Meet the NEW 2017-2018 Staff and Faculty!

Ms. Gaëlle Abraham
Study Hall, Typing, Cooking Club

Gaelle is an alumni of CCSC, from the the first graduating class. Prior to her return to the school, she worked with preschoolers / toddlers and with trauma teens as behavioral youth councilor for Germain Lawrence – YouthVillages. Gaelle also attended culinary school but returned to CCSC to continue her work with children because she believes that adults have such an important impact on children.


Ms. Lindsay Baglien, RN
Nurse

Lindsay came to CCSC in 2017, during the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to her current role as school nurse, she worked as a nurse in the emergency departments of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, and St Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago. She also works as a flight nurse for international medical escorts / retrievals on a per-diem basis. Lindsay is responsible for the health and wellness of students and faculty, and adhering to the regulatory requirements set forth by the Department of Public Health.


Ms. Erin Barno
Algebra 1, Pre-Calculus

Before joining CCSC, Erin was a 6th grade Mathematics teacher at a Boston Public School. She has been a teacher since 2015.

 

 


Ms. Savannah Bradley
Precalculus, Varsity Softball, Student Council

Savannah is recent graduate of Harvard College and is currently earning her Masters in Education while teaching through the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program.

 


Ms. Shaniqua Choice
US History 1 and 2

Prior to her current, Shaniqua was a MATCH Corps tutor and Sposato Graduate School of Education Fellow. Shaniqua is dedicated to the school’s mission by teaching rigorous content and holding the students to the highest expectations.


Ms. Mary Ellen Costello
Special Programs Administrative Assistant

Mary Ellen is responsible for scheduling and maintaining special education records.

 

 


Mr. Ariel Garcia
Technology Integration Associate

 

 

 

 

 


Ms. Katie Gowell
Spanish 1, Spanish 4

Katie has taught previously in Peru and traveled extensively.

 

 

 


Ms. Lauren Grams
IMB, Learning Lab, Humanities, IMC Lab, Humanities Lab

Lauren previously completed a full year of student teaching in Chicopee, MA.

 

 


Ms. Cassandra Grey-Sautelet
Development and External Relations Coordinator, Cross Country, Track & Field

​Cassie most recently completed the role of Marketing & Events Manager for the Kendall Square Association and previously worked as an architectural designer for various architecture and engineering firms. She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization based in Greater Boston, and on the Board of Directors for Ruth’s Way for Women and TSC Childcare.


Mr. Jake Haskel
Guidance Counselor Intern

Jake was a Teach For America Corps Member in Baltimore, MD where he taught Spanish to students in grades K-8 for 3 years. Most recently, he was a guidance counselor intern in the Newton, MA school district. He is currently in his second year of graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing his 5-12 school counselor license.


Mr. Christopher Hope
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator

Chris is responsible for satisfying CCSC’s student recruitment needs, and leading the Admission’s Student Ambassadors team. When not at CCSC, Chris is musician, DJ, and on-air personality.


Mr. Reuben Howard
Humanities

Reuben is originally from Texas but moved to the Boston area for his undergraduate studies and fell in love with New England. He is a part of the Harvard Teacher Fellow’s second cohort and is passionate about social justice work in education. Reuben brings his deep love of literature and activism to his Humanities class.


Ms. Jazly Liriano
IMC, Urban Agriculture Club

Jazly joined the CCSC team in 2017 during the 2016-2017 school year. Before coming to CCSC, Jazly taught Science at a charter school in New York City and has been a teacher since 2016.

 


Mr. Nick Lontz
Learning Specialist

Prior to joining CCSC, Nick worked as a Special Education Teacher for Phoenix Charter Academy in Lawrence. Among other things, he is responsible for providing services to 12th grade students with IEPs.

 


Mr. Derek Norman
Principals of Science

Prior to CCSC, Derek was teaching middle school science in Florida.

 

 

 


Ms. Samantha Prystawik
Learning Lab

Samantha graduated from school in May and this is her first teaching job. She is from Wisconsin but moved to attend school in Minnesota for the last three years. In her role, Sam supports classes as well as specific students throughout the day.


Mr. Leonard Russ
Dean of Students

Mr. Russ previously worked at Roxbury Prep Charter HS as an Alumni Services Coordinator, School Social Work, and Head football before joining the CCSC community. Prior to entering education, Mr. Russ worked as a Clinical Therapist at the Counseling Center providing therapy for children, teens, and adults. He also conducted group therapy with adolescent boys and co-facilitated group therapy within the correctional system for adult males.


Ms. Alicia Timas
Learning Specialist

Alicia is very excited to start her first year at CCSC! Prior to coming to this school, Alicia worked as a special education case manager at a public high school and a counselor at a residential school in New Hampshire. Much of her career so far has been focused on mental health within special education and she is excited to bring her knowledge to the CCSC community.


Mr. Soren Tjernell
English, English AP, US History 2

Soren loves all things rhetorical, grammatical, and political, and therefore can’t believe his good fortune in finding a job that pays him to discuss these things all day long. Before joining CCSC, Soren taught 8th grade Humanities at a charter school in Boston, and before then taught at a charter school in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was born and raised, and to where he returns periodically to remind himself that Cambridge isn’t in fact the most expensive place to live on Earth.


Mr. Jeff Vogel
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Prior to coming to CCSC, Jeff taught high school history for ten years, and spent five years working with schools across the country to improve their student outcomes. Jeff is responsible for the school’s academic program, including its curriculum, instruction, and academic data.


Ms. Maya Wilson
Study Hall, Substitute

Myah Wilson (Class of ’13) began her career at CCSC as a student and returned to give back and become a part of the faculty. Prior, she attended college in Atlanta for two years where she found her passion for advocacy and social justice through community work and activism. She hopes to fulfill her purpose through working directly with the youth. She is currently matriculating at Regis College.

Why I Teach: Dora Acosta

Dora Acosta
Dora Acosta

Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with Ms. Acosta, whose belief in the transformative power of reading brought her to  a career in education. A native of France, Ms. Acosta moved to Haiti with her family as a teen. She came to the Boston area as a high school junior and says, “I fell in love with English as a high school senior. My English teacher really made the subject come alive and relatable to real life. I began to look at characters and stories in a new light. I have loved reading and writing ever since.” Continue reading “Why I Teach: Dora Acosta”

Why I Teach: Ricky Richardson

ricky1At CCSC we talk a lot with students about the importance of bringing a growth mindset to the classroom. In his reflection on his practice, math and computer science teacher Ricky Richardson writes about how he helps his students see that taking risks and making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. His years of training as a jazz musician may have informed his own growth mindset, as jazz improvisation requires the courage to take risks. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Ricky Richardson”

Why I Teach: Fay Alexander

091_CCSC_2014_091cContinuing with our “Why I Teach” series, here’s an inspiring personal mission statement by middle school humanities teacher, Fay Alexander. Ms. Alexander first came to CCSC last year as a Harvard senior and student teacher in Mr. Fahsel’s 7th grade classroom. We are thrilled to have her back to teach this year’s 7th grade humanities students. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Fay Alexander”

Nominate a Great Teacher

CCSC teacher Heather Haines with Gov. Patrick
CCSC teacher Heather Haines with Gov. Patrick

There is still time to nominate a great public school teacher for the 2014-15 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program. Last year Community Charter School of Cambridge chemistry teacher Heather Haines was a semifinalist and was recognized by (and photographed with) Governor Deval Patrick at the awards ceremony. We would love to see another CCSC on the podium this year — there is no shortage of worthy candidates. Continue reading “Nominate a Great Teacher”