Faculty & Staff

Magnolia Acosta

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Admissions Coordinator Work Phone: 978-744-2105;108
Biography

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.

Sid Adams

Biography

Mr. Adams and his family moved to Salem, MA from Phoenix, AZ this year. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University. Prior to Salem Academy, Mr. Adams was the orchestra director at BASIS Peoria where he concurrently worked as the 6-12 music subject adviser working in curriculum design and teacher mentorship. Outside of teaching music, Mr. Adams also enjoys painting (acrylic and watercolor… not oil), gardening, playing with my three dogs, and playing World of Warcraft.

Alicia Arendt

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Art Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 202
Biography

Ms. Arendt was born in a small town, outside of Buffalo, NY, ironically called…Boston. In 2013, she joined Salem Academy and moved to Salem with her dog, Bernice! Prior to working at SACS, she completed her master’s degree in Educational Technology from Nazareth College, and taught art in New York for several years. As an artist she loves working with Graphic Design and Illustration. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling. Ms. Arendt spent time traveling in Italy, Poland and Germany and to many states throughout the United States.

Kelsey Bayer

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6th Grade Mathematics Work Phone: 978-744-2105;102
Biography
Ms. Bayer moved to Boston, Massachusetts, upon joining Teach For America, all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Bayer received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in Curriculum and Education (emphasizing mathematics) at Boston University. She is a passionate math teacher and is ecstatic to share her love for the subject with her students.

Chris Beaver

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10th Grade Learning Specialist Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x137
Biography

Mr. Beaver and his family moved to Salem, MA from Phoenix, AZ in 2001. He graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and earned a Master’s in Special Education in 2014. Mr. Beaver has been a Special Education teacher for 14 years where he taught in the Salem school district as well as the Northshore Education Consortium in Peabody, MA. Prior to that Mr. Beaver has worked in the behavioral health field in many different settings for over 20 years. Mr. Beaver is certified in Moderate disabilities 5-12, and History 5-8 and 8-12. Mr. Beaver is a proud husband and father of three children.

Drew Betts

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Athletic Director – Health & PE Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 303
Biography

Mr. Betts was born and raised in Bristol, CT and attended Endicott College in Beverly, MA. There he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a College Coaching Certificate. During his time at Endicott he was a four year member of the baseball team. Shortly after finishing his undergraduate work Mr. Betts went back to Endicott and received his Master of Education in Athletic Administration. He is a lifelong New York Giants and Yankees fan and is excited to have the opportunity to coach and teach many of the students at Salem Academy.

Eric Bland

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AP Biology & Environmental Science
Biography

Eric Bland is a licensed high school and middle school science teacher and a science writer with bylines in publications such as Discovery Channel, New Scientist, and Technology Review. Born in Indiana and educated in Pennsylvania and Boston, he has run laps over an an antimatter generator in France, caught rattlesnakes in Idaho, and fought wildfires in California. When he isn’t teaching AP Biology or Environmental Science, he plays soccer, cooks, and explores with his three year old son Connor and his wife Maria.

Megan Bowen

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Computer Science & Technology Work Phone: 978-744-2105

Ana Brea

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Spanish Teacher, Upper School – Curriculum Team Leader Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 136
Biography

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.

Rebecca Bruno

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History Teacher/Geography Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 115
Biography

Ms. Bruno has recently moved to Salem area MA where she is enjoying beautiful views of the harbor. She graduated from Rivier University in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in History and Political Science. She currently works as the 6th grade geography teacher and form leader. She enjoys hiking, golfing, watching sports, and exploring new areas. Ms. Bruno is excited be part of the SACS community and is looking forward to the school year.

Alex Cain

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Special Education Paraprofessional
Biography

Alex graduated from Merrimack College with a degree in economics and New England School of Law with a juris doctorate. After spending almost two decades working with students on the college level, Alex decided to devote his time to working with students at Salem Academy. He has published two books and countless scholarly articles on the American War for Independence. (He has just started working on his third book.) When he is not with his students, Alex is coaching his U14 soccer team, participating in Revolutionary War reenactments throughout the eastern United States or simply hanging out with his amazing family.

