Welcome to CATS Academy Boston - a truly world-class education in the academic capital of the USA.
I encourage you to choose CATS Academy Boston if you seek a study program tailored to you and your ambitions, a state-of-the-art suburban campus, and wish to make friends from all over the world.
Our teachers are experts in their subject and teaching international students. With greater than sixty years’ experience in offering a challenging and relevant program for a truly first-class, global, high school education.
The main building features 36 classrooms, 4 language labs, 6 science labs, 4 music rooms, 2 fitness areas, 3 art studios, a theater room, a yoga/dance studio, a learning commons area, a writing center and a large central student living room. The new spacious gymnasium is also connected directly to the main building.
Very accessible! Downtown Boston is just 13 miles from the campus, and accessible by several means of public transportation.
Mr. Steven B. Bliss
Head of School, CATS Academy Boston
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Meet some of CATS Boston staff:
Danielle Agresti; B.A., B.S. (University of Miami)
English and ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Danielle attended the University of Miami where she received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in Secondary Education. During her time in Miami, she completed many hours of field experience in various English and Language Arts classrooms.
After graduating from college, Danielle went on to work as an IDEA Individual Aide for special education students at the kindergarten level. Most recently, Danielle taught at The Knox School, an international boarding school on Long Island. At Knox, Danielle taught English Literature to the 9th and 11th grade students and also coached fitness and softball, worked as a dorm parent, and acted as an advisor to several students as well as the entire senior class. Following her two years at Knox, Danielle moved to Boston where she began work at CATS Academy Boston. She coaches and teaches both ESL and American Literature.
Brendon Albertson; MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Central Connecticut State University)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Brendon is passionate about equipping students with an understanding of how languages work so they may be empowered to learn by themselves. He has taught English for nearly 3 years in China, South Korea, and Japan. In the U.S., Brendon has taught ESL in a college preparatory program at University of New Haven and a nonprofit organization in Chinatown, Boston, where he lead the design of a college and career-focused curriculum for adult immigrants. Aside from language, Brendon has a strong interest in vocal percussion, and leads the A Capella Club at CATS Boston. As a side project, he has been researching how vocal percussion can be used as a fun tool to help students improve their English pronunciation.
Tiffany Amoakohene; B.F.A (Emerson College); M.P.A. (Suffolk University)
Co-chair of the ESL Department and ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Tiffany has taught ESL to students of all ages, backgrounds, and learning levels in Boston, South Korea, and various parts of South America. Prior to starting her teaching career, Tiffany used her writing and literature degree, as well as her master’s degree in public administration in a variety of fields. She has written and edited a range of publications and other materials related to literacy, education policy, cancer research, public health, and workforce development.
When she is not teaching, Tiffany enjoys traveling, creative writing, and community service.
Danielle Baldissera; B.S. (Lasell College)
Senior Student Services Coordinator
Danielle Baldissera is originally from Brazil and has a Bachelor in Science. She came to the U.S. as an international student, therefore sharing the same first global experiences as most of our students here at CATS. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has worked over the years in the legal industry with experience in immigration, family law and civil litigation.
Throughout the years she also taught English as a Second Language on and off in the Hispanic community which always kept her passion for languages and different cultures alive. In 2012 she came back to the education industry and since then she has found her dream career and is enthusiastic and committed to the principles of excellence in customer service in international education.
Kim Barry; B.F.A. (Rhode Island School of Design), M.F.A. (University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth)
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department and Art Teacher
Kim Barry received her B.F.A (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A (Masters of Fine Arts) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has taught painting, sculpture and drawing at the university and high school level and ceramics at Tabor Academy in Marion, Ma. Professionally, Kim's pottery, paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.
I love the act of creation and the exhilaration one feels when a work comes together... put simply, I am a committed life-long learner, and I have a calling to share my enthusiasm and skills with young artists.
