Leadership & Staff

Rachel Babcock

Co-Director & Co-Founder

Rachel Babcock is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Map Academy. As a school founder, Rachel has expertise in new school design, competency-based assessment, administration, dropout prevention and reengagement, alternative pathways, career development education, social-emotional learning, literacy intervention, and building rapport and cultivating change with high risk adolescents. In her previous role as Coordinator of Alternative Programs for Plymouth Public Schools, Rachel was instrumental in the rapid expansion of the alternative programs, which quadrupled in enrollment in five years through intensive dropout prevention and reengagement efforts. In addition to managing day to day operations of that Alternative program, and while working on plans for Map Academy, Rachel played a visionary role in long term strategic planning and implementation, including scheduling, budget development, hiring, accountability measurements, and cultivating a range of key community partnerships. Additionally, Rachel has fifteen years of instructional experience as a middle and high school ELA teacher, and she is also an experienced Instructional Coach & Literacy Intervention Specialist. Throughout her career, Rachel has been an advocate for high risk youth. She has always been passionate about opening a school where all students can thrive.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. Rachel earned National Board Certification as an English teacher, and is MA certified as a Principal/Assistant Principal.  Rachel is also a DESE endorsed SEI teacher and Administrator. Rachel also serves on DESE’s guiding coalition for the Massachusetts Dropout Prevention and Reengagement Network.

Previously, Rachel was the recipient of the Massachusetts DOE Attracting Excellence to Teaching Grant and was a Massachusetts Master Teacher. She was a Founding member of the Marshfield Education Foundation, served as its Grant Team Chairperson, and played a leadership role in the New Marshfield High School Campaign Committee.

Josh Charpentier

Co-Director & Co-Founder

Josh Charpentier is one of the Co-Directors & Co-Founders of Map Academy, and the former Director of Alternative Programs for the Plymouth Public Schools. Josh has expertise in all aspects of alternative education administration, including budgeting to maximize resources, facilitating dialogue, garnering support from key stakeholders, and cultivating a positive and productive school climate for students and staff. In addition to teaching physical education and health, Josh has extensive experience in alternative education program development and implementation. After playing a key role on the administrative team at Resiliency Preparatory School in Fall River, he was hired in Plymouth to expand alternative education options to accommodate rapidly increasing demand. Under his leadership, enrollment grew from 22 students in 2012 to over 100 students in 2016. Josh is committed to continuing to develop long-term, financially sustainable pathways to prepare high-risk students for postsecondary success and is passionate about rethinking how school is done.

While playing varsity baseball at Springfield College, Josh played on several elite teams, including an All-USA college team which played in Europe, and taught at the Springfield School of Baseball. Josh has utilized the leadership skills, dedication, and ability to perform while failing more than succeeding that he honed playing college baseball to assume significant administrative responsibilities on a small staff serving an expanding enrollment of high-risk youth.

Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College and a Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State University. He holds MA licensure as a Principal/Assistant Principal and Physical Education teacher.

Mike Balaschi

Assistant Director

“My roadmap to Map included working in a public school system and community with incredibly unique young people that have inspired me to make a positive impact in the world.”

Breanne Bellao

Wraparound Specialist

Erin Benefit

Community Support Partner

“I am passionate about listening to students’ stories and highlighting their strengths so that they feel validated and see that they can achieve their goals. I want to support students holistically which is what Map Academy does.”

Emma Bergman

Performing Arts Teacher & Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Cohen

Special Education & Science Teacher

Joseph Colangeli

Math Teacher

“I came to Map to take a more active role in addressing the shortcomings apparent in a vast majority of public schools, and to ensure students who our education system failed get the chance at success they deserve.”

Catherine Collins

Special Education & Humanities Teacher

“Students today have to balance an extraordinary number of factors and challenges in their social, academic, and personal lives. It has long been time to give students alternate, autonomous routes to academic fulfillment.”

Avia Ferrande

Special Education & Humanities Teacher

“A strong school can change your outlook on the world, while growing your own self confidence. Doing high school differently can give all kids access to both, and that’s why I came to Map.”

