TEACHERS

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Kadi Bertrand
8th grade Science Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Bertrand graduated from UMass Lowell and will graduate from Boston University in 2012. She is in her fourth year of teaching at KIPP Lynn and is a Teach for America alumna.

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Alicia Coneys
5th grade SS/ELA Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Coneys grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Brown University. She is entering her third year teaching at KIPP Lynn, and previously spent a year as a tutor at MATCH Middle School.

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Arusha DePeiza Saldenha
5th grade Math Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. DePeiza Saldenha grew up in Roxbury, MA and graduated from Barnard College. She is in her fourth year teaching at KIPP Lynn.

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Ben Desmond
6th grade Math Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Desmond grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from Colby College in 2011. He is entering his third year teaching at KIPP Lynn and is a Teach for America alumnus.

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Sarah Ghermay
6th grade Reading Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Ghermay grew up in both Ethiopia and the Washington D.C. area. She attended Cornell University where she earned her B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations and later, earned her M.S. in Adolescent in Special Education from Hunter College. Prior to joining the KIPP team, Ms. Ghermay worked at Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx (NY).

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Chelsey Gilbert
Learning Specialist - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Gilbert grew up in Windham, ME and graduated from Endicott College in 2004. She has taught at KIPP Lynn for four years.

Stephanie Glowik
PE Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Glowik grew up in Peabody, MA and earned her degree in Political science from Salem State University. Prior to coming to KIPP, Ms. G worked for the YMCA and the Peabody Recreation Department. This is her third year with KIPP.

Gaby Gonzalez del Real
7th/8th grade Writing Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. GDR grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated from Claremont McKenna College. This is her third year at KIPP and she previously spent a year tutoring at MATCH Middle School in Boston.

Adam Goodstone
7th grade Social Studies Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Goodstone grew up in Merrick, NY and graduated from SUNY Binghamton. This is Mr. Goodstone’s second year at KIPP. Prior to joining TFA and KIPP, Mr. Goodstone earned his J.D. from Boston University.

Joel Hector
6th grade Math Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Hector is entering his eighth year with KIPP Lynn. He grew up in Vermont and attended Simmons College. In addition to his work at KIPP, Mr. Hector worked at an elementary school in Newbury, MA.

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Laura Hector
Reading Specialist – KIPP Academy Lynn
Mrs. Hector grew up in Proctor, VT and attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia, earning a BA in Psychology & Communications. She later earned her MSEd in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston. Prior to coming to KIPP, Mrs. Hector taught special education in Hamilton-Wenham, MA.

Christine Hjerpe
5th grade Learning Specialist - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Hjerpe grew up in Barrington, RI and attended the University of Notre Dame where she earned both her B.A. in American Studies and her M.Ed. Prior to coming to KIPP, Ms. Hjerpe served as a Literacy Consultant for the Notre Dame ACE Academies in Tucson, AZ.

Eveleen Hsu
5th grade ELA Teacher and Miles Fellow- KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Hsu grew up in Newton, MA. She graduated from Harvard University in 2007, and then from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009 with a Master’s in Education. She has been teaching for six years, and with KIPP Lynn for five.

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Sheila Kelleher
6th grade Reading Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Kelleher grew up in Weymouth, MA and attended Bridgewater State University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and History. Prior to joining KIPP, Ms. Kelleher worked in Weymouth Public Schools.

Manny Lopez
Physical Education Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Lopez grew up in The Bronx and attended KIPP Academy in NYC. He is in his fourth year of teaching at KIPP Lynn.

Beth McPhail
6th grade Social Studies Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. McPhail grew up in Houston, TX and graduated from Trinity University in 2003. She is entering her 10th year teaching.

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Holly McQueeney
8th grade Special Education Assistant - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. McQueeney grew up in Peabody, MA and studied Elementary and Special Education at the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the KIPP MA team, she was the assistant director of an outdoor adventure camp run by the city of Peabody parks and rec.

Jessica Nakajima
6th grade Science teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Nakajima grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from Saint Louis University in 2010. She is entering her fourth year of teaching at KIPP Lynn.

