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Christian Bednar, M.A.T, M.A., Ph.D. (Anticipated 2020)
Jennifer Bednar, M.Ed
Christian and Jennifer Bednar created Boston Scholastic for U.S. and international students seeking the highest quality in academic support. A high honors graduate of Saint Anselm College and Boston University, Christian was awarded the John Julian Ryan Award for Excellence in Literary Studies and was selected to present academic papers at Oxford University and the University of Virginia. Jennifer's expertise is in the field of learning disabilities. Jennifer has presented her research on children's memory at the American Psychological Association's Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Through her tenure as a special education teacher, Jennifer completed the 30-hour Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training.
Walter Stone, Ed.D.
Mathematics and Physics
Walter has spent the past 27 years teaching mathematics at the college level. Prior to this, he taught high school math, and he instructed middle school and high school teachers. Walter earned a B.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Boston College. His graduate work includes a M.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from Boston University. Along with his extensive teaching background, Walter has written a number of tutorials to help students use a graphing calculator as an efficient learning tool.
Meghan Carroll, M.Ed.
English and Mathematics
Meghan graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Fitchburg State University and she received her Master’s of Mathematics Education at Lesley University. Her undergraduate and graduate coursework includes the Assessment of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Strategies for Secondary Students with Disabilities, Reading/Learning Problems, Math/Science/Social Studies for Students with Disabilities, and Foundations in Special Education.
Meaghan Dempsey, M.Ed. C.A.G.S. (Anticipated, 2017)
Science and English Language Arts
After graduating Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature and a Secondary Field in Classics, Meaghan received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. While studying at Harvard, Meaghan participated in the Harvard Emerging Literacy Project. Meaghan has knowledge of Latin and Modern Greek, experience as a college adviser, and is a Teach for America Corps member. Recently, Meaghan was accepted into the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Luli Begaj, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Luli holds a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in mathematics from Lesley University. She has 24 years teaching experience providing instruction in all areas of mathematics. Before coming to the United States, Luli taught for 14 years in Albania. Besides English, Luli is fluent in Russian, Albanian, and Italian.
Marissa Gambale, M.A.T. (Anticipated, 2017)
At Merrimack College, Marissa was a double major in mathematics and education, and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching Mathematics at American International College. Her teaching experience includes both inclusion and regular education 7th and 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Pre-AP Algebra I. At the high school level, Marissa has taught Honors Geometry, inclusion Algebra II, and Honors Pre-Calculus.
Jennifer Kohr, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Jennifer specializes in mathematics. During her undergraduate studies at The University of Massachusetts, she was awarded a teaching assistantship by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She received her Master's of Education from Lesley University in December 2008. Since then, Jennifer has continued to teach full time, tutor regularly, and complete her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Advanced Educational Leadership at the University of New England. Jennifer was recently awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education.
Laureen McGonigle, M.Ed.
English Language Arts
After receiving a dual B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Psychology from Salem State University, Laureen earned her M.Ed. with distinction in Secondary Education and Reading from Arizona State University. She also spent a semester studying abroad at Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England. Laureen has extensive experience teaching Special Education and English Language Arts at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition, she has also taught math and social sciences to second and third graders.
Erica O'Toole, M.A.
Erica received her B.A. in Psychology, with Minors in both Criminology and Education, from the University of Southern Maine. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Castleton College. Erica is currently a high school science teacher. She teaches both CP and Honors chemistry and forensics classes. Her experience also includes teaching math and science at the middle school level. Erica’s professional portfolio includes presenting papers at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology annual conference and the American Psychological Association Annual conference.
Erik Swanson, M.A.T.
Chemistry and Physics
After earning a B.S. in Chemistry from Stonehill College, Erik started his career as a research and development chemist. After a number of years in the field he became interested in teaching, and also earned a M.A.T. in Chemistry at Salem State University in their honors program. While working as a chemist, Erik collaborated with Newburyport High School through the Newburyport Business Coalition grant. Erik has experience teaching CP, Honors, and AP Chemistry.