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Expert Faculty

teachers guide children through activities requiring them to think, tackle complex problems,  and expand their comprehension skills.

Innovative and Enthusiastic 

Lesley Ellis School’s history as a lab school for Lesley University is reflected in our openness to innovation and commitment to the professional development of our teachers.

At Lesley Ellis, we recruit outstanding and enthusiastic teachers and invest in them over time. More than 60 percent of our teachers have earned advanced degrees, and most have five or more years of experience in the classroom.

We also use a team approach to teaching—our classrooms have two teachers so that the teachers can get feedback and exchange new ideas and strategies.  They develop new curricula, speak at conferences and are invited to share their expertise with other educators.

Lesley Ellis prides itself on providing a unique, thorough learning environment for students in preschool through eighth grade. Our approach centers not only on facts and skills, but also on fostering a love for learning in every child. Lesley Ellis students love to come to school!

Our task is both simple and complex. It’s simple because the joyful learning, academic challenge, and the appreciation for diversity that characterizes us is easy to convey and shines through in everything we do at Lesley Ellis.  But it’s complex, too, because we work to prepare students to succeed in life -- not just in school. We challenge students with safe risk-taking, project based exploration and learning, and steady transitions to independence. At Lesley Ellis we nurture grit and resilience. 

Meet and learn more about our faculty.

Maija Alksnitis
Grades 1 & 2

B.A. Wheaton College
M.Ed. Lesley University

Robin Alperin

B.A. Ithaca College
MAT-C Rhode Island College

Early Childhood Program Director

B.S. Northeastern University
M.S. Wheelock College

Deanne Benson
Head of School

B.A. North Park College
M.Ed. Lesley University

Brian Binkowski
Grades 3 & 4

B.A. Boston College

Tiffany Bradlee
Transitional Kindergarten

B.A. Connecticut College

Denise Caderio
Grades 1 & 2

B.S. Lasell College
M.Ed. Lesley University

Middle School Math / Science

B.S. Pennsylvania State University

Emily Cooperman
B.A. Tufts University
M.A. Tufts University


Physical Education/In-House Substitute Teacher

B.S. University of Gloucestershire
M.A. Lesley University

Grades 3 & 4

B.A. State University of New York at New Paltz
M.A. Manhattanville College

Sara Giffin
Grades 3 & 4

B.S. Art Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.Ed. Lesley University

Learning Specialist
B.A. Mount Holyoke College, M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Boston College
Director of Development

B.A. Saint Anselm College

Jeanette Keller
Auxiliary Programs Director




Gloria Kelley
Transitional Kindergarten

B.S. Lesley University

Patricia Lewis

B.A. Lesley University

M.Ed. Lesley University


1:1 Aide

B.A. Merrimack College


B.M. New England Conservatory of Music
M.M. Boston University
Ph.D. Boston University


B.A. Deusto University (Spain)
M.Ed. Comillas University (Spain)


B.S. Salem State College
M.Ed. Lesley University

Tricia Moran
Director of Admission

B.S. Lesley University
M.Ed. Lesley University

In-House Substitute Teacher

A.B. Wellesley College
Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education


B.S. Buffalo State College
M.S. Buffalo State College

Liam Nolan

B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S. Wheelock College

Anne Norris
Middle School Program Director / Secondary School Advisor

B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

M.Ed. Lesley University

Middle School Math

M.E.M. Yale University
B.S. Williams College

Office Administrator

B.A. Bentley University

Barbara Quoos
Grades 1 & 2

B.S. Clark University
M.A. Lesley University

Facilities Manager
Bobby Smithney
Theater / Middle School Teacher

B.A. Boston College

Literacy Specialist

B.S. Northeastern University
M. Ed. Lesley University

Jennifer Saulnier

B.S.N. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.P.H. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ann Scalley

B.A. Manhattanville College
M.S. Wheelock College


Rebecca Shedd

B.A. Lesley University


Grades 3 & 4

B.A. Simmons College
M.A. Simmons College

Andrew Stratford
Grades 5 & 6

Diploma of Teaching
Sydney University, Australia


M.S. Fordham University
B.S. Salem State University

Grades 7 & 8 English / Middle School Literacy

B.A. Colgate University
M.Ed. Lesley University


MS, Georgia Institute of Technology
BFA, University of Georgia


M.S. University of Buenos Aires
Ph.D. University of Buenos Aires

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Librarian / Makerspace Facilitator

B.A. Elon University

Jenn Young
Elementary Program Director

B.A. Tufts University

M.Ed. Lesley University