James Burbank is the 5th and 6th grade science teacher, math teams coordinator, and chess team coach. Originally from Rehoboth, MA, he now lives in New Bedford. James received his B.S. in biology from UMass Amherst, and his M.A. in teaching: general science from UMass Dartmouth. James firmly believes in teaching the process of science along with the content found in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. Students who understand the nature of science will be less susceptible to pseudoscience and misconceptions. James's hobbies include tennis, fishing, cooking, and hiking. This is James’ first year with OSS and is an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher.
Angel Diaz In addition to leading our school-wide fitness programs and a math team section, Angel teaches music and performing arts. As a powerful community member, Angel has worked effectively with youths through the Trustees of Reservation, YouthBuild New Bedford, Citizen Schools, and Dream Out Loud. He applies his experience as a professional D.J., music producer and songwriter to the classroom where he often refers to himself as an Edutainer. He enjoys making learning fun and is a proud graduate of Leadership SouthCoast.
Tobey Eugenio, the visual arts teacher and STEAM lab instructor, works alongside our middle school learners to help them tap into their brilliant creative potential. She holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College with a double major in arts and elementary education, as well as a M.Ed. from Lesley University with a concentration in curriculum instruction. With over 20 years of experience as an educator spanning pre-school to collegiate levels in public and independent school settings, Tobey currently works as a visual arts teacher, curriculum specialist, educational consultant and outdoor classroom designer. Passionate about learning, volunteering, nature, and most especially her family, Tobey strives to spend every moment making meaningful memories and to empower her students to be “self-thinkers” and celebrators of life! It is not uncommon to find Mrs. Eugenio traveling around OSS carrying large and weird objects that she hopes her students can design into a future invention or art. You might even find her talking intensely with students about how their brains learn! She gets fabulously excited about creating “cognitive super highways,” and she believes that “everyone is an artist!”
Georgiana Goulding joined OSS as Director of Advancement in 2014. She attended Pace University and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. After spending 20 years in the fashion and publishing industries as a producer, a magazine editor at Condé Nast, and as vice president of creative services at Calvin Klein, Georgie opted for a lifestyle change to pursue non-profit work. She and her husband Mark moved from Westport, CT to rural Litchfield County, CT where she was development director for a social services agency, and then a fundraising officer at The Hotchkiss School. They became full-time residents at their South Dartmouth summer home in 2013. She’s passionate about education and happily devotes her efforts to OSS and its mission. After her hectic NYC career, Georgie firmly believes in living a balanced life and enjoys reading, gardening, food, the outdoors and interior design.
Sarah Herman began serving as the OSS Head of School in 2013. Her experiences growing up at Interlocken International summer camp inform her belief that a powerful education must inspire curiosity, a desire to explore and an appreciation for failure and reflection. She joined Teach for America, worked in the New York City public school system for four years, and completed her M.Ed. in elementary education at Bank Street College. She then returned to her summer camp roots and served as director of Windsor Mountain International for eight years before continuing her studies at Harvard University and earning a M.Ed. in school leadership.
With more than 20 years of experience in private and public settings, her commitment to education and social justice has never wavered. Sarah eagerly continues her work at OSS, a school with a clear mission, a commitment to diversity, and a student-centered approach to education. On the rare occasion that she is not at OSS, she would most likely be home crafting at her jewelry-making table or out and about practicing Spanish, and indulging her passion for achieving an advanced-beginner status as a surfer, salsa dancer or cook!
Erynn Jones is a second-year AmeriCorps volunteer and creative arts team member. She earned an associate degree in liberal studies at Bristol Community College, a certificate in culinary arts from the International Institute of Culinary Arts, and is currently working toward a B.A. in history at Bridgewater State University. Erynn taught humanities and math at the Old Colony YMCA YouthBuild Brockton GED/Service program preparing students for college and career readiness. Erynn studied balanced literacy at the Youth Development Institute in New York City, the Project for Civic Reflection in Chicago, and at the Foundation for Critical Thinking in California. She serves on the board, and works closely with the staff, at the Dream Out Loud Center for the Arts. Erynn focuses on being present in everything she does, and the power of positive thinking. She loves to dance, cook and sail, and on weekends, she sings in the church choir and participates in volunteer programs throughout the greater New Bedford community.
Samantha Kay is an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher who co-teaches Creative Visual Arts and STEAM lab with Tobey Eugenio, and supervises World Language Study. Sammi holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a concentration in animation, and also has a TKT YL Certificate for ESL instruction. She has lived and worked as a stop motion animator in California, a pre-K assistant teacher, ESL teacher in Beijing, China, and a painting instructor at a local studio in Walpole, MA, her hometown. Sammi loves learning languages, sketching, traveling, and sharing her passion for artmaking. She looks forward to making meaningful connections and contributions to the OSS and New Bedford communities.
Laurie Knight joined the OSS team in 2012 as the Secondary School & Alumnae Director. She teaches a unique high school transition and career planning class to the 7th and 8th grades. A graduate of the Noble and Greenough School, she has a M.A. in education from the State University of New York and a B.A. in English from Union College, where she studied in Athens, Greece and played lacrosse. Her education career includes many years teaching English in both independent and public schools. She helps OSS girls find the secondary school that is the best match for them, prepares them for high school success, and connects with OSS alumnae and their families as they seek support during their secondary school and college years. An avid sailor, Laurie and her husband live in Marion and support their three children.