Dylan Bradford; B.S. (Clark University)
Before joining CATS Academy as a Biology teacher of all levels (inlcuding Advanced Placement), Dylan was a Life Sciences teacher in the US public school system for four years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clark University, doing research in Ecology and Evolution of marine species. In his spare time, Dylan prefers to see new things, whether that be a movie, diving a coral reef, or traveling abroad. He will be bringing all of these experiences to CATS Academy in order to enrich the lifelong learning of his students.
There is no substitute for experience. None. Everyone needs to gain knowledge through doing in order to live life to the fullest. This is how I live my life and teach my students to love the world around them.
Phoebe Burr; B.A. (Gettysburg College)
ACT Prep Teacher
Phoebe recently graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Education. She has worked as an assistant teacher in both an English Language and Elementary School in France, as well as a local special education school. She is excited to add to her teaching experience and learn from CATS diverse student body and fellow educators.
CATS Academy has exceeded my every expectation of working at an international boarding school. The students are lively, engaged, and bold. The community that they have developed is strong and I find myself learning from them daily.
Mary Carroll; B.A. (Carleton College), M.A. (Reed College)
Chair of the Mathematics Department and Math Teacher
Mary has over twenty-five years of experience of teaching mathematics. She has taught in Costa Rica, Turkey, Spain and the Dominican Republic, as well as the United States. She has enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to teach and live internationally and she is excited to return to her home state of Massachusetts to join CATS Academy Boston.
Michael J. Crandall; B.A. (University of Massachusetts), M.Div. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), M.Ed. (Boston State College)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Originally from Newport, Rhode Island, Michael attended university in Massachusetts and graduate school in both Massachusetts and Illinois. Following his training, he taught ESL to college-bound students as well as secondary English. Michael has also visited many countries on five continents and lived several years in Europe doing literacy and linguistic research on a formerly unwritten language. Most recently, Michael taught at The Stony Brook School, an international boarding and day school on Long Island. There he taught three levels of ESL to middle and upper school students, was faculty advisor for the international club, assisted the admissions office interviewing prospective international students, coached sailing, and served as a dorm parent. Following his eleven years at The Stony Brook School, Michael moved to the Boston area where he began teaching at CATS Academy. He teaches ESL and is the faculty advisor for the photography club. Michael received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Massachusetts, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.Ed in ESL from Boston State College (U.Mass. Boston), completing graduate coursework in linguistics on the West Coast as well. Michael enjoys movies, hiking, and ethnic food.
I am excited about being part of the dedicated and talented faculty team at CATS Academy Boston and especially enjoy interacting with bright, interesting, and motivated international students from all over the world in the ESL classroom, fostering their success any way I can.
Ryan Daniels; B.A. and M.A. (Eastern Nazarene College)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Mr. Ryan Daniels will be joining CATS Academy as an ESL Instructor this fall. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with his B.A. Degree in History. He also graduated from the same school with his Masters in Secondary Education. Ryan has lived in Hangzhou, China for five years as an ESL teacher. In addition to this, he spent 6 months in Romania doing humanitarian relief work. His most recent position was an ESL instructor at Northeastern University. His interests are languages and cultures, wold history, mentoring, reading, networking and hiking.
Justin De Santis; B.A. (Colby College)
Originally from outside Albany, New York, Justin has spent the last five years living in Maine, most recently as a high school math teacher, math team advisor, and tennis coach at Lee Academy. Justin excitedly joins the CATS Academy Boston community with an additional five years of experience working with young people as a calculus tutor and a camp counselor. When not delivering inspiring lessons in Discrete Mathematics and Algebra II, Justin can be found on campus working with the math club or tossing an Ultimate disc on the front lawn.
As a math enthusiast, I feel so fortunate to be a part of the incredibly passionate and dedicated faculty here at CATS. I could not be more grateful to be given this opportunity to impart the wisdom of a subject I love to those who will sculpt the future of our world.
