Mr. Costa is humbled to serve the students, faculty, staff and community at Bristol County Agricultural High School. He values that our campus is a center of historical agricultural traditions and that its principles are interwoven into the communities we serve in the Commonwealth. Mr. Costa grew up in Dartmouth, Ma and as a first generation student, Mr. Costa earned his Bachelors of Art and then his Masters of Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Upon receiving his degrees, he worked first at UMass Lowell and then the UMass Dartmouth campus for 17 years as an administrator in the areas of student affairs and administration and finance. Mr. Costa and his wife Kristin are the parents of two very active children, Tyler and Meghan, who are both involved in various sports which include ice hockey, baseball and softball. Mr. Costa deeply cares for the region and has served the local area for many years as a youth baseball coach in Berkley, an assistant volunteer coach for the Somerset Berkley High School Baseball team, participation with the Berkley K-8 Strategic planning committee, and most recently will be assisting the Town of Berkley in the development of their Master Plan. Mr. Costa is excited to be a part of the Bristol County Agricultural High School and looks forward to supporting the campus.
Mr. Braga looks forward to working with the Bristol Aggie community for many years to come. Mr. Braga enjoys seeing students excel both in and out of the classroom. He served in the United States Navy honorably for four years. He received both his Bachelor and Master's degree from Bridgewater State University (College), where he received his Bachelor of Science in History, and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership. His professional experiences include being a mentor to inner-city youth in Brockton for ten years, teaching history in the classroom, working as an Assistant Principal, and as Principal for one school district prior to arriving at Bristol Aggie. On a personal level, Mr. Braga enjoys traveling with his wife as he has been to over 30 countries. He also is an avid runner, running a handful of road races each year and completed his first full marathon in 2016. He looks forward to working with the Bristol Aggie community.
Ms. Harwood is so happy and excited to be joining the Bristol Aggie family. Ms. Harwood is passionate about technology and helping students and teachers use it effectively. She has worked in education for over twenty years in various technology roles. Ms. Harwood loves spending time with her family and friends, including her three grown children and two granddaughters. Her interests include knitting, reading, boating (though she doesn't get to do that nearly enough anymore!), and her pets. Ms. Harwood looks forward to this new school year and getting to know all of the students and staff!
I am both honored and excited to join the Bristol Aggie team as the first Vocational Director. Joining the "Ag'' has been a dream for quite some time now as "working the land" has always been a part of my life.. My grandfather, the biggest influence in my life, was an Acushnet native and dairy farmer, who later started his own construction company. Most of my values and work ethic have come from him. During high school I discovered, much like my grandfather, I thrived when working in a hands-on way. My first introduction to clay, my freshman year, led to every spare moment spent in the art department, creating, working and later pursuing a BFA degree at the U-Mass Dartmouth in Art Education with a concentration in ceramics. I studied clay & glaze formulation, firing techniques and how to build and operate kilns. My first "professional" role was working part-time as a paraprofessional at a special education school for students in grades 5-12, who had been impacted by severe trauma. I took some additional classes in special education and then took on a Special Education teaching role. I taught a variety of subjects including Math, Sciences, Art, Animal Husbandry and Gardening at this same school. I fell in love with the work of helping kids to regulate, build connections & develop competencies in order to overcome the challenges they faced, and become the very best versions of themselves. I then pursued a Masters in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University and was promoted to Director of Educational and Vocational Programming at Meadowridge Academy. I served 7 more years in that role for a total of 11. Also during this time, I married a young Landscape Construction entrepreneur and at the beginning of our relationship I spent much time helping him create his company, known as T-Scape Inc. Landscape Services, out of Dighton, which has been in operation for 21 years now. My husband and I have two amazing children Max (a BA student), and our pre-teen Maya. After my kids were born I shifted careers and spent 10 years serving as an Assistant Principal in the Dighton schools, a very rewarding role. Outside of my "day job" and in my "spare time" my husband and I live on and operate our family farm in Berkley. Our equine boarding "Full EnVision Farm", is a facility that is home to 23 horses (large and small), 8 goats, 5 alpacas and many chickens. All of the animals are used in the Equine/Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Counseling program (AVIV) who we share our land with. Aside from work and farm life, I enjoy researching how to live more sustainability and in balance. I also love spending time with my family snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking in Vermont, as well as sportfishing in the New England waters, whenever we can find the time and the weather cooperates. As a lifelong learner, I can't wait to learn everything and anything I can here at BA (so much to learn and explore), while at the same time I'm truly looking forward to discovering how I may be able to leverage and utilize my diverse background and skill set, in this position, to become the best resource I can be for our students and teachers.
Special Education Director
Mrs. Dodd is thrilled to be the Special Education Director at Bristol Aggie. Mrs. Dodd worked in special education for several years in a comprehensive public school district before following a passion for vocational education to Tri-County Regional Vocational High School in Franklin. Mrs. Dodd felt at home the second she stepped onto Bristol Aggie's beautiful campus and is excited to serve the students here. At Bridgewater State University Mrs. Dodd earned her Bachelor's Degree in Moderate Disabilities 5-12 with a Dual Major in Psychology, as well as her Master's Degree in Moderate Disabilities 5-12 with a concentration in Mathematics. From there she went on to earn a C.A.G.S. in school leadership from American International College. On a personal level, Mrs. Dodd enjoys spending time with her husband and children who keep her constantly taking on new adventures and ensuring that life is never boring. Mrs. Dodd looks forward to becoming an active part of the Bristol Aggie community.