Summer Learning Academy 2020

ABOUT US

Located in Boston, the Josiah Quincy Elementary Summer Learning Academy provides academic and enrichment activities for students through a balanced and high quality curriculum that supports various student needs. Our goal is to help students achieve grade level competency while preventing summer learning loss.

July 6th to August 7th, 2020

9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M.

Phone Number During Program Hours:

857-342-2741

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OUR PROGRAM

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ACADEMICS

JQES Summer Learning Academy implements online platform programs based on addressing targeted academic skills for students this summer.  Through a project-based learning approach to teaching and learning, students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

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ENRICHMENT

In addition to providing a fun and rigorous learning experience for all of our students, they are also exposed to enrichment activities throughout the week in order to spark interests and explore areas like  Drama, Art, PE, Dance, Yoga and Coding.

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WELL BEING

Our program focuses on the school's F.I.R.E. values and IB Learner Profile  and fosters social-emotional growth while helping our students to become next generation global citizens.

We achieve these through our interactions with students during morning meetings, project-based learning and enrichment activities, and individual check-ins throughout the week.

Meet The Team

Mr. Ng

Coordinator

Mr. Ng has been working at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for more than 25 years. He was a science teacher before becoming an assistant principal. Mr. Ng enjoys fixing things, taking pictures, and playing outside. Mr. Ng is married and has 5 beautiful children.

Mr. Sacco

Coach

Mr. Sacco has been a teacher at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 20 years.  He teaches Special education and ESL students.  Mr. Sacco has worked at the JQES summer learning program for most of the last 20 years in many positions.  He has been  a classroom teacher, an enrichment teacher and a coach/facilitator for the summer program. 

Ms. Chan

Secretary

Ms. Chan has been working at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 9 years. She has been working in a K2 classroom for the past couple of years. She has two children who are alums of JQES. In her free time, Ms. Chan likes to try new cooking recipes.

Ms. Lena

K2 Teacher

Ms. Lena has been a teacher for 20 years. During the school year she works as a first grade teacher at the Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy in Brighton. This is her second year teaching summer learning academy at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. During her time away from school, Ms. Lena practices yoga and loves to take walks. She also enjoys planting vegetables in her garden, traveling with her family, as well as decorating and design. Ms. Lena is married and has twin 12-year old sons.

Ms. Wong

K2 Teacher

Ms. A. Wong has been  working as a K2 SEI or bilingual teacher at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for almost 20 years. Before she came to Quincy School, she was a  Gr 4 teacher at the Baldwin School in Brighton. A few K2 parents were actually her former Gr 4 students. Ms. A. Wong loves science  and enjoys keeping little critters as pets in her classroom. She is also a great advocate for new immigrants and is always there to help those parents and students.

Ms. Yee

K2 Teacher

Ms Yee has been teaching at Josiah Quincy as a K1/SEI teacher for 4 years. You may have seen her at meetings as she is also the Language Assessment Facilitator at the Quincy School. This is her first year teaching Summer Learning Academy.  She recently got a puppy named Sadie!  Ms Yee likes spending her time playing with her dog and looks forward to working with K2 students this summer.

Ms. Ruan

K2 Paraprofessional

Ms. Ruan has worked at Josiah Quincy Elementary School for more than 4 years. She assisted a K1 SEI class for 2 years and she is currently helping with a 4th grade inclusion classroom. She is a parent of two former JQES students. She loves traveling and listening to music.

Ms. Su

K2 Paraprofessional

Ms. Su has been working at the Josiah Quincy School for more than 20 years. On the weekends, she also teaches Mandarin Chinese to youth. When she has free time she enjoys listening to music and venturing outside for a nice walk. In addition, she likes to cook. She is looking forward to working with everyone and wishes everyone a safe and happy summer.

Ms. Yip

K2 Paraprofessional

Ms. Yip has worked at different jobs for the Boston Public Schools. She now works

at Josiah Quincy Elementary School as a Para. She loves the school and its location

being so central to everything. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, Kayaking,

watching documentaries, walking local parks and visiting museums. Her favorite

foods are seafood, mangoes, and scallion pancakes. Ms. Yip likes cooking but not

cleaning. She enjoys being outdoors but not driving around. She never eats or

watches Television in bed.

Ms. Cao

Grade 1 Teacher

Ms. Cao just completed her first year teaching at Josiah Quincy School. Before that, she has been an after school teacher for almost 10 years teaching kids from kindergarten to 6th grade. She has a cat and a dog, and she loves all kinds of animals except for birds.

Ms. Huang

Grade 1 Teacher

Ms. Huang has been teaching in Boston for 7 years. She has taught in various grades ranging from kindergarten to 4th grade. She currently teaches 4th grade SEI Chinese at the Harvard-Kent. Ms. Huang enjoys craft projects, singing and dancing during her free time. She has a younger brother who lives in New York and her parents are back in Asia. Ms. Huang is very excited to join Josiah Quincy’s summer team and looks forward to working with all of you!

Ms. Licence

Grade 1 Teacher

Mrs. Licence has been teaching in Boston for over 30 years. Her first job was a Substitute Teacher at the Josiah Quincy School. Mrs. Licence is married and the proud mother of three children who are all college graduates. Her youngest just graduated in May from UNH. She enjoys kayaking, reading and family gatherings around a garden fire pit.

