Every day, Epiphany’s dedicated faculty and staff come to school ready to help all our students learn and excel. From our founder and Head of School, the Rev. John H. Finley IV, to our 14 Teaching Fellows just starting out in education, we invite you to get to know us and to contact us!
Epiphany’s administrators work with faculty and students to help Epiphany run well and to see that students and faculty have all the resources they need to learn and grow every day.
The Rev. John H. Finley IV, Head of School
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The Rev. John Finley is the co-founder and head of Epiphany School, a tuition-free, independent middle school for economically-disadvantaged children and children who have been abused and neglected. Mr. Finley has helped launch 19 other schools across the country inspired by Epiphany’s example and has also been involved in other initiatives in education including the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, the Nativity Schools Educational Network, Codman Academy Public Charter School, Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA, Urban Achievers, Bridge Boston Public Charter School, and Boston Scholars.
He serves on several boards including the Harvard College Overseers’ Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, Harvard’s Open Gate Foundation, the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, and the Signet Society, as well as on the Advisory Board of Forward Movement. He is a judge for the Caplan Children’s Prize and is also a trustee of the Stephen Phillips Scholarship Fund, a last-dollar scholarship program in Salem, MA. In his vocation as an Episcopal priest, he serves the parish of St. Mary’s in Dorchester, MA and is affiliated as well with the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA. He lives in downtown Boston with his husband, Stan McGee.
Dr. Michelle Sanchez, Principal
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Michelle joined Epiphany in 1998 as a founding Math and Science teacher. After serving as Vice Principal and Director of Epiphany’s Summer Intensive Program, she became Epiphany’s Principal in 2003. In addition to her work at Epiphany, she has been involved with several community agencies, such as CVC Unido, La Alianza, Urban Achievers and most recently helped with the chartering of Bridge Boston Charter School. Dr. Sanchez earned her B.A., M.Ed. and Ed.D., all at Boston College. While at Boston College, she was in the Donovan Scholars Program (1998) for teachers committed to urban education. She recently completed her doctorate in Educational Administration (2010) with a focus on strengthening the family and school partnership. Dr. Sanchez is married and lives with her husband, Lino Sanchez, and two sons Lino, Jr. and Jaylin on Epiphany’s campus in Dorchester.
Frank Penney, Assistant Principal
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Mr. Penney earned his B.A. at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, and went on to earn his M.A. in leadership studies with a focus on educational leadership from the University of San Diego. Originally from north of Boston, Mr. Penney spent six years teaching at Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego, CA, where he had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, coach numerous sports teams, and serve as dean of students and assistant principal.
Will Brown, Student Support Director
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Mr. Brown came to Epiphany in 2002 after graduating from Bowdoin College. He was an intern teacher for three years and then moved on to spend four years in the Graduate Support and High School Placement departments. He received his master’s in Educational Leadership at Boston College in 2012. He could not be more excited about being back at Epiphany and to be working once again with Epiphany’s students and families.
Lino Sanchez, Director of Student Development
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Lino Sanchez is Dean of Students at Epiphany and founder of Urban Achievers, a program at Epiphany committed to significantly improving the outcomes of children and families living in under-resourced and underserved Boston communities by providing learning experiences and opportunities that foster physical, social, and intellectual development. After earning his GED, Lino completed his bachelor’s degree in human services. He worked in youth development and gang/drug prevention for the city of Somerville and the Roxbury YMCA before becoming first director of graduate support and now the dean of students at Epiphany. He is married and lives with his wife, Michelle Sanchez, and two sons, Lino, Jr. and Jaylin, on Epiphany’s campus in Dorchester.
Emily Centeio Bautista, Director of Student Support
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Ms. Centeio Bautista graduated from Epiphany’s class of 2002. After high school Ms. Bautista went on to attain a B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Smith College. She returned to Epiphany as a Teaching Fellow in 2012 and is now the Student Support Team Director. During her time as a Teaching Fellow she was inspired to attain her master’s degree in School Counseling at Boston College with hopes to address the social emotional development of our students.
Frannie Abernethy Armstrong, 7th & 8th grade Reading and Writing Department Head, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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After earning her B.A. in English Literature from Davidson College, Ms. Abernethy taught for three years at a public high school in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Boston in 1998 to become one of Epiphany’s founding teachers. She earned her masters in Language and Literacy at Harvard University, and is currently working on earning a Ph.D. She lives in Medfield, MA with her husband, and her two children.
Success for an Epiphany student is that they really show up for life. That they are participants in their society and that they make the world a better place for their presence. They make the community stronger for who they are.
– John H. Finley, IV, Head of School
Development and Communications
The Development Office is responsible for Epiphany’s fundraising efforts, as well as Epiphany’s Communications including the Epiphany website, social media presence, and media relations.
Lori Smith Britton, Chief Development Officer
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Kara Fagan-Rayner, Associate Director, Annual Giving & Development Operations
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Claire Whitehouse, Development Associate
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Our Lead Teachers are responsible for developing our curricula, observing and mentoring our Teaching Fellows, running academic departments, and – most importantly – teaching our students with excellence every day (sometimes every single day of the week).
Caroline Abernethy, email@example.com, ext. 317
Melissa Aybar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Brice, email@example.com
Regine Celius, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 319
AB Deleveaux, email@example.com
Stevie Joazard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Jones, email@example.com, ext. 316
Victoria Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Madsen, email@example.com, ext 309
Dwight Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 321
The luckiest students in Boston every year are the 24 fourth grade students chosen in the lottery to attend Epiphany School. It will certainly change their lives. – Vin Camelio, Lead Teacher
Our Teaching Fellows – some of whom are Epiphany graduates, themselves – come to us because they are interested in exploring a career in urban education. Fellows live in Epiphany-owned housing, receive a modest stipend, and participate in all aspects of teaching our students. Each Teaching Fellow is mentored by a Lead Teacher.
Aidid Brayboy, email@example.com
Tyrell Brewster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashlyn Crossfield, email@example.com
Allen Currelley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Figueroa, email@example.com
Troy Harvey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Hollingsworth, email@example.com
Ashleigh Inglis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amory Parker, email@example.com
Samantha Rodrigues, firstname.lastname@example.org
Epiphany’s commitment to our students doesn’t end with graduation. Graduates receive abiding support from the school’s groundbreaking Graduate Support Program.
Erika Forrest, Director, email@example.com, ext. 204
Patrick Alfama, Graduate Support Evening Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Guilfoile, College Placement, email@example.com, 209
There’s no way a kid can leave this school and not feel that they are supported 100%
– Frannie Armstrong, Lead Teacher
High School Placement
In 7th and 8th grade, Epiphany students and their parents work closely with High School Placement to help them make the best possible decision about where they will attend high school.
Johnny Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Office, ext 201
The Business Office keeps the lights on here at Epiphany and keeps us organized and transparent in our finances – a very important role for a not-for-profit school like Epiphany.
Support staff defy categorization. From Chef Sue who plans, runs, and executes our all-important Meals program to Justin Francos who oversees all of our technology needs, these talented people are integral to making every day happen at Epiphany for students and staff.