Meet Our Staff

Lynn Prentiss
Executive Director

A Note From Lynn Prentiss

I began my work in education at The UCAP School 18 years ago as Rob DeBlois’ assistant. That experience is the reason I decided to go back to school for education.

When I left UCAP to continue my education, Rob asked me what I planned to do with my life. I shared that I would someday lead a school like UCAP. It is an honor to be in this position today and I am excited for the 2022/23 school year.

Middle school is a really impressionable, awesome and sometimes tough couple of years for students, especially those who have struggled academically, socially and/or emotionally.

At UCAP we work together with the remarkable students who come through our doors every day. They are bright, strong, kind, ambitious and curious. It is our responsibility to ensure that every one of them is prepared with the necessary skills, habits, attitudes and behaviors that will serve them well beyond our school doors.

Change is inevitable. Doing things differently is necessary if we want to be able to meet the needs of an ever-changing world that expects students to be fluent in the 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Together with the dedicated staff, we are working to provide a high quality education, as well as addressing the inequity that faces our youth – those who have been academically left behind.

Rob DeBlois and my previous work at UCAP are the reasons I have dedicated my professional career to working with urban youth. I look forward to working closely with community stakeholders as we continue moving academic achievement forward for the amazing students of The UCAP School.

Most sincerely,
Lynn Prentiss

Meet Our Staff

Alex Desjardin
Principal                        Athletic Director

Ernest McNair
Student Support Specialist, Beyond U Director

Erin T. Oliver M. Ed.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Carrie Chekal
Director of Development and Communications

Neida Gilmete
School Counselor

Carole Lerner
Director of Special Education

Anna Prince
Social Worker

Carolina Almonte

Carolina Almonte
Special Education

Muriel Ouellette
Office Manager

Riana Fedeli
Development and Communications Assistant

Deb Ferrara
Enrollment Coordinator

Lisa Marenaro
School Nurse

Justin Klemanchuck
Beyond U Assistant  Teaching Partner

Lisa Scorpio
Executive Assistant


Joe Killilea

Joe Killilea
English Teacher

Ariana Wohl

Ariana Wohl
ELA Support

Joe Killilea

Dee Webster
English Teacher

Amanda Lutrario

Stephanie Bienasz
Science Teacher

Lisa Massey
Science Teacher

Prince Ingham
Science Teacher

Amanda Lutrario

Amanda Lutrario
Social Studies Teacher

Rebecca Harcourt
Crystal Felix
Math Teacher

Raksha Doering
Math Teacher

Janet Davidson
Math Support

Camille Montano

Izzy Beckman
Art Teacher

Jay Murray

Jay Murray
Health and Physical Education

Teaching Partners

Kitchen Staff

Katheryne Mejia
Yisset Cabrera
Rafaelina Olivences

Rafaelina Olivences

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The teachers and staff never gave up on me.

Jesus Nunez, former UCAP student

Freshman at Johnson & Wales University studying business administration