Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership is facilitated by highly-experienced and skilled faculty, which includes CAS executives, Dr. Linda Nathan and Ms. Carmen Torres, and CAS staff member Seth Racine. Click here for their bios.
Visiting faculty are:
Dr. Hervé Anoh is the founding headmaster of the Mary Lyon Pilot High School, a fully inclusive school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. He received his Ph.D. from Lesley University, a CAGS & a Master in Biogeography and Climatology from the University of the Ivory Coast, a Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a Master of Education from Wheelock College. Previously, Dr. Anoh worked as a teacher and program director at the Mary Lyon K-8 School. For the past 24 years, Dr. Anoh has worked to create or change conditions enabling all students to maximize their potentials in a fully inclusive environment for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Dr. Anoh serves as mentor for principal interns in various principal training programs including the Principal Residency Network (Northeastern University) and Harvard Graduate School of education. He also serves as an inclusionary practice consultant both at the national and international level.
Yarima Ariza is Director of Professional Learning and Instruction at the Boston Arts Academy where she facilitates the Instructional Leadership Team and leads efforts in the areas of professional development, instructional coaching and educator evaluation. Yarima moved to the US from her native Colombia in 1994. She earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College. In 2004 Yarima became a National Board Certified Teacher in Art and recently renewed her certification making her the only NBCT in Art in BPS. Yarima has been an art educator for 19 years. She has taught in Chicago and Miami and at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston where, in addition to being an Art Teacher, Yarima served as a Teach Plus/T3 Teacher Leader facilitating and leading the work of the Specialties team.
In 2012, Yarima earned a Masters in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was honored with the ‘Leadership in Education Award.’ After graduating from Harvard, Yarima became an Education Pioneers’ Graduate School Fellow. She worked at the central office of the Boston Public Schools under the guidance of the Chief Academic Officer, developing a tool for school administrators to assess culturally proficient practices in the classroom. This tool focused in channeling efforts to support teachers in closing the opportunity gap through the gradual implementation of practices that improve the performance of underachieving students, mostly students of color, English language learners, and students from marginalized groups.
Yarima is a founding member of the BPS ALANA affinity group. In 2014 she also became an instructor and mentor in the areas of Visual Arts and Specialties for the BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program, an initiative of the Office of Human Capital to increase the number of top teachers in the district who reflect the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of our students and our community. Since 2015 she has served as the ACTT lead designer and program coordinator.
In 2017, Yarima was awarded a Conant Fellowship to pursue a second graduate degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received a Master of Education in School Leadership-Principal Licensure strand.
Will Chalmus (aka Will C.) is a highly skilled facilitator of personal, communal, and leadership development. Will C. is currently an adjunct professor at Brandeis University with an M.Ed from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis. He is most known for his work with the Centre for Playback Theatre, an organization that runs the international school of this community-building form of improvisation theater based on personal narratives. In addition to serving on the board of directors and as faculty for the Centre for Playback, Will C. has also founded various Playback Theatre companies in New England and has led programs and provided consultations for many non-profit organizations in the US, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Will C. is also a highly respected poet, playwright, hip-hop artist, and M.C. that performs solo acts and with numerous groups nationally. He is also a teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a teaching assistant for multiple courses in the Education Department of Brandeis University. Will C. is currently building a Playback Theatre company in Cambridge Port as a Flow Grant recipient from the Cambridge Arts Council.
Kati taught English Language Arts for 9 years at Charlestown High School and is a founding teacher and program developer for the Diploma Plus program there. Kati has her M.Ed from the Boston Teacher Residency program and a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego. An alumna of PSi (in it's earlier iteration as CELI, Boston University) herself. Kati teaches a Literacy Across the Curriculum course for Boston Teacher Residency and is now the Chief Academic Officer at Charlestown High School.
Sung-Joon (Sunny) Pai
Sunny began working in BPS as a student teacher in 1998 at the Fenway High School. The following year, he became a founding faculty member at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA). Over seven years at BAA, Sunny was a science teacher, writing teacher, advisor, student government coordinator, department chair, interim curriculum coordinator, and principal intern. He was also on the founding faculty of Rainier Scholars, an enrichment program for students of color in the Seattle Public Schools. Sunny completed both the Principal Residency Network principal-training program and the Boston Principal Fellowship. In 2005, Sunny was hired as the founding principal at the Media Communications Technology High School (West Roxbury Educational Complex) and served there for four years.
After a year of world travel, including a stint in Cape Town, South Africa working with a community-based program that helped formerly incarcerated youth transition back to society, Sunny became a Program Director at Charlestown High School for the Diploma Plus, Chinese SEI, and Spanish SEI small learning communities. As Director of the Diploma Plus (DP) Programs at Charlestown High School Sunny and his team have created DP's performance-based model for students who have not yet been successful in high school. Sunny is committed to establishing a culture of growth, where all students – especially students who have struggled in traditional academic models – can achieve at the highest levels. In 2017, DP expanded to a second site in Dorchester in partnership with College Bound Dorchester. Sunny now oversees both DP sites, serves as Chief of Staff at Charlestown High School, and consults with the Office of High School Support for Boston Public Schools.
Sunny holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA, Chemistry), Harvard Graduate School or Education (M.Ed, Teaching & Learning), and UMass-Boston (CAGS, Ed Leadership). Recently, Sunny won the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award, a $100,000 grant determined by public vote to support individuals committed to advancing student-centered learning. In addition, Sunny was recognized in 2016 by the Boston Globe as a Bostonian of the Year for his leadership with the DP program.
Angie UyHam is the founder of the Cambridge Educators Design Lab which uses human-centered design to address pressing challenges in education. The Design Lab strives to change the historically top-down approach in education, to create opportunities for educators to invent novel solutions, and to leverage community partnerships in a powerful new way. Angie received her M.B.A. from Babson College, M.Ed. from Boston University, and B.A. from the University of Michigan. For the past two decades, she has worked as a classroom teacher as well as literacy coach/reading specialist. Angie is passionate about the intersection of education, innovation and social change and is working on how public schools can change the way problems are identified and addressed as a district. She believes that all teachers are innovators when given the time, space, and opportunity to do so.
Guest Speakers & Facilitators
Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs
Ilana Brownstein, Dramaturg, Company One Theatre
Mirko Chardin, Head of School, Putnam Avenue School, Cambridge, MA
Lydia Cochrane, PSi MA Performance Assessment for Leaders Coach and Co-Principal, St. Johnsbury School, St. Johnsbury VT
Steven Cohen, Senior Lecturer in Education and the Peace and Justice and American Studies programs, and Adjunct in the History Department, Tufts University
Jason Cruz, Clinical Supervisor, RAW Art Works, Lynn, MA
Robin Ennis, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, City of Lynn, MA
Lisa Furman, Program Director, RAW Art Works, Lynn, MA
Kiame Mahaniah, MD. Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Community Health Center
Sung-Joon Pai, Chief of Staff, Charlestown High School and Administrator-on-Assignment, Boston Public Schools
Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent, Lynn Public Schools
Robert Vinci, MD. Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, and The Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine