Faculty & Volunteers

Joe Burnieika

Executive Director

Joe is a current professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, with over 40 years’ experience as an educator, mentor, and teacher including experience with Boston Public Schools and as a management executive. Joe has had a lifelong dedication to the Greater Boston community and is looking forward to working with all the parents and students at Paraclete!

Molly Zollo

Program Director

Molly was born and raised in New Hampshire. She attended Skidmore College in upstate New York, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education Studies. Her passion for teaching and her belief in educational equity originally led her to The Paraclete as an AmeriCorps teacher. After an exciting year getting to know the students and families of Paraclete as a teacher, Molly is thrilled to be the new Program Director and Principal of Paraclete! She is ready to help students grow into thoughtful and independent critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Kim Sun

Program Director Assistant

2nd Year Americorps Teacher

Kim Sun attended the University of Connecticut where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Studio Art. During her first year as an AmeriCorps teacher, she was able to explore her passion for community service, education, and the arts. This year, she hopes to continue her service work and learn more about management, budgeting, and event planning to explore different job roles in the non-profit sector. Her main objective this year is to get students more involved with STEM and integrate parent involvement through her enrichment course.    


Outside of work, Kim enjoys cooking, going on walks with her dog, and visiting family and friends. She also loves playing team sports such as ultimate frisbee, soccer, and basketball. Last year, her students often challenged her to 1-vs-1 basketball games, but very few were successful. She is confident that they will improve their game with more practice and surpass her one day.

Blair Goldstein

1st Year Americorps Teacher

Blair Goldstein graduated from Skidmore College with a double major in psychology and studio art. She is a first year AmeriCorps teacher at Paraclete and primarily works with 7th and 8th grade students. She also teaches an arts and crafts enrichment class and a self-care class. 

Throughout college, she worked extensively in daycares and schools with young children (ages 2-7) doing developmental psychology research. In the art studio, she kept up an oil painting practice. Before attending Skidmore, Blair lived at home with her family in Omaha, Nebraska. Outside of Paraclete, you can find her spending time with friends, drawing or painting in the studio, or exploring new restaurants in Chinatown.

Elan Harris

1st Year Americorps Teacher

Hello! My name is Elan Harris and I am so excited by the opportunity to teach at Paraclete! I have grown up in the Boston area my whole life and am a diehard Boston sports fan. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, cooking, eating, electric guitar, and video games. I completed my undergraduate education in Los Angeles, California at Pomona College where I majored in Neuroscience. Beyond coursework, I enjoyed a leadership role as captain of my college football team among other things. As an athlete, I learned how to perform in high-stress situations, and more importantly, to effectively relate to, communicate with, and motivate people of all backgrounds. In addition to being a peer tutor and teaching assistant throughout high school and college, my most recent teaching endeavors include hosting seminars for local sports teams to educate athletes about how to best reduce the risk of concussions, and founding the Sagehen Youth Football Training (SHYFT) camp, which provides free access to exercise and role models for elementary and middle school kids in underserved areas. Outside of school, I am involved in clinical research projects at Massachusetts General Hospital in orthopedics. At Paraclete, I hope to enhance my students’ academic performance and more importantly provide them with the support and guidance to achieve their goals that have been so crucial in my own life.

Jill Hennessey

2nd Year, Part-time Teacher

Jill grew up right here in Massachusetts just outside of Boston in Everett. She is a graduate of Fisher College where she studied Human Services and minored in Diversity Studies. She is a second year teacher at the Paraclete this year. Jill has a passion for volunteerism and teaching kindness, she is hoping to bring these into her interactions with students and make a lasting impact on the community.

Ruth Shiferaw

Summer 2020 Seevak Fellow

Ruth is the newest member of our Paraclete community, and will be working with us as an intern this summer. She is a rising senior at Boston Latin School, and is excited to share her experience in Boston Public Schools during her tutoring sessions. With aspirations of having a career in math or physics, Ruth hopes she can inspire other underrepresented students to also go after what they believe in. In her free time you can find Ruth rowing on the Charles or playing with her cats.

Ms. Susan Entin


Ms. Susan has been with Paraclete for over two years and has her Master’s in Art Education from Boston University as well as a Post-Bacc Degree from the Tufts School of the Museum of the Fine Arts. She has had several years of experience teaching art in public school and related setting and loves teaching the students different forms of art weekly!

Ms. Julia Powers


A new addition to the Paraclete family, Ms. Julia Powers is a licensed nutritionist and health educator who combines an advanced education in nutrition science, a deep love of good food and respect for a wide range of holistic healing methods. She will be coming in weekly to teach Culinary Nutrition to our students!

Paraclete is an after school program located in South Boston that serves students between 4th and 8th grade.

It aims to serve students through academic help and enrichment courses.

207 E St

South Boston, 02127



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