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Adam Perry
7th grade Math Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Perry grew up in Rockville, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. He attended Brown University and graduated with a degree in Economics. Mr. Perry worked at a financial services and financial education nonprofit for low-income DC residents for three years, and KIPP DC for one year. He also spent this past year as a Match Teaching Resident in Boston.

Damian Ramsey
7th grade Learning Specialist, Boys’ Basketball Coach & Director of Curriculum for Rites of Passage - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Ramsey grew up in the Main South area of Worcester, MA. He graduated from Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s in Social Work. He is entering his fifth year teaching at KIPP.

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Abrom Roberts
One -on-one Aide - KIPP Academy Lynn
Prior to joining KIPP:MA, Mr. Roberts worked as a paraprofessional in the special education department at Briscoe Middle School in Beverly.

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Jessica Robinson
7th grade Reading Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Robinson grew up in Holliston, MA (about an hour southeast of Lynn) and graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in secondary education and English literature. Prior to joining the KIPP Team & Family, Ms. Robinson taught middle school English in Memphis, TN.

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Valerie Russell
ESL Specialist – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Russell comes to the KIPP:MA team from Houston, TX. She attended the University of Texas, Austin where she received a B.A. degree in both English and Spanish. She went on to receive her M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Houston. Prior to joining KIPP, Ms. Russell worked as an ESL teacher for the James Madison High School in Houston, TX.

Melissa Savage
5th grade Science Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Savage grew up in Eau Claire, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is in her fifth year of teaching for KIPP Lynn.

Kaya Schmandt
7th grade Science Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Schmandt grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Brown University. She is in her third year teaching at KIPP Lynn, and previously studied plant biology and worked as a tutor at MATCH Middle School in Boston.

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Nisha Shah
5th grade Reading Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Shah attended Florida International University where she earned her BS in Special Education and Teaching. She also earned her Master of Science (M.S.), Educational Leadership and Administration from Barry University. Prior to joining KIPP:MA, Ms. Shah was a teacher for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. She is in her second year of teaching with KIPP.

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Kathleen Shaughnessy
8th grade Social Studies Teacher – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Shaughnessy grew up in Ipswich, MA and attended Colgate University where she earned her degree in Political Science. Prior to joining KIPP, Ms. Shaughnessy worked for Baltimore Talent Development High School in Baltimore, MD.

Jessica Stechmann
8th grade Reading Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Stechmann grew up in New Orleans, LA. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and Simmons College with an M.A.T. She is in her seventh year of teaching, and her fourth year at KIPP Lynn.

Charles Stewart
5th grade Math - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Stewart grew up in Europe, the Caribbean, and New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico. This is his second year at KIPP. Previously Mr. Stewart was a 2nd grade ESL teacher in Dallas for Teach For America.

Tiffany Syariff
ESL Specialist - KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Syariff grew up in Santa Ana, CA and graduated from Northeastern University. She is in her third year of teaching and came to KIPP Lynn through Teach for America.

Nicholas Traicoff
6th grade Learning Specialist - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Traicoff grew up in Beverly, MA and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross. He is in his second year teaching and came to KIPP Lynn through Teach for America.

Nick VanDerwerken
6th grade Writing Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. VanDerwerken grew up in Rockport, MA and graduated from the University of Rochester. He joined Teach for America and taught at CIS 303: The Leadership and Community Service Academy in the Bronx. He earned a Master’s Degree in the Science of Education from Pace University during his time with Teach For America.

James Voci
8th grade Math Teacher - KIPP Academy Lynn
Mr. Voci is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where he studied History and Sociology. Before joining TFA, he was a Math Instructor with Upward Bound and the Native Tribal Scholars program. James is a Teach For America alumnus and is originally from Lynn where he attended Classical High School.

Hannah Wirtshafter
7th grade Learning Specialist – KIPP Academy Lynn
Ms. Wirtshafter grew up outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Lehigh University and from Boston University. Before coming to KIPP, Ms. Wirtshafter worked in two programs for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.