Faculty and Staff
Special Education Coordinator
Emily is the Special Education Coordinator at Codman Academy. A native of Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Hood College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Studies, and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where she completed her Masters of Education in Special Education. Emily spent much of her career teaching 11th grade English and World History in Northern Virginia, working with both general education students and students with disabilities in the inclusion classroom, before joining the Codman community three years ago.
Teaching Artist Residence
Bobby is a professional artist working primarily in three dimensions, with a special interest in wood, collage, and masks. He brings extensive early childhood and elementary teaching experience to his position as the Lower School Teaching Artist in Residence. Bobby uses reusable resources such as fabric and ribbon for creative ways for students to use their imagination. He believes that "for adults and children, this time to daydream, imagine and discover leads to the ability to look for meaning, wisdom and possibilities."
Shalaun joined Codman in June 2008 as Office Manager, bringing eight years of experience having worked in Boston Charter Schools at the elementary and middle school level. Prior to joining Codman Academy, Shalaun was the founding Office Manager at the Edward W. Brooke Charter School serving two years and then four years as the school's Program Manager. Shalaun was also the founding Office Manager at the Frederick Douglass Charter School. She has also worked at several Boston area adolescent group homes in varied office administration capacities and direct care.
Principal (Founding faculty 2001)
Thabiti is a graduate of Brown University (BA in American Civilizations) and Teachers College - Columbia University (MA in Social Studies). He has taught at the Beacon School in New York and at the International School of Panama. His special interest is in schools as community and family centers. Thabiti is a recipient of a 2005 Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. He is a member of the Codman Square Health Center board of directors. In 2011, he was awarded a Lynch Fellowship for Boston school leaders affiliated with Boston College Graduate School of Education.
For the past 5 years, Liz has been teaching 9th grade Physical Sciences at Codman. This year, she will be taking on a new role as an Instructional Coach, working with the high school science and math teachers on curriculum development and instructional practice. Prior to coming to Codman, Liz was a middle and high school science teacher in Manchester, England as part of the Teach First program, and she also taught Biology for a short time at Charlestown High School in Boston. In addition to her work in the classroom, Liz was a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and she is currently a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow with Tufts University. Liz earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Japanese from George Washington University, as well as a Master's in Japanese Studies from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Executive Director & Founder (Founding faculty 2001)
A.B. Harvard (History & Literature), M.S. Wheelock College (Early Childhood & Elementary Education), C.A.S. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Social Policy). Meg serves on the Boston School Committee where she co-chairs the School Quality Work Group. She is the 2013 recipient of the Grand Circle Travel Foundation's highest award: the "Lewis Changing People's Award" and a recipient of the 2009 Barr Foundation Fellowship. Meg serves on the Dorset Theatre Festival Advisory Board. She was the founding Executive Director of Expeditionary Learning Schools and a former Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she taught courses in curriculum and school design. She is the author of two collections of poetry: More Love (Midmarch Arts Press, 2010) and Solo Crossing (Midmarch Arts Press, 199) as well as an editor of Split Verse: Poems to Heal Your Heart (Midmarch Arts Press, 200) and Literacy All Day Long (Kendall Hunt, 200). Meg was a founding board member of the Margarita Muniz Academy, a dual language BPS high school, and of the Women's Heritage Trail. She recently served on the Boston Public Library Compass Committee. Meg has lived in Dorchester over 30 years, where she raised two daughters.
9th Grade Humanities Teacher
Sydney came to Codman Academy from the Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship, where she taught eighth graders, coordinated the Boston Public Library's citywide Homework Assistance Program, and earned a Master's in Education from Lesley University. Before that, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in women's history and writing. Sydney is also a certified self-defense instructor and was a 2011 Fund for Teachers fellow.
Shelby is a social worker at Codman Academy. She was born and raised in Boston. She is an alum of Simmons College, where she graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work. Shelby's job mainly includes crisis intervention, individual counseling, group work, and providing an array of resources. In her spare time she loves to play soccer, go to the movies, and spend time with her family/friends. Shelby's goals are to learn more about herself by reflecting on who she is, what she wants to do, and where she would like to end up.
