DuBois Faculty

Ben Rockoff, DuBois Academy Director
[expand title="Brian Denitzio, 6th Grade ELA Teacher"]Brian Denitzio is in his second year teaching 6th grade English/Language Arts at Orchard Gardens. He also leads the middle school ELA team. Brian began his teaching career at the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, where he taught Social Studies and Language Arts. Prior to beginning his career in education, Brian was a reporter and editor at the Dorchester Reporter. A New Jersey native, Brian moved to Boston to attend Boston College where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education.[/expand]
[expand title="Karen Arnold, 6th Grade Math Teacher"]Born and raised here in Boston, I always wanted to teach in Boston Public Schools because that’s where I got most of my education as a kid. So, after completing my Undergrad Program at UMASS Dartmouth, I worked hard to get a job in Boston and ended up at Orchard Gardens! This is my 4th year at OG and every year has been better than the one before. I am so happy to be a part of our school and hope to work at OG forever :)[/expand]
David Place, 6th Grade ELA/History Teacher
Meredith Busher, Boston Teacher Resident
Nathan Eckstrom, Boston Teacher Resident
[expand title="Addis Parris, 6th/8th Math Teacher"]I grew up right here in Roxbury, MA and attended Fenway HS. I received my BA in Psychology from Hampton University in Virginia and my M.Ed from UMASS Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency program. I have travelled, volunteered and studied Spanish in Central America and the Caribbean and I am excited to bring all I have learned back to OGPS students![/expand]
Erin Dukeshire, 6th Grade Science Teacher
[expand title="Nick Gesualdi, 6th Grade History / Director of Partnerships"]Mr. Gesualdi is the Director of Partnerships, the current 6th grade Ancient Civilizations teacher, and the designer/webmaster of this site. Prior to moving to Boston, Mr. Gesualdi taught AP US History and AP US Government at KIPP: Houston High School in Houston, TX as a member of the Houston Corps of Teach for America. Mr. Gesualdi holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Management & Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in Government and American Studies. Mr. Gesualdi serves the greater Roxbury community through his involvement in the Boston Promise Initiative application to the federal US Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhood Grant Program. Mr. Gesualdi is also affiliated with Teach PLus as a Teaching Policy Fellow.[/expand]
Tracey Brown, 6th/7th Grade ELA Intervention Teacher
Belzie Mont Louis, 7th Grade ELA Teacher
Mina Kim, 7th Grade Math Teacher
Chris Demo, 7th Gr. Geography Teacher / Math Resource
[expand title="Greg Hutko, 7th Grade Science Teacher"]Mr. Hutko studied biology in college. In his spare time, he puts his knowledge of the outdoors to good use through rock climbing and hiking.[/expand]
Craig Wilson, 7th/8th Grade ELA Teacher
Meghan Whall, 7th Grade ESL Teacher / Writing Teacher
Katisha John, 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher
[expand title="Andrew Vega, 8th Grade ELA Teacher"]Andrew Vega is in his second year at Orchard Gardens and teaches 8th grade English/Language Arts and SEI. A native of Southern California, Mr. Vega holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and American Studies from UCLA. After college, he taught English for four years (the first two as Teach For America corps member) at a high school in South Central Los Angeles. Mr. Vega also holds two Masters Degrees (Secondary Education and Developmental Psychology) from Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Vega joined the Orchard Gardens team in 2010 after winning the Sontag Prize in Urban Education and spending a week with Boston Public Schools. In addition to his teaching duties at OGPS, he is also a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for all current Teach For America corps members at the school. Mr. Vega is also affiliated with Teach Plus as a T3 Teacher Leader and Teaching Policy Fellow. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, dining out, and concerts.[/expand]
Ryan Casey, 8th Grade Math Teacher
Jose Guzman, 8th Grade History Teacher
Nick Chareas, 8th Grade Science Teacher
Erin Finn, 6/7/8 X4 Teacher
Darryl David, Dubois Substitute
Dennis Lynch, Paraprofessional
Peter Leroy, 7th Grade Writing Teacher / Student Support

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