Blog Archives

Pioneer Institute highlights Alma’s ‘high bar’

From the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research: Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford, MA, is fighting for the chance to serve more students. It has applied to open two more K-8 schools that would educate an additional

Posted in Alma Profiles, Team

MCAS is more than a test — it’s a ‘health check’

When state test scores come out each year, it is a big deal at our school. We celebrate our scholars, our families, and each other as a community of educators. We also take the opportunity to figure out what we,

Posted in Alma Profiles, Team

The Power of Place in Teaching Hard Histories

Did you know that Spittal Pond in Bermuda was the spot where an enslaved man named Jeffrey hid from his masters in a cave, on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? Did you also know that during that time he

Posted in Alma Profiles, Team

Alma scholars closing achievement gap on MCAS

ALMA DEL MAR SCHOLARS CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAP ON MCAS NEW BEDFORD – Sept. 27, 2018 – For the sixth straight year, Alma del Mar showed strong performance on the statewide MCAS tests. Alma’s passage rate on MCAS significantly surpassed the

Posted in Alma Profiles

Meet Mr. Castro: Eighth Grade Math Teacher

Mr. Castro was born and raised in San Jose, California and went to school in San Diego at the University of San Diego. He majored in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Economics—a double major! He enjoys reading,

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew

Meet Mr. Jacome: Sixth Grade Lead Teacher

Mr. Jacome (or Mr. J, as many call him) was born in Fall River, and lived in South Coast Massachusetts his entire life. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in History and Religious studies. Mr.

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew

Meet Ms. Kozak: Fifth and Sixth Grade Science Teacher

Ms. Kozak grew up in Boston after immigrating from Poland at the age of six. She has spent much of her life teaching kids in outdoor settings, both as the director of an all-girls summer camp that serves low-income girls and

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew

Meet Mr. Matzdorff: Lead Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Matzdorff is a native of Groton, CT — the “submarine capitol of the world.” He graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a degree in Kinesiology with a teacher licensure. While at Liberty, he met and married the love of

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew

Meet Ms. Ouimet: K-1 Academic Dean and K-3 Math Specialist

Ms. Ouimet grew up in Berkley, Massachusetts. She lived in Berkley until she was 14 years old. At this time, her dad received a job transfer to Chicago, Illinois and her entire family relocated there. She went to high school at St.

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew

Meet Mr. Schaefer: Fourth Grade Lead Teacher

Mr. Schaefer grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts and attended Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth where he played lacrosse. He attended college at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Every summer throughout high school and college Mr. Schaefer worked

Posted in Alma Profiles, Meet Our Crew
Donate to Alma

Subscribe to Blog Updates

Keep in Touch

Join Our Team