Director of Tutorial and Title One
Mark Destler has worked in the Massachusetts public schools system for thirteen years in a wide range of capacities. In the summer of 2000, he left his job teaching 8th grade English and reading in Duxbury, MA to join the MATCH School as a founding teacher and administrator. In four years at MATCH, he served a technology coordinator, lead teacher of student life, and as lead teacher of literacy. Inspired by the power of individualized instruction, he left MATCH to build Tutors for All programs dedicated to bridging the achievement gap one student at a time. As consultant and then as Director of Title One and Tutorial at City on a Hill, he built programs that closed the achievement gap between African-American students at CoaH and Caucasian students state-wide. As Director of Tutorial and Title One at Codman Academy, his programs have contributed to a similar effect. His work in public education has given him a deep understanding of and respect for the work that goes on in classrooms throughout Massachusetts. At the same time, however, it has convinced him that the deep needs of under prepared adolescents can only be met through individualized instruction and that the federal work-study system offers a uniquely affordable opportunity to do this.
Andrea is the Development Associate at Codman Academy, having previously worked jointly in the Development and Enrichment Departments as Program Associate. Andrea is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she earned her BA in history. Before joining the Codman staff, Andrea worked at Hands-On Twin Cities (a not-for-profit volunteer center) as the Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator. Andrea gained experience in grant-writing while working for the Foundations & Corporate Relations Office at Carleton College.
Chukwuma "Chuks" Ekwelum Jr.
10th Grade Humanities Teacher
Will is the Inclusion Associate for the 10th and 11th-grade Humanities classes. Will first met the students and staff of Codman Academy during their three-day retreat to the Outdoor Education Center of Merrowvista. He has been working in the woods of New Hampshire with the American Youth Foundation for the past several years; practicing hands-on, experiential education, and enkindling his spirit for youth development. His time working with this, and other, alternative education programming has inspired him to aim for more creative systems of learning, even inside the classroom. Will holds a bachelor's degree in history from Ithaca College. While not in school, Will loves to cook, eat, read, and hike through forested mountains.
Academic Support Coordinator
Tawanna Fulton is the Academic Support Coordinator for Codman Academy. Tawanna graduated from Simmons College with a BA in Philosophy and Elementary Education. Prior to joining Codman, Tawanna worked as an academic advisor to first–generation college students, provided literacy and mentoring services to elementary and middle school students, and supported young people dealing with crises through her work with various local non-profits. In her spare time, Tawanna enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Lenward Gatison II
Director of Career Development and Sustainability
Lisa graduated from Harvard with a degree in Social Anthropology and a teaching certificate in Social Studies from the Harvard Ed School. After a year of teaching in the Arlington School system, Lisa taught for four years at City on a Hill Charter School and then taught at New Boston Pilot Middle School. From 2003-2006, Lisa served as the regional youth director for the Quakers in New England. She spent the first part of 2007 teaching and doing HIV/AIDS education in rural southern India before returning to Dorchester and teaching at Codman. Lisa sits on the boards and advisory committees of a number of local non-profits.
Joan Green is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist. She founded the Cambridge Performance Project and co-directed Back Porch Dance Company, an interracial, intergenerational company of women who performed throughout the New England area from 1990 to 2001. A lifelong visual artist, Joan spends part of each year painting in Jamaica and had a solo show of watercolors painted there in 2001 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. In 2005, she was awarded two commissions which hang in the new clinical wing of Childrens Hospital Boston, and in 2006 she had two paintings commissioned by Childrens Hospital Boston at Waltham. Joan will be having a solo exhibit of her paintings of dancers, together with a dance performance including her choreography at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in June, 2007. She currently teaches dance to adults and elders, and performs with the Elder Ensemble of Prometheus Dance.
