Stacey Ciprich


As a graduate from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Stacey Ciprich majored in history and secondary education, as well as serving as senior class president of the graduating class of 2007 and the National History Scholar of New Jersey. After teaching in New Jersey, she joined Teach For America and worked in St. Louis Public Schools teaching history and civics, serving as the Social Studies Department Head, then College Placement Coordinator, and then Assistant Principal while also obtaining a Masters of Education and Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri. Also while in New Jersey and St. Louis, Ms. Ciprich was actively involved in extra-curricular activities such as serving as the head Varsity cheerleading coach, Student Government advisor, and leadership team in which her school, Northwest Academy of Law, received its accreditation. In 2012, Ms. Ciprich accepted a position with the Lawrence Public Schools where she became the Assistant Principal at the Health and Human Services High School, now a Level One high school, at the Lawrence High School Campus until December of 2014, when she transitioned to becoming the founding Principal of Abbott Lawrence Academy. Ms. Ciprich, has been the Principal at ALA since January 2015, from the school’s initial creation. Ms. Ciprich also attended Boston College as the first member of the Lawrence Public Schools to be accepted into the Lynch Leadership Academy.

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Yohanna Estevez

Office Clerk

Yohanna Estevez grew up in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. At the age of 11 she moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is a Lawrence High School alumni from the class of 2002. Yohanna is also a proud alumni of the Salem State Upward Bound Program. She worked with the Visually Impaired community for more than 13 years in LPS. Yohanna obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.  This is currently her first year as the ALA office clerk. During her free time, you will find her listening to her favorite singer Romeo Santos, attending church, and most importantly, spending time with her family of four; son, daughter, husband and her baby Obby (Chihuahua).

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Molly Coyne

School Adjustment Counselor

Molly Coyne is the School Adjustment Counselor at Abbott Lawrence Academy. She attended Southern New Hampshire University, graduating in 2017 with a B.A. in Special Education. She continued on to a graduate program in both Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at Teacher’s College of Columbia University in New York City. Following her graduation in 2019, Molly returned to Massachusetts and held a number of long-term substitute counseling positions at both ALA and LHS. After being a part of the Abbott family and getting to know so many wonderful students, Molly is so grateful to be able to come on-board to a new position as the School Adjustment Counselor to help support the wellbeing and success of the whole Abbott family. Outside of school, Molly enjoys reading, baking, and spending time outdoors at the beach or hiking.

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Molly Malandrino

Guidance Counselor

Molly Malandrino grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduating from UMass Amherst, Ms. Malandrino came back to the Merrimack Valley and began work as the Support Services Coordinator at the North Andover Youth & Recreation Services. After gaining many years of experience and knowledge, she decided to continue her education and obtained her Masters through Salem State University. Ms. Malandrino completed her Master’s in Education and School Counseling in June 2018. Ms. Malandrino has been actively involved in many youth leadership programs, community service programs, and continues to serve many different roles at the North Andover Youth Center. In March 2018, Ms. Malandrino came to Abbott Lawrence Academy as a long term substitute in Guidance and is thrilled to be able to stay on the Abbott Lawrence Academy team full- time. Outside of school, Ms. Malandrino enjoys cooking, being with her family and friends, and traveling.

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Micaela Masterson

Guidance Counselor

Micaela Tetrault is the Guidance Counselor at Abbott Lawrence Academy. Ms. Tetrault grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, Ms. Tetrault attended Salem State College, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduating, Ms. Tetrault began working as the Social Programs Coordinator for North Andover Youth & Recreation Services. She gained many years of experience planning and implementing programs, events and community service opportunities for youth in her community. It was through her experiences working with middle school and high school youth and their families that she decided to continue her education in Social Work. Ms. Tetrault began a Masters of Social Work Program at University of New England, while continuing to work full-time for Youth & Recreation Services. In 2015, while finishing her final year in her MSW program, Ms. Tetrault joined the Abbott Lawrence Academy team as the Social Work Intern. Ms. Tetrault graduated in May 2016 with her Masters in Social Work and was thrilled to join the Abbott Lawrence Academy team full-time and continue to support the ALA students as their Guidance Counselor. Outside of school, Ms. Tetrault enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and planning her upcoming wedding.