Stephanie Callahan

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Head of School Work Phone: 978-744-2015 Ext. 148
Biography

After supporting the school in its start up, Mrs. Callahan joined Salem Academy in 2007 as the Dean of Students. Mrs. Callahan has served as the Lower School Principal since 2010. During the 2013-14 school year, she completed an Executive Leadership program through the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College in preparation for her current role as Head of School. Mrs. Callahan loves spending time with her family, traveling, running, painting, and of course – the New York Yankees.

Deborah Campbell

Staff Accountant Business Office

Matthew Chuchul

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8th Grade History Teacher & 8th Grade Form Leader Work Phone: 978-477-2105;116
Biography

Mr. Chuchul is originally from Long Island, New York. In 2013, he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature. In 2015, he completed a masters program in Teaching and Curriculum at Boston University. Mr. Chuchul is the eighth grade form leader, and he teaches Foundations of Government, the eighth grade social studies course. He also coaches Cross Country and Spring Track.

Jennifer Conway

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6th Grade Science Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105

Sophia Cruz de Silva

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Spanish Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105

Brian Cutler

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9th Grade Form Team Leader and Spanish 1 and Spanish 3 Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105;142
Biography
Mr. Cutler graduated from Long Island University (LIU Global) with degrees in Spanish Education and Environmental Education. Mr. Cutler is the 9th Grade Form Team Leader and he teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 3 in the Upper School.  He enjoys using his Spanish both locally and abroad in other countries. When not teaching in the classroom he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, boating, helping people, and hiking.

Leni De los Santos

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Executive Administrative Assistant Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 147
Biography

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.

Alex Dean

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9th Grade Mathematics
Biography

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Alex Dean holds degrees from Brown and Harvard Universities and has been teaching for seven years. A newlywed, Mr. Dean enjoys live theater and long-form designer board games.

Teague Desmond

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History Teacher, Upper School Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mr. Desmond originates from the tranquil sea town of Rockport MA. He grew up just down the street from where Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson would hike along the Atlantic coast and enjoy a spot of tea. Soon after transferring from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mr. Desmond received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Salem State. Upon graduation, he taught creative writing before becoming a learning specialist at Salem Academy. A licensed ELA teacher, he is delighted to be in the classroom full-time implementing our new scope and sequence and bringing his love of literature to the community. Mr. Desmond began teaching History at Salem Academy is 2013. He enjoys music (and an occasional spot of tea.)

Coree Dovev

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11th Grade SE Liaison
Biography
Coree Dovev grew up in Marblehead, and is excited to be back at Salem Academy for her second year as the 11th grade Learning Specialist and Co Final Form Team Leader.  She graduated from Umass Amherst in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science, and went back to school in 2011 for her Masters in Teaching.  Coree taught in Los Angeles for 5 years before returning to the East Coast to be closer to friends and family.  On the weekends she enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog Wally.

Kathy Egmont

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Executive Director Salem Academy Charter School Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x 112
Biography

Kathy Egmont is an experienced teacher, administrator and school leader. Ms. Egmont earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration, Policy and Planning from Boston University and has been a school administrator for nearly 30 years.  Her experiences over the years have given her expertise in leading urban elementary and middle schools, managing start up and turnaround situations and understanding the characteristics of healthy, successful schools.

In 1995, Ms. Egmont co-founded one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts, the Community Day Charter School in Lawrence, MA. Following her time in Lawrence, Ms. Egmont worked for 9 years as the Head of School at the Children’s Storefront, a tuition free, independent school in Harlem preparing underserved young people for high school success and college. From July 2010 until June 2016, she provided leadership to a turnaround challenge which brought Lowell Community Charter Public School from failing to achieving Level 1 status and maintaining it for her entire tenure. She is familiar with the academic, operations, business and student support services aspects of running schools and understands how each element is key to academic success.

