Social Studies Department



Stacy Joslin

Social Studies & Advisor

sjoslin@blackstoneacademy.org

401-726-1750

As a teenager, Stacy became a Peer Leader in the SPIRIT program and her enthusiasm for working with urban youth was born. While attending Colby College she received her degree in middle and secondary social studies while competing on the ice hockey team. After playing semi-pro in Europe, she returned to Rhode Island. After teaching in an alternative teen parent diploma / adult GED program in Woonsocket, she joined the middle school faculty at Times 2 Academy. Having been a peer leader, teaching assistant, and teacher in the Spirit program, Stacy joined the planning team of Blackstone Academy School in 2002. Amongst her course offerings are US History, “We the People” Civics class, and Community Improvement Project classes including Facing History, Immigration Project and "Fill the Bucket." She also teaches Senior Seminar and helps to coordinate the schedule.






Greg Grossman

Social Studies & Advisor

ggrossman@blackstoneacademy.org

401-726-1750

Greg Grossman earned his BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Prior to coming to Blackstone, Greg taught Humanities and Civics at Gateway High School in San Francisco for 13 years where he also coached the boys basketball team. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and practiced law at Morrison and Foerster LLP in San Francisco. He recently moved to Rhode Island with his wife and three young children and is still trying to get over the fact that his beloved Los Angeles Rams and Dodgers just lost championships to New England teams.  Greg is an 11th grade advisor and teaches U.S. History and Civics as well as a Street Law/Criminal Justice CIP.  

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Thomas Finlay

Social Studies & Advisor

tfinley@blackstoneacademy.org

401-726-1750

Thom Finley grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and completed his undergraduate degree and teacher preparation at Brown University. After stints working as a teaching assistant in New York City public schools, language educator in Germany and high school history teacher in Oakland Unified School District, he excitedly returned to Rhode Island in 2018 to join the BACS faculty. He believes strongly in the power of social studies education to help students critically respond to the world around them and loves getting to learn from his students every day. He currently teaches World History, Economics and Senior Seminar, and has also taught Civics and local history electives in the past. When not teaching, you can find him practicing Spanish, taking improv classes or at home with his nose in a book.



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