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Michelle Davidson

Advanced Honors Algebra I Teacher

Michelle Davidson grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. After high school she attended the University of Richmond where she majored in Psychology and Education. After college she moved to St. Louis where she began her teaching career and completed her master’s in education at the University of Missouri. During her time in St. Louis she won St. Louis Public School’s Math Educator of the Year award in addition to helping organize and fundraise a trip for students to Costa Rica. Since returning to Massachusetts, Michelle has enjoyed time playing with her new puppy, exercising, and baking. Michelle is excited to be a part of the ALA family and help the freshman conquer Algebra 1.

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Reibin Hiraldo

Advanced Honors Algebra II, AP Calculus & SAT Prep Teacher

Reibin Hiraldo is from Lawrence High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a double minor in education and psychology from Salem State University. He is a proud owner of two puppies named Zero and Ghost. He likes playing volleyball and is a Lawrence High School alumnus. He taught two years in Medford High School and is excited to come back home and teach the young adults here in Abbott Lawrence Academy.

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Scott Zuckerbrow

Advanced Honors GeoTrig, Advanced Honors PreCalc, First Year Experience

Scott Zuckerbrow was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He attended The University of Buffalo as a Mathematical Physics Major. As he progressed through college, he realized that his true passion was for math and passing his passion onto others. After realizing this, he concentrated solely on mathematics and he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and his Master’s degree in Secondary Math Education from The University of Buffalo. After graduating, he taught math in NYC for over eight years. While there, he helped with the school plays as Stage Director and coached both the JV and Varsity basketball teams. He is excited to bring his passion for math and teaching to Lawrence and continue to pursue his professional goal, which is to make mathematics accessible to all students at any level. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, basketball, tennis, and volleyball, watch TV and movies, go on hikes, and cook.

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Sam Doolittle

Pre-AP English III, Dramatic Literature, Women's Studies, & First Year Experience

Samantha Doolittle was born and raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 2010, then earned her Bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College, where she double majored in English Literature and Theatre Arts. As a college junior, she won the Beinecke Scholarship, a national scholarship for advanced graduate study. In her senior year, she wrote an honors thesis exploring African American race performativity in contemporary American theatre (it was an amazing experience, but a lot of crying was involved). She graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from Mount Holyoke in 2014 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After studying Dramaturgy at UMass Amherst for a year, she realized her passion lies in teaching, so she withdrew from the program in order chase her dreams! She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with her M.Ed in 2016. Sam is deeply committed to social justice and educational equity, and it permeates all aspects of her life. In her free time, she loves to: hoard (and read!) books; tend to her 36 houseplants; cry about how much she loves her cat, Benny; bake cookies and cakes she can’t possibly finish on her own; take concerningly long naps; wander around the city discovering new places, sometimes for hours (ask her about the time she accidentally walked to Saugus!); and spend time with her incredible family and friends.

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Steven Melis

Speech and Composition, AP Art History and Improvisational Theater Teacher

Steve Melis was born in Greece, but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After studying English at Williams College and Oxford University, he lived in New York City, working in publishing and then completing a year of City Year at PS 112 in Queens. After realizing that education is his calling, he joined Teach for America and taught English and Theater at several schools: 4 years at De Anza High School in Richmond, CA, and 1 year at Noble Street College Prep in Chicago, IL. He then moved to Massachusetts and has been teaching at Abbott since its first ever sophomore class. In his free time, Mr. Melis enjoys loud music, fancy cats, long-distance running, and video games.

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Brianna Alves

AP Literature and Composition, Heroes and Villains and Graphic Novels

Brianna Alves was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. She stayed on the South Shore up until she finished undergraduate at Bridgewater State University. At BSU, she completed her Bachelor’s in English with minors in Secondary Education and Psychology. After college, she moved to Malden to be closer to her first teaching job as an 8th Grade ELA teacher. She was also lucky enough to teach Adult Learners for a year as they worked on passing the HiSet exam. After 4 years of being an ELA teacher for 8th grade in Everret, she then became the Dean of Students for 3 years. During her time working in Everett, she attended Boston University and graduated from the Master’s program with her degree in Curriculum and Teaching. Now, Mrs. Alves is happy to join the ALA team and teach all about the literature that makes her happy. Mrs. Alves spends her free time with her family (a husband and two little girls plus their beloved dog Benny). When she can, she likes to read as much as possible even if it means staying up far too late on a school night.

