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Jamal Ahamad, Student Support Monitor 

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Joined BART in 2017
jamal.ahamad@bartcharter.org

Prior to coming to BART, Mr. Ahamad served as the HiSET instructor and youth counselor at BerkshireWorks One Stop Career Center.  While working at HiSET, he helped many young adults earn their high school equivalency credentials and enter the workforce.  In addition to assisting in various multimedia endeavours and finding ways to contribute to the community at large, Mr. Ahamad has taught hip-hop dance at Berkshire Dance Theatre and served as the alumni relations coordinator at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Curtis Asch, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2010
curtis.asch@bartcharter.org

Mr. Asch comes to BART from the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, where he was the museum’s Education Program Manager. Prior to this, Mr. Asch 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. Asch 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.

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. 

Gwendolyn Bird, Science 

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Joined BART in 2014
gwendolyn.bird@bartcharter.org

Ms. Bird comes to BART from UMass Amherst, where she earned a Masters in Education in Secondary Science Education, a Bachelors of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy.  Prior to earning her Masters, Ms. Bird has traveled extensively for her career.  She has worked for the federal government assisting disaster survivors, tutored students in literacy and science in Alaska, taught Science and English as a second language in South Korea, and worked with young adults with learning disabilities in England.  She is also an award winning writer and a visual artist.

Julia Bowen, Executive Director 

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Joined BART in 2003
julia.bowen@bartcharter.org

Prior to beginning at BART in 2003, Ms. Bowen was a consultant at the Monitor Group, an international consulting company headquartered in Cambridge, MA, where she consulted to clients in the US, England, Israel, and Bangladesh. She worked on the management team of Monitor, with significant responsibilities in human asset management including recruiting, training and staffing over 200 consultants across North America.  Ms. Bowen was also a math teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School where she was an early adaptor of technology use in her classroom.  In addition to her work at BART, Ms. Bowen has served on a number of local and statewide boards, supporting k-12 education broadly and charter schools specifically.  She is also on the board of Lever, an entrepreneurship center in North Adams, and has served on the board of the Northern Berkshire United Way.   She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Kimberly Bragg, Paraprofessional 

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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. 

Emily Brannan, Art/Librarian 

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Joined BART in 2015
emily.brannan@bartcharter.org

Ms. Brannan graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Graphics.  Prior to becoming a certified art teacher, Ms. Brannan had a long career in the news as the Graphics Editor for the Associated Press and The Baltimore Sun newspaper.  Ms. Brannan has been teaching art since moving to the Berkshires and first came to BART as a visting artist.

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, Tiered Instruction/Permanent Substitute 

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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.

Denise Bushey, Administrative Assistant (Business Office) 

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Joined BART in 2007
denise.bushey@bartcharter.org

Mrs. Bushey moved to North Adams from Long Island in 1984 and before coming to BART already had over 20 years of service in the public school system in Berkshire County, including positions at Adams-Cheshire, Mt. Greylock and Taconic, where she has worked in accounting, bookkeeping and payroll.  She also worked at the Berkshire Farm for Boys.  She has completed college courses in computers, accounting and business.

Nicholas Caccamo, History 

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Joined BART in 2015
nick.caccamo@bartcharter.org

Mr. Caccamo worked at Pittsfield High School as a substitute teacher, a tutor, and a Data and Assessment Coordinator.  Mr. Caccamo has a BA in Secondary Education from Champlain College and is also licensed to teach Social Studies in grades 8 through 12.  He has also worked in the pharmaceutical field and currently serves on the Pittsfield City Council.

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.”

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 & 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.

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. 

Alexis Nogelo Dekel, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2010.
alexis.dekel@bartcharter.org

 Alexis Dekel is nationally board certified with 18 years experience teaching mathematics.  She holds an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Brown University.  Currently teaching upper level courses in our high school, Ms. Dekel also serves as an instructional coach at the school.  Ms. Dekel is particularly interested in the role discussion plays in the mathematics classroom and how student collaboration and exploration can be enhanced through the use of on-line visualization tools.  She offers mathematics content courses for teachers at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and has offered a winter study course at Williams College entitled The Hidden Depths of High School Mathematics.  Ms. Dekel was a recipient of the Swift Moore Teaching award from Amherst College in 2012.  