Carlene LeBlanc, a lifelong resident of New Bedford, is the Finance & Operations Manager. She attended local private schools and in adulthood returned to Bristol Community College, graduating summa cum laude in Business Management. Carlene joined OSS in 2012 bringing with her 20 years of knowledge and experience in private industry accounting management, along with her human resource background. An active member of the SouthCoast Human Resource Council, she continues to remain current with policies and procedures. Carlene enjoys the outdoors and New England’s four seasons. Working at OSS gives Carlene the opportunity to be engaged in an organization in her own backyard and to give back to the greater New Bedford community.
Jocelyn Mitchell is the volunteer coordinator, head of the science department, and the 7th and 8th grade science teacher. After spending her formative years ruling the high seas on her father’s tugboat, Jocelyn decided to relinquish her command for the noble pursuit of teaching after receiving a B.S. in biology and philosophy from Northeastern University. Unable to ignore the siren song of the ocean while at college, Jocelyn taught scuba diving to middle and high school students. Upon graduation, she worked in the education department at the Ocean Explorium where she taught the 2013-14 OSS/OE program. Jocelyn loves to garden, hike, camp, and has a deep connection to the earth -- she hopes to foster a community garden and an agricultural movement at OSS.
Jamie Pickup is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, holding a B.S. in radiation therapy and health sciences. She joins OSS this year as an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher, taking the lead on nautical and animal sciences as well as athletic-based clubs. When Jamie is not at OSS, she can be found exploring the outdoors, painting, and volunteer-costume-designing for nonprofits. Jamie is thrilled and proud to be a part of the heart-filled OSS community.
Katelyn Rapoza is in her fourth year at OSS (first two as an AmeriCorps volunteer). She teaches college preparatory math and tackles new roles as remediation team leader and student support services. Katelyn graduated from Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in special education. During her time at BSU, she was actively involved with her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, supporting philanthropic organizations and promoting personal resiliency and confidence in girls; she also worked as an orientation leader welcoming new students into the community through diversity training and team building. Katelyn was drawn to the OSS mission due to her college experiences and her love of helping to build strong leaders. A Westport resident, Katelyn enjoys baking, finding new crafts on Pinterest, attending concerts, and warm weather. Her favorite quote is “Be silly, be honest, be kind.”
Blanca Santiago is often the first person one meets when entering OSS. She is the primary Administrative Assistant and has been with the school since 2011. Blanca graduated from New Bedford High School in 1998 with honors and studied medical administrative assistant roles and responsibilities at Burdett College. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Bedford where she has spent most of her life. Blanca previously worked at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Hawthorn Medical Associates in New Bedford. OSS provides her the opportunity to give back to the community -- she is very happy and proud to be part of such a great school.
Tom Shortteaches music at OSS every Thursday. A professional musician, he conducts several wind ensembles including the Acushnet Classical Ensemble Youth Orchestra in Fairhaven during the summer. He earned a B.A. in flute performance from the University of Michigan. A private music instructor with the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth, he also plays in two local bands, Pumpkin Head Ted and The Dancing Dogs. He has released several CDs and continues to teach and perform in the area.
Sara Winnick is a graduate of Brown University, holding a B.A in modern American history and education studies. She returns to OSS for her second year as the 7th and 8th grade humanities teacher. While she was at Brown, Sara taught and tutored with Breakthrough Collaborative, Generation Citizen, and Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment. For the past two summers, Sara has also directed the BRYTE Summer Camp in Providence -- a learning program for over 100 new-arrival refugee youths. Passionate about racial justice, storytelling, and youth power, she can be found swimming, reading young adult fiction, and tutoring refugee families in Providence when she’s not at OSS. Sara strongly believes that she has the best job in the world!
Ariana Wohl begins her second year as the 5th and 6th grade humanities teacher and head of the humanities department. She brings more than a decade of experience as a teacher-leader in Rhode Island public charter schools, most recently in Central Falls and Providence. She has also served as a professional development coach in the Dominican Republic and as a student-travel educator. Ariana was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Fellow in Argentina and has lived in Chile, Panama, and Italy. She believes in joyful learning that promotes social justice and nurtures the whole child. Ariana earned her M.A.T. from Brown University and a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University. She loves travel, theater, reading, writing, photography, food, and the outdoors.
Victoria Wood is celebrating her third year at OSS (first two as an AmeriCorps volunteer), and is teaching 6th and 7th grade math. Born and raised in Acushnet, Vicky has great knowledge, love and appreciation for the greater New Bedford area. She graduated New Bedford High School and attended UMass Dartmouth on an Endeavor Scholarship. Living the mission as an Endeavor Scholar, Vicky volunteered over 600 hours at OSS as an office volunteer and as a tutor. She graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in sociology with minors in political science and leadership & civic engagement. Vicky is especially interested in education policy and she aspires to earn a law degree in the future. In her free time, she loves running (especially at Horseneck beach), following politics and cooking delicious food.