyika-Hall

Student Support Coordinator

Ms. Robin Tucker

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Vermont; M.Ed., Lesley University
Robin Tucker joined Brooke in 2014 as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms.Tucker taught kindergarten for four years and is now the student support coordinator for grades one through three at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Tucker served as a corps member at City Year Boston.

Ms. Mariela Bello

Office Manager

A.A., Bunker Hill Community College
Mariela Bello joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Office Manager at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot

Operations Manager

B.A., Suffolk University
Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot joined Brooke in 2019 as operations coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as an Operations Manager there. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Negron was program manager at a non-profit organization and worked as political manager and organizer for a pro-charter advocacy non-profit organization.

Ms. Dixie Ortiz

Operational and Cultural Support Associate

Ms. Ortiz joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2017 as a School Culture Aide. Prior to joining our team, Ms. Ortiz was a bus monitor for BPS Transportation and a Brooke parent! Her son joined our school in 2011 when Brooke Mattapan first opened and she has been part of our community since then.

Mr. Chuck Peters

Facilities Manager

Tewksbury High School
Mr. Peters joined the Brooke staff in 2005 as the building manager, supporting the building’s expansion into a full middle school and then the addition of the elementary school. Prior to coming to Brooke, Mr. Peters worked at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton as its building manager and for the Wingate nursing homes.

Ms. Abby Ricci

Speech Language Pathologist

B.S., Syracuse University; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University
Abby Ricci joined Brooke in 2017 as a Speech-Language Pathologist on the Brooke Charter Schools network team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ricci had spent her time working as a speech-language pathology graduate student clinician in both school and clinical settings. Ms. Ricci has also served as a graduate teaching assistant and home-based therapy service provider.

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