Caron Dewey, Special Education 

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Joined BART in 2015
caron.dewey@bartcharter.org

Ms. Dewey attended Smith College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with a minor in Landscape Studies.  She is currently working on her Masters Degree in special education.  Prior to arriving at BART, she worked in environmental education, special education as well as teaching science.  When not teaching, Ms. Dewey enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking, animal tracking, and gardening.

Melinda Dow, English Language Arts 

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Joined BART in 2016
mindy.dow@bartcharter.org

Ms. Dow has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and studied AMI Elementary Level Teaching at the Montessori Training Center of New England.  Prior to teaching at BART, she has worked as a private tutor, college professor, middle and high school English Teacher and white water raft guide. She also served as Poet-in-Residence at Academy Hill School for Gifted Children in Springfield, MA.  Ms. Dow is a published poet and enjoys bicycling, kayaking, pottery, playing banjo, garden and treehouse design.

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.

Akilah Edgerton, Learning Academy Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2013
akilah.edgerton@bartcharter.org

Akilah Edgerton received her B.S.W. and a certificate in Global Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition, she has also studied at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana. Coupling her love for Ghana with her passion for education, Ms. Edgerton is an active board member of Ghana Educational Collaborative and travels to Accra, Ghana, to assist with the development and implementation of various programs there. She is also the founder of the Pittsfield based Youth Alive Step, Dance, and Drum teams, a performing arts group that teaches the participants that education breaks the cycle of poverty and enables them to become independent and responsible adults.

 

Erin Egan, Health & 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.

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.

Christine Garrity, Paraprofessional 

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Joined BART in 2007
christine.garrity@bartcharter.org

Ms. Garrity volunteered in the public school system for 11 years while working as a hairdresser before joining BART as a para-professional.

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.

Timothy Herrmann, Science 

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Joined BART in 2016
tim.herrmann@bartcharter.org

A native of Savoy, Mr. Herrmann received his Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Archeology from Brandeis University.  Most recently a faculty member at Hoosac Valley Middle & High School, he has taught chemistry, earth science, AP Environmental Science, forensic science, robotics, and a self-designed course called the “Natural History of the Hoosic River Valley.”  Mr. Herrmann has also taught science in schools located in Springfield, MA, and Bennington, VT.  Before becoming an educator, he worked as a clinical trials research assistant at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.  When not teaching, Mr. Herrmann coaches youth soccer in Adams, has served on the Thunderbolt Ski Runners board of directors and is an avid advocate for the jewel of the Berkshires, Mount Greylock.

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 Johnson, English Language Arts & Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2011
sean.johnson@bartcharter.org

Mr. Johnson joins the BART faculty having taught ELA at Framingham High School from January to May 2011.  While at Boston College, he earned both a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English & Human Development and a minor in Mathematics. During college, Mr. Johnson was also an active swimmer.  Not only was he a member of the school’s Division 1 varsity swim team, Mr. Johnson was also the captain of the BC water polo team.

Sean Keogh, English Language Arts 

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Joined BART in 2009
sean.keogh@bartcharter.org

Mr. Keogh joined BART after teaching in various parts of the country, including Brooklyn, NY for six years, and in Europe, including the Czech Republic and Portugal, where he taught English as a second language.  During his tenure in Brooklyn, he also coached the basketball team and established an intramural flag football league.  Mr. Keogh earned a B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland and received his Masters in Education from the University of Montana.

Scott Krzanik, Health & 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.

John LeClair, Maintenance 

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Joined BART in 2004
john.leclair@bartcharter.org

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Emma Lenski, Paraprofessional 

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Joined BART in 2016
emma.farley@bartcharter.org

Ms. Lenski graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  At MCLA, she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing in English and Psychology, and minored in Cross Cultural/Social Justice Studies and Woman Studies.  She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Community Mental Health Counseling for Children.  Ms. Farley has interned at the Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center and worked as an assistant teacher at Pittsfield Bear Care daycare and preschool.

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.

