Classroom Teachers

Primary School

Taheera Massey, K1 Teacher, has worked with young children for many years and in many capacities, initially starting as a camp counselor, a child care teacher, a developmental specialist for early intervention and more recently an Assistant Teacher with Conservatory Lab. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree from Capella University in Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent development. She also has a certificate from Massasoit Community College in school age care. Another big part of her life is her family. She is the wife of an amazing yoga teacher and the mother of three amazing children, one girl, and two boys. She loves getting to know more and more about her students and her families to better learn and grow together in our knowledge of the world we live in. In her time away from school she enjoys cooking, meditation, jogging with her daughter, and spending as much time as possible with her family.

Alex Musliner, K-2 Teacher, received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Connecticut College and spent two years working with middle school students in Roslindale while completing a Teaching Fellowship. Alex went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and completed her year-long practicum in a third grade classroom in Cambridge. Alex has been at Conservatory Lab for two years working as an Assistant Teacher in first grade and is excited to begin teaching K2 this year. Outside of the classroom Alex loves art, traveling whenever possible (especially to warm places) and spending time with family, friends and pets!

Amanda Goddard, K-2 Teacher, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lasell College in 2012 and is I currently in a graduate program to get a Master’s Degree in Special Education from UMass Lowell. Before coming to Conservatory Lab, she taught preschool for one year and Kindergarten and for two years in Lawrence, MA. She loves to travel, go to the beach, read, and watch sports! She loves work with the families of her students to help the students grow as learners and individuals!

Amanda Chamberlin, K-2 Teacher, earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked in kindergarten and first grade classrooms in Amherst Public Schools and Springfield Public Schools, as well as full time Preschool teacher in Boston. Amanda delights in the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children and values working alongside the other like-minded staff here at Conservatory Lab. Amanda was a dancer for years and when not in the classroom, enjoys teaching fitness classes at different fitness clubs and venues in the city. She specializes in High Intensity Interval Training, Kickboxing, and Core/Stretch classes. In her free time, Amanda loves to spend time at the beach, surrounds herself among her family and friends, and always has a smile on her face!

Jovanne Buckmire, 1st Grade Teacher, received her BA from Wheelock College in Human Development, and has been teaching elementary school for many years. Her favorite part of teaching first grade is watching young learners grow as scholars, musicians, and friends. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach!

Amanda Dulberg, 1st Grade Teacher, will enter her second full year at the Conservatory Lab Charter School. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Social Studies and her Masters in the Art of Teaching Elementary Education from Simmons College. Amanda did her undergraduate internship in the first grade classroom at CLCS in the 2012-2013 school year and spent the 2013-2014 school year doing a year-long practicum student teaching first grade. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga and experimenting with new vegetarian recipes. Amanda is thrilled to be teaching first grade!

Libby Meehan, 1st Grade Assistant, has a bachelor of arts in theater (with a focus on costume design) and studio art from the University of Vermont. After moving the Boston area, Libby started a small business creating eco-friendly clothing, accessories, and cards which she continues to pursue today. She worked in a few of the Brookline Public Schools and then went on to get her Masters in Education with a focus on creative arts and learning from Lesley University. For the past few years she has been a lead teacher at the Martin Luther King Preschool in Cambridge. She now lives in Watertown with her husband and corgi-chihuahua Lucky. In her spare time Libby loves to sew, cook, and run by the Charles River.

Kathy Malone, First Grade Teaching Assistant, has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brandeis University and is dual certified in elementary and special education. Prior to becoming an elementary teacher, Kathy taught English for adult and high school students in Cairo, worked in software development, and served several non-profits whose mission focused on opportunity for children and youth. She is married to a native of the The Netherlands which has given her a special fondness for good cheese, biking and beautiful flowers. She and her husband live in Roslindale with their two children, aged 9 and 13, and their dog Cookie. When not in school, Kathy loves spending time outdoors with her family hiking, biking and camping

Elementary School

Tasheka Folkes, 2nd Grade Teacher, is originally from Jamaica. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tampa in Florida. After college, she pursued a career in medicine and completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at St. George’s University in Grenada. However, after attending the St. George’s University School of medicine, she realized that becoming a physician was not for her.
Nevertheless, she still wanted to be at the forefront of disease and recognized the correlation between education and chronic diseases. In 2014, she decided to become a Match Teacher Resident and student and taught in a 2nd grade class. She enjoys teaching and feels as though the impact she can have on students is insurmountable.
When not teaching, she likes running and spending time with her family. She also enjoys watching basketball, tennis, and European football. She is vegan and mangos is her favorite fruit. She aspires to continue helping to transform the lives of students and their families.

Jacqueline Bovery, 3rd Grade Teacher, is a recent graduate of Boston College and received a BA in elementary education and applied psychology. She discovered her passion for teaching years ago while serving as an assistant dance instructor at her childhood dance studio. Outside of school, she loves to dance, swim, bake, and read at the beach!

