Expert Faculty Children

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


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

Early Childhood Program Director

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


B.A. Lesley University

Deanne Benson
Head of School

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

Brian Binkowski
Elementary / Middle School Specialist

B.A. Boston College

Tiffany Bradlee
Transitional Kindergarten

B.A. Connecticut College


B.A. Ithaca College
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh

Denise Caderio
Grades 1 & 2

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

Preschool Assistant

B.S. Saint Michel's College

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
M.F.A. Columbia University in the City of New York
M.A.T. Rhode Island College
1:1 Aide

B.A. Suffolk University

Grades 3 & 4

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

Grades 1 & 2

B.A, Lesley Ellis University
M.Ed., Lesley Ellis University


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
B.A. Brown University, MIT
M.Ed. Harvard University
B.S. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
B.S. Regis College
Jeanette Keller
Auxiliary Programs Director




B.A. Boston College
M.Ed Boston College
Ed. S. Worcester State University
M.Ed. Worcester State University
BME UMass Lowell
Patricia Lewis
Transitional Kindergarten

B.A. Lesley University

M.Ed. Lesley University



B.A. Merrimack College


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

Tricia Moran
Director of Admission

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

Grades 1 & 2
B.A. Cornell University
M.F.A. University of North Caroline at Greensboro
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


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Grades 7 & 8 / 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

Advancement Coordinator

B.A. Emerson College

Facilities Manager
Bobby Smithney
Theater Arts / Middle School Teacher

B.A. Boston College

In-House Substitute Teacher

BMus, Indiana University

Literacy Specialist
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 / Humanities

Diploma of Teaching
Sydney University, Australia


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

Grades 7 & 8 English / Middle School Literacy
BA Brandeis University
M.Ed. Lesley University

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

Link to Profile

School Counselor
B.A. Spelman College
M.A. Boston University School of Medicine
Grade 5 & 6 Homeroom / Math / Science

B.S. Bates College

Jenn Young
Elementary Program Director

B.A. Tufts University

M.Ed. Lesley University