Brooke Roslindale Team 2021-2022

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. Shaiyar Hall

Social Worker

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.S.W., Boston College
Shaiyar Hall joined Brooke in 2021 as a social worker at Brooke Roslindale . Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hall worked at Horizons summer academic enrichment program at Dedham Country Day School. Prior to that, Ms. Hall worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Children and Families as a Social Worker.

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!

Mr. Matt Walsh

Associate Dean of Students

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.

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.

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.

Ms. Telia Kapteyn

Second Grade Teacher

B.S., New York University; M.A.T. Education, Hunter College; M.Ed., Harvard University
Telia Kapteyn joined Brooke in 2015 as a first grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Kapteyn has taught first, second, and third grades. She is currently serving as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, she taught kindergarten for four years in Brooklyn, New York through Teach For America. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and served as an instructional coach and a kindergarten teacher in the Arkansas Delta.

Ms. Kindred Obas

Second Grade 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. She is now teaching second grade at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Obas taught high school English for the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program.

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.

Ms. Emily Dixon

Instructional Specialist

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 first and second grade and is currently an Instructional Specialist. 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.

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).

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.

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.

Ms. Carol Adu-Gyamfi

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Carol Adu-Gyamfi joined Brooke in 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She is now teaching fourth grade at Brooke Roslindale.

Mr. Syrus Mathew

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
Syrus Mathew joined Brooke in July of 2020, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale, where he is now a fourth grade teacher. 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. Sydney Robbins

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Brown University
Sydney Robbins joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She is now teaching fourth 15grade at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Robbins worked with elementary and middle school students through multiple mentoring programs and non-profit organizations.

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. Cheyenne Aoelua

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Cheyenne Aoelua joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Then taught third grade and is now teaching sixth grade ELA and social studies at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Aoelua served a full year with City Year Providence as a student success coach in a fourth grade classroom.

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. Becky Walsh

Sixth 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, where she is now teaching sixth grade. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

Ms. Stephanie Anjos

ELL Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Stephanie Anjos joined Brooke in 2017 as a first grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale, where she is now an ELL teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Anjos began her career as the first grade Special Education Teaching Fellow at Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester.

Ms. Charlotte Buck

Student Support Coordinator

Mr. Nathan Carter

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., The University of Nevada Las Vegas
Nathan Carter joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Carter spent the last six years teaching K-12 special education for the Clark County School District.

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. Brunia Francois

ELL Teacher

B.A., Cambridge College; M.A. Goucher College
Brunia Francois joined Brooke Charter Schools in 2021 as an ELL teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Francois was a special educator in Baltimore for five years.

Ms. Jessica Geiger

Student Support Coordinator

B.S., University of Delaware; M.Ed, Boston University
Jessica Geiger joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Geiger was a Teach For America corps member and taught second grade for three years in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Liz Grossman

Response To Intervention Coordinator

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, served as a librarian and a student support teacher. She currently serves the RTI Coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs Grossman was a third and fifth grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools through the Teach For America program.

Ms. Samantha Guerra

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Samantha Guerra joined Brooke in 2018 as a lower elementary Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Guerra is currently serving as a student support teacher in the sub separate K-2nd grade classroom. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Guerra worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Peter Academy in South Boston. Prior to that, she worked as an MTA for Brockton Public Schools, serving classes of varying abilities in preschool and kindergarten.  

Ms. Braelan Martin

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Wheelock College; M.Ed., University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign
Braelan Martin joined Brooke in March of 2020, as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Martin worked for 3 years as a K-2nd grade special education teacher in a substantially separate classroom for students with social and emotional challenges.

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.
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Ms. Keena Moro

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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.

Ms. Kyndall Saunders

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Indiana University; M.S., Simmons University,
Kyndall Saunders joined Brooke in 2021 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Saunders taught special education at the New England Center for Children for three years serving students on the autism spectrum as well as those with social and emotional challenges.

Ms. Christie Valine

Speech and Language Pathologist

B.S., University of Vermont; M.S., Sacred Heart University

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.

Ms. Neissa Ambroise

Associate Teacher

B.S, University of Massachusetts Boston
Neissa Ambroise joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ambroise was a Research Assistant at UMass Boston Baby Lab. She also was a member of the Black Student Center and the Student Immigrant Alliance Club, where she served as a Mentor for Immigrant Student Programs.

Ms. Katie Bettenhauser

Associate Teacher

B.A., Providence College
Katherine Grace Bettenhauser joined Brooke in July 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Bettenhauser was a full-time undergraduate student at Providence College and is completing her masters in literacy from Providence College.

Mr. Jonathan Lemeau

Associate Teacher

B.S. Quinnipiac University

Ms. Maliya Rodriguez

Associate Teacher

B.A., Brown University
Maliya Rodriguez joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Maliya spent her time in college volunteering and working for organizations such as Generation Teach, Inspiring Minds, and the Sexual Health Advocacy program.

Mr. Patrick Smitherman

Associate Teacher

B.A. University of Massachusetts Boston
Patrick Smitherman joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Patrick had more than five years of teaching experience at after school and summer programs, including The 3 Point Foundation and The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education (P.A.C.E.).

Ms. Rolaine Thompson

Associate Teacher

B.A., George Washington University
Rolaine Thompson joined Brooke in 2021, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Thompson attended The George Washington University where she majored in Criminal Justice, and graduated in Spring 2021.

Ms. Tanisha Thompson

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of South Carolina Columbia
Tanisha Thompson joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Thompson served with City Year AmeriCorps in Miami-Dade County.

Ms. Jessie Zong

Associate Teacher

B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.Ed. University of Pennsylvania
Jessie Zong joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Zong worked as a first-grade student teacher at an urban charter school in Philadelphia.

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.

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. Gisselle Alcantara

Lead 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.

Ms. Janique Jean

Paraprofessional

Ms. Anise McCroskey-Neff

Paraprofessional

B.A., Ithaca College
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Ms. Amy Michel

Paraprofessional

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Vondre Parham

School Culture Aide

B.A., Curry College

Ms. Lyssette Valencia

Paraprofessional

B.S., Bridgewater State University
Lyssette Valencia joined Brooke in 2021 as a Paraprofessional on the Brooke Roslindale Team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Valencia was a City Year Corps Member for two years.

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