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Steven Melis
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Steven Melis

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.

Alex Chaconas
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Alex Chaconas

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.

David Wendler
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David Wendler

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.

Sam Doolittle
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Sam Doolittle

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.