Daniel Doherty; B.A. (Connecticut College); M.S. anticipated Fall 2016 (University of Edinburgh)
Daniel Doherty graduated from Connecticut College in 2010 with a B.A. in History and American Studies. A Massachusetts native, he spent four years after graduation in the Washington, D.C area working as a writer and editor for a large media company. He looks forward to utilizing these skills both inside and outside the classroom. Daniel is also excited to be working as a part-time dorm parent. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, running, playing guitar, and fishing. Daniel is also a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, where he will earn his Master of Science degree in History in the fall of 2016.
Barbara Dove; B.A. (Wilson College); MEng and M.B.A. (Boston University)
Mathematics and Business Teacher
With a history of senior management roles in quality and service computer operations, Barbara is intimately familiar with entrepreneurship. She owned and operated a computer support help desk providing the help desk needs for internet service providers. Barbara soon learned that to make her business successful she had to help the CEOs of these small IT companies grow their businesses. And so, she taught strategic planning, marketing, sales, leadership management and overall operations improvement internationally.
On the successful sale of her company, and understanding the needs of industry to have well prepared creative employees and founders of small businesses, Barbara moved on to teaching secondary school where she could be part of growing the creative talents of young people to develop tomorrow’s creative thinkers and lead entrepreneurs.
In addition to her BA in Mathematics, MEng in Operations Research, and MBA in Operations, Barbara has a pending endorsement with the state in Structured English Immersion.
Jessica Doyle; B.A. (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)
Dean of Student Affairs
Jessica Doyle received a her Bachelors of Art in History and a Secondary Social Studies Certification for grades 7-12 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After college, she moved to China for 3 years and taught TEFL in Shenzhen, China. She also privately tutored students. While living abroad, she traveled extensively throughout China.
In addition to her classroom teaching experience, she was also an Associate Coordinator for the Center of Teaching and Learning in China. This position entailed training, observing, and providing feedback to other English teachers.
During the summer of 2014, she was competitively selected by Projects for Haiti, Inc. to join a team of educators that travelled to Cap-Haitian, Haiti and lead a Teacher Conference for local teachers. She created a curriculum for educators teaching Foreign Language and equipped the attending educators with resources and ideas to bring to their classrooms. This conference curriculum will be published for future educators in the spring of 2016.
I am very passionate about Education because it is one of the few things you can give a person that you cannot take back. Appreciate and nurture your education because it is forever yours and will not leave you.
Jason Feldstein; B.A. (Tisch School of the Arts), M.A. (New York University)
Jason Feldstein obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Television form the Tisch School of the Arts as well as a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University. Afterwards, he completed a second Bachelor's Degree in Physics at Brooklyn College. He worked for two years as a Physics Tutor at the Brooklyn College Learning Center. Jason is very excited to be working at CATS Academy teaching Statistics and Financial Management as well as running the film club.
Dr. Aubrey Frank; B.A. (Colby College), Ph.D. (Brown University)
Although originally from the Northwest US, Aubrey has lived in many New England states since she started college in Maine majoring in biology and minoring in physics. From there she moved south to attend graduate school in Rhode Island doing research on plant reproduction, and then worked as a postdoc on plant development in New Hampshire at Dartmouth College. Now working at CATS Academy Boston as the Science Department Chair she hopes to incorporate her love of learning, creativity in science research, and appreciation for the natural world into the rich diversity of education found here.
Adrienne Jacobson; B.A. (Wellesley College), M.A. (Boston University)
Fashion Design and Art History Teacher
Adrienne has a Master's degree in art history from Boston University, and studied studio art and art history at Wellesley College. She first learned to sew from her mother-- a professional costume designer-- and enjoys making clothing and knitting for friends and family. She has worked as a curatorial assistant at private and corporate collections in the Boston area, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Danforth Museum in Framingham and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.
Lucy LaVallee; M.A. (The Moscow State Linguistic University)
Co-chair of the ESL Department and ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Lucy was born in Russia, where she worked as a translator and interpreter in the aerospace research industry. She also made voice overs for CNN News and taught English as a second language at a specialized English language school and business schools.
In the early nineties Lucy moved to the US where she continued her work as a translator and interpreter. She also taught English and Russian to children and adults at a private high school.
Lucy was also on the board of directors for a US non-profit organization that brought children sick with cancer from Chernobyl, Belarus and the Ukraine for recuperation in the US.
CATS Academy Boston is special because the faculty are highly qualified and experienced in international education. There is an outstanding academic program along with daily after school activities. Excellent extended American English language support prepares students for studying in US colleges.
Overall there is a lot of support from the faculty and staff who see the students as part of their family. The school's location in Boston and its close proximity to world renowned Universities such as Harvard and MIT give students a true taste of the east coast.
Carissa Leung; B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. M. Ed. Northeastern University
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
Carissa arrives to CATS Academy Boston having worked with international students in various high school and college programs and capacities. Carissa has worked several summer school programs as a logistics manager and ESL teacher at The Winchendon School, located in North Central MA. Carissa also brings experience from Northeastern University’s Global Pathways Program as a Student Life Coordinator for international students. In this role, Carissa introduced these students to a college setting and resourced international student life activities in Boston. Carissa also enjoys spending time with my family, staying active, and practicing photography.
Michael Levine; B.A. (Southern Illinois University in Carbondale), B.A. (University of Illinois—Springfield), M.F.A. (Washington University in St. Louis), M.A. (Boston University)
English Literature Teacher
Michael Levine brings 14 years of experience teaching English and Creative Writing to CATS Academy, where he is also a weekend dorm parent. He most recently served as English faculty and 10th Grade Dean at Community School of Naples in Naples, Florida, of all places, and before then as English and Arts faculty at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Michael holds BA’s Psychology and English as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Michael has poems published in several notable journals, and was the 1997 Springfield, Illinois Poet of the Year. He is passionate about poetry and enjoys reading, writing, playing and listening to music, going to museums, walking, and cooking and eating amazing food.
Roland "Skip" Lewan; Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Scoring (Berklee College of Music)
Fine Arts and Music Teacher
I have been teaching piano, guitar, and saxophone lessons for nine years. I broadened my understanding of music by attending Berklee College of Music from 2011-2015 where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Scoring, which is music composition and production for television and film.
During the summer of 2014 I was blessed with the opportunity to intern in LA with the award-winning composer Yuval Ron where I refined my composition and production skills, as well as being thrown into the worlds of music business and music therapy.
After I graduated from Berklee, I taught music through BELL, a company specializing in serving underprivileged children in urban communities. My journey has brought me to CATS, where I have the opportunity to start a music business and production program from the ground up!
On any given day I am richer than 10,000 men. I have been given the gift of music. Consequently, I was put on a path to learn and experience music's beauty, and to share with others the immense power it has to heal, inspire, and change mankind.
Dominique Lomax; B.A., MAT (Willamette University)
Dominique has a Bachelors in Mathematics and minor in Chinese Studies from Willamette University in Oregon. She also received her Masters in Teaching at Willamette University: School of Education. She taught mathematics for an international program in Wuxi, China for three years in additional to teaching at various Boston area schools and programs that have an international focus. She has a personal interest in working with international students and ESL students and will use technology and writing to bring mathematics to life for those students.
Glen Maheu; B.A. in International Affairs and French (University of Maine, Orono)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language)
After graduation, Glen served for 10 years in the Army as a French, Russian, and Korean language debriefer. Glenn has also spent 10 years working within the financial services industry until he transitioned from business to education with a recent certification from Cambridge University’s CELTA program to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). During his free time, Glenn enjoys serving in a local food pantry and teaching children in his church.
Sophia S. Meas; B.A. (UCLA), Ed.M. (Harvard University)
Director of College Counseling
Sophia oversees the college counseling program, providing individualized attention to each student, equipping them with the tools to navigate the college admissions process and empowering them for their transition to higher education.
