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Erica Barreto, Communications and Enrollment Assistant 

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Joined BART in 2018
erica.barreto@bartcharter.org

Ms. Barreto has and continues to exercise her passionate interest for the arts, experiential learning, and writing throughout her teaching assistantships, workshop facilitations, community-based projects, publications and research opportunities. Prior to her work at BART, Ms. Barreto was the Administrative Research Associate for the Mellon Foundation Planning Grant, awarded to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in 2017, where she aided the establishment of the first Berkshire Humanities Network. Ms. Barreto also worked as a Research Associate for BRAINWorks, helping efforts to advance arts education professional development in the Berkshires. In 2018, Ms. Barreto received her Bachelor of the Fine Arts in English/Communications with a concentration in Creative and Professional Writing and a minor in Arts Management from MCLA.

James Bergin, Music 

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Joined BART in 2016
james.bergin@bartcharter.org

Mr. Bergin received his Bachelor in Music Theory from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  For 18 years he was the music director at the Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, MA.  Since moving to the Berkshires, he has founded the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra (CIAO!) which provides performance opportunities for students and adult amateurs. He currently plays viola with the Berkshire Symphony, violin with the Sage City Symphony, and performs jazz with the Trio Café Budapest.  In addition to being BART’s music teacher, Mr. Bergin is a teaching artist with the Berkshire Children & Families Kids 4 Harmony program, a composer, and a private instructor of violin, viola, guitar, and bass. 

Kimberly Bragg, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2017
kimberly.bragg@bartcharter.org

Ms. Bragg has a long history of teaching in New Hampshire before moving to our area.  She taught middle school mathematics in Nashua, NH, for 12 years.   She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Math Education and a minor in Woman’s Studies from Rivier University.  In her spare time, Ms. Bragg enjoys letterboxing and crossword puzzles. 

Aurora Brown, Spanish 

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Joined BART in 2016

aurora.brown@bartcharter.org Ms. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Williams College.  As an artist, her work is mostly in oil painting and light painting, an area of abstract photography using long exposure times to create images for building portraits.  Ms. Brown’s other areas of focus at Williams College were computer science and Spanish.   Before coming to BART, Ms.Brown tutored high school students in Spanish.  In her spare time, she enjoys competitive horseback riding (dressage, show jumping, and cross country), photography and video games.

Marygrace Brown, Dean of Students 

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Joined BART in 2012
mary.grace.brown@bartcharter.org

With a deep background in mediation and group dynamics, Ms. Brown comes to BART from Pittsfield Public Schools where she served as a peer resource counselor and mediator at the Reid Middle School and Taconic High School. Previous to joining Pittsfield Public Schools, Ms. Brown worked at Berkshire Mediation Services where she continues to serve as Certified Mediator and Trainer. She previously worked as a certified mediator for Children’s Services of Roxbury.

Kelley Bulmer, English Language Arts 

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Joined BART in 2015
kelley.bulmer@bartcharter.org

Ms. Bulmer comes to BART after a long career as a clinical medical assistant.  She has two bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications with a concentration in Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education.  She also holds an Associate’s in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Berkshire Community College in addition to being certified to teach English Literature.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing poetry and short stories, boating and fishing, and playing acoustic guitar with her friends.  Ms. Bulmer is a proud first generation college graduate.

Deborah Calderara, History 

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Joined BART in 2006
d.calderara@bartcharter.org

Ms. Calderara earned a B.A. in History from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and holds two minors, in Political Science and Local History.  She also earned a M.S. in Moderate Disabilities through Bay Path College and The Reading Institute in Williamstown. In June 2009, Ms. Calderara was honored with the distinction of BART’s “Teacher of the Year.”

Alex Chautin, English Language Arts/Permanent Sub 

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Joined BART in 2017
alex.chautin@bartcharter.org

Mr. Chautin received both a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Masters in Education, with a focus on English Language Arts, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Before arriving at BART, Mr. Chautin has taught academically gifted students and special education students in the Pioneer Valley area.  He has also spoken at collegiate programs and library enrichment conferences about incorporating graphic novels into their practices.  In his spare time, Mr. Chautin is a writer and an illustrator.