Christina Tyndall, 3rd Grade Teacher, is originally from Cape Cod, MA, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement from the University of Tampa. Christina uses her positive energy to build an accepting environment where students feel confident about learning from mistakes and working hard to attain both educational and personal goals. Christina strongly supports implementing life-skills in the classroom, as they are significant skills for individual growth. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys going for a run, country music, the beach, taking her dog to the dog park, going to a Bruins game, and BBQing!

Ivy Wagner, 4th Grade Teacher, was raised by parents who believed in the power of kindness and an empty cardboard box and developed the confidence to attempt to answer the Great Question: What If? She lives in Dorchester with her silly clan, and will probably still be there in 40 years. In her free time, she gardens and bakes, is slowly rebuilding her pottery collection (thank you Se’Kaiyah!), and has been dabbling in painting with acrylics. In another universe, she is Wonder Woman disguised as an actress.

A Few of her Favorite things:
· David Catrow’s artwork
· Grover the Muppet
· Slipware and stoneware pottery
· Any Bob Ross quote (“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”)
· Roasted peaches in yogurt
· Snuggling in the corner of a chair with a long book involving magic

Upper School

Melanie Corning, 5th Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Schibuk, 5th and 6th Grade Math and Science Teacher, graduated from college in 2008 with an interdisciplinary degree in Science and Technology Studies. After earning her degree, Elizabeth took a position teaching Chemistry and Physics at Blackstone Academy Charter School in Rhode Island, where she also designed and taught electives in Sustainable Design, Wilderness Leadership, Bioethics, and Documentary Filmmaking. At Blackstone Academy, she developed a passion for teaching science for social justice. After six years teaching high school science, Elizabeth decided to go back to school to earn her Master’s in Education. While she enjoyed her graduate program, Elizabeth truly missed spending her day with young people, and is happy to be part of the teaching team at Conservatory Lab Charter School. When not teaching, Elizabeth enjoys painting, baking, and training for road races and triathlons.

Valencia Patilla, Middle School English Language Arts Teacher has been teaching ELA/ Reading in both elementary and middle school for four years. She has had the opportunity to work in a diverse array of school systems ranging from charter, independent, and public schools. She has worked in both the traditional classroom setting as well as special education, thus helping her better understand the needs of the different students in her classroom. These experiences have made the scaffolding of material for all students a staple in her everyday routine. She has a passion for literacy and making reading and writing attainable for all students in a creative, lively, and relevant manner. Valencia enjoys working with middle school students and all of the spunk and quirkiness that they have to offer. In fact, they keep her current and trendy. Valencia received her BA from Emmanuel College in English, and is putting the final touches on her M.Ed from Lesley University in Middle School English and Reading Specialist. When finished grading and planning lessons, Valencia enjoys traveling, junk food, and listening to a good book on Audible.

Annabel Moorman, Middle School Math Teacher, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Oberlin College. She recently completed the Associate Teacher program at Brooke Charter Schools in Boston, where she taught fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. While her own educational background is in the sciences, Annabel has a passion for teaching math. Annabel enjoys traveling all over the world, but she also loves visiting her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky whenever possible. Outside of school, she enjoys painting, visiting museums, exploring new parts of the city, and horseback riding.

Kate Jahl, Middle School Humanities, received her bachelors degree from Lesley University in secondary education with a focus in history. She is currently attending UMass Boston to receive her masters degree in history. Before starting at the Conservatory Lab, Katherine worked for Education Inc. where she provided educational services to students aged 13-18 in a hospital setting. She has also taught history and English at Somerville and Medford High Schools. When she is not lesson planning or working on new ideas for class activities Katherine loves to read and play with her dog Bella.

Student Support

Lavonne Bishop, Student Support, was born and raised in Boston, MA. and  graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in English and a minor in Education. She has been working with children since she was 14 and knows that this is her passion. For the past six years she worked at Bright Horizons, where she was a lead toddler teacher. She loves giving children a voice, encouraging them and letting them know they can be anything they want in life. One of her favorite books is “Snip Snap, What’s That?” by Mara Bergman.

Becky McCarthy, Student Support, provides interventions and support for all students at the Dorchester site through many aspects of the school day. Her mantra is “flexible and adaptable”. Becky was born and raised in Boston and attended Boston Latin School. She graduated from Bucknell University as a Posse Scholar with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in human services. This fall she will begin a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant program with Elms College. Before joining the Conservatory Lab crew, Becky worked at Citizen Schools, The Posse Foundation, Rosie’s Place, and most recently, the English Language Center. Becky loves to travel and she jokes that she plays violin at a K2 level thanks to David Cordes’ Paper Orchestra.