Prior to joining CATS Academy, Sophia worked in undergraduate counseling, admissions, and financial aid, in several capacities - as an Orientation Assistant Counselor at UCLA and as a Senior Admissions and Financial Aid Officer at Harvard College. Sophia comes to CATS Academy with fifteen years of experience in higher education, which have provided her with expertise in the counseling, admissions, and financial aid processes of highly selective institutions. Sophia received her B.A. in History and Political Science from UCLA and her Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Rebecka L. Mills; B.S. (University of New Hampshire), M.A. (Argosy University)
Rebecka has worked in a variety of positions; most recently as a Career Counselor for the Army Career and Alumni Program where she assisted retiring service members with a successful transition back to civilian life. Prior to that, she had gained a vast amount of knowledge in the counseling field through her work in Florida’s eclectic school system, eventually narrowing down her focus to College Counseling.
Rebecka joins the CATS Academy Boston team with seven years of experience in the administrative field, a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies, a Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling, and a broad range of experience working in the child development setting. She is a member of NACAC, NEACAC, and ACCIS, which provides her with professional development opportunities to continually apply best practices in the field.
The College Counseling experience at CATS Academy Boston is unlike any counseling I had previously participated. The individualized, ongoing support sets us apart from any other program and gives each student the tools to research and find the best fit college for them. It is a pleasure to watch our students grow and mature into bright young men and women, knowing that by the time they graduate, they are heading down a path towards a bright and successful future.
Berta Nahra-Harb; B.S. (Boston University), M.A. (Central Michigan University)
Health and Wellness Teacher
Berta was born in Lebanon and moved to the US when she was 12 years old. She studied history and early childhood education as an undergrad and physical education in her master’s program. Berta has been teaching 14 years, 9 of those as a physical education teacher.
CATS is a great place to work. The students are eager to learn and they are very friendly. The faculty are very knowledgeable in their subject area.
Jeff Napior; B.S. (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), M.S. (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University)
Maths and Robotics Teacher
Originally from California, Jeff worked for fifteen years as an aerospace engineer before joining CATS Academy as a teacher of robotics and mathematics. His passion for education has been apparent through the years as he professionally trained US Navy aircraft technicians, tutored high school students, and provided post-GED math lessons to incarcerated persons. He has hands-on experience with the electrical integration of flight vehicles ranging from fighter jets to orbital rockets. Jeff is a huge sci-fi fan and an avid reader, cyclist, photographer, home-brewer, and outdoorsman.
James O'Brien; B.A. (Middlebury College)
Test Preparation Department Chair and Test Preparation Teacher
A Boston area native, James attended high school at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham before earning a B.A. in English and American Literature from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, James first became interested in international education when he lived with several international students, including a BBC correspondent from Afghanistan.
James has taught Test Preparation at Compass Education Group and Huntington Learning Center. He also worked as Assistant Director of Communications and English teacher at St. Sebastian’s School. In addition to serving as Test Preparation instructor and a director of the Writing Center at CATS Academy Boston, James plays an integral role in athletics at the school. He coaches cross-country, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee.
David O'Donnell; B.A. (Boston College), M.A. (Oxford University), Higher Diploma in Education (Trinity College Dublin)
History Department Chair and History Teacher
David O’Donnell is dedicated to helping students become more successful. A graduate of Noble and Greenough School, O’Donnell says he benefited from caring teachers, especially his parents, so it was natural to want to be in education. With more than ten years’ experience teaching History and Economics, including three years in China, O’Donnell is delighted to be at CATS Academy Boston.
A distance runner, oarsman, and rugby player in college, O’Donnell is now an avid walker and hiker. In 2014-15, he led the Scholars Program at CATS Academy Boston, and in 2015-16 will lead the Stocks and Trading Club. O’Donnell worked as a private investor for more than ten years with his father, who founded two successful high tech companies in Boston; his mother was an art teacher. O’Donnell’s two daughters attend top American colleges, so he knows the difference a school can make in the college application process.
CATS teachers push themselves and their students to learn and do more.