Ms. Egmont is committed to the work of closing the achievement gap and giving every child the opportunity to succeed, to set high goals and achieve them.  Ms. Egmont believes that building a school culture that motivates, sustains and encourages every young person to believe in themselves is key to achieving those goals. Every child deserves a school of excellence where diversity is valued and each student is seen as unique.  Ms. Egmont is pleased to join Salem Academy and the exciting work being done at SACS.

Taylor English

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Paraprofessional Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mr. English was born and raised in the beautiful state of Vermont. He then took his academic and extracurricular talents to Beverly, MA where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Endicott College. Through his experiences he was able to confirm his passion for working with kids and supporting their personal development of many beneficial competencies. Mr. English is very grateful for the students and staff that have made his experience at SACS one he could never forget. In his free time, Mr. English enjoys recreational/competitive athletics (baseball, basketball, soccer and golf), quality time with friends and making the trip back to the “Green Mountain State” to visit his family.

Diego Fellows

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Communications and Development Coordinator Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 124
Biography

In 2015 Diego graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science. He then spent two years teaching 5th and 6th grade at Saltonstall K-8 School in Salem, MA. In 2017 Diego earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. He joined Salem Academy in 2017. An active member of the community, Diego sits on the Teach for America Alumni Board, the Executive Board for the Phi Sigma Pi Greater Boston Alumni Chapter, and engages with various UMass Amherst alumni groups throughout the year. In his free time he enjoys walks with his dog, Wiley, writing or playing music & traveling in search of new adventures.

Colleen Fremont-Smith

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Art & Paraprofessional
Biography

Miss Fremont-Smith (Miss. Fremont for short) is teaching grades 9/10 Art and is also a Para at Salem Academy. She received her BFA from Boston University in Fine Art in 2011. Her primary area of study was Painting, with a foundation in drawing, and printmaking as well as Modern Poetry and Art History. In her spare time she loves working in her studio, helping others be creative, listening to music, reading, cooking, and being near the ocean.

Sean Gass

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Upper School Principal Work Phone: 978-744-2105;124
Biography

Mr. Gass graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1995. He earned a B.A. in English at Hamilton College in 1999; an M.A. in Education with concentration in Multicultural Urban Secondary English from UC Berkeley in 2005; and an M.A. in Education at the Principal Leadership Institute, UC Berkeley, in 2013. After graduation from Hamilton, Gass served for two years as program director of the Community Boating program in Boston. He moved to San Francisco and taught English for two years at Burton High School and then taught history and English for seven more years at Gateway Charter High School. Mr. Gass ended his time in San Francisco working as an instructional reform facilitator for the San Francisco Unified School District.

In 2008 Mr. Gass was awarded a fellowship for research and travel in South Africa, and while at Gateway, he led a team of teachers and students on a service learning trip to Haiti where they built a school with the local community. This year marks Mr. Gass’s fifth year as the Upper School Principal.

Denise Granniss

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English Teacher, Upper School Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x141
Biography

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 20 years. She has developed and taught all of the Upper School English courses including the Advanced Placement program, and has had lots of fun directing a variety of plays and small theatrical events. Before Salem Academy, 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. She and her husband Chris are shocked to discover their son is now in high school and their daughter a 5th grader at Saltonstall.

Mark Green

Biography

My name is Mark Green. I’m originally from Western Mass. I grew up in the hills of the Berkshires and obtained my Undergraduate and Graduate Degree from Westfield State. I’ve been teaching for 10 years and have licensure in both middle and high school mathematics. I’m a huge comic and Disney fan – I’ve run multiple 5k’s, 10k’s, and Half Marathons in Walt Disney World and plan on doing so for as long as I can.

Matt Hanlon

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8th Grade Science Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Matthew Hanlon received his bachelor’s in genetics and psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He then went on to complete his master’s degree in epidemiology at Boston University in 2010. After a few years working in health science research Matt transitioned to teaching science, starting at Salem Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.

