Leadership & Staff

Rachel Babcock

Co-Director & Co-Founder
rbabcock@themapacademy.org
508-830-9500

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
jcharpentier@themapacademy.org
508-830-9500

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

Wraparound Co-Lead / Social Worker
mbalaschi@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Ashley Cubellis

Arts & Humanities Experiential Learning Coordinator
acubellis@themapacademy.org

“I found my way here because I wanted to impact the lives of students in a more meaningful way.”

Marcy Curtis

Student Services Co-Lead / Science & Special Education Teacher
mcurtis@themapacademy.org

“I came to Map because I wanted to make a difference and help students find their path.”

Anré Dowell

Student Support Fellow
adowell@themapacademy.org

“I was inspired to join Map to help change the status quo and to help kids reach their full potential.”

Abigail Herrmann

Math Teacher
aherrmann@themapacademy.org

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

Lindsay Hirt

Science Teacher
lhirt@themapacademy.org

“I have developed a lifelong mission to connect students to their community and to opportunity. Everybody deserves an environment to facilitate developing their best self and keep growing. As a proud Plymouth native, I felt an immediate attraction to find my way to Map.”

Shawn Kain

Humanities & Special Education Teacher
skain@themapacademy.org

“I was inspired to join Map because this work has changed my life. I have learned so much from my students over the years. Map Academy is a beacon for the alternative education community. It is an honor to find my way here.”

Stephanie King

Pathways Coordinator
sking@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Laura Mackey

Science Teacher
lmackey@themapacademy.org

“I wanted to find a place where I was encouraged to get to know our students and where I could help them on their journey.”

Michael McCartney

Humanities Teacher
mmccartney@themapacademy.org

“School should be a place where people feel safe, not just to be themselves in terms of personal expression, but also to be themselves in terms of how they learn. When we feel safe, not judged or forced, we are free to take the risks that let us make quantum leaps forward, not just in what we learn but in how we think of ourselves and the world around us.”

Ryan McLaughlin

Student Services Co-Lead / Special Education Teacher & Team Chair
rmcglaughlin@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Lance Merritt

Community Support Partner
lmerritt@themapacademy.org

“I found my way to Map when the school’s founders saw me working at an event and were inspired by how I interacted with the young people. I believe it was fate that brought me here!”

Heather O’Gorman

Science Teacher
hogorman@themapacademy.org

“The best advice I ever received is that taking a concept in your mind and making it a real thing is a skill that has to be practiced.”

Joyce Phelan

Math Teacher
jphelan@themapacademy.org

“I found my way to Map because I want to reach students where they’re at and help them realize where they can go.”

Cheryl Riedel

STEM Experiential Learning Coordinator
criedel@themapacademy.org

“High school does not define you. It’s a stepping stone to the rest of your life.”

James Robertson

Math Teacher
jrobertson@themapacademy.org

“Hard work and dedication will beat skill and sloth every time, though it may take time.”

Heather Sears

School Nurse
hsears@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Shiobhan Sylvia

Humanities Teacher
ssylvia@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Maureen Sullivan

Studio Co-Lead / Humanities Teacher
msullivan@themapacademy.org

“Being a parent and a teacher made me realize that the system was not geared for all kids. I wanted a space where all students are successful. That’s Map Academy.”

Marisol Tua Sanchez

Receptionist
msanchez@themapacademy.org

“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.”

Maxanne Wordell

Wraparound Co-Lead / Social Worker
mwordell@themapacademy.org

“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.”