Brooke Roslindale Team 2020-2021

Ms. Meghan Parquette

Principal

B.A., Bates College; M.Ed., Lesley University
Meghan Parquette joined Brooke in 2006 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Parquette has taught kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade and middle school math. Ms. Parquette has been the principal at Brooke Roslindale since 2011. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Parquette taught at a school on the north shore of Massachusetts while attending graduate school.

Ms. Jon’s Cardoso

Assistant Principal

B.A. and M.Ed., Lesley University
Jon's Cardoso joined Brooke in 2004, as a 5th grade Reading teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Cardoso has taught 2nd and 3rd grade and has served as a middle school reading specialist at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Cardoso is currently an assistant principal at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cardoso taught 2nd grade in the Bronx, NY.

Ms. Lindsey Falanga

Assistant Principal

B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed., Providence College
Lindsey Falanga joined the Brooke Roslindale team in 2012 as a sixth grade ELA and social studies teacher. After teaching sixth grade for two years, Ms. Falanga taught eighth grade ELA and Social Studies. Ms. Falanga is currently serving as an assistant principal at Brooke Roslindale, working with fourth grade, fifth grade, and the middle school ELA department. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Falanga taught high school English in Fall River, MA.

Ms. Sarah Hammond

Assistant Principal

B.A., Connecticut College; M.Ed., Dominican University
Sarah Hammond joined Brooke in 2012 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has taught kindergarten and second grade at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Hammond is currently serving as the Assistant Principal for Kindergarten through Third Grade at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hammond taught preschool in Chicago through Teach for America.

Mr. Jorge Martinez

Dean of Students

B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Mr. Martinez returns to Brooke Roslindale for his eleventh year. After serving as just the middle school Dean of Students for several years, he began serving as the Dean of Students for all students, K-8, in 2008. Prior to joining Brooke, Mr. Martinez worked at Cathedral High School and Boston Renaissance Charter School.

Mr. Ramon Alicea

Director of Operations

B.A., Bates College; M.Ed., University of Massachussetts Boston
Ramon Alicea joined Brooke in 2018 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, he has taught sixth grade literacy and social studies. Mr. Alicea currently serves as Brooke Roslindale's Director of Operations. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Alicea taught fifth grade math, literacy and history in Roxbury Prep Charter Schools for six years and first and second grade in Boston Public Schools for five years.

Ms. Elena Thurman

Consultant to Director of Operations

B.A. and Ed.M., Boston University
Elena Thurman joined Brooke in 2014 as an Operations Fellow at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Thurman has served as Director of Operations and currently currently serves as consultant to the Director of Operations at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Thurman was a 6th grade teacher at a Boston Public School.  
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Ms. Erin Manning

School Psychologist

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., William James College
Erin Manning joined Brooke in July of 2020 as the School Psychologist at Brooke Roslindale. Before Brooke, Ms. Manning worked as an intern in the Boston Public Schools. She also worked as a counselor at Franciscan Hospital for Children, as well as volunteered and interned with mental health agencies.

Ms. Judith Mikel

School Nurse

Quincy College
Jou Jou has been a nurse for almost ten years acquiring her associate's degree from Quincy College. Prior to joining the Brooke Team, Jou Jou worked at Codman Square Health Center for 5 years as a staff nurse in the Family Medicine Department.  Jou Jou loves the Brooke Scholars and is dedicated to giving the children the best care possible!

Ms. Emily Christman

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., University of Rochester; M.A. Loyola Marymount University
Emily Christman joined Brooke in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Christman founded Brooke's student newspaper, The Senator. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Christman taught pre-kindergarten as a Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles.

Ms. Kelsey Crawford

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College
Kelsey Crawford joined Brooke in 2018, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Crawford is currently serving as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Crawford previously taught preschool for a year at MIT.

Ms. Lindsay Giammarino

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S., Johnson & Wales University; M. Ed., Roger Williams University
Lindsay Giammarino joined Brooke in 2011, as the 3rd-5th grade science teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Giammarino has taught fourth grade and kindergarten at Brooke. Prior to teaching at Brooke Ms. Giammarino taught in the Boston Public School system for six years.

