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8th Grade Team


Lauren Johnson


My name is Lauren Johnson.  I'm originally from Queens, New York.   I have been working with students to build their math skills since I moved here to Springfield in 2016.  I worked at the High School of Science and Technolgy  for a few years, before transitioning to middle school.  This is my second year teaching 8th grade math at  Impact Prep Middle School. I am excited about working with all my students and families.



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Mrs. Gorham


I am new to IMPACT but not new to the Springfield School System.I am native of Springfield where she attended elementary and middle school. I graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Springfield College. Prior to joining the IMPACT, I was the first Latina to hold the position of Manager of the Anesthesiology Administration at Baystate Health. I changed careers and came to teaching instead of climbing the hospital administration ladder is because I have learned, education is one of the most important and malleable determinants of health. I am a performing artist who enjoys singing, musical theater, acting and Harry Potter.


Nakia Dewberry


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 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  

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