A Program of Schools for Children

expert faculty

Lesley Ellis teachers are here because they love this school and the children they teach. They, like their students, are part of something bigger and are always working together to move the school forward—to do things better. Nothing is ever stagnant for LES teachers. They have all made the decision to be not only teachers, but to be Lesley Ellis teachers.

Lesley Ellis School’s history as a lab school for Lesley University is reflected in the faculty’s openness to innovation and commitment to professional development and growth. They develop new curricula, speak at conferences and are invited to share their expertise with other educators. Approximately 70% of LES teachers have earned advanced degrees, and almost 90% have five or more years of experience in the LES classroom.

Lesley Ellis teachers are experts at teaching their age group, and their developmental approach assures that children acquire the solid foundational knowledge base as well as the social and emotional skills they need to succeed.

Maija Alksnitis
B.A. Wheaton College
M.Ed., Lesley University
Robin Alperin
B.S. Ithaca College
MAT-C, Rhode Island College Early Childhood and Elementary Education
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
Patrick Bradley
B.A. Ithaca College
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh
Denise Cadiero
Grades 1 & 2
B.S. Lasell College
M.Ed. Lesley University


Mary Cannon
Preschool Assistant
B.S. Saint Michel’s College


Charles Claus
Middle School Math / Science
B.S. Pennsylvania State University
Emily Cooperman
B.A. Tufts University
M.A. Tufts University
Rebecca Craik
Physical Education/In-House Substitute Teacher
B.S. University of Gloucestershire
M.A. Lesley University
Todd Cutrona
Grades 3 & 4
M.F.A. Columbia University in the City of New York
M.A.T. Rhode Island College


Paul Egan
1:1 Aide
B.A. Suffolk University
Vicki Frusciante
Grades 3 & 4
B.A. State University of New York
at New Paltz
M.A. Manhattanville College
Amy Hass
Learning Specialist
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.Ed., C.A.E.S.,
Boston College
Katherine James
B.A. Brown University, MIT
M.Ed. Harvard University


Jeanette Keller
Auxiliary Programs Director
Jennifer Klein
B.A. Boston College
M.Ed. Boston College
Robert Lesley
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


Alexandra Macfarlane
B.A. Merrimack College
Cristina Martinez
B.A. Deusto University (Spain)
M.Ed. Comillas University (Spain)
Tricia Moran
Director of Admission
B.S. Lesley University
M.Ed. Lesley University
Ashley Moulton
Grades 1 & 2
B.A. Missouri Southern State University
M.Ed., Saint Mary’s University


Margaret Muirhead
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
Cha O’Connell

Mass College of Art & Design


Michel Ohly
Grades 7 & 8 / Math
M.E.M. Yale University
B.S. Williams College
Carol Pollack
Office Administrator
B.A. Bentley University
Barbara Quoos
Grades 1 & 2
B.S. Clark University
M.A. Lesley University
Allison Raynor
Advancement Coordinator
B.A. Emerson College


Patrick Richards
Facilities Manager
Emily Roos
In-House Substitute Teacher
BMus Indiana University
Heidi Ross
Literacy Specialist
B.S. Salem State University
M.Ed. Lesley University
Ann Scalley
B.A. Manhattanville College
M.S. Wheelock College


Rebecca Shedd
B.A. Lesley University
Robert Smithney
Theater Arts / Middle School Teacher
B.A. Boston College
Sylvia Stevens
Grades 3 & 4
B.A. Simmons College
M.A. Simmons College
Andy Stratford
Grades 5 & 6 / Humanities
Diploma of Teaching
Sydney University, Australia


Natalie Sullivan
M.S. Fordham University
B.S. Salem State University
Kelsey Thoma
B.S. East Carolina University College of Nursing
Mariya Timkovsky
Grades 7 & 8 English / Middle School Literacy
BA Brandeis University
M.Ed. Lesley University
Sandra Torello
M.S. University of Buenos Aires
Ph.D. University of Buenos Aires



Pilar Tucker
School Counselor
B.A. Spelman College
M.A. Boston University School of Medicine
Max Utter
Grade 5 & 6 Homeroom / Math / Science
B.S. Bates College
Sara West
Grades 3 & 4
B.S. Art Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.Ed. Lesley University
Jennifer Young
Elementary Program Director
B.A. Tufts University
M.Ed. Lesley University