Joshua Abrams - Head of School; Mathematics, Science, and Technology
B.S. in Biology, Yale University M.A. in Mathematics Education, Columbia University
Josh has been a teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher leader for over thirty years. He has taught mathematics and science research in a variety of schools including positions as Master Teacher of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, a state-wide, public, magnet school, and Mathematics Department Head at The Rivers School. He has taught in settings ranging from prisons to suburban day schools. Josh has also worked with students on extra-curricular activities including Model United Nations, math club, and juggling. In 1998, he was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics from President Clinton.
Megara Bell - Health Education
Megara has been teaching comprehensive sexuality education since 1999. She has taught in a variety of locations including public and private schools, state institutions, boys and girls clubs and other youth organizations. She is a regular presenter at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy annual conference with talks on Sex Myths and Facts, Teaching Pregnancy Prevention to At-Risk Boys, and Teaching about STDs without resorting to fear-based methods. She is the co-author of the companion curriculum to “Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: HIV Prevention for At-Risk Girls." Megara formed Partners in Sex Education in 2006 in order to expand direct educational services to youth in Greater Boston. Megara has been at Meridian since 2007.
Lenny Brown - Physical Education
B.A. in Black Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lenny has been working with youth in educational settings for almost two decades. He is committed to physical activity and has a variety of activities that he enjoys: lacrosse, basketball, martial arts, long distance running, hiking and mountaineering, bike riding, swimming, skiing, rollerblading and gardening. He has lived in Boston his entire life and values its unlimited opportunities including the Charles River and Minuteman biking trails, hiking in the Blue Hills, and nature walks along the Emerald Necklace or Franklin Park. He shares his lifetime of love for, and learning from, the outdoors, sports, and experiential education with his students. When not teaching, Lenny cares for his two young, very active boys. Lenny joined Meridian in 2006.
Abigail Carle - Spanish
M.A. in Teaching a Foreign Language, University of Virginia B.A. in Spanish, University of Virginia
Upon graduation from UVA, Abby spent two years in South America, first as a high school English teacher in northern Chile and then as a Fulbright teaching fellow at the University of San Juan in Argentina. Since then Abby has taught in Spain, China and the United States. She has loved being able to share her passion for language in classrooms around the world, helping her students to make connections, ask questions, and take risks. Abby has been teaching at Plymouth North High School since her return to the United States. When she is not teaching or traveling, Abby enjoys playing the piano, being outdoors, and spending time with her cat. Abby is thrilled to now be a part of the Meridian community.
Catherine Epstein - Humanities
B.A. in English, Vassar College
Hailing from Stow, Massachusetts, Catherine graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick and Vassar College where she pursued theater as an actor and director. Since college, she has worked as a public radio producer, writer, and submissions reader of short stories and plays. She began teaching at college as a peer writing tutor and has since taught classes in South Africa, New Haven, Austin, and San Francisco, as well as spending two years as an educator at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Catherine joins us from Frances Parker Charter School, which, like Meridian, is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, where she taught Humanities. Through her work, Catherine has found that adolescents provide invaluable new perspectives on academics and the arts.
M.S. in Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art B.A. in Art History with Visual Arts Concentration, Barnard College
Emily spent most of her youth growing up outside of Washington, DC. However, it was her formative senior year spent at a tiny American school in Rabat, Morocco that influenced much of her path as a student and, eventually, educator. She went on to study art, art history, and sociology at Barnard College in New York, though it is a little-kept secret that she initially started as a math major. Several years after graduating, she returned to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to become an art teacher and has been teaching all forms of art, design, and discovery for the past ten years. In her own art, she is also focused on people, having found no way to depart from the portraits that she always loved to draw and paint from a very young age. She is so excited to have found a school on the scale of her graduating high school where she developed such immediate, intense, and valuable bonds with her classmates and teachers. She looks forward to working with a truly unique student body to continually innovate and create with our endless artistic resources.
Laura Grill - Music
B.A. in Jazz Voice and Composition, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University M.A. in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory
Laura knew at a very young age that a life of music was the only one for her. She is equally at ease playing bassoon in a symphony orchestra, scatting in a vocal jazz group, or jamming with an African drumming ensemble. While her career currently includes arranging, composing, and performing, Laura has found a unique joy in teaching. At Meridian, Laura leads our multi-genre band and teaches Music appreciation classes. She finds it very gratifying to share her passion for collaborating with other musicians, creating original music, and performing music. The Laura Grill Band (Laura's original folk/bluegrass/jazz project) can be heard in and around Boston.
B.S. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego M.S. in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephanie left sunny San Diego to pursue her graduate degree in Biology here in Massachusetts. Her research experience has ranged from the molecular basis of cancer to the immune system of round worms. She has taught science in varying capacities and settings since high school. Prior to Meridian, she taught laboratory activities to high school groups as a Teaching Fellow in Harvard's Life Sciences Outreach Program. Outside the lab, Stephanie can be found drawing, dancing, or on a yoga mat. In the classroom, Stephanie finds these creative endeavors help her impart her wonder at the natural world to her students. Stephanie has been honored as a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellow.
Nathan Sokol-Margolis – Humanities; Dean of Divisions 1 and 2
M.Ed. in Social Studies, Lesley College B.A. in International Relations, Alliant International University
Nathan's experience has covered three continents and a wide range of subjects. From teaching history to youth in and out of jail in Boston to teaching economics in China, he has focused on giving students a voice. Nathan’s teaching is informed by his passions for philosophy, theater, and storytelling that help students create their own worlds in and out of the classroom. Nathan works with his students to apply their learning to addressing real world problems that they identify and to engage with their communities as active citizens. In 2013, Nathan was named Humanities Teacher of the Year in the Dipont Education group of over 25 schools across China.
Sarah Parker Geller – Humanities; Dean of Divisions 3 and 4
B.A. in Political Science, Bryn Mawr College M.A. in Teaching in Political Science/Political Philosophy, Tufts University
Originally from New Mexico, Sarah earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College and then moved to Boston to teach 5th grade at Cambridge Friends School. After earning an MAT in social studies education at Tufts University, Sarah moved to Atlanta. During her four years in the South, she taught high school history at The Weber School, an independent Jewish school. Prior to coming to Meridian, Sarah taught 6th and 7th grade humanities at Abington Friends School in the Philadelphia area. Sarah believes that young people should learn to think critically about the world around them and use their education to make positive contributions to society. She also strives to instill in her students the idea that learning is not something that takes place in a day or a week but over the course of a lifetime. Sarah joined Meridian in 2009.
Sonja Vitow – French
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Emerson College B.A. in French Language & Literature, George Washington University
Sonja is a polyglot who earned her BA in French with minors in Spanish and German Languages & Literature as well. Over the summers, she has taught at the French International School of Philadelphia and studied abroad with Bryn Mawr College’s Institut D’études Françaises in Avignon. As a writer, she won the American Academy of Poets Award in 2013, and her short fiction has been published in several literary magazines. Her Spanish-English translation of the Five Epigrams of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was published in 2013. After receiving her MFA, Sonja became certified as a DELF-certified French speaker at the Alliance Française in Boston. She is thrilled to be working with Meridian’s motivated students, and hopes to bring as much creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to the classroom as possible.