Headmaster Anne R. Clark was the founding Academic Dean of Boston Arts Academy and in her tenure has served as a Humanities teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, Director of Professional Development, and Associate Headmaster. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and a Mellon Foundation Fellow for the Humanities, she holds her Master’s in English and American Literature and is A.B.D in secondary literary theory and instruction, both from the acclaimed English and Composition Studies program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Ms. Clark has been recognized locally and nationally for her teaching and educational leadership, including being named a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2007 and receiving the distinguished Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2008. She has been a presenter at national conferences for the Institute for Student Achievement Leadership Network, High Schools of the Future, and the Coalition of Essential Schools. She has provided professional development for teachers on differentiated instruction and literacy as an education consultant to the Newton Public Schools and to the Somerville Public Schools. Ms. Clark’s published writing focuses on her passion for arts and academics integration and the transformative power of the arts.
Prior to BAA, Ms. Clark taught writing, cultural studies, and literature at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and worked with the Boston Plan for Excellence and the Boston Annenberg Challenge during a critical period in the education reform movement, focusing on high school curriculum design, school organization, and professional development.
A floutist and a pianist, Ms. Clark brings to Boston Arts Academy a deep love of jazz, especially the jazz of her hometown Kansas City.
Dean of Students
Edgar Vasquez is passionate about working with adolescents. He feels that they are often misheard, misinterpreted, and looked down upon. He encourages young people to make their points clearly and respectfully, regardless of any obstacles that may be present. Mr. Vasquez’s background is in Psychology and Juvenile Justice. He worked as Dean of Students for seven years at the Lilla G. Frederick school in Dorchester and before that, worked for the Department of Youth Services. He was raised in Boston and currently resides in Uphams Corner. Mr. Vasquez enjoys spending time with his son, staying active, and drawing.
Kathleen Marsh is a founding faculty member of Boston Arts Academy and former chair of the Visual Arts Department. Ms. Marsh received her B.F.A. in sculpture from Syracuse University, where she was a Wirt-Newman scholar, and her M.S.A.E. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she received the Hugh Sloan Award for distinguished teaching. In 2007 she completed the Northeastern University/Center for Collaborative Education Principal Residency Network program with a focus in arts leadership. In 2005 Ms. Marsh was a Fund for Teachers Fellow and a 2008 Surdna Artist Teacher Fellow. In the book Studio Thinking, The Real Benefits of Art Education, she participated as a teacher researcher, and along with her visual arts colleagues, she is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Art Educator Award from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Ms. Marsh has taught all ages, from preschool to college, has been active in collaborating and establishing leadership and arts policy for the school for the past eleven years.
Joy Bautista began her music and science career in high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her percussion training there allowed her to teach percussion, in addition to science, at BAA in previous years. She received her BA in biology and educational studies from Brown University, and her MAEd in science teaching from Wake Forest University. She has used the training she received from the Principal Residency Program (PRN) at Northeastern and her work in Special Education to develop BAA’s Summer Reading Program and act as BAA’s Summer School Principal. Before coming to BAA, she was instrumental in developing curricula and administrative systems for New Mission High School in Roxbury. She has presented science curriculum at numerous national and local education conventions, provided professional development for Boston public school teachers, and served on the Center for Collaborative Education’s teacher board. In 2003, Wake Forest University named her the recipient of the Wadill Marcellus Excellence in Teaching Award.
Monika Aldarondo is a member the Visual Arts faculty, and co-leads the 12/11 seminar team, which facilitates the Senior Grant Project and college process for juniors and seniors. She was an intern in the Visual Arts department at BAA during the 2006-07 year. Ms. Aldarondo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with a focus in community education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Journalism with an emphasis on magazine design. She was a Poynter Institute Fellow in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Aldarondo spent one year abroad in the Dominican Republic training volunteers to found preschools in five mountain villages, translating for medical teams, and teaching adult literacy. She has taught in art programs at City on a Hill Charter Public School, Sociedad Latina, MassArt Saturday Studios and the Lilla G. Fredrick Pilot Middle School. She was recognized as Sociedad Latina’s volunteer of the year for 2006. Within her artistic practices, she focuses on photography, papermaking, and digital design. She is currently working on a documentary on her family’s migration from Puerto Rico to New York City in the 1950s. Her current academic interests are in looking at the shift in how digital natives learn and how teachers can adjust their practices to best engage them.
Student Support Team Department Chair, Director of Clinical Services and Success
Dr. Jackman is a Licensed Psychologist with specialties in Clinical-Child/Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology. She holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi- Hattiesburg. She completed a clinical internship at Children’s Hospital-Boston and a post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, she served as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School for over 10 years. In her current role, Dr. Jackman provides clinical services to students and families, consults to administration and teachers, and supervises clinical interns. She has extensive experience working with young artists, youth with a range of mental health concerns, and individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Dr. Jackman has presented on the topics of cross-cultural competence, parenting, and forensic psychology for teachers, mental health professionals, attorneys, and trainees. She has written several articles on parenting and psychological disorders for Family and Health (Familia Y Salud), and has had TV appearances on Urban Update (NBC Boston) and Common Ground (Boston Neighborhood Network). Dr. Jackman strongly believes in giving back to her community and has been a Board Member for the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA); the Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litems (MAGAL); and Families First Parenting Programs. She was a mentor for Big Sister for 9 years and is a founding member of Big Sister’s Diversity Council.