TEC Phoenix Academy is headed by a Principal, who provides leadership, policy and operational direction. Professional staff members include licensed academic teachers who specialize in core subjects, licensed school social workers, clinical/behavioral specialists, instructional support staff and an administrative assistant.
An integrated team of skilled teachers, adjustment counselors and therapists assist students to develop a sense of self-awareness and effective personal decision making that will enable them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in school, college and/or career. Licensed social workers provide ongoing counseling, clinical consulting, and case management. College and career counseling programs prepare students for success in school, college and career through goal development, interest assessment and internship opportunities within the community.
Meet Our Staff
Christine Behn - MS, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Licenses/Qualifications: American Speech-Language and Hearing Association certified; MA licensed Speech-Language Pathologist; MA DESE licensed speech-language pathologist; Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (University of Rhode Island); Bachelor of Science (University of Rhode Island)
Interests: Understanding the connection between communication and social/emotional/behavioral disorders, spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, running
Andrew Bevilacqua - Culinary Arts
Licenses/Qualifications: Bachelor Degree, Vocational Educator License 8-12 , 20 years experience in the hospitality field, 15 years providing vocational training and instruction at The Education Cooperative
Interests: Everything FOOD, enjoy watching and playing sports, nature, outer space, world history, and also a love of dogs
Julie Vadala - English Language Arts (ELA)
Licenses/Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in English, 8 years experience teaching 7-12 ELA
Interests: Hiking with my dog, exploring New England, traveling to see family in NY and NH, spending time with family
Julian Diaz - History Teacher
Subjects: US History 1 & 2, World History, Government
Licenses/Qualifications: History (5-12), Master of Social Science, Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Social Science, Sociology (Anna Maria College)
Diane Holloway-Carnes - Teacher/Culinary Arts Aide
Subject: Cooking/Baking/Culinary Arts Program
License/Qualifications: Culinary, Hospitality.
Bachelor of Arts in Business Management/Accounting, Paralegal Certificate, Upper Cape Tech and Blue Hills Tech - Culinary/Baking Certification. Notary Public
Interests: Baking and craft activities, sewing, reading
Vladimir Joseph - Physical Education / Teacher Assistant
Subjects: Physical education, Health, Nutrition
License / Qualifications: Associates Degree in Business (Massasoit CC); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (UMass Boston); Masters Degree in Sports Management (Lasell University); Behavioral Specialist, BCBA experience.
Skills/interests: Coach: Professional Basketball (Mass Monarchs); Outside linebacker: semi-pro football (Marshfield Hurricanes); player: basketball men's league; Pool shark; travel; Marvel/DC fan.
Pete Kahle, M.Ed. - History/Science/Special Education Teacher
Subjects: Biology I & II, STEM, Woodworking
Licenses/Qualifications: Middle School Humanities, Middle School Math/Science, Moderate Disabilities (K-8), Moderate Disabilities (5-12), Biology, Elementary Education, SEI Endorsement.
Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Binghamton University), Master of Education (Ashford University)
Skills/Interests: Author/publisher, reading, football, science fiction/horror films, travel, animals, world history
Paige Kenney, M.A. - College and Career Readiness
License / Qualifications: School Counseling, Professional, PreK-12; English 5-12, MASCA member B.A. English & Secondary Education (Saint Michael's College), M.A. School Counseling (Boston College), Youth Mental Health First Aid
Skills/interests: Leadership development, SEL, experiential learning, executive functioning skills, professional advocacy, skiing, working out, binge watching television, dad jokes
Susan LeMay, LMHC - School Adjustment Counselor
Licenses/Qualifications: Certified School Adjustment Counselor (K-12), Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Bachelor of Science in Human Services (Fitchburg State University), Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (Fitchburg State University)
Interests: Substance use prevention education and treatment. Exploring and sharing the health benefits of humor with others. Nature walks, hikes, geocaching, leisure sports, traveling
Siobhan Lennon, M.Ed - Special Education Teacher
Subjects: Wilson Reading, Special Education
Licenses/Qualifications: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12), Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, Wilson Reading System Level 1 Certification.
Bachelor of Arts, English Major (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Master of Education (Eastern Nazarene)
Skills/Interests: Spending time with my family, camping, reading, travel, history, listening to podcasts
Susannah Mazer - Adjustment Counselor
Licenses and Qualifications: Licensed School Adjustment Counselor (Initial, K-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Master of Arts Mental Health Counseling and School and Community Counseling (Lesley University)
Interests: Running, humor, podcasts, friends and family, dogs and cats
Karen Morgan, Ed.D - Teacher Specialist
Subjects: Math Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, OSHA, Credit Recovery: U.S.History, Science, English
License / Qualifications: Math, Social Sciences, School Administration, School Counselor (grades 5-12).
Bachelor of Arts - Secondary Education/Political Science Antioch College, OH; Masters of Education-School Counseling Univ. of Louisville, KY; Doctor of Education- Educational Leadership Univ. of California. Berkeley, CA.
Skills/interests: Professional ski Instructor Alpine (downhill), dance, painting, hiking, boating, golf, global travel to sacred sites, education research school improvement, mysteries, bird watching.
Sean Nugent, MS Ed - Assistant to the Principal
License / Qualifications: MA DESE licensed Principal/Assistant Principal (K-12), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (University of New England), Master of Science in Education - Educational Leadership (University of New England). Professional Certified Trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for both Schools and Families- Cornell University, Certified Safety-Care Trainer- Quality Behavioral Solutions, Inc.
Interests: High School Lacrosse Coach, Patriots Season Ticket Holder, Music Enthusiast.
Madelyn Ricketts - Administrative Assistant
Skills: Supports managers and staff through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication.
Interests: Outdoor activities, travel
Amy Sulkala, LICSW - School Adjustment Counselor
Licenses/Qualifications: MA Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker; DESE School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor, All Levels, Professional.
Master of Social Work from Boston University; Bachelor of Science from UMASS Amherst. I have been employed by The Education Cooperative as a School Adjustment Counselor since 2004. I’m passionate about helping students explore their interests and abilities through service learning in the community.
Interests: Community service, animal rescue/care, reading, making creative/crafty gifts, nature walks/hikes, skiing, dancing & cooking