Justina Malehorn, Health & Wellness 

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Joined BART in 2016
justina.malehorn@bartcharter.org

Ms. Malehorn relocated to the Berkshires from Lynchburg, Virgina.  She holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Randolph College, where she earned the Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology from the University of Delaware and is licensed to teach Biology.  Prior to teaching at BART,  she taught chemistry at the Altavista Combined School in Virginia.

Faith Manary, Math Intervention Teacher 

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Joined BART in 2016
faith.manary@bartcharter.org

A native of Williamstown, Ms. Manary attended the University of California where she earned a Masters of Education in Math and Science.  She also has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and English from the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to returning to the Berkshires, Ms. Manary taught Math, Physics, Biology, and Earth Science in San Diego, CA.

Julia Marko, Business Manager 

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Joined BART in 2017
julia.marko

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.

 

 

 

Betsy Marr, English Language Arts 

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Joined BART in 2013
elizabeth.marr@bartcharter.org

Ms. Marr started her journey in higher education at Hudson Valley Community College and proudly worked her way to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bennington College. She has taught in a wide variety of educational settings over the past five years, including Mount Anthony Union High School and Middle School, the Quantum Leap Program, and Kevin G. Langan School. Ms. Marr loves to read and write creative nonfiction and poetry.

 

Stephanie Maselli, College and Internship Placement Counselor 

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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, Learning Academy Coordinator 

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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.

Susan Mellstrom, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2006
susan.mellstrom@bartcharter.org

Ms. Mellstrom joined BART after leading a career in restaurant management. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and is certified in Massachusetts to teach middle school mathematics.  Ms. Mellstrom is also a former member of the Mohawk Trail School Committee (9 years) and former chairman of the Sanderson Academy School Committee (3 years).

Kate Merrigan, College Readiness Coordinator 

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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 B.A. in Psychology from 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.

Monique Nottke, Communications Coordinator & Enrollment Counselor 

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Joined BART in 2007
monique.nottke@bartcharter.org

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Brian O’Grady, Grant Coordinator 

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Joined BART in 2004
brian.o’grady@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.

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
nurse@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.

Liudmyla Polotai, Mathematics Tutor 

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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.”

Elena Rebrina, Spanish/ELL 

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Joined BART in 2013
elena.rebrina@bartcharter.org

Ms. Rebrina, a Russia native, comes to BART from South Ural State University, where she earned her M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.  She speaks Russian, English, Spanish and has studied Old Russian, Latin and Sanskrit.  Ms. Rebrina is also a graduate of art school.  She has taught various arts courses, including Russian silk painting.  She has also taught ESOL at Berkshire Community College.

Carla Rougeau, Paraprofessional 

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Joined BART in 2015.
carla.rougeau@bartcharter.org

Ms. Rougeau earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Framingham State University.  A native of Berkshire County, she was employed for a combination of 15 years as a Bilingual/English as a Second Language/Academic Tutor for the North Adams and Pittsfield Public Schools.  Ms. Rougeau is a certified Instructor in the Wilson Reading System Program.  She has also been a  facilitator with the Teen Parent Program and worked for many years as a travel agent.  

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 & 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.

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.
In her spare time she currently volunteers with a local fire department and is 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 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.

 

 

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.

Michael Vogt, Mathematics 

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Joined BART in 2014
michael.vogt@bartcharter.org

Mr. Vogt graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics with a Chemistry minor from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2014 and originally came to BART as a tutor in our 21st Century After School Program.  Mr. Vogt has been playing guitar for over 10 years, and enjoys playing the mandolin and piano, as well.

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.

April West, Principal 

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Joined BART in 2006
april.west@bartcharter.org

April West joined the BART faculty in 2006 as a Humanities and English Language Arts teacher. While at BART, she initiated an Advanced Placement (AP) program and taught AP Language and Composition and AP Literature. She has served in a number of teacher-leader roles and, in her tenure, has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mission of BART and to BART’s students. Ms. West holds a B.A. from Bennington College in Social Justice, a M.A. in Comparative Studies from Ohio State University, a M.A.T. in Social Studies and is currently completing a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership from MCLA.

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.