John Barravecchio, M.D. – School Doctor
Dr. John Barravecchio is a native Bostonian and graduated from Boston Latin before moving across the Charles River to attend MIT. After receiving his MD from Georgetown University, he was stationed for two years in Vietnam. His medical practice brought him to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton and Tufts Medical Center, where he practiced Internal Medicine until his retirement in 2016.
Julie Casey grew up in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Canisius College before earning an AAS in Fashion Buying & Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MBA from Anna Maria College. After working in the retail fashion industry for several years in New York City, she moved to Massachusetts to raise her family. She is a co-founder of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in Franklin, MA, where she lives with her husband and their eleven children.
Originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, Jim Golden will come to Sparhawk from The Heights School in Potomac, MD where he is teaching fourth grade. Jim is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he earned a BA in Liberal Studies in the Great Books. He also has an MA in Ethical and Cultural Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to The Heights, Jim spent ten years working at State Street Corporation in Boston serving as a financial services operations manager. He and his wife Gabriela have four children.
Benjamin Houde – Lower School
B.A., Ave Maria University
M. E., University of Navarre
A native of Topsham, Maine, Ben Houde graduated as valedictorian from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida with a BA in Classics and Early Christian Literature. He spent the following two years teaching Latin and Humanities at the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Florida. This June Ben will graduate with a Masters in Secondary School Education from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. Alongside teaching, he has coached baseball, soccer, and Ultimate frisbee teams at various levels. An outdoor enthusiast and Eagle Scout, Ben is excited to return to New England and to join Sparhawk Academy for its opening year.
John Paul Lechner grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended Northridge Prep. He earned his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied History and Spanish. Upon graduation, JP moved to Manhattan to work as a legal assistant and then as a teacher at St. Agnes Boys School. He joined the faculty of The Heights School in 2009, where he teaches grades 7-8 and has mentored hundreds of boys in his nine years there. In May he will complete his MA in Liberal Arts at St, John’s in Annapolis, MD.
An Eagle Scout from Dallas, Texas, Raymond Le Grand earned his BA from Notre Dame University, and an MS from New York University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has taught STEM classes in Brooklyn, NY public schools and worked for a series of high tech start up companies designing custom apps. As a mobile app developer, he has been involved in several industrial CAD and medical device start-ups in Boston and Cambridge. His academic interests led him to create and release NYU Robofish, an iPhone app to control small kid-friendly robotic fish.
Elias Naegele grew up outside of Washington DC and attended the Heights School for 10 years. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in History, he served stints as Assistant Director at the Youth Service International Leadership Camp and the South Bronx Educational Project Crotona Achievement Program. He then headed west and worked as a guide at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, where he was trained as a Wilderness First Responder. He is coming to us from the Avalon School in Gaithersburg, MD where he oversees and teaches the Natural History and Saxon Math programs for grades 2-5.
Don Pacific earned his BA at Boston State College, where he also played hockey. His experience led him into organizing and instructing various pre-season NHL, AHL, and Division I College Hockey training camps, while also serving as Head Coach for the Worcester Crusaders Midget U-16 team. He was the head coach of the Fay School Varsity Boys hockey team in Southborough, MA for fifteen years. He is currently the Assistant Coach at Framingham State University. He and his wife Marion live in Marlborough, MA.
Bob Sylvain is from Needham and now lives at the Chestnut Hill Center in Newton, MA. He has a BA in History from Columbia University and an MBA from Bentley University. He is co-Founder and Director of the Sebago Leadership Camp. Bob began his career in academic administration and fundraising in 2000 as the Recording Secretary of Brown University. He also worked in development at Boston College and Providence College. He currently teaches religion to grades 4-8 at the St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge.
John Tocci grew up in Franklin, MA, and comes to us with a wealth of property management experience, most recently at the Flatley Company. While studying at the University of Dallas he majored in Philosophy and went on to work at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, acting as the liaison for international students to the university. He recently completed his MBA at Boston University, and operates his own photography studio from his home in Holliston, MA.