Academics

Assistant Principal for Student Support - Mary R. Evans

Mary Evans joined the BSA administrative team in July 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She began her career teaching choral and instrumental music in the Indiana public schools and college level music courses to incarcerated men in Ohio before moving to Baltimore in 1996. Mary continued her work with the incarcerated population by teaching adult basic education until beginning her tenure with Baltimore City Schools in 1998. Ms. Evans eventually landed at the Alternative Learning Center (A.L.C.) where she founded a steel band that performed all over Baltimore. While at A.L.C. Mary earned a degree in Administration from Goucher College. Ms. Evans just concluded her eighth year at Patterson High School. During her time at Patterson she worked primarily with 9th graders but also supervised the Student Support Team and the Special Education department. Mary has presented a session on team building at the national convention of High Schools That Work and most recently co-authored a curriculum in use school-wide at Patterson aimed at helping students develop a stronger sense of empowerment and purpose.

Interim Academic Dean & Social Studies/History - Thomas Askey

Thomas Askey joined BSA in 2011 after spending 3 ½  years teaching American Government and US History at Patterson High School and Chinquapin Middle School in Baltimore City. He graduated with honors from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in History. He is currently finishing his M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership from Loyola University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Askey was a classically trained chef who received his culinary degree from The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. Currently, Mr. Askey teaches World History and American Government at BSA. Mr. Askey is also stepping in to help with the administrative duties of the Assistant Pricipal for Academics on an interim, part-time basis through June 2016

English - Joy Bacon

Joy Bacon comes to the Baltimore School for the Arts after four years in Baltimore City Public Schools. Originally from Washington state, she came to Baltimore after graduating from Whitworth University, where she received her B.A. in both English and journalism, with minors in Spanish and speech communication. While teaching in Baltimore she also completed her M.A. in teaching at the Johns Hopkins University. Bacon has also facilitated new teacher training programs through Baltimore City Public Schools as well as Teach for America. Bacon has also worked as a freelance journalist and has published fiction in various literary magazines and journals.

English - George Kessler

George Kessler attended Johns Hopkins University and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and received his M.A. from Towson University.  He has taught History at Western High School (1977-1989) and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (1989-1995) and has been teaching at BSA since 1995.  He is also the father of two BSA graduates, a professional violinist, is a former Jeopardy contestant and he has forty years of amateur baseball experience.

English - Thomas J. Ventimiglia

Thomas Ventimiglia has been teaching English for twelve years, the last five of which were spent at BSA. Previously, he taught at Deer Park High School in New York. He received his B.A. in English at New York University and M.Ed. at Queens College, and most recently completed an M.A. in Writing at the Johns Hopkins University. He has published fiction and non-fiction in the Baltimore Review and Potomac Review among others. Currently, he teaches both the honors and regular English courses for all grade levels and is the adviser of Madison & Cathedral, BSA's literary magazine.

Guidance Counselor - Abby McKelvey

Abby McKelvey has served on Baltimore School for the Arts' counseling staff since 2008 and served as the program assistant in the Theatre Department for three years prior to her tenure in the counseling department. Previously, McKelvey was a domestic violence counselor for Queen’s Legal Service, served as a child advocate for the Children’s Safety Project in Manhattan, and also worked as a school counselor for the New York City Public Schools. After graduating from BSA (Class of 1992, Theatre), McKelvey received her B.A. and M.S.W. from New York University, and also attended Columbia University School of Nursing. She has a master's degree in counseling education from McDaniel College.

Health & Fitness - Erica Patterson

Erica Patterson is entering her fifth year at Baltimore School for the Arts and 11th overall in Baltimore City. Originally from Michigan, Patterson moved to Baltimore after graduating from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in education and allied professions (physical education). While teaching in Baltimore, she also earned her master's of education in educational leadership from Loyola University of Maryland. 

Librarian - Christina Duncan Evans

Cristina Duncan Evans has a bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master of arts in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. In past years, she has been a teacher leader and a Baltimore Mayoral Fellow, as well as a seminar instructor in classroom management at the Johns Hopkins University.

Math - Daniel Conway

Daniel Conway joins Baltimore School for the Arts having previously taught in Harford County and Boston, MA. Originally from New Hampshire, Conway graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education and is currently working toward a master's of science in applied mathematics through Towson University.

Math - Herbert East

Herbert East teaches Algebra II and Geometry.  He graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering. Herb worked in the aerospace adhesives and composites industry where he was a recipient of the Manufacturing Award for Excellence. Most recently Herb taught geometry, algebra, consumer math, and college algebra in Harford County. He is also a volunteer at Gilchrest Hospice Care.

Math - Yliette Guzman

Yliette Guzman was born in New York City, where she grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan before settling in The Bronx. She graduated with a B.S. from Manhattan College and an M.S. from Long Island University. Before joining the Baltimore School for the Arts, she taught math for twelve years at the High School of Fashion Industries, a New York City public school focused on fashion and the arts. She has lived for nearly two years in Montreal, where she worked on her French and culinary skills. Although she has a passion for health and nutrition, her true love is working with adolescents and teaching Algebra and Geometry.

