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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).