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    Vena Cruz

    Vena has been a lifelong resident of Boston Massachusetts, only having ever left to attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Communications, she moved back to Boston and worked for a year in business before pursuing her true passion, education, at Simmons College. While working toward her Masters degree in Teaching, she worked for the Needham Extended Day Program and completed a one year internship at the Heath School in Brookline. After completing her graduate work, she joined the Bowen community in the Fall of 2007. In addition, Vena also holds a Master of Education degree in Organizational Management from the Educational Leadership Institute and Endicott College. She aspires to pursue an administrative role in the future. In her free time, Vena enjoys being active in the gym, cooking, reading, expanding her shoe collection, and exploring different restaurants.  

     
  • Sandi Dickerson

     
    Sandi Dickerson grew up in the small resort town of Cape May, New Jersey, where she was very active in her community volunteering to work with the elderly. After graduating from high school, Ms. Dickerson moved to Massachusetts to attend Lesley University. She fell in love with the Boston area and decided to make it her home. Ms. Dickerson is a veteran teacher who has taught grades 7 and 8 in the Boston Public School System, grades 3 and 5 at The Advent School in Boston, and grades 2 and 3 as well as a combination 2/3 grade here at Bowen. Ms. Dickerson enjoys traveling, reading, cooking (her grandparents were professional chefs) and she loves The New York Yankees. She also continues her volunteer work with disadvantaged children and homeless shelters in her community. 
     

     
  • Amanda Tagliaferri


    Miss Tagliaferri was born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She has one older brother who lives in New York City, and one dog named Copper, who lives in Connecticut with her parents. Miss Tagliaferri has always loved to play soccer and basketball, and continues to play both sports on intramural teams in Boston. She went to Boston College for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and still attends football, basketball and hockey games! Miss Tagliaferri graduated with her Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy and loves teaching students to enjoy reading just as much as she does. This will be her second year teaching at Bowen. Last year she taught 5th grade, and this year she is so excited to teach 2nd grade! When she is not teaching, she loves traveling, running, spending time with her friends and family, trying new restaurants, and listening to country music. She encourages her students to always choose happiness, and is excited to watch them grow into confident members of the community throughout the year.