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Laura Perrotta

Advanced Honors English I, SAT Prep & Intro to Blogging Teacher
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David Wendler

Pre-AP English II, AP English Language & Creative Writing Poetry Teacher

David Wendler was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Wendler graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. After graduation, Mr. Wendler worked as an English Teacher at Colégio Diocesano de São José from 2010 to 2011, located in Macau, China SAR. He also previously taught English at East Aurora High School from 2011 to 2013 in Aurora, Illinois, and at Catalyst Maria High School in Chicago, Illinois, from 2013 to 2016. Joining Abbott Lawrence Academy in 2016, Mr. Wendler currently teaches all the ALA sophomores in Pre-AP English II as well as upperclassmen in AP English Language & Composition and Creative Writing: Poetry. Previous course offerings at ALA include Debate and Philosophy of Human Behavior. In his free time, Mr. Wendler tries to stay physically active outside as well as emotionally active watching sports (Houston Astros, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, LSU Tigers). His dog is Charles.

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Rose Hodge

History Teacher

Rose Hodge graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a Bachelors in Arts in History with a focus on African American history and a teaching certificate from Harvard’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. After college, she spent three years at Innovation Academy Regional Charter School in the Tyngsborough, MA. In addition to teaching history there, she ran the school’s internship program and advised the social club. After teaching there for three years, she moved to New York City to earn her Masters in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia Teachers College. From 2015-2018, she taught in Duxbury, MA. She returned to urban education in 2018 as history and government teacher at Excel Academy Charter School in East Boston. While teaching at Excel she launched the school’s Advanced Placement US Government and Politics program and proudly advised the school’s K-Pop dance club. At Abbott, she teaches 11th grade government and serves as a class advisor on Student Government. In addition to history, Rose loves her pets, talking about current events, Dungeons and Dragons, and working at Abbott!

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Sara Sobieski

Pre-AP World History & First Year Experience Teacher

Sara Sobieski grew up in Newington, Connecticut. After high school she attended the University of Connecticut for her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Sociology and minoring in Political Science. After completing…

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Sean Fabun

Pre-AP US Government, AP Economics, Politics & AP Seminar Teacher

Sean Fabun is a native Californian who has lived all across the United States and in Europe. He earned a BA in History and Philosophy from the American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland. He is passionate about history, as he believes it is necessary to understand the past to know the present, and especially focuses on power dynamics, freedom struggles, and geopolitics. Additionally, Sean has broad academic interests and pursuits, including but not limited to: theoretical physics, evolution, language and linguistics, developmental psychology, and folk stories. In his free time Sean likes to read and attends concerts and festivals. Sean’s dreams are to open Reuben’s Deli (so he can share his sandwich-making prowess with the world) and/or the Free School (where he can facilitate a truly student-driven educational process and program).

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Shannon Morey

Advanced Honors Foundation of Physics and AP Physics Teacher

Shannon Morey grew up in Michigan.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  During her undergraduate studies, Shannon served as Director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Science Theatre, a student-run outreach program. In this role, she organized and led interactive science demonstrations for Michigan students.  After finishing her undergraduate work, she moved to Massachusetts to pursue a graduate degree.  In 2013 received a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shannon was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support her graduate work.  While at MIT, she also worked as a Graduate Community Fellow for Women’s Programs. In this role, she organized workshops and panel discussions for female graduate students. Before making the transition to teaching full-time, Shannon served as the Director of Education for Science from Scientists, an organization that offers our nation’s youth exciting, informative and engaging training provided by practicing scientists.  Shannon’s teaching career began in 2014 at East Boston High School where she taught Freshman Physics, AP Physics 1, Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry.  In 2015, she was awarded a Knowles Teacher Fellowship recognize her potential as a teacher leader and support her continued growth in the profession.  Shannon is also the co-founder and Director of Education for BiteScis, an organization dedicated to developing resources that help teachers bring current scientific research into the classroom.  Outside of work, Shannon loves to travel, cook, craft, and play video games.

