Hi, I’m Mrs. Ragusa. I love being part of the 2nd grade team at the Otis. I truly enjoy teaching and watching my students learn and grow each year. It's so great to see the gains that each one of them makes, as well as watching them grow. Spending time with my family, baking and reading are a few of my favorite things. My hope is that each student leaves 2nd grade with a love of learning and confidence that stays with them.
My name is Teresa Sousa and I have had the privilege of being a part of Otis School for three
decades. I am passionate about teaching and learning and can honestly say I love what I do. I
am blessed to work alongside colleagues who share this passion and help me continue to grow.
I believe that one of the most important responsibilities, as a teacher, is to create a nurturing,
inclusive classroom community that fosters respect, curiosity, independence, creativity, humor,
perseverance, and the love of learning.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, writing,
sketching and laughing.
Hello, my name is Ms. Dawkins, and this is my second year at the James Otis School. I am very excited to teach second grade inclusion this year! I love everything about 2nd grade! Last year I taught 3rd grade. Prior to the Otis, I taught second grade inclusion in Roxbury for two years. Second grade is such an important year, where students are reading complex texts, learning efficient strategies for solving multi-digit addition and subtraction word problems, and exploring the seven continents. I grew up in Dorchester, and I am a product of the Boston Public Schools. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Northeastern University, where I studied both Elementary Education and Special Education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking, and staying up to date on current events and politics. My favorite food is pizza, and my favorite children’s author is Patricia Polacco.