K2 Lead Teacher
Molly studied Environmental Engineering at Yale University. She then went on to earn a Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After several years working as an environmental consultant, Molly entered a program to introduce non-traditional teachers to the classroom. Molly is entering her fourth year in the classroom. She has taught both second grade and kindergarten. Most recently, Molly was a founding kindergarten teacher at an Expeditionary Learning school in Washington, D.C. Molly believes that the Expeditionary Learning approach helps students learn in authentic and engaging ways. Outside of school, Molly is excited to explore the city (she just moved here in early August), go on many outdoor adventures and read lots of books.
Dean of College Advising & Alumni Advising
Liane is an alum of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and Brandeis University. She has a Masters in Education Policy and Management and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology. As the Dean of College and Alumni Advising, she will be assisting current students and Codman graduates with college and career services.
10th Grade Math Teacher
Special Education/Reading Teacher
Penny has a BA from Radcliffe College, a Masters in Classical Civilization from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State, and a Masters in Education from Wheelock College. Penny taught in the Multiple Intelligence Program in Gloucester Public Schools and is now retired. She loves to sing and lives in Wenham, Massachusetts.
Director of Development
Dawn graduated from Princeton University with a BA in International Politics and certificates in Gender Studies and Latin American studies. Prior to joining Codman Academy's development team, Dawn worked in foundation grant-making for The MENTOR Network and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, focusing on youth and women in politics program areas. Dawn serves on the Board of Princeton University's Class of 1969 Community Service Fund and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation and volunteers with the Big Sister Association. In her free time, Dawn enjoys running (and coaching track!), cooking, and teaching Pilates.
11th Grade Humanities Teacher
Adam graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Anthropology and earned his MAT from Tufts University in the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative, during which time he served as a student teacher at Codman Academy. Since then he has travelled in Latin America and worked at a number of outdoor education schools in the Northeast. Adam is excited to bring his experience working at Boston-area social justice and youth organizations to Codman. In his free time, Adam enjoys riding his bike, gardening, cooking and sailing on the Charles River.
Humanities Intern, Tufts University
Duncan received his BA in History from Tufts University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching during the 2013-2014 school year. He is excited to be interning with Sydney’s Humanities 9 class this year at Codman. In his free time, he enjoys reading (his favorite book is Lord of the Rings, which he rereads every year) on a variety of fiction and nonfiction subjects, and nerding out about TV shows like Doctor Who.
French Teacher & English Language Learning Coordinator
Haley teaches 11th and 12th grade French at Codman. She is also Codman's English Language Learning Coordinator. She has Bachelor’s degree in French from Vassar College and has lived in southwestern France, Corsica, and Tunisia. Before joining Codman, she spent time traveling and teaching English abroad, then returned to the US to pursue a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Boston University. She completed her student teaching at The English High School in Jamaica Plain, then taught English as a Second Language and Social Studies at Fuller Middle School in Framingham for two years. Besides a passion for languages, she loves writing, cooking, and writing about cooking!
Humanities Higher Learning Institute Teacher
Dean of Students
Brendan earned a BA in History from Fordham University and an MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. He taught Humanities at Codman for four years and especially enjoyed working with the Huntington Theater Company and helping students as they prepared to perform monologues on stage. His current interests include baseball, raising children, tucking in his shirt, and being quick, quiet, and friendly in the hallway. He is happy to be the crew leader for the Hampton University Crew and is looking forward to their trip to Merrowvista in September.
Enrichment and Recruitment Coordinator
Porsha earned a BA in African American studies from the University of Illinois. A native of Chicago, Porsha moved to Boston in 2010 to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for the National Coalition for the Homeless. During her year of service, she started the Massachusetts’ Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. She is currently the runner up for the Women of the World Poetry Slam and is a MassLEAP spoken-word teaching artist. She is also a member of Boston’s HBGC Women’s Council, helping to address issues surrounding queer women of color in the Boston area. Porsha is super excited to be working with young people as Codman Academy’s Enrichment Coordinator and Slam poetry Coach.
