Special Education Team

Nakia Dewberry

Special Education Coordinator

I am a native of Springfield, Mass., and a fellow Chestnut alumna. This is my third year as a special education teacher at Chestnut Impact and my first year in the special education coordinator role. I have a master’s in education with a concentration in moderate disabilities. I am excited about meeting and partnering with you and your scholar(s) this year. For questions or concerns regarding your scholar's IEP or general special education needs, please email me at Dewberryn@SpringfieldPublicSchools.com and I will reply within 24 hours. 


“The purpose of education is to educate each one of us to think critically and to think intensively. Character plus intelligence – that’s the objective of true education.”  


-Dr. Martin Luther King  

Melanie Alabre

Special Education

Hello Impact families! My name is Melanie Alabre and I am the ELA and Social Studies teacher in the language learning disabilities program. I have a Master’s degree in Education from Bay Path University, and this is my fourth year teaching in the LLD program. Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments, questions, or concerns! You can contact me by email at alabrem@springfieldpublicschools.com or by telephone at 

(413) 285-2108. 

Lakeisha Prophet

Special Education

My name is Lakeisha Prophet.  I will be working with you to strengthen you reading and writing skills.  I am looking forward to working with you.


Contact: prophetl@springfieldpublicschools.com.

Jephthe Colas

Special Education

I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with students, their family, and the community.


"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X

Karla Santos

Special Education

Hi Everyone! My Name is Karla Santos, I am a first-year 6th Grade Math Special Education teacher.  I just graduated with my Bachelor's in Education from Florida International University. I have worked with children since I was just 15 years old in different settings. I am from Miami, Fl born and raised. My family and I are Hispanic from Dominican Republic. I speak both English and Spanish. My passion for guiding and teaching children led me to this great school, and I can't wait to make an impact at impact! I am looking forward to meeting the students and their families!

Jameike King

Special Education

"Hello everyone, I am very grateful for the opportunity to educate youth in Springfield. I am a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, and want to use my academic and life wisdom to help all students reach their goals. Springfield has a rich history of inventors, innovators, and great minds, and I am here to help students become a part of that fabric. 


"I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity." - Thomas Sankara, Legendary President of Burkina Faso"

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Lauren Johnson

Special Education

I can't wait to introduce myself to you!

Amy Frye

Special Education

Hello Impact community! My name is Amy Frye and I will be teaching science and math in our language learning disabilities program. This is my fourth year working in the Springfield public school system and first year at Impact Prep.

I'm a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in sociology with a concentration in social justice and inequality.

I'm excited to partner with our students, their parents and caregivers, and our community to help facilitate their growth, a love of learning, and a desire to lead. 



Thank you!