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Award-Winning Faculty

Norman Wittels

Dr. Wittels received his PhD, Masters of Science, & Bachelors of Science degrees from MIT. He is the Director of STEM Initiatives at Dexter Southfield High School, one of the most prestigious private high schools in Massachusetts.

Dr. Norman Wittels

Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon was named 2012 Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  He developed the Synthetic Biology curriculum with colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Mr. Dixon has taught college-level Biology courses at Northeastern University.  He developed scientific curricula with colleagues at Harvard University and Understanding by Design.  He holds a Master’s Degree.  He has been recognized as Presidential Distinguished Teacher and Massachusetts Master Teacher.  He holds National Board Certification.  Mr. Dixon teaches Biology and AP Biology at Sharon High School where he is advisor for the genetic engineering team and Science Club. He has taught at Sharon High School since 2004 and is a co-advisor for the Science Olympiad team. School

Jeff Robin

Dr. Robin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology before earning his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical School. After earning his Masters in Education, Jeff began teaching at top-ranked Wellesley High School. He is highly interested in how disease processes affect human physiology and how surgical procedures aim to correct these abnormal processes.

Jeremiah Johnston

Mr. Johnston earned his Masters in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale Univesity. His research experience focuses on single-molecule biophysics and medicinal application of gold nanoparticles. He is particularly interested in metabolic engineering.

Jim Bohnslav

Mr. Bohnslav is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Harvard University. He previously earned his BA in Neurobiology at Harvard. He has worked as a research assistant at both Harvard and the Champalimaud Foundation in Portugal.

Susan Piraino teaching students in the biotech and pharma program

Susan Piraino

Ms. Piraino was recruited by Sanofi Genzyme and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a research scientist after earning her Master’s of Science in Biology at Boston College. She possesses research and development experience in many therapeutic areas, including hemophilia, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s, renal fibrosis, oncology, hematopoiesis, and more. Her expertise also extends to molecular and cellular biology, specializing in gene therapy.

Rich Fox

Dr. Fox received forensic training at some of the finest scientific facilities in the country including; the Human Genome Project, The Human Remains I.D Lab, Oak Ridge National Labs, and The McCrone School of Microscopy. He has assisted with identification of remains from mass graves in Bosnia Herzegovina as part of a United Nations team. Rich is a member of the International Association for Forensic Identification. He has been selected for the Society for Science and the Public Fellows Program. Mr. Fox’s teaching assignments have included secondary schools in Las Vegas and Boston, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted Youth, and Tufts University. Rich was a 2012 Honoree of the Massachusetts Society for Biomedical Research.

Rich Fox teaches the Forensics three-week program

Laurence Lovett

Laurence Lovett earned his Master’s degree in Experimental Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Laurence currently teaches Physics, Engineering, and Robotics at Wellesley High School, one of the top public schools in Massachusetts.

Ann Lambert

Ann Lambert was a Finalist for the 2013-2014 Massachusetts Teacher-of-the-Year, one of only five educators across the Commonwealth to receive this recognition. She received the 2013 Theodore William Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary School Chemistry. Ms. Lambert was named Southern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Teacher-of-the-Year in 2010 and 2011. She is a member of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society Aula Laudis Honor Society. In 2006, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teacher Excellence named Ann Lambert to their Teachers Honor Roll. She teaches AP Chemistry at King Phillip Regional High School where she was named 2005 Teacher-of-the-Year by the King Philip Teachers Association.Secondary School Chemistry

Ann Lambert teaches the Chemistry Research three-week program
Vince Coljee teaches the Mars Mission three-week program

Vince Coljee

Dr. Coljee is a scientist with a diverse background spanning biophysics and chemistry to various sub-disciplines of biology and therapeutics. In 2005, Vincent became a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a Harvard staff member in the Physics Department. Vince was selected as a finalist for the Mars Society MA365 project. He served as a consultant for one year for the NASA HI-SEAS Mars simulation. He spent 17 days at the MDRS station in Utah for a 2 week Mars simulation in November 2014.

Ken Bateman

Mr. Bateman teaches Biology at top-ranked Wellesley High School. He has taught at WPS since 2006. He graduated from Hamilton College and received his MS in biology and MEd from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Bateman has extensive teaching experience. Before WPS, he taught at Lexington High School and the Hillsdale School. Additionally, he has lab work experience as a lab technician at two cancer research labs at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

Teacher Ken Bateman is helping a student in the Biomedical & Surgical Research three-week summer program
Bill Snell teaches the Veterinary Medicine three-week program

William Snell

Dr. Snell is the Medical Director of the Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. His veterinary work experience started with a clinical rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snell started as an intern with Blue Pearl and completed his residency with the partner hospital in Philadelphia. He later moved to the Waltham location where he practiced for three years as a surgeon. Dr. Snell’s specific interests include minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, surgical oncology, and polytrauma cases. In 2015, his work was published in both the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association and The New Zealand Veterinary Journal.

