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!
Erica Arrington was born in New York City and raised in Rockaway, NJ, a suburb about 45 minutes outside of Manhattan. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Education from Boston University in 2000. She then went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from Simmons College in 2002 and a Masters of Education in Mathematics Education from Boston University in 2006. Mrs. Arrington has taught in Concord, Belmont, and Chelmsford MA, as well as in Nashua, NH. Mrs. Arrington and her husband Bill together have two children; Matthew (6th grade) and Zachary (3rd grade). Outside of teaching and doing math for fun, Mrs. Arrington loves to sit by the pool and loves to watch her boys play baseball. Her only sister lives in Southern California so she goes cross country as often as she can.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Charles Pierce was raised in a military family and lived around the world; graduating from High School in Virginia. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Charles spent 12 years working for Wells Fargo Bank, spending 9 years working on application support and analysis of data.
After 12 years in banking he decided he wanted to pass on knowledge to people in understanding of Mathematics. He got certified to teach in Texas and spent 4 years teaching Geometry, Statistics, and Algebra II at a school in Texas and began teaching at Abbott Lawrence for the 2018-2019 school year.