Ms. Katie Ouellette

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S., Northeastern University
Kathleen Ouellette, formerly Miss Duck, came to Brooke in 2006 as a founding elementary school teacher. She taught first grade from 2006-2008. After that she looped with her class and taught second grade from 2009-2011. Mrs. Ouellette has been teaching kindergarten since 2011. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Ouellette taught first grade at the Mystic Valley Charter School in Malden. She also served as the K-3 professional development coordinator. She decided that she missed the classroom and left her administration role to come to teach at Brooke.
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Ms. Taelor Milius

First Grade Teacher

B.A., St. Edwards University; M.Ed. Boston University
Taelor Milius joined Brooke in July of 2020, as a first grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Milius spent 6 years founding charter schools across Boston and the country. As a 2013 Teach for America Corps Member, she was a founding teacher for UP Dorchester; in 2015 she was a founding teacher for Excel Charter Schools in East Boston; and in 2018 she was a founding teacher for KIPP Nashville.

Ms. Alice Rajlai

First Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Scranton; M.A., University of Scranton;
Alice Rajlai joined Brooke in 2018 as a first grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Alice worked in New York City for two years teaching second grade.

Mr. Ray Skyer

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Skidmore College
Ray Skyer joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. He is currently a first grade teacher.

Ms. Nohely Vargas

First Grade Teacher

B.S., Pine Manor College
Nohely Vargas joined Brooke in 2018 as a 1st Grade Teacher at the Brooke Roslindale Charter School. Before coming to Brooke, she began her teaching career at a turnaround school in Dorchester. She continues to be an active member of her community, Roxbury, as a co-organizer of the annual Love Your Magic Conference for young girls of color.

Ms. Emily Dixon

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., Wheaton College, M.A., Boston College; M.A., Cambridge College
Emily Dixon joined Brooke in 2012 as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mrs. Dixon has taught two years in first grade. She is currently serving as a second grade teacher and a mentor teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Dixon worked as a consultant for the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative and spent two years as a corps member for City Year Boston.

Mr. Justin Gilbert

Second Grade Teacher

B.S., Eastern University
Justin Gilbert joined Brooke in 2013 and has been teaching second grade for the past seven years. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Gilbert taught for Mastery Charter Schools and Elwyn in Philadelphia, PA.

Mr. Colin Scott

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.Ed., Lesley University
Mr. Scott was a founding teacher in the elementary school. He joined the Brooke staff in 2006 as the first grade Associate Teacher, and he is now serving as a second grade teacher for the seventh year. Mr. Scott joined the Brooke community after working in a variety of schools in the Boston area.
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Ms. Christine Wolfenden

Elementary Teacher

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

Ms. Hannah Cashen

Third Grade Teacher

B.A. Cornell University; M.A.T. Relay Graduate School of Education
Hannah Cashen joined Brooke in 2019 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She currently serves as a third grade teacher there. Before coming to Brooke, she taught elementary school for three years in Brooklyn, NY (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades).
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Mr. Nicholson Durand

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.A., Columbia University
Nicholson Durand joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Durand taught elementary school for three years in Harlem, NY.

Ms. Ariana Rodriguez

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Bryn Mawr College
Ariana Rodriguez joined Brooke in 2019, as an associate teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She now teaches third grade there. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Rodriguez taught ELL at Pine Manor College in Newton, MA, and also taught ELL in Philadelphia, Argentina, and Ghana.
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Ms. Sara Scully

Third-Fifth Grade Science Teacher

B.A., Susquehanna University
Sara Scully joined Brooke in July of 2020, as the 3-5 grade science teacher at Brooke Roslindale.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Scully worked at Akili Academy of New Orleans for 6 years,  as a 3rd grade homeroom teacher, a 3-4 science teacher, and on the leadership team. Prior to that she wrote STEM Education for The Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering and was a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in Philadelphia.

Mr. Kenneth Cortum

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Bowdoin College
Kenneth Cortum joined Brooke in 2018 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Cortum was an Associate STEM Teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City and an English Teaching Assistant for Fulbright Bulgaria at a high school in Varna, Bulgaria.

