Ali Kaufman

Founder & CEO

What are you valued for at SOM? Big visions, leadership and crazy ideas.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? Failure is the key to success.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? Teleportation, obviously.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? My dog, Oscar. An iPad for Netflix & journaling. A boat.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. I hate peppers, onions and olives. And Cape Cod is my happy place.

Neil Herekar

Executive Chef & Culinary Arts Coach

What are you valued for at SOM? My Culinary skills/knowledge and positive attitude.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? Unconditional trust, love, forgiveness, and support for family and friends.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? The ability to absorb other people’s special powers.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? That is so simple: Invisibility Cloak, The Elder Wand, and The Resurrection Stone.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Scooby Doo. I think we’d have a great time together. We’d laugh a lot and get ourselves into all sorts of mysterious adventures.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. That I am a competitive person, more so with my self than against anyone else. Inside of this competitive nature lies fear, which is the catalyst for my success.

Taylor Russell

Humanities Coach

What are you valued for at SOM? Teaching and encouraging students to form their own ideas from the past to take into the present.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? That everyone has their unique gifts to contribute to the world.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? Being able to projectile glitter from my hands at any moment that was effortless to clean up.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? My computer, the last Harry Potter book, a fishing pole.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Hillary Clinton.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. That even though I’m very outgoing, I recharge with alone-time reading a book.

Rachel Bissonette

STEM & Action Water Sports Coach

What are you valued for at SOM? To awaken our students to the wonderful world around us and bring joy to learning.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? Do unto others as you would have them do onto you. Respect and understanding for others creates a place of peace and allows us to have open, honest discussions.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? Be able to fly.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? Seeds (to grow food), a water filter and my boyfriend.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Nelson Mandela, Dalai lama, Gandhi, Nahko.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. I’m not that serious.

Hunter Isbell

Music, Math & General Studies Coach

What are you valued for at SOM? For my patience and ability to help students express themselves through music.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? Work hard and always be genuine.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? The power to fly.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? A bass, an amplifier, and a generator to power my amplifier.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Paul McCartney.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. That chocolate is my ultimate weakness.

Tara Heal

Creative Arts Coordinator

What are you valued for at SOM? 

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today?  Growing up in a family of musicians I was taught that music has no color. I’ve incorporated that into my everyday life.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have?  The ability to heal others (and it helps that my last name is Heal!).

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?  A solar powered refrigerator that produces food (I snack a lot!), a solar powered radio (I can’t live without music!), and my children (somebody has to get me a snack and change the station!).

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? I’d like to have coffee with Hatshepsut or Joan of Arc.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. That I am infatuated with Europe.

Adrian Graham

Math & Fitness Coach

What are you valued for at SOM?  My passion and hard work I plan to bring to SOM each and everyday.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today?  Loyalty and Respect will take you far. Also, you’re not just living for yourself.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have?  Power to fly.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?  A chess board, a photo of my daughter and shoes.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Michael Jordan.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. That I’m a family person.

Andrea Sordo

Spanish Coach & Administrative Coordinator

What are you valued for at SOM?  Being the Renaissance Woman.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today?  Don’t worry be happy!

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have?  To heal anyone or thing with a single touch.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?  A sailboat, A telephone, A Farmbot.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Keanu Reeves.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. ” Me”.

Alison Collman

Sign Language Coach

What are you valued for at SOM? My Sign Language Skills.

What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today? Respect others.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? Super Strength.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? My e-reader, music, and my family.

Which famous person would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Ghandi.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____. How much I want to help others obtain their goals.