Kevin Dean Head of School
Mr. Dean, born and raised in upstate New York, graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English and recently completed his Masters in Education Leadership at Boston College. After nearly a decade teaching high school English in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Dean managed a college-preparatory program in Boston for three years. He is thrilled to join Phoenix Network whose compelling mission, committed teachers, and incredible scholars energize his daily work.
Elizabeth Harbison Operations Manager
Ms. Harbison hails from Pittsburgh, PA with a love for the midwest and German food. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Economics from Denison University and loves math more than anything. She has an incredible passion for behind-the-scenes work in schools and hopes to facilitate efficiency in her new Operations Manager role at Phoenix Chelsea. Ms. Harbison resides in Somerville with her good friends (and bicycle).
Jasmin Henriquez Front Office Manager
Emma Brazo Manager of Student Support
After earning her bachelors in Juvenile Justice at Wheelock College, Ms. Brazo worked with Boston area youth at Boston Community Leadership Academy and the Cambridge Youth Programs. As the Manager of Student Support, Ms. Brazo works with students in the Student Support Center. She works at Phoenix because she believes in the Network’s mission and is deeply committed to our students.
Catherine Haynes Childcare Center Director
Ms. Haynes graduated from Providence College in 2009 with a degree in elementary and special education. She spent the following three years working as an early childhood educator in New York and earning a Master’s degree in behavior disorders from Hunter College. She is loves being a part of the Phoenix community, and now serves as the Director of the Little Scholars Child Development Center. She loves working with little ones and helping them develop much needed social, emotional, and academic skills.
Ellie Wilson College Services Coordinator
Ms. Wilson is a New Hampshire native with years of experience working with high school students navigating the college admission, scholarship, and financial aid process. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. After graduating from college Ms. Wilson moved to the Dominican Republic where she worked at a bilingual high school as a teacher and college counselor. She is a passionate believer in higher education, college access for all, and to help students identify the best educational opportunities that meet their aspirations.
Emily Dixon Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Dixon began her teaching career as a 2007 Teach for American corps member. She taught 6th grade self-contained English as a Second Language at PS 95 in the North Bronx for two years. She developed a NYSESLAT after-school program to help better prepare English language learners for state exams. Additionally, she created and implemented the 6th grade science curriculum. From 2009-2012, Ms. Dixon taught ELA, ESL, Humanities, Health and Reading in the South Bronx to different sections of beginner, intermediate and advanced English language learners. She generated the ELA and Humanities curriculum for the 6th grade aligning it with the new common core state standards. Furthermore, she taught an after-school Latin program as an interdisciplinary bridge for English language development and social studies. During 2012-2014, Ms. Dixon joined KIPP Star Elementary as their first ESL teacher and instructed students in Kindergarten and first grade. She was also a founding teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School where she instructed 5th and 6th grade ESL students in Reading, Writing, Non-fiction and literacy intervention. She also created, implemented, and assessed a school-wide differentiated vocabulary class based on reading levels for both grades. She created the ESL program for KIPP NYC. Last year she joined the Phoenix Network as Chelsea’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction,
Ms. Dixon received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Pace University. In her free time, Ms. Dixon loves to travel and try new adventures. She has sailed around the world and visited over 30 countries! She enjoys cooking, playing sports, and watching live theater.
Ariel Bruni English Teacher
Ms. Bruni moved to Boston six years ago to pursue undergraduate degrees in Secondary English Education and English Language Arts at Boston University. She is deeply invested in pursuing intellectual curiousity through and beyond literature. After serving a year as a Phoenix Americorps Fellow, she is excited to return this year as a literacy instructor–and looks forward to engaging students in this new capacity.
Sarah Fiore ESL Teacher
Ms. Fiore was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Middle East and North African Studies at Allegheny College. This is her first year teaching at PCA, but she was a fellow in the 2014-2015 school year. As a member of Fellows to Teachers, she spent the past school year preparing to teach for the Phoenix Network. She is incredibly excited to work with our English Language Learners and help them in their journey to access higher education.