Science - Phyllis Friello

Phyllis Friello graduated from the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. with a B.S in Biology and Environmental Science and from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va, with a Master of Science in Biology, with an emphasis in Environmental Toxicology.  She then worked as a research scientist and manager at the Johns Hopkins and Harvard Schools of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. She has been with Baltimore City Schools since 2009. She is a Honeywell Aerospace Educator, completing Space Academy June 2013 and a Master Educator and Education Ambassador for NASA and the American Institute for Physics. Ms. Friello is a 2014 Siemens STARS Fellow, completing her research experience at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge Tennessee. She is a figure skating coach and a two-time International and three time National Adult Figure Skating Champion.  She teaches Physics and Environmental Science.

Science - Ilene Strain

Ilene Strain teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry and Algebra I. She comes to BSA from Patterson High School. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University in May 2011.

Science - Nancy Street

Nancy Street graduated from Goucher College with a BA in Chemistry/Biochemistry in 1980. She worked for 12 years for the Maryland Department of Health as a chemist in the lab and in the field of epidemiology with many of the state health registries. As the recipient of a Christa McAuliffe Scholarship, she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1996.  She has been teaching Biology at BSA for 14 years. Her husband, David, is a frequent substitute at BSA who also volunteers to assist during many biology labs. She has facilitated school visits by the mobile MDBIOLAB Biotechnology Program and the BIOEYES Zebra Fish Genetics Program and was instrumental in helping to design BSA’s new biology lab facilities.

Social Studies/History - Meg Grouzard

Meg Grouzard is entering her fifth year at Baltimore School for the Arts and 11th year in Baltimore City. Originally from Colorado, Grouzard moved to Baltimore after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor's degrees in history and political science. While teaching in Baltimore, she also earned her master's in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. Since working at BSA, Grouzard has also earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Certification and Model Teacher status for the district.

Spanish - Rachel Duffy

Rachel Duffy, formerly Goodman, has been teaching Spanish at The Baltimore School for the Arts since the fall of 2004. Mrs. Duffy attended Binghamton University and graduated in 2000 with a BA in Comparative Literature with a focus on Latin American writers. She also studied in Brattleboro, Vermont where she earned her MAT in Spanish from SIT Graduate Institute. Rachel was a Rotary International student ambassador to Copiapó, Chile in 1995 and later spent a college semester studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. Rachel aims to pass along her life-long passion for Spanish language and its related cultures to her students.

Spanish and Math - Alejandra Lorenzo-Chang

Alejandra Lorenzo-Chang completed her undergraduate studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. She continued on to a master's degree in food science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Lorenzo-Chang worked in the engineering, construction, and food industries. Once married with two sons, she left her career as an engineer and decided to become aAnchor teacher in 2007 when her children had reached school age. Lorenzo-Chang has experience teaching middle-school and high-school students in various subjects including Spanish, mathematics, international studies, and environmental education. Being in the classroom has been a transformative experience and has led her to discover her passion for teaching.

Spanish - Michael Tabegna

Michael Tabegna joined the BSF staff as a French teacher in September of 1982 as the school began its third year.  A native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Tabegna graduated from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania in May of 1980.  During his junior year in college, he studied at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France  in the Centre de Formation Pédagogique, a program to train teachers of French as a foreign language.   He taught French for a year in Arcadia High School in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore before coming to the School for the Arts.   In 1992, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the plays of Molière in Paris, France.   In 1994, he received a MA in French literature from Towson University.  Shortly after that, he began to prepare  for the school’s conversion from French to Spanish as its foreign language.  He studied two summers in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain,  and two summers in Puebla, Mexico.  He has been teaching Spanish at the school since 2004.

Special Education/Coordinator - Anne Laro

Anne Laro earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Towson University and received a certificate from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She entered the Baltimore City Public School system in 2008. Since then, she has worked to lead the way to develop and present "the student-led/driven IEP." Another area of interest is delivering accommodations in performing and visual arts. Prior to entering the Baltimore City Public School System, she taught for nine years in Maryland independent special education schools. Laro is also currently a faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she teaches/has taught applied oboe, music history, and chamber ensemble. An oboist, she enjoys spending her free time performing in the United States and abroad.

Special Education/Support - Laura Kinsey

As part of the Special Ed team, Laura Kinsey provides technical support to teachers and families. Previously, she has worked as a substitute and support professional in the guidance offices at Roland Park Elementary/Middle. Laura has two degree in voice performance – a B.A. from Towson, and a G.P.D. from Peabody, and also sings, teaches voice, and conducts the bell choir at Second Presbyterian Church.

Arts Technologist - Pat Galluzzo

Pat Galluzzo is the arts technologist at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he manages the new Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology. His role is to generate, incubate, guide, and foster the collaborative and technological growth and vision at BSA. Like the cross-disciplined melting pot the collaborative center creates, Galluzzo hails from a variety of academic and art disciplines. While at the University of Vermont, he studied math, economics, and studio art, graduating with a B.A. in economics and studio art. Most recently, he completed his M.F.A. in photographic and electronic media at Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied sound, photographic processes, video, and minor computer programming.


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