This is a  staff list for John Dewey Academy in Barrington, MA

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at John Dewey Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at John Dewey Academy, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by John Dewey Academy, please contact if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.



Please donít place your loved one in John Dewey Academy and rescue them if they are there now. 




Additional Information
Thomas Bratter Founder/President (as of 2009) Thomas Bratter founded John Dewey Academy in 1985.  Later in this article it states another incident: "In 1995, Bratter pleaded no contest in Connecticut to a state charge of second-degree unlawful restraint, which involved his relationship with a 17-year-old girl. As part of his plea agreement, he received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to perform 500 hours of community service and donate $50,000 to a charity that dealt with victims of crime or abuse."  Bratter has lost his license by voluntary surrender or agreed not to renew.
Robert Andenmatten Teacher Former experience: CEO of a Petroleum Transport and Storage Industry.
Carole Bratter Vice President/Co-Founder Experience: Travel Agent and VP of Westchester Region of Hadassah.
Jill Leda Brown "House Parent"  
Edgar Chamorro Teacher Experience: Special Ambassador to the General Assembly of the United Nations.  (hmmm..  Like Mel Sembler of Straight, Inc.)
Nancy Coiner Teacher  
Andrea Esperat Clinician (B.S. Degree) Interned at Behavioral Health Center of Carolinas Medical Center.
Christian Holland Teacher  
John Schneyer Groundskeeper  
Lisa Sinsheimer Parent Liaison Monitors and determines when and if parents are allowed to speak to or see their own children.
Michael Sletcher Teacher  
Kenneth Steiner Clinician Experience at Austen Riggs Psychiatric Center and Berkshire Farms Center for Youth.
Sherry Steiner Teacher Gallery Owner.
Lisa Buttrey-Thomas Teacher Our teachers...Know that each student is capable of achieving success and becoming a worthwhile person.

(From their website as of July 22nd, 2009).  Please note that all children are worthwhile people.  And, that an attitude that they do not have inherent value is opposed to a healthy, self-esteem building agenda.  At least they admit that they are out to view your child as sub-human until they manipulate and coerce them into new people.)

Phil Freund Teacher Freund no longer appears to work for this program.
Michael Gould Teacher Gould no longer appears to work for this program.
Judy Oates "House Parent" Experience: Journalism and Public Relations (PR).  She also worked for Riverbrook Residence.  Oates no longer appears to work for this program.
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES Please contact us with information on staff and their histories.*
(John Dewey Academy, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)


 Last Updated: October 10th, 2010

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