Katie Kramer | Program Director
This year’s Program Director is former teacher, Katie Kramer. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Katie joined the Paraclete shortly following her graduation from Hampshire College. At Hampshire, Katie studied arts education, where she conducted a year-long senior thesis in which she studied the social, emotional, and academic benefits, of after-school art programming for urban youth. Last year Katie taught “Time Traveling Theater,” an enrichment class that provided students with the opportunity to learn about and explore historical events from a first person perspective. Katie is thrilled to be in the role of Program Director, and is honored to be serving this wonderful and thriving community.
Devon Early | Full-time teacher
Devon moved from Kalamazoo, MI to join the Paraclete after graduation from Michigan State University. At university he studied Comparative Cultures and Politics, as well as the Arabic language. Throughout university Devon worked as a swim instructor and water polo coach, and it was this experience that drove him to work in youth education. This year, Devon will be teaching 6th grade reading and math, as well as an enrichment course call ‘Model UN: The Drama of Global Issues’. He is looking forward to becoming more involved in the South Boston community and having a positive impact on the students’ lives throughout the next year.
Katherine Griswold | Full-time teacher
Katherine Griswold moved to Boston from her hometown in Fairfax County, Virginia to attend college at Boston University. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied marine science and was able to visit tropical coral reefs, the Galapagos, and the Amazon rainforest. During her free time, she helped friends build sets for their theater group, and was a community member at the campus Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism. Kat also spent several years working as a seasonal outdoor educator and camp counselor at MassAudubon’s Boston Nature Center, TSC for Girls in Washington Maine, and the Boy Scouts’ Florida Seabase. Her experiences at camp and as an activist helped her connect with Paraclete shortly after graduation. Along with 5th grade math and reading, Kat is excited to be teaching Citizen Scientists this year. The course will connect students to the ecosystems of Boston Harbor and encourage them to be environmental stewards and innovators. She also looks forward to strengthening her connections in South Boston as Community Outreach Coordinator this year.
Angelica Sincavage | Full-time teacher
Angelica Sincavage is a graduate of Stonehill College where she majored in Psychology and minored in Communications. She has a particular interest in child development and thoroughly enjoys learning about how children’s minds and behaviors mature. She wants to become not only an exemplary teacher but also a good role model for students to follow.
Growing up with a single working mother, Angelica devoted much of her time and effort helping her as often as she could. Working alongside her mother, who was active in the community, was key in developing Angelica’s helpful nature to assist others.
In addition, she has a passion for giving back to the community. While in high school she volunteered at the Interfaith Food Pantry every summer for four years. While in college she volunteered with the Brockton public schools as a middle school teacher’s assistant. She also worked as a helper at Campus Kinder Haus, an early childcare center which is a part of Eastern Nazarene College. Also while still being a kid at heart, Angelica loves to play games and enjoys watching educational children’s programs which heightens her ability to relate to children’s interests more easily.
Although Angelica grew up in Quincy, MA, she has dreamed of moving to Japan someday and perhaps teaching English there. She is very adventurous and loves trying new things, especially when it comes to sampling unique cuisines!
Robbie Vadala | Full-time teacher
Robbie Vadala grew up in Roslindale with his two brothers and one sister. His playful spirit led him to youth work at a young age, his first professional experience coming through the Boston Youth Fund as a camp counselor at Archdale Community Center. His interest in working with young people has only grown since then, and he devoted much of his free time over the next few years to coaching youth soccer, working at another community center, babysitting, and generally being a friend to young people. After graduating from Boston Latin School and attending college for a year, he served as a City Year Corps Member in a third grade classroom at the Condon Elementary, in South Boston, right around the corner from the Paraclete. Robbie loves music and stories from all eras, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with the students at the Paraclete.
Allison Maladore | Full-time teacher
Allison Maladore hails from Connecticut and has attended the University of Connecticut with a background in Pathobiology and Molecular and Cell Biology. She then received a Master’s of Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Chicago, IL. While attending medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Allison decided to pursue an opportunity where she can use her science background to enrich the lives of others through education. She is incredibly excited and fortunate to be joining the most wonderful place of Paraclete this year.
Gaitskell Cleghorn Jr | Culinary Director / Culinary Instructor
Chef Gaitskell Cleghorn Jr. also known as Chef Gates, who fell in love with the Culinary Arts in the 9th grade, has worked in many restaurants for about 8 years before getting into education for the last five years of his culinary career. Chef Gates currently works at three places. Project bread, Boston day & Evening Academy, and The Paraclete. At the Paraclete Chef Gates enjoys teaching & developing programing in the Culinary department for three different programs. Which is dinner programming, culinary programming, & family out-reach programming. Outside of the culinary world, Chef Gates possesses many other talents. Such as dance and playing the piano is just a couple of them.
Patrick Bradley | Boxercise & Gardening Club
2 Lesley University Expressive Arts Graduate Interns
Antioch College Cooperative Education Undergraduate Intern
Dan is a digital communications volunteer for Paraclete, leaning on his experience in strategic communications and journalism to share how Paraclete has positively impacted the youth of Boston. Dan currently works as Press Secretary for Boston Public Schools, and was previously an assistant director for Emerson College’s communications and marketing office. Before that, he was a staff reporter and correspondent for several newspapers, including the Boston Herald and Boston Globe.
Julia joined the Paraclete community in 2014, when she lived at Paraclete with teaching faculty and focused on enhancing the program’s marketing efforts. As a graphic designer by trade, she redesigned the website, created marketing material, created all collateral for fundraisers, and acted as the in-house photographer. Today she works as a User Experience Designer in Kendal Square but continues to help Paraclete with digital marketing efforts.