Instructional Technology Specialist - Deborah Turner, M.E.T.
Deborah came to Ivy St. with over 23 years of experience teaching diverse groups of students, as well as delivering professional development and training to a variety of audiences. Before coming to Ivy Street, she served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Kennesaw State University’s iTeach center just outside of Atlanta, GA. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology (M.E.T.) from Boise State University as well as graduate certificates in Virtual Assessment and Technology Integration. Her primary role as Ivy Street’s Instructional Technology Specialist is to instruct and support students and staff with hardware, software, and instruction-related technologies and practices.
Reading Specialist - Linda Yee, M.A.Ed
Linda is a certified Reading Specialist and was trained in Orton-Gillingham at the Carroll School. Other training includes ReadNaturally, Project Read, and Lindamood-Bell. She has a broad interest and knowledge in literature for students of all ages and skill levels, matching books to interests and reading levels in order to maintain motivation and to enrich student learning. She also integrates assistive technology whenever she can to help support students who struggle with reading and written expression. With her background in the arts and in reading, she enjoys working creatively and flexibly with those who have diverse learning styles and needs. Linda has taught in both public schools and in private settings. Linda has a M.A.Ed. in Reading from Lesley University and a B.M. in Music Education from Boston University.
Special Education Teacher - Dan Feingold, M.Ed., CAS Reading Specialist
Over the years, Dan has worn many hats in the field of education. He coordinated an after school program for special needs high school students in Andover, MA; was the vocational coordinator at the Kennedy Day School; taught special needs high school students in Medford, MA; and taught English as a foreign language in Taipei, Taiwan. Dan enjoys presenting material using multi-media to increase his students’ engagement and participation in class. Dan has a B.A. in History from the University of Washington, an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is a Licensed Reading Specialist.
Special Education Teacher - Andrew Cavanagh
Andrew joined Ivy Street in 2016. A licensed history teacher, Andrew graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2011 with a dual major in History and American Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education for Students with Moderate Disabilities at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has worked with students with a variety of special needs for several years, most recently at Community Connections, a life skills and transition-based special education program at Newton North High School. He has experience working with students with a wide variety of cognitive, social, intellectual, behavioral, and emotion disabilities.
Special Education Teacher - Tara Considine
Tara began her career at Ivy Street School in 2014. Since then, she has performed several roles including educational 1:1, teaching assistant, and now special education classroom teacher. Tara has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Suffolk University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education for Secondary Special Education from George Washington University. Tara focuses on vocational and life skills curriculum in her classroom.
Special Education Teacher - Patrick Flynn, M.Ed.
Patrick came to the Ivy Street School in 2016. Having completed an undergraduate program in Political Science at Stony Brook University in 2007, Patrick was brought to the Boston area during his service in the United States Coast Guard. Upon completion of his service time, he decided to dedicate his career to education, receiving an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015. He has experience working with a diverse student population during his time as a substitute teacher throughout Boston Public Schools. This experience sparked a desire within Patrick to teach in a Special Education setting and a strong commitment to using unique learning strategies to help students meet their academic and personal goals.
Special Education Teacher - Alainna Milkey
Alainna began her career at the Ivy Street School in 2013 in the Residential Department as a Residential Supervisor. Her experience in behavior management sparked her desire to explore the rewarding aspects of Special Education, and she then began her role as a Special Education teacher. In the classroom Alainna focuses on functional academics and Vocational Skills for students in transition. Alainna completed her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College in the Fenway, majoring in Spanish literature and minoring in Sociology. Currently, Alainna is working on her Master's degree at George Washington University where she will earn her degree in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services with a focus in Brain Injury.
Special Education Teacher - Nicholas Rodriguez
Nick completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was also very involved in student government, service learning, and athletics. Nick began his work in the secondary school setting at Common Ground High School in New Haven, and is now a special education classroom teacher at Ivy Street School. Nick also volunteers for South Boston Youth Hockey. He is currently finishing up his Master's in Special Education at George Washington University.