Kathy Harmon

STEM Coordinator

“Traditional high school works for some students. For others, it doesn’t, and given the technology, resources, and options we currently have, we should be able to facilitate success and a high school diploma for all students. Map Academy prioritizes teacher-student relationships and provides different paths to success, and I want to be part of that difference.”

Abigail Herrmann

Math Teacher

“Traditional high schools often set up students who struggle for failure. I want to change that.”

Albert Howard

Wraparound Specialist

“I found my way to Map after previously working in the juvenile justice system. All youth deserve equitable educational opportunities.”

Stephanie King

Wayfinding Coordinator

“As a proud graduate of an alternative high school program, the opportunity to differentiate from the one-size-fits-all education model resonates with me. I have found my way to an environment, team and community which empowers students to learn, explore and achieve with an array of opportunities.”

Jaclyn Leitao

Math Teacher

“I found my way to Map Academy because I think many students can benefit from a competency based curriculum with holistic support.”

Laura Lyons

Wayfinding Coordinator

“I was drawn to Map Academy because I believe in access to education for all and in helping students plan and achieve their post-secondary goals.”

Ryan McLaughlin

Special Education Coordinator & Team Chair

“The most important thing I learned in high school was how to be accountable for my mistakes and how to work hard for every opportunity that was presented to me.”

Emma Nickerson

Math Teacher

“Every student is unique and deserves the means and opportunity to be successful. At Map Academy, I believe that there is the capability to make this dream a reality.”

Alec Provo

Special Education & Humanities Teacher

“I found my way here because I strongly connect with Map’s philosophy of putting student connection and engagement at the forefront.”

Michael Schiess

Science Teacher

“I believe we need to be adaptable and flexible as teachers, and that we need to think differently to provide students with fun, engaging, and experiential opportunities to learn material and methods that will help them chart a path forward. Map Academy is a perfect match with my experience as an entrepreneur and my desire to make affect change in education.”

Heather Sears

School Nurse

“I found my way to Map Academy because my previous life experiences and those of people around me have made me realize we need better high school options.”

Steven Sell

Assistant Director

“I found my way to Map because I have been searching for a school that is serious about disrupting the status quo and the traditional system that pushes far too many young people to the margins and silences their potential. As a society we cannot continue to do school the same way. To do so only perpetuates the inequitable patterns and realities plaguing our country today.”

Jonathan Simmons


“I have seen too many youth be failed by systems that do not recognize or support their unique needs, and I am passionate about learning and development and want to use my skills as a psychologist to help youth reach their goals.”

Billi Solis-O’Brien

Humanities Teacher

“It was through working for nonprofits that I learned I am deeply mission-motivated. When exploring my next career steps, I realized that I wanted to go back to my writing and literature roots while also finding a mission that resonates. Being an English teacher at Map Academy offers both, and I am thrilled to be on this journey.”

Shiobhan Sylvia

Humanities Teacher

“Once I discovered Map Academy, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Students who have had a hard time in traditional schools should not be punished by not receiving an education.”

Marisol Tua Sanchez


“My high school experience was difficult. My life at home was a little chaotic and high school was not always peaceful. I found my way to Map thanks to someone in my life that inspired me and always pushed me to do more.”

Corinne Sherwood

Humanities Teacher

“After working with students in another setting that needed a place like Map Academy, I knew that I needed to keep this school in my sights. Schools need to meet students where they are at and not force them to be somewhere they’re not ready for.”

Maxanne Wordell

Wraparound & Engagement Coordinator

“I was always disappointed in the way I heard other professionals speaking to and about children and families they worked with – negative, blaming, and condescending. I feel so lucky to be a part of a community now that embraces each individual for their strengths exactly as they are.”

Kaitey Yanes-Belanger

Special Education Teacher

“I found my way to Map Academy after watching students become frustrated by the way other schools approach education, which too often leads to students dropping out. All students need to feel motivated and supported in their journey, which requires a different approach. Students who have repeatedly failed classes and are under credited and aging out of high school need to be given a different option that will still allow them to graduate at their own pace and on their own terms.”

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