Maria Lazebnik

Dr. Lazebnik earned her BS in Neuroscience and Biology as well as her Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brandeis University. She went on to earn her PhD in Genetics from the Tufts University School of Medicine, where she completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Oncology. Dr. Lazebnik is an adjunct assistant professor at Bentley University teaching Human Biology, Human Inheritance, and Human Health and Disease. She also has experience with utilizing analytical instrumentation and digital teaching technologies including data-mining resources and more. Dr. Lazebnik is involved in research focused on undergraduate STEM education and developing innovative course content to work hand-in-hand with the curriculum, in particular with a project at Boston’s Museum of Science. In addition, she has extensive research experience at the NIH. Finally, Ms. Lazebnik is a multi-published educator and research scientist. She has had three articles published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Benji Moncivaiz

Mr. Moncivaiz received his BS in Sustainable Structural Engineering from MIT. He later went on to complete his Master’s of International Business, Developmental Economics, Strategy, and Innovation at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Mr. Moncivaiz has a diverse work background that includes time at the MIT D Lab, Metlife, and Fides, Intl.

Tap Van Geel

Tap Van Geel earned his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical School. Tap is a teacher at top-ranked Wellesley High School and has co-taught Biomedical & Surgical Research for many years.

Jerry Porter

Jerry Porter earned his MBA from Babson College, the top Entrepreneurship school in the country for 21 years running. He went on to join Fidelity Investments, where his skill set lent itself to several roles. During his tenure, Jerry was an institutional block trader, manager, trainer, and company spokesperson. Following his time at Fidelity, Jerry became a full-time lecturer in Economics at Northeastern University and a part-time lecturer at Babson College. He is also a successful public speaker, focusing on current economic issues and institutional trading.

Rony Diaz

Rony is a medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He previously earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry from Texas Tech University. Rony has been a TA for BLI’s Biomedical & Surgical Research program and lead instructor for Intro to Surgery and Anatomy. 

Joseph Oti-Nimoh

Joseph is a student at Texas Tech School of Medicine. He has assisted in teaching Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Biology of Cell and Tissues, and Major Organ Systems, and he has led clinical sessions in ultrasound reading and ER simulations. Before joining Texas Tech’s medical program, Joseph graduated from Texas Tech with a focus on Math, Chemistry, and Biology.

Regina Campbell-Malone

Dr. Campbell-Malone completed her PhD in Biological Oceanography at MIT. Her extensive work experience includes a postdoc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Brown University, research at the New England Aquarium and the Westchester University Foundation, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell-Malone teaches at the highly ranked Noble & Greenough School.

Students do research in the Human Genetics three-week program

Autumn Becker

Ms. Becker earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College. She teaches at The Chapin School, a prestigious all-girls high school in New York City.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a Biology teacher at Lynn English High School. Since his youth growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Steve has had an avid interest in science and the ocean. In pursuit of this passion he earned his Bachelors Degree in Marine Science at Stony Brook University where he gained hands-on experience in a variety of marine science skills and methods at the Stony Brook Southhampton Marine Science Campus. After college, Steve earned his Masters Degree in Biology at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, studying the applications of neuroscience in marine robotics. Steve still remains active in marine science education as a member of the Massachusetts Marine Educators.

Teacher Steve Smith poses with students off the coast of Boston in the Marine Biology three-week summer science program

Jason Isaacs

Mr. Isaacs teaches Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus at Needham High School. He earned his BA in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Boston College, as well as his M.Ed. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. He has extensive experience teaching at Milton High School, Boston University Upward Bound, and as a private tutor. Mr. Isaacs also serves on the Board of Directors for Needham High School’s Steps Up program, which is designed to develop the one-on-one relationships between teachers and students.

Monique Coulson

Monique Coulson is a Consultant to Massachusetts Department of Education, where she has helped revise the State High School Biology frameworks. She has also reviewed MCAS data and test items for statewide science tests. Monique has many years of experience teaching AP Biology and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology.

Monique Coulson teaches the Anatomy one-week program

Gregg Deehan

Mr. Deehan is a teacher in the History and Social Sciences departments at Milton Academy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Science and his Master’s degree from the Andover-Newton Theological School. Mr. Deehan has previously worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.

Nathan Josephs

Nathan Josephs earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, one of the top liberal arts schools in the country. While at Wesleyan, Nathan was a fullback for the school’s rugby team. Nathan became a data scientist for GEICO after graduating. His love for numbers and statistics led him back to school at Boston University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the Statistics program.

Melissa Courtemanche

Melissa Courtemanche earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.  She has seven years of teaching experience at two of the most premier private schools in the US: Miss Porter’s School and Buckingham, Brown, and Nichols.  She is currently a science teacher and Girls Varsity Field Hockey Coach at BB&N.

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