Katherine Harvey

Nurse Work Phone: 978-744-2105;106

Cami Hennekens

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7th Grade Life Scinece Work Phone: 978-744-2105

Matt Hohn

Biography

Matt Hohn graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016 with degrees in mathematics, education, and statistics. Always working on bettering himself, Matt had achieved multiple black-belt degrees in varying martial art styles. When he isn’t passionately teaching math, you will likely find him snowboarding or playing with his dogs.

Emily Jeffers

Upper School English Teacher English

Jessica Kittle

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6th Grade Special Education Liason – 7th Grade Team Leader Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Ms. Kittle was born and raised in Upstate New York, in the Thousand Islands. She attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and her New York State Teaching Certification in Elementary and Special Education grades 1-6. Immediately after graduation, Ms. Kittle moved to New Hampshire where she received a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Southern New Hampshire University, while also teaching special education in Hooksett, NH. She is a big sports fan and lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, New York Giants and most importantly, the Montreal Canadiens. Ms. Kittle is thrilled to be joining the Salem Academy staff and community!

Erica Klag

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Director of Nutrition

Anna Kogos

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Upper School ELL Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mrs. Kogos grew up in a small town in Maryland and graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a B.A. in History. She joined Teach For America and taught Math to English Language Learners at Chelsea High School for three years, while earning her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Mrs. Kogos spent a year living in Morocco, teaching English at a university on the Mediterranean coast and learning some Arabic, French, and Spanish. She is excited to join Salem Academy!

Carli Kusiolek

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Special Education Teacher & Special Education Assistant Coordinator Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x117
Biography

Carli Kusiolek is in her eighth year of teaching at Salem Academy Charter School. Mrs. Kusiolek began teaching at Salem Academy as a first-year Corps Member in the 2011 Teach for America Greater Boston Corps. Mrs. Kusiolek earned her Masters degree in Curriculum Development and Teaching at Boston University’s School of Education in 2013. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned her Bachelors of Science at Towson University. This year, Mrs. Kusiolek works with both 7th and 8th-grade students in the math classroom and in learning centers, as well as acting as the Special Education Curriculum Team leader and Special Education Assistant coordinator. 

Alexis Lambert

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7th Grade Special Education Teacher
Biography

Mrs. Lambert was born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA and is now a resident of Beverly. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Gordon College in 2012 and completed her M.Ed in Moderate Special Needs Education at Salem State University in 2017. In her spare time, Mrs. Lambert enjoys traveling and painting.

Melissa Lassen

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College Counselor Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x167
Biography

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, and their dog Georgia and brand new baby boy. This is her third year at Salem Academy and is enthusiastic about helping her students achieve their college goals.

Bryan Lee

Paraprofessional Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

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!

Rebecca Lessard

Academic Operations Coordinator Work Phone: 978-744-2105;144
Biography

Ms. Lessard graduated from Stonehill College in 2015 with a degree in political science. She worked toward a Master’s degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University while teaching fourth grade math in Rhode Island. She is now the Academic Operations Coordinator at SACS. In her free time Ms. Lessard loves to play tennis, visit her family in Maine, and play frisbee with her black lab puppy Ruth Bader.

John MacDonald

Biography

Mr. MacDonald grew up in Burnt Hills, New York. He attended Springfield College where he earned his Bachelors degree in Movement and Sports Studies with a minor in Coaching and his Masters of Education in Health Promotion and Disease prevention. He is a competitive triathlete with two Ironman finishes under his belt. When not teaching or training for a triathlon he enjoys just about anything that can be done outdoors.

Taylor Mathias

Biography

Ms. Mathias is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved often while growing up which is how she became a Florida State Seminole. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education. Upon graduating, she moved to Boston to pursue her Master’s Degree at Northeastern University. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Education. She is excited to join the Salem Academy team as a 7th and 8th grade History teacher!

Kayley Miskis

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8th Grade Mathematics
Biography

Ms. Miskis received a degree in Applied Mathematics and Math Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduating, she traveled to Italy to teach English for three months. Ms. Miskis is extremely passionate about showing students how math is used in the real world. She is very excited to join the SACS community!

Davia Moore

Elizabeth Murphy

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Reading Specialist Work Phone: 978-744-2105

Chyna Onembo

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Dean of Students Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 123
Biography

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.