Mr. Ed Donahue

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College; M.Ed., UMASS Boston (pending)
Ed Donahue joined Brooke in 2013 as a third grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mr. Donahue has taught fourth grade as a Lead Teacher at Brooke. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Donahue taught after school programs with the Cambridge Public Schools and English as a Second Language in Osaka, Japan.
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Ms. Kelsey Salvo

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.S., Marquette University; M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
Kelsey Salvo joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Salvo taught fourth grade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and developed international K-8 curriculum for Bridge International Academies in Boston.

Ms. Tahirah Gibson

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Ms. Gibson graduated from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Finance.  She joined Brooke Roslindale as a fifth grade associate teacher in November 2016.  Ms. Gibson starting doing camp counseling when she lived in Hawaii and while in college was a tutor mentor for high school students in the Upward Bound program.  Prior to coming to Brooke, Ms. Gibson was a specimen processor for Quest Diagnostics.

Ms. Desiree Harvey

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., Emory University; M.Ed., Boston College
Desiree Harvey joined Brooke Roslindale in 2016 as an Associate Teacher. Since coming to Brooke she has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. In 2018 she graduated with her Masters in Education from Boston College.

Ms. Faimara Jean-Baptiste

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Faimara Jean-Baptiste joined the Brooke Roslindale Team in 2018 as a Third Grade Associate Teacher and is currently serving as a Fifth Grade Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Brooke Prior to Brooke, Ms. Jean-Baptiste taught as a Special Education Teacher. She also served as an AmericaCorps VISTA at Boston Medical Center managing trauma-informed interventions in early elementary classrooms in Roxbury and Dorchester.

Ms. Jill Bernstein

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., University of Virginia; M.A.T., University of Virginia
Jill Bernstein joined Brooke in 2015 as a middle school math and science Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Bernstein taught 8th grade for one year. She currently teaches sixth grade math and science.

Mr. Kevin Broderick

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Stonehill College
Kevin Broderick joined Brooke in 2015 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mr Broderick has taught sixth grade ELA and Social Studies at Brooke.

Ms. Audrey Koble

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A. and M.Ed., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Audrey Koble joined Brooke in 2019, as a Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Koble was a high school English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ms. Kali Lower

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.S., University of South Florida
Kali Lower joined Brooke in 2019 as a sixth grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale, and she is currently a sixth grade Math and Science Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lower studied at the University of South Florida where she was a member of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, as well as a King O’Neil Scholar.

Ms. Ashaunte Martinez

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., UMass Amherst
Ms. Martinez graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology, and a minor in education. Ms. Martinez has worked in a variety of camp settings, from sports camps to math camps, and is excited to a part of the Brooke community.

Ms. Alice Wang

Sixth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Wellesley College
Alice Wang joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher for the 3rd Grade at Brooke East Boston. She currently serves as a sixth grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Wang studied English and Psychology at Wellesley College, while also working at a daycare on campus and teaching students through various education non-profits.

Mr. Kyle Arkeilpane

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., University of Cincinnati
Kyle Arkeilpane joined Brooke in the summer of 2019 as a Seventh Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Kyle taught the Humanities in North Carolina as well as internationally in South Korea and Ecuador

Ms. Kate Borne

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Hamilton College
Kate joined Brooke in 2007 as a middle school Associate Teacher. She then taught 5th and 6th grade ELA for two years. This will be her ninth year teaching 7th grade ELA at Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Tara Chalifour

Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Colby College
Tara Chalifour joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Ms. Chalifour is currently serving as a 7th grade math and science teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Chalifour was a Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and a 5th grade math teacher at Roxbury Prep and was a 6th grade math teacher at Match Charter School.

Mr. Paul Friedmann

Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Williams College; M.A.T., Simmons College
Paul Friedmann joined Brooke in 2007 as a 7th Grade Math Teacher. Mr. Friedmann is currently serving as a 7th Grade Math and Science Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Friedmann served as a Math Teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School, a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools, and a fundraiser at the University of Chicago.