Stephen T. Pendley; B.A. (SUNY New Paltz)
Athletics Director & History Teacher
Mr. Stephen T. Pendley comes to CATS with a strong and varied background - having most recently worked at The Knox School on Long Island, NY, where he served as History Department Chair, Director of College Counseling, Head House Parent and as a coach and club sponsor. Mr. Pendley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York – New Paltz, where he majored in History and graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition to his boarding school background, Mr. Pendley has worked in corporate America and owned his own small business. Stephen brings a successful background in teaching, administration and coaching, which will serve him well in his primary responsibilities.
Rebecca Pierre; B.A. (Brooklyn College/CUNY)
Academic Services Coordinator
Rebecca has worked in Higher Education for about 10 years in both academic and administrative departments such as the Admission’s Office, Registrar’s Office, Writing Program, and Nursing Program. During those years she has developed a passion for advising students and helping them succeed educationally. As a result of those experiences, Rebecca is now well versed in problem solving, advising, and communicating with a diverse group of students. Rebecca has worked with undergraduate, graduate, law school students, and continuing students, and looks forward to using her knowledge of the college educational experience to better prepare CATS Academy students for their next step.
Anne Reenstierna; B.A. (Wheaton College), M.Ed. (Lesley University)
Dean of Faculty and Academics
Anne Reenstierna served as the Head of School at Brimmer and May in Chestnut Hill, MA for twenty-seven years where she also taught in the Humanities Department. Earlier in her career, Anne taught English at the Kingswood-Oxford School in CT and also worked as a Career Counselor at Wheaton College. Anne is committed to school reform and worked with the late Dr. Ted Sizer and the Coalition of Essential Schools and for ten years served as the President of the National Center for Independent School Renewal, a growing association of schools seriously committed to the work of renewal and innovation through a new model of professional development. Anne has also served on the boards of AISNE, the Coalition of Girls Schools, and the Glen Urquhart School and has been on the Commission for Independent Schools for NEAS&C and the President’s Commission at Wheaton College. Currently Anne is on the board of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston.
To prepare students for success in our 21st century global economy, schools must foster creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and cross-cultural competence- and that’s what teaching and learning is all about at CATS Academy Boston. It’s a pleasure to work with teachers who are committed to challenging our students with engaging, student-centered, interactive learning experiences every day.
Amy Roberts; B.A. (Tufts University), M.A. (Prescott College)
Assistant Head of School for External Relations and Student Services
Amy brings many years of experience as a teacher, educator and administrator to CATS Academy Boston. Amy began her education career as a Spanish, Math and Outdoor studies teacher for the Nantucket New School and later taught English as a Second Language in Costa Rica.
Prior to joining CATS Academy Boston in 2012, Amy served as the Development & Marketing Manager and Spanish Teacher at the Nantucket Lighthouse School. Before returning to the east coast, Amy worked for the National Audubon Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico, overseeing the education programming for the state office and promoting and environmental education through outreach, marketing, program development, and grant writing. During that time, Amy also wrote and published curriculum for the National Audubon Society, Los Alamos Department of Energy and for the Parajito Environment Education Center in Los Alamos, NM. She also won the Girls' Scout Award for contribution to the community of Santa Fe.
Additionally, Amy has written for various publications throughout New England and has extensive experience in marketing. Amy graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University in 1997, received her Masters from Prescott College in Environment Studies, and completed the New and Aspiring School Leaders program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I look forward to each day at CATS Academy Boston. It is an honor to work with students from all over the world and guide them to reach their highest potential, recognize their talents, and attain their educational goals. At CATS Academy Boston, we are dedicated to the success of each student, both in and out of the classroom, and offer a challenging, progressive, and exciting program where students discover more about themselves and our global world every day.
Becca Romash; B.A. (Brown University)
Becca received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in History and Public Policy & American Institutions. She brings experience from education and urban policy in Providence, RI and Washington, D.C..