Ms. Ansin

Grade 2 Teacher

Ms. Ansin has been teaching for almost 30 years and has been at the Condon for 3 years teaching 4th grade inclusion. She has one beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is 17 and going to be a senior in high school. She enjoys walking her nine pound fur baby and listening to books on her phone.

Ms. Tegtmeier

Grade 2 Teacher

Ms. Tegtmeier has been teaching for 7 years. She teaches 3rd grade inclusion at the Curtis Guild in East Boston. In her spare time she likes to read, box, and be outside! She is very excited to teach at JQES Summer Learning Academy.

Ms. Tse

Grade 2 Teacher

Ms. Tse has been teaching in Boston for 13 years. She has taught 11 years at the Harvard-Kent as SEI teacher for 3rd grade and 5th grade. She loves playing volleyball, doing arts and crafts, and going bike riding with her husband and two children. Her son is also a rising 2nd grader and her daughter is 4 years old and loves to eat ramen noodles. She used to be a student at the quincy school a few decades ago. This is her first year teaching the summer learning academy and is very excited to work with all of you.

Mr. Amara

Grade 3 Teacher

Mr. Amara has taught from BPS for almost 15 years, and most of that at JQS. He was born in Boston and comes from a  teacher family. In his spare time, he writes kids books, many of which can be found in the JQS library.

Ms. Gillespie

Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Gillespie has taught at JQES for the past three years.  She began as the ESL teacher for a year before becoming the science specialty teacher, a position she currently holds.  This summer will be Ms. Gillespie’s 3rd consecutive year at JQES Summer Learning Academy.  She looks forward to meeting and getting to know her students.  In her free time, Ms. Gillespie enjoys gardening, running, rollerblading and exploring nature.

Mr. Chan

Grade 4 Teacher

Mr. Chan has been teaching 4th grade SEI at the Quincy School for the past four years. Overall, he has had many years of  experience working with kids in Chinatown through summer programs, after-school programs, tutoring programs, etc. He has taught Quincy summer school before, but haven’t in a few years. Many many years ago, Mr. Chan was also a student at the Quincy School. In his free time, Mr. Chan enjoys drawing, sports and exercise including basketball, and following Boston’s sports teams.

Mr. Hebard

Grade 4 Teacher

Mr Hebard became a teacher after he worked in accounting-related jobs for 25 years.  He always wanted to be a teacher, because he likes to engage students and watch them grow.  At Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge, he is the cluster substitute.  He has three other roles.  He teaches 4th grade science, science songs to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes, and simple engineering in his maker space.

Ms. Delaney

Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Delaney is finishing her third year teaching in Boston Public Schools. She loves to read and play sports, especially basketball. When she is not teaching or coaching, Mrs. Delaney loves spending time going on adventures with her two sons! She is excited to be teaching at the Josiah Quincy Elementary summer learning academy this year!

Ms. Doyle

Drama Teacher

Ms. Doyle taught Theater Arts at Josiah Quincy Elementary School for six years before going to graduate school in New York.  Now she teachers Drama at The Otis Elementary in Boston.  She loves making things, swimming  and dancing.  She lives with her dog named Auggie Sunshine and her turtle named Talullah Kiwi, six pollywogs, four fish and lots of colorful flowers and plants.

Ms. Ferguson

Art Teacher

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Ms. Ferguson has worked for Boston Public Schools for the past 5 years.  This past year she taught STEAM and ESL at the Oliver Hazard Perry K-8 school. Ms. Ferguson loves working with students because they teach her something new everyday.  When she is  not teaching , she is  chasing her two year old son around, trying to keep up with him, trying out new recipes, or walking my dog. Ms. Ferguson can’t wait to explore art with JQS  students!

Mr. Levett

PE Teacher

Mr. Levett just completed his 20th year teaching and currently teaches physical education for the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and will continue over the summer!  When not teaching he enjoys running, swimming, golf, “building things” (currently a pool house) and relaxing with friends and family.   He has a family of five, his beautiful wife Joanie, his two beautiful kids Sawyer (6) and Shalane (3) and one year old Shih-Tzu named Bessa.  Fun fact:  Mr. Levett has been in two Hollywood movies, Fever Pitch and Grownups and have tried out for the CBS show SURVIVOR a few times.  Look forward to this summer

Mr. McCormick

Coding Teacher

Mr. McCormick has been teaching for 10 years. He just finished his first year teaching ESL with 1st and 3rd grade at the JQES and previously taught High School ESL Newcomers and 2nd and 3rd grade ESL at the PJ Kennedy. When he is not teaching he loves running, mountaineering and soccer. Mr. McCormick and his wife live in Salem with their two fluffy cats, Henry and Clementine, who like to show up for Zoom Classes so much that Ms. Chin’s 3rd Graders named him Mr. Henry.

Ms. O'Brien

Dance Teacher

Ms. O'Brien has been working at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 8 years. She has worked with the Physically Handicap classes, as a third grade teacher, and as a Movement/PE Specialist. When she is not teaching, Ms. O'Brien loves skiing, running, and basketball. She also loves to spend time outside with her husband and her son.

Contact Us

885 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02111

617-635-8497

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