Nathalie Pacas

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ELD Paraprofessional Work Phone: 978-744-2105 ext. 137
Biography

Nathalie will be supporting our English Learners in grades 6 through 9. She graduated from UMASS Boston this past May and loves soccer and traveling. She loves working with English Learners and she’s excited to join the Salem Academy team!

Robert Pelletier

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History Teacher, Upper School – Curriculum Team Leader Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

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, as advisor of Game Club, 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.

Meghann Peterson

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10th Grade English Language Arts
Biography
Meghann Peterson is thrilled to be back in MA after spending the past six years with family in MN. Over the past decade, Peterson has taught a combination of 9th and 10th grade English, journalism, and yearbook. She studied magazine journalism and English as an undergraduate 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 last year and loves to find new ways to meaningfully incorporate technology into her classes. She can’t wait to explore the North Shore with her 10-year-old lab/hound mix, Scout, and meet all the wonderful students and staff at Salem Academy.

Benjamin Petrides

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7th Grade English Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

“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!

Elisabeth Reickert

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Upper School Adjustment Counselor Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 126
Biography

Elisabeth Reickert, LMHC, returns to Salem Academy for her sixth year as Upper School Adjustment Counselor. A lifelong resident of the north shore, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Montserrat College of Art, followed by a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. Mrs. Reickert has worked in wide range of academic settings, with adolescents and families whose lives are impacted by mental illness, learning challenges, traumatic brain injury, emotional trauma, and behavioral issues. She has facilitated individual, family, and group therapy focusing on topics such as anger and stress management, social skills, substance abuse, and community safety. Mrs. Reickert brings a commitment to helping students navigate the challenges of their adolescence and achieve their academic and personal goals. In her free time she enjoys camping, painting and spending time with her son, Dexter.

Lauren Rossi

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Spanish LS/US Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Ms. Rossi was born and raised in upstate New York. She recently finished her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, ESL, and Education at Gordon College. Besides her love for teaching and the Spanish language, Ms. Rossi enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Roy

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Lower School Adjustment Counselor Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 103
Biography

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.

Sarah Sawyer

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ELL Coordinator Work Phone: 978-744-2105;102
Biography

Ms. Sawyer was born and raised in Newtown, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, MA concentrating on History and English and completed her Masters of Education at Gordon College in Secondary Education and ELL. 2018-2019 is her seventh year at Salem Academy Charter School.

Kristine Sgambellone

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Director of Operations Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x146

Jeffrey Snyder

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Paraprofessional Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mr. Snyder was born and raised in Lynn, MA. In the spring of 2016, he graduated Salem State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Secondary Education. Mr. Snyder performed his student teaching practicum at SACS while working with the 9th grade. He now teaches 12th grade Civics and works as a paraprofessional assisting students within the classroom. He is very excited to be a part of the SACS community and is looking forward to working with the schools many bright students.

Ashley Springett

Dance
Biography

Ashley Springett was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she grew up dancing, playing soccer and field hockey, participating in musical theater, loving the beach and outdoor recreation, and enjoying every year of school from kindergarten through senior year. She was captain of her college dance team at University of California Santa Cruz, where she studied American Studies and Education. Ashley moved to Massachusetts via cross-country road trip in the summer of 2007 to live in a land with four seasons and pursue a Masters in Elementary Education at Lesley University. Ashley has been a dance instructor since 2002 and has directed and choreographed children’s theater productions in both California and Massachusetts. She has even worked as an elementary classroom teacher and after-school club leader at various schools on the North Shore. Ashley is a group exercise instructor and certified personal trainer at The YMCA, and also a mother to one groovy little dude with whom she loves to travel, paint, and collect sea glass. Ashley is passionate about living a healthy and happy lifestyle, moving to music whenever possible, and is excited to share this passion with the Salem Academy community!

Linda St. Pierre

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Special Education Director Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 109
Biography

Ms. St. Pierre is a Salem resident and former teacher at the Horace Mann Lab School in Salem. She has worked in the field of Special Education in private and public settings since earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Salem State College in 1979. She completed one year of graduate study in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1990. Ms. St. Pierre is a founding faculty member of Salem Academy.