Ms. Leah Tribbett

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.S. Ed., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Leah Tribbett joined Brooke in 2016 as an Associate Teacher on Roslindale's sixth grade team. Since then, Ms. Tribbett has taught ELA and Social Studies on Roslindale's seventh grade team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Tribbett taught in West Philly and worked with Generation Teach, an educational nonprofit organization based in Denver.
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Ms. Becky Walsh

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and History Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University
Becky Walsh joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a seventh grade English Language Arts and History teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Walsh worked in Harlem for six years as a reading teacher and in California for two years as a sixth and seventh grade English Language Arts teacher. She was also a member of City Year in Boston.

Ms. Adrienne Watkins

Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher

M.Ed., Columbia University Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Missouri- St. Louis; B.A., The George Washington University
Adrienne Watkins joined Brooke in 2018 as a 7th grade math and science teacher in Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Watkins spent 6 years living and working in St. Louis as a math teacher and school leader. Ms. Watkins is originally from Boston, and is excited to be back in home teaching such an amazing groups of students and working closely with their families.

Mr. Brian Carey

Music Teacher

B.A., Florida State University; M.M., Florida State University
Brian Carey joined Brooke in 2007 as the founding Music Teacher for Brooke Roslindale. Mr. Carey currently teaches music to grades K-7 and directs The Brooke Steel Band as well as the Brooke Zimbabwean Marimba Ensemble. Mr. Carey has over 25 years experience as a music educator and performer and has previously worked for The San Francisco Ballet, The Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute, Performing Arts Workshop, San Francisco Community Music Center, and The Oakland Youth Chorus.

Mr. Schmidt Demas

Art Teacher

B.A., Andrews University
After serving as an associate teacher starting in 2018, Mr. Demas is now a lead role serving as the art teacher at Brooke Roslindale. With a background in portrait and event photography, Mr. Demas is eager to teach, learn, create and most importantly grow with his students.

Ms. Kaitlyn Edwards

Dance Teacher

B.S., Bridgewater State University
Kaitlyn Edwards joined Brooke in 2012 as the Dance Teacher on the Brooke Roslindale co-curricular team. Before coming to Brooke, Kaitlyn worked at various studios and for the Mansfield Arts and Education Center, teaching dance/ Zumba to both students and adults as well as leading the after school/ summer camp programs.

Ms. Neusa Ribeiro

Physical Education Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ms. Ribeiro returns to the Brooke Roslindale staff for her fourth year after having taught physical education for six years at the Fort River School in Amherst, MA. During that time, she also served as the soccer coach at Amherst Regional High School.
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Ms. Carol Adu-Gyamfi

Associate Teacher

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Ms. Cheyenne Aoelua

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Cheyenne Aoelua joined the Brooke team in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Aoelua served a full year with City Year Providence as a student success coach in a 4th grade classroom focusing on ELA, Math, and SEL skills for students at intervention levels.
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Ms. Melina Cabral

Associate Teacher

A.A., Bristol Community College; B.A., Suffolk University
Melina Cabral joined Brooke in July of 2020, as an Associate Teacher at the Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cabral was working with the Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish speaking community in Dorchester as a Medical Interpreter at Bowdoin Street Health Center, Beth Israel.
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Mr. Jeremiah Laing

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jeremiah Laing joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Laing studied English with a focus in writing, rhetoric, and communication at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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Mr. Syrus Mathew

Associate Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
Syrus Mathew joined Brooke in July of 2020, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Mathew served as a sixth grade math and science Associate Teacher at the Pioneer Charter School.
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Ms. Kindred Obas

Associate Teacher

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kindred Obas joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Obas taught high school English for the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program.
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Ms. Sydney Robbins

Associate Teacher

B.A., Brown University
Sydney Robbins joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Robbins studied education at Brown University and worked with elementary and middle school students through multiple mentoring programs and non-profit organizations.
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Ms. Janay Robinson

Associate Teacher

Ms. Charlotte Buck

Student Support Coordinator

Ms. Victoria Gaulin

Student Support Coordinator

B.A. Sacred Heart University; Ed.M., Wheelock College/Boston University
Victoria Gaulin joined Brooke in 2018, as a Student Support Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale and is currently serving as the Lower Elementary Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Gaulin earned her master's degree in elementary and special education, while also working as a paraprofessional working with students with severe special needs.

