Faculty & Staff
Ms. Ramos began working at Salem Academy in April 2021. She was born and raised in New England and graduated from Swampscott High School. She has a degree in Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with the goal becoming an adjustment counselor. Ms. Ramos has always had a passion for supporting underrepresented communities and diverse populations. She previously worked as a Therapeutic Mentor providing strength-based, community support for youth with social/emotional challenges. She also has experience as a preschool and special education teaching assistant. Ms. Ramos has been enjoying her new role of providing inclusion support to special education students and is inspired by them every day.
B.F.A., Mass College of Art; APEC University (Dominican Republic)
Ms. Brea has been teaching here at Salem Academy since our first year. She was born in the Dominican Republic. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and completed her diplomado in Education from APEC University in Santo Domingo. She has over ten years of experience as a teacher, having taught English as a Second Language in the D.R. and Puerto Rico, and Art in the D.R. Over the last decade, Ms Brea has taught all levels of Spanish here at Salem Academy, focusing on high school level courses for most of that time. Her work in creating and implementing curriculum has been instrumental in the shaping of our Spanish program. Ms. Brea is Board certified as a Spanish teacher and as an art teacher. Throughout her career, she has also been painting and has worked in stage design.
B.A., Lesley University
Mr. McCulloch, born in Chicago, raised in Phoenix and transplanted in New England, is the Earth & Space teacher, as well as Physics. After spending five years in special education roles in Lynn and Salem, Mr. McCulloch is looking forward to his second year of jump-starting a science class. You might find him watching, playing or coaching soccer & basketball, but his true love is finding waterfalls and swimming holes outdoors.
B.A., Harvard University; M.Ed. Boston University
Mrs. Kogos is excited to start her eighth year at Salem Academy! Before coming to SACS, Mrs. Kogos taught at Chelsea High School and at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Morocco. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. She lives in the North Shore with her husband and two children.
B.A., UC Santa Cruz; M.Ed., Lesley University
Ms. Springett joined the Salem Academy community in the 2018-2019 school year, thrilled to teach two of her most favorite things: dancing to music in a variety of styles, and movement with a focus on physical health and wellness. Her dance and fitness classes are an engaging combination of technique, humanities, kinesiology, anatomy, and music appreciation. “It brings me great joy to have students who initially identify as ‘non-dancers’ or ‘unathletic’ take risks and increase their confidence, strength, endurance, and bodily/spatial awareness.”
Ashley was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she grew up playing sports, dancing, participating in drama and musical theater, surfing, and being an honor roll student in school. She was elected captain for her Crusaders Soccer Club team for many years and played both varsity soccer and field hockey throughout high school. In college, Ashley was the captain of the dance team at University of California Santa Cruz where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a minor in Education. In 2007, she moved to Massachusetts via a cross-country road trip “to live in a land with four seasons,” kick off her teaching career, and pursue a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University. After 10 years of teaching at the elementary level, however, she was ready for a change—she earned her licensure in Physical Education K-12, as well as Dance Education K-12, and excitedly entered the realm of teaching fine and performing arts AND physical education to tweens and teens!
Outside of school Ashley keeps busy as a group fitness instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a mother of one son. She also has a pet hedgehog! She is passionately involved in many forms of outdoor recreation, loves to travel and go on roadtrips, and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification program earlier this year. Cheers to Year 5 at SACS and her 4th year participating in the Reach the Beach relay!
“Coach P” grew up in Amherst, MA and headed to the North Shore to attend Endicott College in the fall of 2008. After competing on the baseball field and in the classroom for four years he graduated in the Spring of 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He began his work as an intern in the fall of 2012 at Salem Academy and now serves as the Varsity Cross Country and Middle School Basketball Coach, while working as a paraprofessional. Coach P also considers himself a life coach and enjoys the time he spends with the SACS community!
B.S., Salem State University; M.S., Southern New Hampshire University
Mr. Douglass was born and raised in Rockport, MA and a current resident of Beverly, MA. He attended Salem State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Sport and Movement Science and his Masters of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In his free time, you can catch him watching a Boston sports team, at the beach with his dog Bowen or working on his boat. During the summer months, Mr. Douglass works for his family’s owned and operated whale watch company out of Gloucester, Ma. Where he is a Captain/Operations Manager. Make sure to ask him about any whale questions!
B.F.A., Montserrat College of Art
Ms.Bain graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. She recently moved back to Massachusetts after living in Portland, Oregon for the past three years. She previously taught elementary art and is excited to start working with middle and high school students. When she is not teaching she loves making art (especially ceramics), hiking with her dog Stevie, baking, and visiting art museums.
B.S., Endicott College; M.Ed., Endicott College
Born in Gloucester, MA and raised in Rockport, MA. Attended Endicott College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and was a four year soccer player. Later returned to Endicott as an Assistant Coach to the Men’s Soccer team and to also achieve my Master of Education in Athletic Administration. A huge Boston sports fan! Excited to have the opportunity to coach and teach at SACS!
B.A., Emmanuel College; M.S., Boston University
Ms. Hennekens grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York. She moved to Boston for college and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from Emmanuel College and her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Forensics from Boston University. In her spare time, Cami enjoys going to the beach, reading, and playing with her 2 cats, Buddy and Meep, and her dog, Jetpack.
B.A., University of Connecticut
Ms. Onembo has been fascinated with learning and teaching since she was a small girl. She was born in Broadway, NJ where she resided until she attended the University of Connecticut. She took pride in becoming a part of the UCONN Husky community, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. After graduation Ms. Onembo spent the summer living on Nantucket and naturally fell in love with Massachusetts. That fall she enrolled in a Graduate School Program at Salem State College where she completed a Masters degree in Education with a focus in Middle School Humanities. After obtaining her Masters degree Ms. Onembo traveled to many places in the world that she had always wanted to explore. After returning to Massachusetts she was excited to start her career in education. Ms. Onembo will be returning this year as the Dean of Students at Salem Academy Charter School. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
B.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mr.Kilgarriff was born in Asunción, Paraguay and grew up in Pembroke, MA. While at the University of Massachusetts Amherst he studied saxophone, though his favorite way to make music has always been playing R&B on his guitar. He graduated from UMass in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and proceeded to work as a middle school choral director for three years before joining Salem Academy. He currently lives in Boxborough, MA with his partner Victoria, and their dozens of house plants. In his spare time he enjoys meditation, history documentaries, nature walks, and writing music.
SUNY New Paltz; M.A., Salem State University
Mrs. Granniss is delighted to be a Salem resident, even in October, and has been bringing her love of books, writing, and drama into classrooms for 29 years. She has developed and taught all of the Upper School English courses including the Advanced Placement program, and loves the delightful challenge of running Salem Academy Players. Before SACS, Ms.Granniss graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz and earned her MA from nearby Salem State College. She has served on the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild, the Huntington Theater Education Advisory Panel and as Massachusetts Director for the National Shakespeare competition for Teens.
B.S.W., Regis College
Mrs. Klag was born and raised in Lowell, Ma but relocated to Salem in 2014 where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and rottie dog, Princess Leia. Erica graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Regis College in 2003 and worked for several years in various non-profit settings, including the DMH/DDS populations. She also volunteered for the Americorps*NCCC program in 2004. Eventually, she decided to focus her career and went back to school to earn her second Bachelor’s in Science: Health Science and Nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and has been working as a Registered Dietitian ever since. Prior to coming to Salem Academy, Erica worked at Perkins School for the Blind and North Suffolk Mental Health where she helped people of all ages and abilities achieve optimal health. Erica hopes to bring her love of food to the Salem Academy community and improve the way our students perceive and think about food.
B.A., UMass Amherst; M.Ed., Merrimack College
Haley Hewson graduated from UMass Amherst in 2016 with a bachelor’s in English before earning a master’s in Teacher Education at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. After teaching high school English for a few years, she made the transition to teaching middle school ELA at Salem Academy. Outside of the classroom, Haley enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.
B.A., Boston College; M.S.N., Western University of Health Sciences
Katie Harvey, MSN, RN, has been the school nurse at Salem Academy for 3 years. She is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Boston while working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston College. She went on to study Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences, and became a Registered Nurse in 2012. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2014. Her background is in Adult Critical Care/Step-down nursing, but she has always had a passion for working with children. It has been a dream working with Salem Academy students, and Katie looks forward to continuing to help and support students in the years to come.
B.A., Temple University; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; M.A.T., UMass Boston
Ms. Luck was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She is excited to be returning to the area after teaching in Boston for five years. Ms. Luck earned a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, a Mdiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a M.A.T. from UMass Boston. She loves teaching history and is honored to be a part of the SACS community.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.Ed., San Francisco State University
Ms. Pollock was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to California after high school. She got her undergraduate degree in History and Women’s Studies from University of California-Berkeley. She then got her Masters degree in History from San Francisco State University. She taught both middle school history and high school history in Oakland, California. She recently moved to the Boston area and is excited to be joining the Salem Academy team! In her free time, Ms. Pollock teaches fitness classes and loves spending time with her baby, her husband, and her dog, Bear.
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic)
Mrs. De los Santos was born in La Romana Dominican Republic and relocated to Salem in 2015 with her family from Punta Cana DR. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management, from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo. Mrs. De los Santos is a key member of the administrative staff and supports the overall operation of the school. She likes baseball and music and enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.
B.A., Haverford College; M.A.T., Curry School of Education - University of Virginia
Lewis earned his B.A. from Haverford College and M.A.T. (Special Education, English Education) from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Prior to joining Salem Academy in the 2020-2021 school year, he taught adolescent students from diverse backgrounds and with varied special needs in Charlottesville, VA and in the central valley of California. He is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant SACS community and to return to the North Shore to raise his two kids here in Salem.
B.A., Boston College
Ms. Wallace is originally from Miami, Florida and traveled to Boston College where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She began her student teaching in Salem and stayed for the next 14 years, teaching at Witchcraft Heights Elementary. In her spare time Ms. Wallace loves to visit her family in the Florida Keys and forget about the winter time. She is thrilled to be a part of Salem Academy Charter School.
B.A., Providence College; M.Ed., Providence College
Ms. Rice was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics at Providence College, where she also played field hockey at the division one level (Go Friars!). After completing her undergraduate studies in 2019, she continued her education at Providence College where she received her M.Ed. in School Counseling. She is looking forward to combining the skills she has learned not only in mathematics but in counseling to create a classroom environment where students can thrive. In true New York fashion, she is an avid Giants and Islanders fan. Ms. Rice is excited and honored to start her journey with the SACS community.
Ms. Acosta is Salem Academy’s Administrative Coordinator having worked at the school since its inception. Ms. Acosta was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, but has lived much of her life in Salem. She attended Salem High School and North Shore Community College in Danvers. She has four children all of whom have attended public schools in Salem.
B.A., Grand Valley State University; M.Ed., Grand Valley State University
Ms. Bowen received her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate in English and Sociology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She then went on to receive her Masters of Education in Educational Technology, also from GVSU. Her master’s thesis focused on increasing the number of women, specifically women of color, in STEM fields. Ms. Bowen loves to make learning experiential and as real world as possible. She also runs the school’s makerspace and advises the Sexuality and Gender Alliance, the Middle School Robotics Team, and the High School App Team.
B.A., Syracuse University; M.Ed., Saint Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Meghann Peterson is excited to begin her 6th year at Salem Academy and her 16th year teaching high school English. She also teaches a journalism choice block and is the upper school yearbook adviser. Throughout her career, Peterson has taught a combination of 9th and 10th grade English, journalism, and yearbook. She studied magazine journalism and English at Syracuse University and worked as a research editor at Natural Health magazine and editor of a Cape Cod guidebook before obtaining her teaching license at Bridgewater State University. Peterson earned her M.Ed. in technology integration and loves to find new ways to meaningfully incorporate technology into her classes. In her free time, Peterson can be found exploring the North Shore with her rescue dog, Boo.