Colleen Gaasbeck Academic Support Teacher
Ms. Gaasbeck is from Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelors in English literature. Last summer she worked at The All Stars Project which builds after school programs for youth in inner city areas. She is a 2015 Teach For America Massachusetts Corp member and is very happy to be a new resident of Massachusetts. She is extremely passionate about education and is very excited to be teaching at PCA in Chelsea.
Peter Hong Math Teacher
Mr. Hong grew up in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Colorado at the age of 14. He attended Boston University with a double-concentration in Mathematics and Economics. He is very passionate about Mathematics and Mathematics Education. In his free time, he likes to play musical instruments. He is a 2015 Teach For America Massachusetts Corp member and is very excited to stay in the region longer!
Emily Jacobs-Palmer Science Teacher
Dr. J-P is simply crazy about biology – she thinks that living creatures (including Phoenix Scholars) are the most fascinating and inspiring beings the universe has to offer. She earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and her PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in Cambridge. She is so excited to teach science by doing science – to work with scholars as they ask and answer original questions about their own bodies and environment. When she’s not at school, Dr. J-P can be found hiking or doing arts & crafts at her apartment in Somerville.
Jeffrey Lazar Humanities Teacher
Mr. Lazar is a native of Milton Massachusetts and former Teach for America Corps Member (Philadelphia ’13). He earned a BA in History at Fordham University and a Masters in Education from UPenn. Mr Lazar is excited to be joining the Phoenix Chelsea team!
Sharaai Marrero Science Teacher
Ms. Marrero graduated from Bryn Mawr College where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Education. She is a Posse Scholar from Fitchburg, Ma. She is a huge believer in helping members of her community and giving back to those that have helped her in the past. After coming to Phoenix Lawrence through the AmeriCorps Fellowship she is incredibly excited to be teaching Chemistry to Phoenix Chelsea for a second year.
Evan Mitchell Science Teacher
Mr. Mitchell interned at Forever Family National Headquarters, worked with children in summer camps, and led high school leadership camps before graduating Morehouse College and joining the Phoenix Charter Academy Chelsea community as an AmeriCorps Fellow during the 2012-13 school year. Last year, he transitioned to become part of the science faculty. He was drawn to Phoenix for its atmosphere of relentless support and innovation in inspiring excellence in high school students. Mr. Mitchell looks forward to pushing students to experience the “aha!” moment when all of the hard work pays off with understanding and mastery.
Sarah Richmond Math Teacher
Ms. Richmond graduated from University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2010 with a degree in Social Psychology. She originally joined Phoenix Chelsea as an AmeriCorps Fellow, moved on to become a Student Support Specialist, and is a member of Phoenix Chelsea’s Math team teaching Algebra 1. Ms. Richmond works at Phoenix because she strongly believes that with dedication and relentless support, we can teach our scholars the necessary skills for college success and beyond. She currently resides in Revere with her boyfriend, their son and their dog. In her spare time she enjoys taking yoga classes, cooking, and hiking with her family.
Beth Wobbe ESL Teacher
Ms. Wobbe served at PCA as an AmeriCorps Urban Fellow for 2 years before transitioning into the Front Office Manager role last year. During her Fellowship years, she was so inspired by the scholars and staff at Phoenix Chelsea that she found herself unable to imagine working anywhere else. This year she is looking forward to moving from “behind the scenes” into the classroom as an ESL Teacher.
John Wyse Math Teacher
Mr. Wyse is a native of Nashville, TN. He attended Vanderbilt University as an undergrad where he worked as a teaching assistant, served as a peer mentor for students with disabilities, and volunteered on the operations team of a Nashville charter school. He taught perviously in Lawrence, MA. Mr. Wyse is passionate about solving problems–inside and outside the classroom. He loves rock climbing, the outdoors, playing the drums, and reading. Mr. Wyse lives in the North End and will be getting married in November.