Mrs. Liz Grossman

Student Support Teacher

B.A., Brown University; M.Ed., Lesley University
Liz Grossman joined Brooke in 2007 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mrs. Grossman has taught third, fourth, and fifth grades and then became the librarian. She currently serves as a Student Support Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs Grossman was a third and fifth grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools through the Teach For America program.

Ms. Lauren McAuliffe

ELL Coordinator

B.A., College of William and Mary; M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
Lauren McAuliffe joined Brooke in 2019 as an ELL Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Lauren worked as a dual language teacher in Fort Worth, TX and as a reading interventionist in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Allison McNamara

Student Support Coordinator

B.A. and M.Ed., University of Virginia
Ali McNamara joined Brooke in 2018, as a student support coordinator for the middle school at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. McNamara is currently serving as the student support coordinator for grades four through six at Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Jessica Middlebrook

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Emmanuel College
Ms. Jess Middlebrook joined Brooke Roslindale in 2018 as a Student Support Coordinator. Ms.Middlebrook is now currently serving as the Student Support Coordinator in Brooke Roslindale substantially separate 3-5 class. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Middlebrook completed internships in elementary schools around Boston and served as a Corps Member in the Americorps Jumpstart program. Ms. Middlebrook is thrilled to be serving at Brooke and being a part of the student support team.
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Ms. Keena Moro

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ms. Julie Murphy

ELL Coordinator

B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston College
Ms. Murphy joined Brooke Mattapan in 2011 as a fifth grade Associate Teacher. In her second year, Ms. Murphy taught fifth grade Math and Science. She received her Master’s degree in 2011 from Boston College. After teaching fourth and fifth grade, Ms. Murphy now serves as the ELL Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Julie Planera

Student Support Coordinator

B.A. and M.Ed., Franklin Pierce University
Julie Planera joined Brooke in 2016 as an 8th Grade ELA Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She is currently serving as a student support coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Planera worked in the Boston and Winchendon School districts for ten years, as an English Teacher, Lead Teacher, Data Coach, as well as a sports coach (track and field hockey). She has also worked as a fellow with TeachPlus and an educational Ambassador for WGBH education.

Ms. Christie Valine

Speech and Language Pathologist

Ms. Carolina Gonzalez

School Operations Manager

B.A., UMASS Boston
Carolina Gonzalez joined Brooke in 2018 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke East Boston. She then serves as part of the student support team at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Gonzalez is currently the Operations Manager at Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Lora Cinar

Office Manager

Middlesex Community College
Lora Cinar joined Brooke in 2012 as the Office Manager at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cinar had more than 9 years of management experience handling a wide range of administrative tasks.

Ms. Maria Alvarado

Facilities Staff Member

Maria Alvarado joined Brooke in 2011. She is currently a member of the facilities team at Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Gisselle Alcantara

Paraprofessional

B.A., Universidad Dominicana O&M
Gisselle Alcantara joined Brooke Roslindale in 2017 as a paraprofessional on the student support team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Alcantara worked at Match Charter School. She also was the director of a children’s choir and had the privilege to teach kids through music.
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Ms. Kenniaha Dixon

Paraprofessional

Mr. Auston Harris

Paraprofessional

Psychology major at Bunker Hill Community College 
Mr. Harris was born and raised in Boston, MA. In 2015 he graduated from Matignon High School and took a gap year to further explore his career options and passions. For the past 5 years he has worked closely with children in the community as a camp counselor at Dorchester Bay Summer Camp. In 2017, Mr. Harris joined the Brooke Mattapan team as a Student Culture Aide and began attending Bunker Hill Community College to pursue a degree in Psychology. He currently serves as a Network Paraprofessional.
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Ms. Amy Michel

Paraprofessional

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. Jessica Knight Pfaffinger

Occupational Therapist

B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.S., University of New Hampshire
Jessica Knight Pfaffinger joined Brooke in 2012 as the Network Occupational Therapist (OT). Since then she has collaborated to assist students across all grade levels access the general education curriculum. Her primary focus is teaching students how to use fine motor, visual-motor, visual processing and sensory processing strategies to increase their participation in school activities. Prior to joining Brooke, Jessica worked as an inpatient and outpatient OT at several pediatric hospitals where she played an active role on many multidisciplinary teams that supported the development, function and participation of children with various physical and cognitive disabilities.

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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