Before joining the CATS Social Sciences department, Becca taught history and geography in Boston and London. She is teaching U.S. History and Introduction to World History and advising the CATS Community Service Club who works to give back to our CATS, local, and global communities. She is passionate about education, geography, and history and enjoys travel, rugby, and dance whenever possible.
It is such a joy to teach history to students from all around the world. Everyone brings a unique perspective to the classroom, and students are constantly expanding their global awareness.
Jeanne Segal; B.M. (Cleveland Institute of Music); M.M. (Cleveland Institute of Music)
Music and Theater Teacher
Jeanne Segal has spent her career as a singer, pianist, conductor, and music educator at the Middle, High School, and College levels. After over a decade in the Northeastern University music department as Associate Conductor of the NU Choral Society and voice teacher, Jeanne spent a very rewarding fourteen years at Brimmer and May, an independent school in Chestnut Hill as Middle and Upper School Music Director. She was music director for over thirty Middle and Upper School musicals, conducted Middle and Upper School Chorus, and co-created and co-directed the signature interdisciplinary Middle School Global Arts Connections program, which was her great pride and joy. Jeanne spread her wings this past year and worked for a year at the Conservatory Lab Charter School of Boston integrating music into the academic subjects and co-directing the musical production "The Wild and Wonderful Monkey King" in conjunction with a Global Humanities unit on China and the Silk Road. Jeanne is excited to be helping to develop the music department at CATS and offering an introduction to theater course, Actors' Studio.
Kelly Tempest; B.A. (University of Virginia), M.A. (SUNY New Paltz)
English Department Chair and English Teacher
Kelly Tempest recently returned from Morocco, where she spent one year on a Fulbright grant and a second year teaching ESL and academic writing in the private sector. As a Fulbrighter, her roles included serving as part of the English Department at Mohammed V University, where she taught English Composition and American Culture courses, and providing English instruction to members of the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education. Just before going to Morocco, she earned an MA in English and taught first year composition at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Dr. Joel Tenenbaum; B.A. (Goucher College), M.A., Ph.D. (Boston University)
Science Department Chair and Science Teacher
Joel Tenenbaum has over 10 years of experience teaching physics, chemistry, statistics, and mathematics to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. His work as a graduate student at Boston University coincided with a variety of teaching fellow positions, in addition to tutoring and substitute work coordinating with Boston University Academy, as well as mentoring in the BUILD Boston mentorship program for inner-city high school students. After defending his doctoral thesis, he taught quantitative methods at Boston University's School of Management to students in the School's MBA program. Joel’s classes involve hands-on and collaborative work that mix theory with laboratory explorations with an emphasis on deeper understanding.
The fall of 2015 will mark the beginning of his third year at CATS Academy, where he has coached Math Club for two years in local, state, and national competitions that have decorated six CATS Academy students with awards, many of which have resulted in scholarships to nationally ranked universities. He has also lead Research Club, which has engaged CATS students in a hands-on scientific research project, guided by meetings with Harvard Medical School faculty, culminating in a trip to New York to present our findings as part of the NetSci High program.
An effective classroom should be fun, engaging, and playful, but also rigorous, diligent, and meaningful. The responsibility of the teacher lies in constantly reassessing where the students are and seeing what the next meaningful discovery (s)he can lead them to. The unifying simplicity of physics shows that a great variety of observable phenomena are merely manifestations of a few simple rules. The challenge to me as a teacher lies in convincing incredulous students that the simplicity is there, visible when mastery of the rules renders them transparent.
Madeline Warlan; B.A. (Lehigh University), M.Ed. (George Washington University)
Maddie serves an incredibly important role in supporting the wellbeing of our student community. Maddie joins us from Washington DC, where she most recently served as a School Counselor at St. John's College High School, working with 290 ninth grade students. Additionally, Maddie has experience both in school counselling and clinical work, addressing a wide range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, social phobia, drugs & alcohol, self-identity and relationships, mental health education, bullying, and academic advising. Maddie rowed crew for 11 years throughout high school, college and at a masters competitive level. She will be helping coach crew this year at CATS. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking.