Student Support Coordinator
Elizabeth (Beth) joined the staff during the second year of the school. She has worked at Rhode Island Youth Guidance center where she was placed at Central Falls High School as a Behavior Specialist working with at-risk students. Previous to that she worked at Somerset High in Massachusetts as a Conflict Resolution Coordinator and at Bradley Hospital as a Milieu Therapist. Beth received her undergraduate degree at UMass Dartmouth and her MA in Educational Psychology from Rhode Island College. She has certificates in School Social Work, Social Studies, Mediation, and Critical Incident Debriefing. In addition to her duties as a counselor at BACS, she has taught senior seminar, and Community Improvement Projects including Literacy leaders, Elderly Outreach, Service-to-Service, Student Summit, and Events Planning.
Student Support & Advisor
Gilbert Rodriguez, Student Support Counselor, Outreach Coordinator and Advisor helped with the start of Blackstone in 2002. He had worked for six years as an Outreach Coordinator for RI Youth Guidance Center where he coordinated career counseling and attendance outreach for at-risk students in Pawtucket high schools. A certified mediator and emergency medical technician, Gilbert coordinates our wellness efforts and camping program. He is an EMT and certified advanced first aid trainer.
Al "Doc" Augusta
Al “Doc” Augusta was born and brought up in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence where he taught at Vartan Gregorian School for 28 years. A founding teacher in the SPIRIT program, Doc now coordinates the program year-round and tutors students at Blackstone Academy. Doc graduated from Rhode Island College and gained advanced degrees and certificates from Providence College and Brown University.
Elsa is a retired math teacher from the Cranston School District. She provides math support to students who need it.
Glenda is a retired teacher from Providence where she worked as a special education teacher and administrator. She has coordinated the Special Ed. hotline at RIDE and consulted to school districts in New York and Rhode Island.
Kate Lavoie King spent most of her teaching career as a Special Education Teacher at Central Falls High School. In addition to teaching, she has served in many leadership positions, such as overseeing the design and implementation of a Professional Practice School, co- author of the advisory program, a participant in the Arts Literacy Program and a member of the Principal’s Leadership Team. Prior to this, she was a small business owner. She studied at both Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.
Lory is a retired teacher who spent most of her career in the Johnston, RI schools. She has taught, science, math and special education.
Dr. Matthew Bowen
Dr. Matt Bowen, has a Phd. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Bowen has consulted to the school since its opening.
Clinical Social Worker
Becky Minard is an attorney turned clinical social worker. She is a co-founder of the Providence Mediation Center and an active mediator. She has served on many non-profit boards. Becky is here as a part-time social worker / counselor.
Heather is a part-time social worker at BACS and is currently completing her Phd in Sociology/Social Work. She holds an MSW from RIC, and a M.DIV. from Harvard. She teaches in the Social Work Department at RIC.