Mr. Teel leads us with 36 years experience in academic leadership and teaching in both public and private school settings. He holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Massachusetts certifications for Superintendent, K - 8 Principal, Teacher and Supervisor/Director. Mr. Teel served as teacher and program director in Gloucester for 21 years before several principalships in the surrounding area, including Burlington, Beverly and Kensington, New Hampshire. Additionally, he serves as a trustee and past president of the Board Bridgton Academy in Maine. Mr. Teel believes that a successful school begins with everyone in the school community working together in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and excellence.
ROBIN GAETA - PRE-K
Mrs. Robin Gaeta has been an educator for many years in all grade levels ranging from Pre-K through 8th grade. She holds a Business Administration/Finance Degree from Salem State College and a Master’s Degree in Education from American International College. She has MA Teacher Licensing in grades PreK-8 Special Education - Moderate Disabilities and in Elementary Education. English as a Second Language (ESL) and Reading Specialist Licensing are her most recent professional goals of achievement.
Robin’s passion to work with children on all levels of development and academic ability is what drives her instruction and dedication to teaching. Her compassion and love of children and education combined attributes to her successful teaching approach and positive student engagement and response. For relaxation, Robin enjoys being at the ocean, aerobic exercise, walking, biking, yoga, getting together with friends, spending time with her family, and being outdoors.
Barbara Allenbrook – Primary Teacher
Barbara Allenbrook, EPDS's Early Elementary Teacher, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emmanuel College with dual majors in Elementary Education and History. Her graduate degree, a Master in Education, is from Cambridge College. Since earning her Master's, Ms. Allenbrook has accumulated an additional 30 graduate credits in the field of education. Her teaching experience in Everett, Rockport and Gloucester includes grades kindergarten, one, two, and multi-age. She retired from the Gloucester Public Schools after 18 years as a first grade teacher. Early in her career, Ms. Allenbrook was a teacher at St. Mel's, now Eastern Point Day School. She has a strong interest in Early Literacy with extensive training in Reading/Language Arts. Teachers and supervisors describe her as a caring, creative, dynamic, hand-on teacher who loves working with children and collaborating with colleagues. When not teaching, Barbara spends time with her grandchildren, is an avid reader, loves animals, and enjoys outdoor activities particularly gardening.
Michelle Gallo - Intermediate/Upper School Science and Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Gallo is in her third year at EPDS. She is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She holds a Master of Arts, also from SSU, in Technology. Her Massachusetts license is in Elementary Education. Ms. Gallo’s career spans 17 years as a classroom teacher in charter, parochial and public schools. Most of her experience is at the intermediate level, although she has done considerable work with middle school and high school age children. She has several strengths and interests, but has recently focused on technology as a teaching and learning tool. Using a variety of programs and applications including power point, interactive software and the Internet, Ms. Gallo creates a classroom environment that brings learning to life through virtual expeditionary experiences. She is also involved in applying technology to student assessment. Her professional reputation is one of accomplishment, creativity, and hard work. Colleagues and supervisors describe Ms. Gallo as dedicated to her students, their families, and her colleagues - a team player who gives it her all and makes things happen. When not teaching, Ms. Gallo enjoys reading, movies, music, and spending quality time with her daughter, family and friends.
ANDREW BRADLEY - INTERMEDIATE/UPPER SCHOOL MATH AND ELA TEACHER
Andrew Bradley is an experienced educator whose focus is in mathematics. Throughout his career, he has taught children of all elementary and middle school grade levels in a variety of Massachusetts districts including Boston, New Bedford, Brighton, and now Gloucester. He has a Bachelor's degree from Boston College in biology and human development as well as a master's degree in middle school mathematics teaching from Lesley University.
He believes the best way to teach mathematics is bringing all concepts to a concrete level, gradually building back up to the more complicated symbolic level. Students must also be challenged with problems that do not provide clear solutions—ones that promote conceptual planning and sharing ideas with others to come to a satisfying conclusion. He also greatly enjoys the art of teaching the English language, especially analyzing sentence structure and reading children's classics. When not teaching, Andrew writes his own computer programs and novels.
VERONICA WOODS - SPANISH
Senora Veronica was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Child Psychology from the Catholic University of Quito. Her most recent intensive studies were in Quito where she earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the IDE Business School. In Ecuador, Senora Veronica worked for several years as a school psychologist in grades one through six. In 2000 after moving to the United States, she began consulting and teaching Spanish.
Based upon her extensive education and experience with children, as well as her background as a native speaker, Senora Veronica founded her own language program in use at Eastern Point Day School. Senora Veronica strongly believes that all children should have their first exposure to a second language as young as possible giving them the neural development that only takes place at an early age. She is dedicated to discovering new and innovative strategies that will engage and enrich young learners. Whether teaching or consulting, Senora Veronica is an enthusiastic educator who continues to share both the joy of learning and an appreciation for language and culture with all her students and clients. She is a member of MAFLA (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association) and ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
When not teaching and consulting, Veronica enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.
Vignette-Noelle Lammott, Theatre & Visual Arts
Vignette-Noelle began her career in child education at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Art in Los Angeles. While there, she was given the opportunity to host her own workshop, in which the children were taught the art of traditional comedia del’arte performance. As a Berklee trained vocalist, and having also studied classical voice extensively, she has been giving private vocal instruction for a number of years. At the Williws Community School in Culver City, Vignette taught theatre arts to children ages 8-11 as well as a Kindergarten enrichment program, which she created herself.
As a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing, her career has varied over many different fields in recent years, but she somehow always finds herself returning to the exciting world of education. At Eastern Point Day School, in addition to her teaching roles, she is an administrative assistant to the Headmaster, boo-boo attendant, and advice-giver.