Meet Our Staff
Seaport Academy offers a student/faculty ratio of 2/1. Classes are rarely more than six students and a lot of time is spent working with teachers one-on-one. Teachers and counselors work together and play a variety of roles in school life. As a result, Seaport Academy students get to know all the staff well. They'll be your champions and give you encouragement when you need it. And they'll help you achieve your goals.
Alex Tsonas, LICSWDirector
Colgate University, BA
Salem State College, MA
Alex Tsonas joined Seaport Academy as school counselor in 1998 and two years later became Seaport Academy's director. Alex's experience includes working as an assistant director in a residential program, a therapist for a home-based individual and family treatment agency, and as a counselor running substance abuse and anger management groups in Lynn, MA. Alex has overseen Seaport's evolution from a small, 12-student program into a successful, experiential-based, all-boys, state-approved alternative high-school for 28 students from Grades 8–12.
In addition to serving as Director, Alex also teaches wood shop, health and electives, and leads activities, field trips, and one of the counseling groups.
Melissa ByronDirector of Student Services
San Francisco State University, MA
Bridgewater State University, BA
Melissa has had many different roles at Seaport since starting in 2010. Now, the Director of Student Services can help you in the admissions and enrollment process. Melissa maintains current student records and is happy to accept student documents for files via email, fax, or mail that you send to her attention. From time to time, you will receive current events, important dates, and file requests from her. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael FinnemoreAssistant Director
Plymouth State College, BA
Mike is entering his third year at Seaport Academy, originally from Maine, Mike has lived in different parts of the country working in educational settings from public schools to private. This experience has allowed him to connect to students and build a positive and professional relationship with them. In addition to serving the school as the assistant director, Mike helps out with electives in the afternoon. Outside of school Mike enjoys traveling to fun, new areas and he is a huge Boston sports fan! email@example.com
Shawn BrownEducation Administrator
Boston University, BS
Salem State College, MEd
Shawn Brown has been Seaport's resident lifelong learner since 2003. She is a compassionate believer in every student's ability to learn and seeks to rouse the joy of learning in everyone at Seaport. Shawn has been an instrumental member of the Seaport team as a science teacher, lead teacher, and transition specialist prior to her current position. She believes in the importance of students’ preparedness for the future and their adult lives. As a well-rounded career professional, Shawn encourages and supports students in all aspects of their academic firstname.lastname@example.org.
John CharowVocational Director
John Charow has been at Seaport since 2004 and runs the Vocational and Transitional Programs including vocational mini institutes in boatbuilding, welding, painting and home maintenance. He coordinates high energy overnight trips annually to places like Washington DC, Gettysburg PA and whitewater rafting trips in Maine. John possesses a BA from Merrimack College in History, Massachusetts teacher certification in History and is currently working towards an MA in Special Ed. email@example.com
Michael CurtisLead Teacher, Math Teacher
BS Mathematics Salem State College
MEd Special Education Endicott College
Michael Curtis has been at Seaport Academy since 2012. At Seaport, he is the Math Teacher, basketball coach, and sometimes track coach. In class he is best known for his bad Math jokes. Michael's interests away from school are following the local sports teams, especially the Patriots, and has gone to Disney World more than 35 times. In 2019, Mike became the lead teacher at the school. firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert KaiserScience Teacher
Northeastern University, BS Physics
Robert focuses on biology & physics as the Seaport Science Teacher. Hailing from Boston, he grew up on Boston Harbor and learned about the sea with his father, who in addition to being an engineer with a research think tank did ship modeling at the USS Constitution Museum. Robert taught in New York City, teaching a wide variety of students, from special education through Advanced Placement. Robert specializes in curriculum design, adapting Next Generation Science Standards to the needs of individual students, and develops topics of discussion into Mass Curriculum Frameworks-aligned classes. Outside of class Robert is a proud father, hiker, camper, fan of classic rock, and an avid reader/blogger. email@example.com
Melissa Novakoff, LICSWClinical Director
Salem State College, MSW, LICSW
Since 2002, Melissa Novakoff has provided individual and group counseling, family outreach and case management at Seaport. In addition to her counseling actvities, she teaches electives in photography and video production. An outdoor adventure enthusiast, she's also an accomplished nature photographer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meridith Carlson, LICSWClinician
DePaul University, BA
Boston College, MSW
Meridith started at seaport, as an intern in the fall of 2014. She provides individual/group counseling, and teaches art/cooking electives. In addition to working with youth, she has experience in the fields of homelessness, and addiction. She was born in Louisiana, grew up in Chicago, and did a year with Americorps in San Francisco, before moving to Boston for grad school. When not at school, she enjoys traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Mathew Apeseche, LCSWClinician
Bowdoin College, BA
Boston College, MSW
Mat started at Seaport as an intern in the fall of 2017. He provides individual and group counseling at Seaport, and he teaches the rock climbing, community service, and post-secondary classes. Mat's background is in wilderness therapy and in-home family therapy. He now co-leads Seaport camping trips and outdoor excursions. Mat is a strong believer in the therapeutic effects of nature, and the power of outdoor environments to help students and staff build positive lasting relationships.
Bryant CardelloMilieu Counselor
Plymouth State College, BS
As one of Seaport's milieu counselors, Bryant provides social and emotional support to students and also supports the teaching staff in their goals. He teaches sailing and hockey and participates in our sailing, boating, fishing, and horseback riding offerings. Bryant has been with Seaport since 2005.
Bryant is currently building a house in Vermont and has hosted many overnight school camping trips in his fields. email@example.com
Bryan LeeMilieu Counselor
Manhattan College, BA
Bryan, our newest member of the Seaport Academy team, recently joined as a Milieu Counselor. He comes to us with decades of management experience in the private sector, most recently working as a DIrector for a non-profit community based sailing program. He brings years of schooling in psychology, and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health. He enjoys mentoring, teaching and coaching youth and adults in various outdoor activities with a focus on character building, personal growth and leadership development through experiential learning.
Angela MerrettLearning Specialist
Lesley University – MEd
Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach, Associate Level
Angela provides classroom support and works with students who benefit from individual reading instruction. In her spare time Angela hosts and assists International students with adapting to American culture and also language emersion. Angela has been with Seaport since 2009. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody PublicoverSchool Assistant
Cody Publicover will be happy to answer and direct your calls and emails when you contact the school. Stationed at the front desk, he will be one of the first people to greet you as you walk in to the school. He has a passion for writing and artistic expression. Cody has been with Seaport Academy since he graduated from the program in 2010. email@example.com