Principal Chassity K. Coston

      Phone: 617-559-6811

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education with a dual-concentration in Mathematics & English from North Carolina Central University Master of School Administration degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Chassity K. Coston

      Chassity K. Coston is excited about entering her third year as principal at Bigelow Middle School. Born & raised in North Carolina, Ms. Coston is new to New England after being a teacher & assistant principal in North Carolina, as well as internationally in Mongolia & Kuwait. In her spare time, Ms. Coston loves traveling, trying new restaurants, dancing, playing her alto saxophone, and spending time with family, friends, sorority sisters, and her shih-poo named Sasha. Ms. Coston looks forward to continuing to #GrowBigelow with the Bigelow & surrounding Newton community.

      Fun fact: Ms. Coston is sorority sisters with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris! Both VP Harris & Ms. Coston are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA). Founded in the year 1908, AKA is the first sorority founded for African-American women. Other notable members of AKA include Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Phylicia Rashad, Patti Labelle, and Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

      Assistant Principal Lucas Mogensen

      Phone: 617-559-6800

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      Master’s Degrees from Simmon’s College in Special Education Master’s Degrees from Endicott College in Organizational Management

      Lucas Mogensen

      Meet Mr. Lucas Mogensen. Lucas started working in Newton as an Inclusion Facilitator in 2002 and has been at Bigelow as an Assistant Principal since 2012. What he enjoys most about his role is developing close and trusting relationships with his students and faculty. Personally, Mr. Mogensen enjoys skiing, tennis, basketball, biking, and returning to his home state of Vermont whenever possible. However, most of his time outside of work is “family” time that is spent with his three children and wife, who are constantly on the move from one activity to the next.

      Assistant Principal for Student Services Courtney Rau Rogers

      Phone: 617-559-6800

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      Masters’ degrees from Boston College and Endicott College in Special Education, and Organizational Leadership Currently pursuing Doctor of Education degree in Special Education from The University of Alabama

      Courtney Rau Rogers

      Courtney Rau Rogers has been Assistant Principal for Student Services at Bigelow Middle School since 2008. She is most proud of the work she’s done at Bigelow around mindfulness, student interventions, and good procedures for helping families navigate the sometimes confusing rules of special education services. When she’s not at Bigelow, you can find her at the beach, Disneyworld, or a fun restaurant. 

      School Psychologist Jordanna L'Esperance

      Phone: 617-559-6820

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      Degrees and Certifications:

      Master's degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Licensed school and clinical psychologist and health service provider in the state of Massachusetts

      Jordanna L'Esperance

      Jordanna L'Esperance has been part of the Newton Public School family since 2001. "Dr. J" has happily been Bigelow's school psychologist since 2011, and she is a licensed school and clinical psychologist and health service provider in the state of Massachusetts.

      Dr. J grew up in Boston and has lived in Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Israel. She eventually returned home to the Boston area, settling in Brookline with her family. She began as a school psychologist in Newton in 2008, after working in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings outside of Newton. Dr. J's favorite part of her role at Bigelow is creating connections with students, families, and colleagues and finding shared humor in the daily activities at school and in the community. When she is not at Bigelow, Dr. J is usually with her family, cooking, reading, watching movies, and finding new activities and places to explore.