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

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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.

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
Biography

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.

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.

Stephanie Callahan

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Head of School Work Phone: 978-744-2105 Ext. 148
Biography

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.

Deborah Campbell

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Staff Accountant Business Office

Priscilla Chancy

Biography

Ms. Chancy was born and raised in Providence, RI. She then moved to Winter Park, FL where she attended Rollins College and earned a Bachelor’s degree is Psychology, with a focus in education. Ms. Chancy has worked in the field of Special Education for the last 9 years in various Charter schools and private programs. Ms. Chancy currently lives in Nahant. She enjoys walking and biking along the beach, and traveling near and far, especially in the winter months.

Matthew Chuchul

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Lower School Principal Work Phone: 978-477-2105;149
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. He has been at Salem Academy since 2013, and prior to this year, he was the eighth grade history teacher.

Sofia 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.

Brendan Douglass

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College Transition Coach/Paraprofessional
Biography

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!

Jen Duffy

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

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.

Meaghan Fitzgerald

Biography

Recently graduated from Curry College with a degree in Biology. She is originally from Sandwich, MA and relocated to Salem, MA after graduating college. She loves Boston sports, the beach and traveling. She’s excited to be a part of Salem Academy and to teach students about health!

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.

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 25 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. She and her husband Chris are shocked to discover their son is now in college (Union, Schenectady) and their daughter a 9th grader at Salem High.

Mark Green

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7th Grade, Mathematics
Biography
Mr. Green graduated from Westfield State College in 2006 and obtained his Masters in Mathematics from Westfield State University in 2013. He has taught multiple levels of mathematics – ranging from 7th grade all the way up to 12th grade. During his teaching career, he has held numerous positions within his department and school districts and has coached numerous sports; he is currently SACS’ LS Track and Field Coach.
In his spare time, Mr. Green likes to visit his family in Western, Ma. and run as many miles as he can in his spare time. He is an avid movie go-er and a huge Disney fanatic.

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

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Nurse Work Phone: 978-744-2105;106

Cami Hennekens

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Chemistry and Science Curriculum Team Leader Work Phone: 978-744-2105; 120
Biography

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.

Haley Hewson

8th Grade ELA
Biography

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.

Jessica Hoag

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

Mrs. Hoag (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, Mrs. Hoag 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. Mrs. Hoag  is thrilled to be a part of the Salem Academy staff and community!

Matt Hohn

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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
Biography

A lifelong resident of the North Shore, Ms. Jeffers graduated from Salem State University in the Winter of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in secondary education. She was incredibly fortunate to begin her career at Salem Academy just two weeks after completing her final SSU course and continues to find daily joy in her position teaching CP and AP ELA to eleventh and twelfth graders. When she’s not lesson planning or grading, Ms. Jeffers enjoys binging Netflix on the couch with her two cats.

Karen Kilner

8th Grade History
Biography

Karen Kilner grew up in Frederick, Maryland and went to the University of Maryland where she completed her B.A. in Secondary Education and Government & Politics. She taught 10th grade Government for her student teaching, and is excited to teach 8th grade civics at SACS! She is also a proud corps member of Teach for America and is excited to get to know the Salem community. In her free time, she loves to explore New England, read, listen to podcasts, and run.

Lincoln Kiragu

Biography

Mr. Kiragu was born and raised in Kenya, before moving to San Francisco, California where he attended middle and high school. During his time in high school, Mr. Kiragu was a four year member of the track and football teams. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Diablo Valley College where he received his associates degree in Political Science. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. When he isn’t exploring new beaches and hiking trails with his dog Leo, Mr. Kiragu enjoys cooking and playing basketball. He will be joining Salem Academy as part of Teach For America and will be teaching middle school ESL. He is very eager and excited to be part of a new community.

Erica Klag

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Director of Nutrition Work Phone: 978-744-2105;149
Biography

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.

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; 145
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, son Wesley and dog Georgia. This is her ninth year at Salem Academy and is enthusiastic about helping her students achieve their college goals.

Bryan Lee

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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

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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.

Kimberly Luck

Biography

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.

Jamie Mahoney

7th Grade, Science
Biography

Ms. Mahoney is a double Viking! She has graduated from Salem State University twice. She obtained a Bachelor degree for Early Childhood Education in 2016 and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education this past spring. In her free time, she loves to Coach!

Taylor Mathias

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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 be at Salem Academy team as a 7th grade History teacher!

Ari Metaxatos

Paraprofessional
Biography

As a Salem Academy alumni, I was excited to return to the school in a new role. At first it seemed funny becoming a coworker to those who once taught me, but once I got over the feeling of “not being allowed” in staff areas, I fell into the role rather naturally (Just don’t ask me to call any of my former teachers by their first name!) I began my Salem Academy staff journey tutoring with the sixth grade and am excited to expand my role this year as a paraprofessional.

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!

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.

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, 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!

David Polito

Art Teacher Work Phone: 978-744-2105;202
Biography

Having moved from East Boston to Wenham when he was 12, where he now lives again with his fiance and their 4 children, Mr. P. will change where he says he’s from depending on the context of the question. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design and Advertising from Salem State University and his Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Gordon College. Mr. P. loves the graffiti and street art culture and the roles art and music play in politics and society.

Laura Pollock

Biography

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 just moved to the Boston area this summer 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.

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 ninth 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 weaving, painting, being outside and spending time with her son, Dexter.

Nicole Rodriguez

Biography

Ms. Rodriguez loves teaching English Language Learners. A licensed ELL teacher, she has taught English to age 5 through age 80. She graduated from Harvard in 1999 and is working on a Master’s in Teaching ESOL at Salem State. Ms. Rodriguez worked for ten years as a copywriter, writing summaries for the backs of mysteries, romances, Westerns, nonfiction and other genres, in New York City. When she’s not teaching, she can usually be found at the beach, any time of year!

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.

Kristine Sgambellone

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

Ashley Springett

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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.

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.

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.

Cheryl Wolff-Variam

Biography

Cheryl moved to Massachusetts in 2002 from Portland, Oregon. She lives on the North Shore with her husband, two daughters, and cockapoo, Henry. She worked in Marblehead Public Schools for the past fourteen years as a special education tutor. When not at work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and volunteering at the Peabody Essex Museum.

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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