Special Education Team



I am a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. I am also an alumna of Bay Path University and Regis University holding a Master’s degree with honors in Writing & Literature. I have traveled and taught reading and writing in Sudan, Kuwait, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. In my down time,  I have authored five books for children, young adults and Autism advocacy. I enjoy cats, my children, mangoes, and traveling.

Jephthe Colas

Special Education

I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with students, their family, and the community.


"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X

Lakeisha Prophet

Special Education

My name is Lakeisha Prophet.  I will be working with you to strengthen you reading and writing skills.  I am looking forward to working with you.


Contact: prophetl@springfieldpublicschools.com.

Victoria Cooper

Special Education

Hello everyone Ms. Cooper here. I am so excited to be returning to Impact and reuniting with my students. I also cannot wait to meet the incoming scholars. My personal goal here is to help mold and support our future leaders. 


Nakia Dewberry

LLD Teacher

I am a native to Springfield, Mass and a fellow Chestnut alumna. This is my 2nd year as a teacher in the language learning disabilities program (LLD) and with Impact Prep. I attended the illustrious Hampton University, and I am currently pursing my Master’s in Special Education for Moderate Disabilities at American International College.  I am excited to meet and partner with you this year. For questions or concerns please email me at Dewberryn@SpringfieldPublicSchools.com 


“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 

Melanie Alabre

LLD Teacher

Hello Impact families! My name is Melanie Alabre and I am the ELA and Social Studies teacher in the language learning disabilities program. I have a Master’s degree in Education from Bay Path University, and this is my fourth year teaching in the LLD program. Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments, questions, or concerns! You can contact me by email at alabrem@springfieldpublicschools.com or by telephone at 

(413) 285-2108.