Summer Learning Academy 2021
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 6th, 2021
9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Phone Number During Program Hours:
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.
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, Music and Coding.
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. 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. 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 third 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 13-year old sons.
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 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 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 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.
Grade 1 Teacher
Ms. Lee has been working at Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 6 years. She was a cluster substitute teacher at the Quincy School before becoming a K2 teacher. Ms. Lee enjoys traveling, eating out, and hanging out with friends. Ms. Lee’s happy place is the beach because she loves the ocean.
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.
Grade 3 Teacher
Ms. Gillespie is a third grade teacher at JQS Summer Learning Academy. She teaches science during the school year. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, running, playing tennis, exploring nature and spending time with her baby daughter named Natalie. She looks forward to getting to know her students this summer!
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.
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 engineering/coding in his maker space.
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!
Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Wong has been an ESL teacher for many years in various settings, teaching junior high school students in Japan, adults of all ages in Boston and most recently elementary school students at the Roger Clap School. She was born and bred in Boston and is a proud BPS alumna. In her spare time, she likes to play with her baby, Allister; travel; read and eat delicious food (though she can’t cook it herself). She is super excited to teach and learn from her students at the JQS Summer Learning Academy!
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 just completed his 21st 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, lifting weights, swimming, golf, “building things” and relaxing with friends and family. He has a family of five, his beautiful wife Joanie, his two beautiful kids Sawyer (7) and Shalane (4) and two year old Shih-Tzu named Bessa. Fun fact: Mr. Levett has been in two Hollywood movies, Fever Pitch and Grownups and has a professional photo shoot with Reebok toward the end of this summer. He has also tried out for the CBS show SURVIVOR several times. Lastly, Mr Levett was given the opportunity to tryout with the MLB organizations Atlanta Braves at the end of his college career. Look forward to this summer!
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. 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.