Student Leadership Council

The Dearborn Student Leadership Council is a diverse collective of Dearborn scholars who share a dedication to their educations and the educations of their peers. They are students of various social and ethnic backgrounds, many of whom are multilingual and all of whom are committed members of their communities." The Student Leadership Council plays a vital role in the development and success of the Dearborn STEM Academy, especially during this time of transition.

Their views on uniforms, school operation hours, sports, extracurricular activities, and much more have been a great influence in molding the Dearborn into a school that they will be proud to attend. Council members have dedicated time outside of school hours to discuss these important issues, meet with potential programs for partnership, and to lead family meetings that they helped to organize. They are an exceptional liaison for parents and are better able to productively discuss the first hand experience of students than any other persons in the education field.

In the coming year, we hope to further strengthen the presence of the Student Leadership Council within the school and to expand our memberships so that each grade is properly represented. We strive to support and prepare all students to take on a leadership role within the Dearborn, the community, and most importantly, the future.

Student Leadership Council Biographies

Manuel Alves, 10th grade

Manuel Alves is a 10th grade student leader at the Dearborn STEM Academy. He was born in Fogo, Cabo Verde and is the youngest in his family. He began attending the Dearborn in the 7th grade. His favorite subject is math and he is happy to be at a STEM school where math is a large focus. His greatest hobby is playing soccer and he also enjoys art and drawing in his free time.

jeriya atkins, 9th grade

Jeriya Atkins is an 9th grade leader at the Dearborn. She is a native of Roxbury and has three siblings. She is a member of Youth Police and Partnership. In the future, she hopes to be a police officer to help save people’s lives and help them with the decisions they have to make in their lives. She hopes to study law in college.


Claudino Centeio, 11th grade

Claudino Centeio is a 11th grade leader and honor roll student at the Dearborn. He is a native of Cabo Verde and the youngest of three boys. He is an active community member and a frequent volunteer at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Catholic Charities Teen Center. During his years at the Dearborn, he has grown into an extraordinary scholar and has consistently demonstrated leadership in his studies and extracurricular activities. After high school, he hopes to attend a 4 year university in order to study mechanical engineering.

Ely Depina, 11th grade

Ely Depina is a 11th grade leader and a straight-A student at the Dearborn. He is the youngest of three boys who were born in Fogo, Cabo Verde. He moved to the Dudley Street area when he was 12 years old. He felt welcomed to the Dearborn and followed in the footsteps of his older brothers who also attended the school. For the past two years he has been working at Bikes Not Bombs as a Youth Instructor and Parts Manager. In the future, he hopes to study mechanical engineering and computer science.

Raphael DePina, 10th grade

Rafael DePina is a 10th grade leader at the Dearborn. He is a native of Praia, the capital city of Cabo Verde. Although he is not currently a straight-A student, he is motivated by his fellow student council members and is continuously trying his best to improve his academics. He realizes the value of good grades and just as important, the value of a focused attitude, teamwork, and respect for his fellow peers. He hopes that these values will help him attain a career as a Navy Seal and later a CIA agent.

Edmilson “Eddy” Fernandes, 10th grade

Edmilson “Eddy” Fernandes is a 10th grade leader and honor roll student at the Dearborn. He was born in Fogo, Cabo Verde but grew up in the capital city of Praia. He joined the Dearborn Academy when he was 11 years old. He is an avid soccer fan and practices as frequently as he can after school and on weekends. He hopes that his work ethic and tenacity will lead to a professional career as a soccer player in the future.

Paulo Gomes, 10th grade

Paulo Gomes is a 10th grade leader and honor roll student at the Dearborn. He was born in Fogo, Cabo Verde and came to the United States when he was 11 years old. He has been at the Dearborn for 3 years. He currently lives in the Franklin Park area and is the only boy in his family. His favorite sport and hobby is soccer and he hopes to turn that hobby into a profession in the future.

Jose Marquez, 11th grade

Jose Marques is a 11th grade leader and honor roll student at the Dearborn. He is the oldest child in his family. He was born in Praia, Cabo Verde and moved to Roxbury when he was 11 years old. He is a mentee at DSNI and was asked to sit on the Local Stakeholders Group by the Boston Public Schools for the Dearborn external operator selection process. He has worked at the Learn to Teach and Teach to Learn program at the South End Technology Center. He hopes to be an artist and a video game designer, while also studying physics and anthropology in college.

Nunu Pires is a 10th grade leader at the Dearborn. He is a native of Cabo Verde and came to the United States in 2011. Upon his arrival, he first attended the former Ralph W. Emerson Elementary School in Dudley before he went on to the Dearborn Academy. He hopes to use the STEM education he is receiving at the Dearborn in order to further pursue a career in aviation and to one day become an aircraft pilot.

Kaya's biography will be here soon!