John Barravecchio, M.D. – School Doctor
BA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MD, Georgetown University
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 – Reception
BS, Canisius College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
MBA, Anna Maria College
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.
James Golden – Grade 4 Homeroom
BA, St. Anselm College
MA, National University of Ireland
MBA, University of Massachusetts
Originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, Jim Golden comes to Sparhawk from The Heights School in Potomac, MD where he taught fourth grade. He 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 teaching at The Heights, Mr. Golden 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. Mr. Golden has played guitar with several rock bands over the years.
Fr. John Grieco – Chaplain
BA, University of Dallas
PhD, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Fr. John Grieco grew up in Bayonne, NJ and studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas. After graduating, he moved to Washington DC, where he earned a PhD from the Catholic University of America and taught undergraduate philosophy for several years. While in Washington, he also taught for two years at The Heights School in Potomac, MD, and was Director of the Tenley Study Center for 5 years. From there, he moved to Rome to study for the priesthood, earning a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Upon his return to the United States, he served for three years as Chaplain of Northridge Prep in Niles, IL. Fr. John is also Chaplain of the Montrose School in Medfield, MA.
Benjamin Houde – Grade 3 Homeroom
BA, Ave Maria University
ME, 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. Mr. Houde graduated with a Masters in Secondary School Education from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain in June 2018. Alongside teaching, he has coached baseball, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee teams at various levels. An outdoor enthusiast, Irish fiddle player, and Eagle Scout, Mr. Houde is excited to return to New England and to join Sparhawk Academy for its opening year.
John Paul Lechner – Grade 6 Homeroom
BA, University of Illinios
MA, St. John’s College
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, Mr. Lechner 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 taught grades 7-8 and mentored hundreds of boys in his nine years there. This fall he will complete his MA in Liberal Arts at St, John’s in Annapolis, MD. Mr. Lechner is eager to take advantage of the farming and exploring opportunities available on the Sparhawk grounds.
Raymond Le Grand – Grade 7 Homeroom, Director of Admissions
BS, University of Notre Dame
MS, New York University
An Eagle Scout from Dallas, Texas, Raymond Le Grand earned his BS 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.
Sean Mahoney – Grade 8 Homeroom
BA, Thomas More College
MEd, American College of Education
Sean Mahoney returns to his Massachusetts roots after ten years of teaching ELS, elementary school and high school in South Korea. He has a Masters in Education from American College of Education and studied Philosophy at Thomas More College. He and his wife Lynn have a two year old daughter named Sarah and a three month old son named John, a future Sparhawk boy! Mr. Mahoney teaches History, Literature, Math, and Science, and presides over Grade 8 homeroom.
Elias King Naegele – Grade 5 Homeroom
BA, University of Virginia
Elias Naegele brings an unbridled passion for discovery, adventure, and the great outdoors to Sparhawk Academy. The third of eight children and a native of Alexandria, VA, Elias is a graduate of The Heights School in Potomac, MD. He earned his BA in History from the University of Virginia where he co-founded the Cavalier Team Handball squad, an intercollegiate club sport. He then followed his love for all things wild to Jackson Hole, WY, where he worked as a snowmobile and ATV guide in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while earning certification as a Wilderness First Responder.
Prior to his time in the West, Elias spent his summers as mentor and Assistant Director at the YSI Leadership Camp and inner-city programs in Washington, D.C. and the Bronx, NY. Mr. Naegele joins us from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, MD where he oversaw and taught the Lower School Natural History program and taught high school Mathematics.
Donald Pacific – Athletic Director, Physical Education
BA, Boston State College
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.
Robert Sylvain – Head of School
BA, Columbia University
MBA, Bentley University
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. Mr. Sylvain 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. Prior to this year he taught religion to grades 4-8 at the St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge. Mr. Sylvain is a Lord of the Rings fan, and enjoys playing banjo and guitar.