People

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, Seaport Academy
    Alex Tsonas, LICSW
    Director

    Colgate University, BA
    Salem State College, MA

    Alex Tsonas joined Seaport Academy as school counselor in 1998 and two years later became the school’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, Mass. 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 the director, Alex also teaches wood shop, health and electives, and he leads activities, field trips and one of the counseling groups.

    atsonas@seaportacademy.org 

  • Melissa Byron
    Director of Student Services

    Bridgewater State University, BA
    San Francisco State University, MA

    Melissa has had many different roles at Seaport since starting in 2010. Now the Director of Student Services, she 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. mbyron@seaportacademy.org

  • Michael Finnemore
    Assistant Director

    Plymouth State College, BA

    Mike Finnemore is entering his seventh year at Seaport Academy. Originally from Maine, Mike has lived in different parts of the country, working in both public and private school settings. This range of experience has allowed him to build positive and professional relationships with Seaport students. 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! mfinnemore@seaportacademy.org

  • Shawn Brown, Seaport Academy
    Shawn Brown
    Education 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 lives.sbrown@seaportacademy.org.

  • John Charow, Seaport Academy
    John Charow
    Vocational Director

    Merrimack College, BA, History
     

    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 D.C., Gettysburg Penn. and whitewater rafting trips in Maine. John is currently working towards a Master of Arts in special education.  jcharow@seaportacademy.org

     

  • Michael Curtis
    Lead Teacher, Math Teacher

    Salem State College, BS, Mathematics
    Endicott College, M.Ed., Special Education

    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. He has gone to Disney World more than 35 times! In 2019, Mike became the lead teacher at the school. mcurtis@seaportacademy.org

  • Robert Kaiser
    Science Teacher

    Northeastern University, B.S., Physics

    Robert Kaiser focuses on biology and 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. rkaiser@seaportacademy.org

  • Christopher Medeiros
    English Language Arts Teacher

    Bridgewater State University, BA
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA

    Chris is entering his second year as a member of the Seaport Academy team, working as the English language arts teacher. Chris has been working in the education field for the past five years, ranging from special education in a behavioral health setting to working in charter schools. Chris has a passion for writing and exploring a wide variety of works of literature with students. cmedeiros@seaportacademy.org

     

  • Mathew Apeseche, LCSW
    Clinician

    Bowdoin College, BA
    Boston College, MSW

    Mat started at Seaport as an intern in the fall of 2017. He provides individual and group counseling and he teaches the rock climbing, community service and postsecondary 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. mapeseche@seaportacademy.org

  • Bryant Cardello
    Milieu 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. bcardello@seaportacademy.org

  • Bryan Lee
    Milieu Counselor

    Manhattan College, BA

    Bryan Lee joined the Seaport Academy team in 2017 as a milieu counselor. He comes to us with decades of management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Just prior to joining Seaport, he worked as a dIrector for a nonprofit community-based sailing program. He brings years of study 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. blee@seaportacademy.org

  • Angela Merrett
    Learning 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.  amerrett@seaportacademy.org

  • Cody Publicover
    School 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. cpublicover@seaportacademy.org

  • Brian Smith
    History and Social Sciences Teacher

    Bridgewater State College, B.A
    Salem State University, M.A

    Brian Smith joined Seaport Academy in August 2019. Before joining our team, Brian worked as an AP history teacher on Cape Cod and as a history and special education teacher in Boston. 

    Brian earned his bachelor’s degree and completed his graduate work in education at BSC. While earning his master’s degree from Salem State University, he also earned a graduate certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In his free time, Brian is a documentarian, author, plays golf, basketball, coaches and tutors.  bsmith@seaportacademy.org