Kate earned a B.A. in Art History from Princeton University, an Ed. M. from Harvard University and a C.A.S. in reading from Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions. Kate has been teaching with direct, stystemic, multi-sensory instruction for the past 18 years. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades at The Learning Project, ran her own tutoring practice with Kindergarten - 7th grade students, worked as a part-time reading specialist with 1st - 3rd graders at The Boston Renaissance School and most recently worked as a part-time learning specialist with Kindergarten and 1st graders at The Chestnut Hill School. Kate is a graduate of two Outward Bound courses and is eager to work in an Expeditionary Learning School. She lives in Newton with her husband and three children.
Food Services Director/Chef
Rebecca brings to Codman many years of culinary and dining services management in corporate settings. After several years working in public schools, Rebecca is excited to implement scratch cooking for the students at Codman Academy. Rebecca's business education is from Lasell College. In her spare time, Rebecca likes to cook and garden with her two daughters.
Lower School Assistant
Shamara Rhodes '09 is a Codman Academy alumna and a graduate of Cedar Crest College. She majored in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Communications and a certificate in Child Welfare. She was elected as Student Body President and in that capacity served on the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees. A Boston native, she has lived in the Dorchester community for 20 years. Shamara looks forward to working with the students, especially with the new lower school grades.
10th Grade Science Teacher
Maggie graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Religious Studies (Islamic Studies). Maggie joined the Codman staff in 2011 as an Inclusion Associate, and began teaching 10th Grade Physics and HLI Physics in 2012. This year, Maggie is very excited to be returning for her third year at Codman, and her second year in the role of Physics teacher. As a former member of the Stanford women’s lacrosse team, Maggie enjoys all types of athletics and coaches the Codman girls’ soccer team. She also enjoys writing and playing music in her spare time.
12th Grade Humanities Teacher
9th Grade Biology Teacher
Jianan is the 9th grade biology teacher at Codman Academy. Before Codman, Jianan earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology (with a concentration in Neuroscience) and his master’s degree in Secondary Education (Biology) at Boston College. This double eagle is a proud Bostonian who enjoys rooting for his sports teams, eating, and shooting the breeze with his friends and loved ones.
K2 Assistant Teacher
Maya earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Yale and her M.Ed in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked as a filmmaker, media educator, summer camp director, and most recently as the apprentice teacher at the Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education in mid-coast Maine. Maya has found that working with young children brings out her very best self. Her own primary school teachers taught her that learning is the biggest adventure of all. This adventure has shaped her life, and she is excited to pass it on to the kindergarteners at Codman Academy. When she's not in the classroom, you can find Maya on her sailboat, playing outdoors, or watching movies with her husband, Alan, and her rescue kitty, Dinah.
School Leadership Intern
Dennis will be serving as a principal intern this year at Codman Academy. He is currently working on his M.Ed. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a principal licensure focus. After earning his B.A. in Communication from the University of Louisville, Dennis spent several years managing a running shoe store. In 2008 he moved to Hartford, CT to teach elementary school. He spent five years there, mostly with Achievement First. While at Achievement First he was a teacher, teacher coach and athletes coach (freshman cross country & basketball). Dennis is excited to be part of Codman and is looking forward to become part of the family.
K1 Lead Teacher
Honor recently moved to the Boston area after living and working with a group of infants and toddlers in Burlington, Vermont. Most of her time is spent thinking about her work because she enjoys being around children. Honor loves engaging in lengthy conversations about all sorts of things, but particularly you might find her thinking and talking about social justice. She is really excited to be coming on board at Codman, and she looks forward to getting to know everyone in the coming year.
11th and 12th Grade Science Teacher
Ed teaches 11th and 12th grade Science at Codman. He is a graduate of Harvard (BA and MA in Biology) and the Teacher Education Program - Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.). In his spare time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and hanging out with his pitbull rescue, Truffle. Ed is excited to be the Crew Leader for Stillman. He is also looking forward to another year of photographing the theatrical and athletic performances of our amazing students.