Meet Our Faculty

John Blunnie
John Blunnie holds a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Rhode Island College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. He started teaching in the state of Mississippi and has been teaching Chemistry and Physics for over 7 years now. He is passionate about hands on learning of physical sciences. He currently lives in Warwick with his wife Nini and his son Luke.
Michael Brown
Mr. Brown is in his third year at Charette High School. He holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Secondary Education and Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island. He has taught everything from Pre-Algebra to Pre-Calculus. He holds a firm belief that everyone has the ability to learn and use math and enjoys bringing that ability out in people. He lives in Cumberland with his wife Jessie and son Henry.
Jessica Bragan
Jessica Bragan has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree in secondary English education from Rhode Island College. She currently teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Charette. Her favorite projects to teach (so far!) are "Power of Persuasion," "Poetry and the People," and the "Passion Project," all of which champion student voice and power in the classroom and beyond. In her time outside the classroom, she enjoys reading, weightlifting, hiking nature trails with her dog Remi, and writing poems.
Finnlee Burge
Finnlee Burge has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island. He has been working in education since his sophomore year of college and has experience with students from 4 years old to 25 years old. His favorite field of science is molecular biology and has a passion for genetics and immunology. His favorite class activities include having students design their own experiments to try and find the source for some unknown phenomena. He is an avid juggler and plays video games, reads, and creates 3d art in his spare time.
Joseph Hanson
Financial Literacy/Classroom Support
Joe Hanson received degrees in German and Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and began a successful seventeen-year career in college textbook and professional publishing that included assignments in all aspects of the business; he also holds an MBA from Adelphi University. He recently joined Charette and has been working tirelessly to help students reach their full potential! When he is not in the classroom he enjoys gardening, playing video games, cooking delicious meals, and doing work for his MAT at Johnson & Wales.
Ayesha Kutbuddin
Ayesha has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from Brown University. She has always loved mathematics and wants to share this love with her students. She currently teaches Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 to the freshmen and sophomores.
Julie Latessa
Julie Latessa has been in education for many years and has worked with students of all ages. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees and one Master of Education degree. Ms. Latessa can be found assisting Ms. Briggs in English classes and Ms. Joharlen in Wellness classes. Also, she oversees a tenth grade SDL class. Besides working with students, she works with the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Hub - a nonprofit organization with a mission to take veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veterans. When she is not working with students or veterans, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working out. She lives by these words. “I believe that when you give, you never go without and get more in return.”
Samantha Miller
Urban Planning
Samantha Miller attended the University of Rhode Island and received a degree in History and a minor in Education. She currently works with students from all grade levels at Charette Charter High School. She teaches Urban Planning and Historic Preservation, which is a program that focuses on community development, appreciation and preservation of historic urban infrastructure, as well as communication and collaboration with community leaders throughout the City of Providence and beyond. She also teaches 11th and 12th grade English. Her favorite projects are “The American Dream”, “Creative Nonfiction” and “The Poetry Professor.” Outside of the classroom, she also enjoys photography, traveling and reading poetry!
Eric O'Neill
Taylor O'Neill
Taylor O’Neill has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from Rhode Island College. She also holds a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, as well. Born and raised in North Providence, Taylor has always found a passion for teaching, from mentoring in her high school Writing Center to working with students in the Special Olympics. Mix all of that in with a passion for literature and pop culture and becoming an English teacher was the logical next step. In her free time, she loves to read, play video games, and watch the latest Netflix phenomenon. This is her first year teaching and she couldn’t be more excited to begin her adventure at Charette Charter High School and be a part of the Charette family!
Jose Reynoso
Proud father and husband, teacher by passion, catholic by conviction, sensitive to problems. Live a constant process of learning, innovation and research. Jose holds a business administration, Master's degree in Finance, and Master's degree in Management Science and Research from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, where he worked for 20 years as a teacher. Postgraduate degree in teaching qualification, virtual education and instructional design from the Open University for Adults. He graduated from the Teacher Assistant Certification Program by the RI Department of Education (RIDE) at ILSR and English as Second Language at Rhode Island College. He is dedicated to helping others and providing a fun, innovative, and informative learning environment for students in each course, skilled in technology development and implementation of a classroom curriculum. Jose recently joined Charette as a teacher's assistant in math.
Allie Roderick
Allie Roderick teaches U.S. History and Government to our Juniors and Seniors here at Charette! Ms. Roderick graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in History and Secondary Education. She is passionate about political participation and social justice, and hope to encourage students to create the world they'd like to live in. She grew up in Providence, but has recently moved to Woonsocket with her fiancé, Eric, and her dog, Red. She enjoys drawing, writing, and cooking in her free time!
Julie Alden
MLL Support
Julie Alden began teaching Multilingual Learners (MLLs) in Florida after being certified by Cambridge University, U.K. She taught adults among all levels of proficiency and domains, as well as instruction for American Citizenship and TOEFL examinations. Julie changed her focus from adults to public school students when she moved to North Carolina in 2020. She taught ESL in two different schools - with Kindergarteners and First Graders in a primary school; and, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders in a middle school. She received her Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and will finish in December 2022 at UNCC with a Master of Arts in Teaching in TESOL. Having recently moved to Rhode Island from North Carolina, she returned to her roots in New England.
Ruby Espinosa
Math ILA/Classroom Support
Edward McElroy
English ILA/Classroom Support
Yomely Marte
Rosetta Stone/MLL Support
Danny Monteiro
History ILA/Classroom Support
Deja Ross
ILA/Classroom Support
Nysiah Simpson
History ILA/Classroom Support