Alla Chelukhova, History 

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Joined BART in 2016
alla.chelukhova@bartcharter.org

Ms. Chelukhova has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado College.  A Russian native, she studied English linguistics while at Moscow City Pedagogical University.   She was a Russian teaching associate at Williams College and taught history, ethics, and philosophy at the Colorado Springs School, Lincoln School, and Dana Hall School.

Jennifer Choquette, Health and Wellness/Athletic Director 

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Joined BART in 2005
jennifer.choquette@bartcharter.org

Ms. Choquette earned her B.A. in Psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Ms. Choquette has also been a volunteer firefighter for 3 years and is working towards becoming fully certified.

Jacob Chu, Science 

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Joined BART in 2017
jacob.chu@bartcharter.org

Mr. Chu graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in History and earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Innovation from Webster University in Saint Louis. Prior to BART, Mr. Chu was an Assistant Teacher working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also has a background in elementary education working as both a permanent substitute and Associate Teacher in Oakland, CA.  In his spare time, Mr. Chu loves reading science fiction and playing Scrabble.

Elizabeth Daniels, Receptionist 

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Joined BART in 2014.
elizabeth.daniels@bartcharter.org

Elizabeth Daniels, native to Berkshire County, received her B.F.A. in Theater Tech and Design from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Ms. Daniels has previously working at The Academy at Swift River as a residential supervisor. 

Peter Ebling, Science 

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Joined BART in 2015
peter.ebling@bartcharter.org

Mr. Ebling grew up spending his summers working as a counselor at Camp Timanous in Raymond, ME.  It was during this time that he was inspired to become an educator.  He has since attended Hobart College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Comparative Literature.  Mr. Ebling has also been on the faculty at the Harlem Academy where he taught science and was the Lower School Athletic Coordinator.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Middle School Education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Erin Egan, Health and Wellness Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2007
erin.egan@bartcharter.org

Prior to joining BART, Ms. Egan was the Youth Substance Abuse Coordinator for the Brien Center’s Child and Adolescent division, a program that she founded in 2005. She has sat on numerous boards and committees within the Northern Berkshire community, including her six-year term as board president of Berkshire Nursing Families. Erin received an M.S.W. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City, and a B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University. She has also studied psychology at the London Center in South Kensington, London.

Curtis Elfenbein, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2010
curtis.elfenbein@bartcharter.org

Mr. Elfenbein comes to BART from the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, where he was the museum’s Education Program Manager. Prior to this, Mr. Elfenbein was the Writer-in Residence for the North Adams elementary and middle schools and was the site coordinator for the 21st Century After-School programs at Conte Middle School (North Adams). Mr. Elfenbein received his B.A. in acting, writing and directing from Boston University, where he was recognized on the Dean’s List for his community involvement.

Shannon Farley, Reading Specialist 

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Joined BART in 2016
shannon.farley@bartcharter.org

Dr. Farley was BART’s first senior class advisor and returns after having earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  During her time away from BART, she taught literature and writing courses at Williams College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Westfield State University.  Dr. Farley served as the world languages department chair at Eagle Hill School where she taught reading, writing, and Latin, in addition to being an academic advisor.  Dr. Farley also has an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and certified in Wilson Reading System.

Kimberly Goodell, Assistant Business Manager 

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Joined BART in 2017
kimberly.goodell@bartcharter.org

Ms. Goodell, a native of Clarksburg, has earned both a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Prior to joining BART, she worked in photography, commercial printing, advertising and production.  She also has a certificate in Professional Organizing.

Bennjamin Griffin, History 

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Joined BART in 2010
benn.griffin@bartcharter.org

Mr. Griffin graduated with a B.A. in History from the College of St. Rose and went on to earn an M.S. in Adolescent Education.  Prior to joining BART, he taught at junior and senior high schools in Schuylerville and Galway, NY.   Mr. Griffin is the head coach of the BART Wolf Pack Cross Country Team and organizes the school’s annual participation in Relay for Life.  A veteran marathon and ultra marathon runner, Mr. Griffin is a race director for numerous Western Massachusetts charity running races.

Erin Hattaway, Assistant Principal 

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Joined BART in 2012
erin.hattaway@bartcharter.org

Ms. Hattaway has earned a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Bilingual, English as a Second Language, and Multicultural Education from UMass Amherst.  During her time at BART she has taught English Language Arts and English for Language Learners, acted as ELL Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, and worked with faculty as a differentiation coach.  Ms. Hattaway has also worked with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education training educators across western Massachusetts in Sheltered English Instruction practices.  