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Jim Muthig

AP Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Engineering teacher

Jim Muthig grew up in Upstate NY a long time ago and moved to North Berwick, Maine in the mid 1990s. Mr. Muthig earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Maritime College and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine. At ALA Mr. Muthig teachers AP Computer Science, Digital Literacy, and Engineering. Mr. Muthig is also a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Digital Electronics Master Teacher responsible for training teachers during the summer at participating universities on the PLTW engineering curriculum. Most recently during the summer of 2018 he taught at San Diego State University where he also got to spend his off time with his oldest son, Ben, who is employed by General Atomics Aviation as an aeronautical engineer in San Diego, CA. Mr. Muthig and his wife Mary have three other children, Cara (21), Asa (18) and Mya (16). When not teaching he enjoys working on his garden railroad and volunteering at a YMCA family camp on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Kaitlin Dinet

Advanced Honors Biology, Merrimack Biology & AP Seminar

Kaitlin Dinet was born in Pearl River, New York, a town north of New York City. After graduating from high school, Ms. Dinet attended Williams College where she double majored in biology and psychology. Ms. Dinet also played varsity softball for all four years at Williams and played pitcher, first base and third base. After graduating from college in 2013, Ms. Dinet began teaching middle school science in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She coached basketball for all three years at her school and was involved in many social emotional learning initiatives at her school as well. After three years in the classroom, Ms. Dinet took a year off from teaching to complete her Masters of Education in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Here she focused on trauma sensitive teaching practices and education policy and advocacy. She also interned at the Harvard Law School Education Law Clinic where she worked on advocating for special education students’ rights under the law. She is excited to be teaching high school biology at Abbott this year! Outside of school, Ms. Dinet likes to stay active, watch sports and read books!

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Alex Chaconas

Advanced Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry & Organic Chemistry Teacher

Alex Chaconas was raised in Natick, MA a suburb west of Boston. He graduated from Hamilton University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. In college, he played a year of soccer and rugby for the Continentals while serving as an RA in the dorms. Alex began teaching right out of college and completed a Masters of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia during night classes in 2011. He has over 10 years of experience in  high school Mathematics and Chemistry classrooms from New Hampshire to Florida and began teaching in Lawrence in 2019. Outside of work, Alex enjoys playing basketball, strategy games, drawing, and building small pieces of furniture.

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Kristina De La Cruz

Advanced Honors Spanish 1, 2 & Honors Spanish Heritage Teacher

Kristina De la Cruz is from Boxford, Massachusetts, but has also lived in Mexico and Dominican Republic. Mrs. De la Cruz obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Mrs. De la Cruz obtained her Master degree in both Education and English Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. De la Cruz had begun her teaching career at The Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, a small private boarding school for students with learning disabilities. Then, she taught for five years at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, a private boarding school. Outside of Abbott Mrs. De la Cruz lives in a bi-cultural and bi-lingual home where she speaks both English and Spanish and celebrates her New England culture and her family’s Dominican culture. Mrs. De la Cruz loves to cook, work in her garden, and spend time with her children.

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Gernelin Capellan

Advanced Honors Spanish 3, 4 & Caribbean Studies Teacher

Gernelin Capellan was born and raised in Tenares, The Dominican Republic. He moved to the United States, (Lawrence, MA) when he was 12 years old. He attended to the Health and Human Services High School at the LHS Campus (Class of 2014). After high school, he graduated from Salem State University in 2018. He majored in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish. He minored both in Educational Studies and Travel and Tourism. He has a strong passion for the Spanish language and supporting others to create an awareness of the importance of speaking Spanish in Spanish speaking countries, as well as in the Lawrence community. The best part of working in the Abbott Lawrence Academy is the strong built relationships between students and staffs. We truly are like a family here at ALA!

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Maria Payano

Pre-AP Spanish & AP Spanish Language and Culture Teacher

Maria Payano was born in the Dominican Republic where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After moving to the United States she finished her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Spanish. She has taught in the Lawrence Public Schools since 1993. Currently, she is the Pre-AP and AP Language and Culture teacher at Abbott Lawrence Academy where she teaches honors courses to native language students.

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