B.S., University of Rhode Island; M.Ed., Salem State University
Ms. Lassen was born in Gloucester, MA and attended the University of Rhode Island (Go Rhody!) for her undergraduate degree. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a Psychology minor. After several years in corporate recruiting, Ms. Lassen decided to pursue her passion for education and received a Masters of Education from Salem State University. Ms. Lassen is certified in middle and high school guidance counseling as well as K-12 health education. Currently, Ms. Lassen lives in Beverly with her husband Wes, their daughter Natalie, son Wesley and dog Georgia. This is her ninth year at Salem Academy and is enthusiastic about helping her students achieve their college goals.
B.S., Boston University; M.Ed., Salem State University
Mr. Pelletier is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Education where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Social Studies Education. He graduated from Salem State University with a Masters in History in 2014. Having grown up in Salem, he is delighted to contribute to the city’s educational diversity. He enjoys molding the minds of youths through his classes and in action, and also serves as the History Department’s Curriculum Team Leader. Mr. Pelletier also attended a charter school as a middle schooler and is excited to once again be a part of a charter school.
B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston University
Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Mr. Tetzloff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College, earning a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration and French minor. In 2019, he earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. He is honored to enter his fifth year with the inspiring SACS community and enjoys coaching the Varsity Flag Football team in addition to teaching ELA. Outside of SACS, he spends his time coaching, gaming, watching and playing sports, going to the beach, and writing fiction.
Grace College; M.S.W., Boston College
Sarah Roy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has served as the Lower School Adjustment Counselor at Salem Academy Charter School since 2010. Originally from Indiana, Mrs. Roy received dual undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Sociology from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She went on to complete her Masters of Social Work degree from Boston College. Prior to joining the Salem Academy team, Mrs. Roy spent several years working in a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls facing challenges related to mental illness, trauma and learning difficulties. She has extensive experience facilitating both individual and group counseling with a focus on building coping strategies, social skills and conflict resolution skills. Mrs. Roy enjoys collaborating with students and their families to ensure that student behavioral, emotional and social needs both in and out of the classroom are being met. In her spare time, Mrs. Roy enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and attending community events.
B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., UMass Amherst
Sierra Archer is a college counselor at Salem Academy. Her graduate training is in School Counseling and she earned her Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and B.A in Psychology from UMass Amherst. Sierra has experience working with youth in Residential Life programs at both UMass Amherst and Brown University as well as experience working in collegiate student success support and youth recreational summer camps. This is Sierra’s first year at SACS and she is excited to work with students and families!
Mrs. Callahan hails from Scotia, NY. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University, she joined Teach For America where she taught Lynwood, CA, she taught third grade in Lynwood, CA and coached the Wilson Wildcats track team to the state finals. During that time, she also completed a Master of Arts degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Mrs. Callahan returned to Massachusetts to join KIPP Academy Lynn’s founding staff in 2004, teaching middle school History and Social Studies After supporting the school in its startup, Ms. Callahan joined Salem Academy in 2007 as the Dean of Students. She served as the Lower School Principal for nine years and has been the Head of School since 2014. Mrs. Callahan loves spending time with her family, traveling, running, painting, and of course – the New York Yankees.
M.S.W., Smith College; M.A.T., Simmons University
Mrs. Sinclair holds her MSW in clinical psychotherapy from the Smith College School for Social Work and her MAT from Simmons. She lived and worked as a psychotherapist in both Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico. She returned to Massachusetts in 2008 and began a career in education as a Humanities teacher for urban public schools. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Education at Boston University where she teaches new teachers to the field. Mrs. Sinclair loves spending time with her wife and three kids going to the beach, traveling and having adventures.