J.P. Henkel, Director of Technology 

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Joined BART in 2007
jp.henkel@bartcharter.org

Mr. Henkel began his teaching career at the William Howard High School in Staffordshire, England and has taught middle school in Atchison, Kansas, and high school in Averill Park, New York. As a technology integration staff developer for the New York City Public Schools, Mr. Henkel founded “@School”, a quarterly magazine providing a forum for teachers to share ideas on integrating technology.  Prior to joining the BART community, he spent 7 years as a textbook editor and production manager for Thomson Delmar Learning. Mr. Henkel earned an A.A.S. in Architecture from the University of Toledo, a B.S. in Technology Education from Bowling Green State University and an M.A. in Intermediate Science Education from Western Governors University.

Gordon Holey, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2016
gordon.holey@bartcharter.org

Mr. Holey has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Ohio State University where he studied Mechanical Engineering and Theatre Arts.  He has been an educator for the Creative Arts Theatre School (Arlington Texas), and AOI College of Languages (Irvine, California).  An artist-in-residence for schools across 17 states and currently, Mr. Holey creates and performs with puppets for schools, libraries and festivals throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast.  He also produces a television interview show with WilliNet in Williamstown, for which he has received grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires.

Sean Keogh, Principal 

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Joined BART in 2009
sean.keogh@bartcharter.org

Before becoming Principal, Mr. Keogh spent 9 years teaching English in both BART’s middle and high school. Additionally, he served as the English Instructional coach and founded BART’s quiz team. In 2013 he led his 8th grade advisory to the BART volleyball championship and in 2018 his advisory won the High School championship.  Mr. Keogh earned a B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland and received his Masters in English Education from the University of Montana. 

Sarah King, Student Support 

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Joined BART in 2017 sarah.king@bartcharter.org

Ms. King comes to BART from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School where she worked as a paraprofessional.  A graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Ms. King has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minoring in Education.  She also has an Associates Degree from Berkshire Community College in Liberal Arts.

Scott Krzanik, Health and Wellness 

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Joined BART in 2016
scott.krzanik@bartcharter.org

Mr. Krzanik earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Southern Vermont College.  Prior to coming to BART, he was a registered sanitarian who worked in the area of public and environmental health.  He is proud to be involved with the BART Wolf Pack Cross Country Running Team.  Mr. Krzanik also teaches karate at Youth Center, Inc. in Adams, and is also a certified scuba diver and licensed amateur radio operator.

Jennifer Kupiec, Administrative Assistant (Principal’s Office) 

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Joined BART in 2013
jennifer.kupiec@bartcharter.org

Ms. Kupiec assumed the position of Library/Tech Administrative Assistant in 2013. Prior to her employment at BART, she managed the clinic of the Mildred Elley School. She is a Certified Administrative Assistant, who has gained over a decade of managerial, technological, and administrative experience from several organizations and businesses throughout Berkshire County, including the David and Joyce Milne Public Library of Williamstown, MA. She is also an avid animal lover and has volunteer experience at the Sonsini Animal Shelter of Pittsfield, MA.

Rich LaRocque, Science 

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Joined BART in 2017
rich.larocque@bartcharter.org

Mr. LaRocque comes to BART as a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts holding a Bachelors of Science in both Biology and Environmental Studies.  Prior to joining BART, Mr. LaRocque spent his summers working at RambleWild  as the company’s Lead Park Operator.  He facilitated many of the educational field trips to the park, which involved taking visiting students on hikes focused on both the ecosystems of New England forests and the importance of sustainability.

John LeClair, Maintenance 

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Joined BART in 2004
john.leclair@bartcharter.org

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Brendan Longe, Data and Assessment Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2015
brendan.longe@bartcharter.org

Mr. Longe holds a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.  His diverse background in education, applied data analysis, the humanities, and sports includes working as a program evaluation analyst at City Year, a national educational non-profit.  While there, he built the organizations capacity to use student social emotional learning data and survey data for various purposes.  Mr. Longe was also an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools during which time he taught sixth grade students in an expanded learning day program in Boston, Massachusetts.

