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Each year we celebrate the arrival of students from countries all over the world who come to experience an American education while improving their English and learning about other cultures. It is our priority is to ensure that they are safe and happy in our school.


The Student Life Team

The team creates and maintains a positive school culture, enhances the student life experience through programming and school activities and ensures that the school is a safe place.

You will be connected with an advisor who will support you throughout your career at CATS and help shape you academically and developmentally. Our community thrives on a mutual respect and understanding between students and staff members in order to create a productive space for students to be academically challenged and successful.


Department of Residential Life

The CATS Academy Department of Residential Life consists of dedicated members living in the four Houses with more than 380 students. They provide a personalized program that enhances your living experience and promotes a sense of “home”. The House Parents care for, guide, and introduce you to the responsibilities of independent living. The Residential Life Curriculum focuses on being successful at CATS Academy, building community, learning about other cultures, developing a global perspective, exploring ethics, and making informed choices. In summary, we strive to help you succeed academically and socially at CATS Academy, and prepare you for life after secondary education.


Staff

Diane Riley
Director of Residential Life
driley@catsboston.com
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Diane Riley

Director of Residential Life
driley@catsboston.com

Diane is the Director of Residential Life. Diane is a Fellow of the Institute of Boarding, A Boarding Schools Association, UK Level 4 Boarding Practitioner and the Member Director for North American. In this position, she works with students and staff to ensure the students’ residential life experiences are engaging, provide opportunities for personal growth, promote cultural awareness, and develop lifelong skills.

LaMar Owens
Assistant Director of Residential Life
lowens@catsboston.com
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LaMar Owens

Assistant Director of Residential Life
lowens@catsboston.com

LaMar is the Assistant Director of Residential Life

Belinda Anglin
Co-Head of House
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Belinda Anglin

Co-Head of House

Belinda is a Co-Head of House.

Indy Atkinson
Co-Head of House
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Indy Atkinson

Co-Head of House

Indy is a Co-Head of House.

Darren Belliveau
Co-Head of House
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Darren Belliveau

Co-Head of House

Darren is a Co-Head of House.

Ping He
Co-Head of House
phe@catsboston.com
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Ping He

Co-Head of House
phe@catsboston.com

Ping is House Parent.

Eric Opperman
Co-Head of House
opperman93@gmail.com
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Eric Opperman

Co-Head of House
opperman93@gmail.com

Eric is a Co-House of House.

Lena Park
Co-Head of House
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Lena Park

Co-Head of House

Lena is a Co-Head of House

Carolyn Seman
Co-Head of House
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Carolyn Seman

Co-Head of House

Carolyn is a Co-Head of House.

Jonathan Yip
Co-Head of House
jyip@catsboston.com
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Jonathan Yip

Co-Head of House
jyip@catsboston.com

Over his four-year tenure at CATS Academy, Dr. Jonathan Yip has taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes at honors and college placement levels. These classes introduced our students to the wonders of science and equipped them with basic skills and knowledge essential for cell, genetics, anatomy and physiology, atoms, molecules, chemical principles, law of physics and applications… etc. These courses enriched students’ knowledge and experience in sciences; preparing them well to further their science classes in college. Dr. Yip also developed and taught electives such as Food and Medicine, and Introductory to Organic Chemistry at the college level. These advanced classes empowered students with a solid knowledge of Organic Chemistry, a compulsory subject vital and necessary for health and life science related careers. Prior to joining CATS Academy, Dr. Yip worked as a high school science teacher, a private tutor, a municipal administrator, and an academic researcher. He has eight years of experience in teaching high school science and over fifteen years as an academic researcher. He is licensed and has taught all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics; in addition to science electives. Over the years, Dr. Yip has fine-tuned his classes to meet his students’ abilities and needs. After earning his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Yip came to the United States and attended the University of Chicago - Physical Science Division where he received his PhD degree. His extended knowledge of Chemistry and other science subjects will surely benefit our students at CATS Academy. Dr. Yip has been a faculty dorm parent all his years at CATS Academy. He lives with forty students in Emerson House during the school year. He provides our boarders assistance as they strive to live independently and productively, making their dormitory life a home away from home. In the 2022/23 school year, Dr. Yip will be focusing all his attention to being a full-time Co-Head of House as he takes a year off from full-time teaching .

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