Kim Stanhouse

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Upper School History Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mrs. Stanhouse was born in Boise, ID and raised in Reno, NV, where she attended the University of Nevada, Reno for her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies. Upon graduation, she spent two years living and teaching in England – one year at the worst school in England, the other at one of the best. While there, she also studied and received her MA in European History for Birkbeck College, University of London. Her return to the US brought her to Boston, where she taught sophomore history for several years in Everett at a small high school, organized multiple trips and led the yearbook and speech teams. Last year, she completed her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Learning & Teaching at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. During the summers, Mrs. Stanhouse keeps busy travelling with Antiques Roadshow as part of the crew. When she’s at SACS, she enjoys teaching AP US History 2, AP Government/We The People and CP US History. When she’s not at SACS, she enjoys spending time with her husband, travelling all over and incessantly listens to NPR.

Ross Tetzloff

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9th Grade English Language Arts
Biography

Mr. Tetzloff grew up in Bloomington, MN, so New England’s snowy winters make him feel right at home. He moved to Massachusetts to study English, Creative Writing, and French at Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Kean Memorial Award as BC’s outstanding English major. As a proud Teach for America corps member, he is thrilled to join Salem Academy and learn from his students’ hard work and big dreams. In his spare time, he is usually found where the Frisbees are. His other hobbies include playing board games, reading Dickens or Woolf, writing short stories, and exploring on foot.

Christine Titus

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Learning Specialist, Upper School Work Phone: 978-744-2105 x 141
Biography

Ms. Titus earned her Bachelor of Arts in from Rivier College in Nashua, NH and her Masters degree from Salem State College. She began her teaching career in the Lynn Public School and taught at both Lynn Classical and Lynn English High schools. After volunteering on the 2004 presidential campaign she left teaching and worked with adult learners at Boston University Metropolitan College. In 2008 she returned to teaching and began working at SACS in 2013. Ms. Titus spends her summers travelling and she has now has visited 32 of the 50 states (plus Washington D.C.) She is a lifelong North Shore resident and is excited to be working in Salem, a city with history around every corner! Ms. Titus is a certified Special Education and Social Studies teacher.

Martin Valdes

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Science Teacher/Chemistry Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Mr. Valdes was born in Bulgaria, lived in Nicaragua, and speaks Bulgarian and Spanish. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has experience in the laboratory equipment industry. Mr. Valdes is thrilled to be at Salem Academy Charter School and currently teaching AP Chemestry. He enjoys watercolor painting, cooking, playing soccer, and travelling.

Lisa Wallace

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ELA Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

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.

Zoe Weems

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8th Grade ELA Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105
Biography

Ms. Weems graduated from Boston University’s School of Education with a Bachelor of Science in English Education. While studying at BU, Ms. Weems spent a summer in Ireland, teaching middle-grade students in Dublin. During her free time, she enjoys drawing cartoons and boxing. Ms. Weems is thrilled to join the Salem Academy Charter School community.

Taylor Wright

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Assistant Dean of Students Home Phone: 978-744-2105;127
Biography

Taylor Wright joined the Salem Academy team in 2015. Mrs. Wright has a bachelors degree from Grand Valley State University in Biology with an emphasis in Secondary Education and a Master degree in School Counseling from Adams State University. Mrs. Wright’s love for education, science and travelling has allowed her to teach middle school in Baltimore, MD, Phoenix, AZ, Philadelphia, PA, and Minneapolis, MN. While teaching Mrs. Wright decided that she really enjoyed working with student’s one on one and decided to go back to school for school counseling. Her background in teaching and counseling gives Mrs. Wright a unique perspective in the Assistant Dean of Students role. Mrs. Wright enjoys working with students and staff to ensure that SACS is a safe and supportive environment for everyone. In her free time Mrs. Wright enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, Huck and Waylin, exploring New England.

Melody Zargari

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10th Grade Mathematics
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