Susan Lubell, Director of Special Education 

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Joined BART in 2007
susan.lubell@bartcharter.org

Mrs. Lubell joined the BART team as a paraprofessional in the fall of 2007 while working toward her Masters of Education at MCLA. She received her B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College, where she was a Durant Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Julia Marko, Business Manager 

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Joined BART in 2017
julia.marko@bartcharter.org

Ms. Marko earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education.  A licensed School Business Administrator and Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official, she was the Assistant Business Manager in the Pittsfield Public Schools for five years before coming to BART.  Prior to working in schools, Ms. Marko worked in farming at organic farms in Chester, MA, and Onamaya and Keokea, HI.

 

 

 

Stephanie Maselli, College and Internship Placement Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2015
stephanie.maselli@bartcharter.org

Ms. Maselli graduated from Westfield State with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  Prior to BART, she worked with at-risk-youth as a graduation coach in order to increase their likelihood of high school graduation.  Ms. Maselli also has experience as a residential counselor at Key Program Inc., a residential facility for troubled youth.

Alana Mazza, Art 

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Joined BART in 2015
alana.mazza@bartcharter.org

Ms. Mazza, a native of Berkshire County, received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  While there, she focused her studies on illustration and art history.  Prior to joining the BART faculty, Ms. Mazza was an art teacher at schools in Williamstown, Clarksburg and Cambridge, MA.  Most recently she was the coordinator of marketing, social media and website design at The Harrison Gallery in Williamstown.

Holly McGovern, Health and Wellness 

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Joined BART in 2017
holly.mcgovern@bartcharter.org

Ms. McGovern earned her Masters of Education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and her B.A. in Sociology from Westfield State University.  She was the head women’s basketball coach at MCLA Trailblazers for eleven years while also serving as the CHOICES Program Coordinator, a program dedicated to providing drug and alcohol education, as well as life skills.  Prior to her arrival to the BART community, she was the Program Director at The Y in Central Maryland.  

Kate Merrigan, Director of Student and Community Development 

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Joined BART in 2014.
kate.merrigan@bartcharter.org

Ms. Merrigan comes to BART from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, where she coordinated UNITY Youth Development Programs for the past 9 years.  Her commitment to youth work has also involved volunteering as camp staff with the New Hampshire Teen Institute since 2006 and serving as an Artistic Mentor with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project.  Ms. Merrigan, who currently serves the community as a North Adams City Councilor, received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Marlboro College in 2002.

Michaela Moore, Special Education 

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Joined BART in 2005
michaela.moore@bartcharter.org

Ms. Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining BART, Ms. Moore worked as an elementary school teacher’s assistant and as a teacher at a daycare learning facility.

Susan Moore, History 

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Joined BART in 2008
susan.moore@bartcharter.org

Ms. Moore received her B.A. in Speech Communications and Theater Arts from Simpson College and is a certified Virtual High School teacher. Before joining the faculty at BART, Ms. Moore was a certified math and history teacher in the state of Florida, where she taught for a number of years.

Brian O’Grady, Grant Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2004
brian.ogrady@bartcharter.org

Mr. O’Grady received a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from Connecticut College, an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and participated in the Getty Museum Management Institute at the University of California Berkeley. He served in a variety of administrative positions at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, as the executive director of Bidwell House Museum, and as an instructor at both Berkshire Community College and Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield. A recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in painting, he has exhibited his work in Berkshire County as well as other venues in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Kenneth Ostrowski, English and History 

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Joined BART in 2018
kenneth.ostrowski@bartcharter.org

Mr. Ostrowski holds a B.S. in finance and a certification in accounting from Siena College and has worked in the business fields before earning a BA in English and a teaching certification.  He has been employed as an English teacher for 17 years, during which he earned his Master’s degree in education. Mr. Ostrowski enjoys canoe and kayak paddling in his free time.

Sarah Palanjian, Special Education 

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Joined BART in 2015
sarah.palanjian@bartcharter.org

Prior to joining the BART community, Ms. Palanjian worked as a program manager at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.  Ms. Palanjian earned a B.A in Psychology from BayPath College and a Masters in Education from MCLA with a focus on Moderate Disabilities.

Ann Pfister, Nurse 

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Joined BART in 2017
ann.pfister@bartcharter.org

Ms. Pfister earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Berkshire Community College in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Trinity College.  In addition to being a school nurse, she has also been a Nursing Team Leader at Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Prior to entering the nursing field, Ms. Pfister worked in admissions at the Stern School in New York City.

Julie Pichette, In House Substitute 

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Joined BART in 2018
julie.pichette@bartcharter.org

Ms. Pichette grew up in Southern Vermont and currently holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in English and Psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from American International College, and is currently completing her Master of Education at MCLA.  She has been a tutor at both Clarksburg School and Hoosac Valley High School, and also a teaching assistant and regular substitute for the North Adams Public School District for seven years.  Exploring new places through travel is also of interest to Ms. Pichette.

Liudmyla Polotai, Special Education 

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Joined BART in 2016
luda.polotai@bartcharter.org

Originally from the Ukraine, Ms. Polotai earned both her Master’s Degree and her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Russian Language and Literature from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University.  She has since moved to the United States and has continued her education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she earned her Early Childhood Teacher License.  Ms. Polotai has worked as a teacher’s assistant at various elementary schools and, most recently, as a math Interventionist at Williamstown Elementary School.  Currently, Ms. Polotai is pursuing a Teacher of Student with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) License.

Sarah Prouty, English Language Arts 

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Joined BART in 2007
sarah.prouty@bartcharter.org

Ms. Prouty graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Literature and was awarded her M.A. in Special Education through Bay Path College and The Reading Institute in Williamstown.  Prior to teaching at BART, Ms. Prouty worked at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in the special education department and at Williamstown Elementary School as a substitute teacher.  In June 2011, Ms. Prouty was honored with the distinction of BART’s “Teacher of the Year.”

Amy Shapiro-Van Dusen, Student Office Administrative Assistant 

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Joined BART in 2014.
amy.vandusen@bartcharter.org

Ms. Shapiro-Van Dusen holds a B.F.A. in Arts Management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a focus on Theatre Technology and Lighting Design.  Her professional theatre positions include Rental Manager at Limelight Productions and Assistant Technical Director at MCLA.  Ms. Shapiro-Van Dusen is also currently the Technical Director for Mill City Productions, and non-profit community theatre in North Adams, MA.

Noah Snyder, Director of Facilities 

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Joined BART in 2016
noah.snyder@bartcharter.org

A Berkshire County native, Mr. Snyder holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Associate degree in Turfgrass Management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Prior to BART, Mr. Snyder was as a facilities manager at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and an assistant grounds superintendent for the Boston Red Sox.  

Karin Stack, Arts and Technology 

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Joined BART in 2013
karin.stack@bartcharter.org

Ms. Stack is an artist who has exhibited her drawings, prints, photographs and videos around the country. After receiving her B.A. in Studio Art from Wesleyan University she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Colorado State. She has taught in the studio art departments at Mt. Holyoke, Wellesley, Smith and Amherst Colleges. Additionally, Ms. Stack is a graphic designer, concentrating on book and web design.

Carolyn Starz, Science Teacher 

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Joined BART in 2018
carolyn.starz@bartcharter.org

Ms. Starz grew up in rural Minnesota and attended Luther College in Decorah, IA for her BA (biology). After graduating, Ms. Starz worked for the South Carolina state environmental protection agency in the air quality bureau before deciding to pursue teaching. Ms. Starz attended Duke University for her masters degree and has been teaching biology for seven years. At BART, Ms. Starz will be teaching Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology. In her free time, Ms. Starz enjoys being outside gardening, hiking, and hanging out with her husband Nathaniel and toddler daughter Inga. 

Sarah Suriner, Paraprofessional 

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Joined BART in 2015
sarah.suriner@bartcharter.org

Ms. Suriner  is a native of Berkshire County and joined BART after 6 years with the Central Berkshire Regional School District where she was an Autism assistant at the elementary school level.  She is also a certified Reiki practitioner and an avid photographer, reader, writer and artist.

 

Christopher Tawes, Network Administrator 

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Joined BART in 2007
christopher.tawes@bartcharter.org

Before joining the BART community, Mr. Tawes worked as a Store Manager at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, as an English teacher at both the University of Tennessee and the Baltimore City Public School System, and as a Mac Specialist for Apple, Incorporated.   A summa cum laude graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Tawes has also studied at the Westminster College of Oxford University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and most recently, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Leah Thompson, Director of Enrollment and Development 

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Joined BART in 2012
leah.thompson@bartcharter.org

Ms. Thompson joined BART after working for a number of years for Heartland Payment Systems, where she was she managed a team of sales professionals, and developed skills in portfolio management and client services.  A Berkshire County native, she is involved in her community through a number of organizations including her role of co-chair of the Berkshire County Development Alliance (BCDA).  Ms. Thompson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has also been recognized by Berkshire Magazine in the “Berkshire 25,” a list of young professionals  “dedicated, creative and influential” in their contribution of time, skills, and resources to help improve Berkshire County.

 

Alexia Trainor, Drama 

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Joined BART in 2013
alexia.trainor@bartcharter.org

Ms. Trainor, a long time actor, director and teaching artist of the Berkshires, first joined BART as an Artist-in-Residence when she taught acting and improvisational acting in our high school. Ms. Trainor is also one of the co-founders of the Main Street Stage in North Adams, The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe and is an actor with the Nutshell Playhouse children’s theatre.  She holds her B.A. in theatre from Marymount Manhattan College.

 

 

Deanna Trumble, Paraprofessional 

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Joined BART in 2017
deanna.trumble@bartcharter.org

Ms. Trumble has lived and worked in Berkshire County and Charleston, South Carolina.  In South Carolina, she worked as a volunteer recruiter for Engaging Creative Minds, a non-profit offering STEAM-based activities to children.  In Berkshire County, she worked in the day habilitation center at BFAIR helping adults with disabilities develop independent living skills.  Ms. Trumble holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Berkshire Community College.  In her spare time, she enjoys many outside activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking. 

Eric Trumble, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2011
eric.trumble@bartcharter.org

Mr. Trumble comes to BART from the United States Air Force, where he spent the last four years of service in the United Kingdom as the seminar teaching team leader at the Joint Forces Staff College. Mr. Trumble earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and his Master of Science from Troy State University. Upon his retirement from the military, he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and spent 14 years as a Combat Rescue and Special Operations Helicopter Flight Examiner.

Susan Wasuk, Special Education Teacher 

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Joined BART in 2017
susan.wasuk@bartcharter.org

Before coming to BART, Ms. Wasuk worked in the Pittsfield Public Schools for many years in various different roles including long term special education substitute teacher and special education paraprofessional.  She was also a special education teacher at Central Berkshire Regional School District.  Ms. Wasuk graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Sociology.  She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Special Education.  

Stephanie Watroba, Science 

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Joined BART in 2013
stephanie.watroba@bartcharter.org

Stephanie Watroba comes to BART from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Prior to joining the faculty at BART, Ms. Watroba worked for three years at Pittsfield High School in the Special Education department. She has also worked extensively in theater in Berkshire County and holds a MA license as a Horseback Riding instructor.

Mayra Weiskotten, Spanish 

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Joined BART in 2011
mayra.weiskotten@bartcharter.org

Ms. Weiskotten, a native of Ecuador, spent 2007 to 2009 as a Spanish teacher at Waconah Regional High School. Prior to teaching at Waconah, Ms. Weiskotten taught Spanish at the Adult Learning Center in Pittsfield, and worked at Legacy Bank as a bank translator, working with Spanish-speaking customers and assisting the marketing department on bilingual advertising. Ms. Weiskotten earned her bachelor’s degree at Eugenio Espejo College in Quito, Ecuador.

James C. White II, Executive Director 

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Joined BART in 2017
j.white@bartcharter.org

Following passionate interests in mathematics, art, science, music, and cows (from his early life as a farmboy), Dr. Jay White has woven together a career as an astrophysicist and educator.  Prior to his arrival at BART, Dr. White served as a college physics professor and senior academic administrator for a quarter of a century, including service as Provost at Gettysburg College, the Crain Professor of Physics at Rhodes College, and the Head of School for Linden Hall School for Girls.  He is a Fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Paris-based International Astronomical Union (IAU), the past editor of Mercury, and a former Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  Dr. White’s research has focused on explosive behavior in stars, but he has been active for two decades in international K-12 educational development for the IAU in countries around the world.  A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in physics, Dr. White received his Ph.D. degree in astronomy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Amy Wiles, Science 

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Joined BART in 2008
amy.wiles@bartcharter.org

Ms. Wiles joined the BART faculty after working at Conte Middle School in North Adams and C.T. Plunkett Elementary School in Adams.  She has also worked at the LINCS center at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, where she was a valuable contact for families searching for resources that would enhance their children’s education.  Ms. Wiles has a B.A. in Psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education.