Village school Teachers & Staff

Laurie Coughlin

Laurie Coughlin

Director

Laurie has been involved in Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. When she found the Village School for her own children 25 years ago, she became involved as a parent, a board member, and then a support teacher who led library groups and fostered a love of books with children. Laurie then became a resource teacher which encompassed many roles that supported children, staff, and families. Laurie assumed the director role in 2008, and it is a good fit for a long time professional in this field. Laurie’s own three children as well as her oldest grandchild are all graduates of the Village School. Laurie earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont, and enjoys the great outdoors, bicycling, family trips and working with staff, children and families that cross the doorstep at the Village School.

Susan D’Allesandro

Susan D’Allesandro

Teacher

Susan has been a teacher at the Village School since 2000. She enjoys watching children’s growth over the year and feels that the emerging curriculum is a great way to foster children’s interest and develop their creativity. Susan likes the warm and caring environment at the school and has enjoyed her many years here. She previously taught at a preschool in Dedham for nine years, and has an adult daughter and

Mary Dorocke

Mary Dorocke

Teacher

Mary has taught in the pre-k program at the Village School since 2000. Although she has taught for over twenty years, working at the Village School has been her greatest enjoyment, and she continues to grow and learn from her young students. In all that she does, Mary hopes to instill in the children a love of learning and a desire to be kind towards each other as well as to all living creatures. She feels graced to know the wonderful community of parents who truly care about their children’s education and happiness. Mary earned a B.A. in English from UMASS Amherst, and lives in South Boston where she enjoys walking to Castle Island!

Gay O’Hanlon

Gay O’Hanlon

Teacher

Gay is a parent of four children who attended and enjoyed the Village School. She has had many roles at the school over the years, including parent, board member, and board chair. Gay is active in the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, and after a career as a physical therapist, decided to pursue a second career in education. She received her Masters of Early Education degree from UMass Boston in 2011 and has been employed at the Village School since 2008, first as a part-time employee and now as a Lead teacher. Gay feels passionate about sharing her love of science and the exploration of nature with the children in her classroom. In her free time, she likes to read, walk her two dogs, perform yoga and enjoys watching her children participate in their many sports.

Lisa Ouellet

Lisa Ouellet

Teacher

Lisa has been teaching at the Village School since 2007. She loves to come to work each day to see her colleagues and the wonderful children and families at the school. Prior to joining the Village School, she taught at preschools in Boston and Australia and also  provided child care in her home. Lisa earned a B.A.  in Education from North Adams State College. In addition to her role as a teacher, Lisa is a certified Parent Coach and also works with parents outside of school. Lisa lives in Milton with her husband and three children, and enjoys bicycling with her family, cooking, and gardening.

Amelia Saba

Amelia Saba

Teacher

Amelia received a BA in Child Youth and Community with a concentration in Preschool.  Prior to joining The Village School 6 years ago she was a pre-kindergarten teacher in Newton and before that she was a preschool teacher on the Cape. She is devoted to children and teaching and has served as a member of the Board of Directors at her previous school. In her spare time, Amelia likes to spend time with her husband and their two year old daughter.  She and her husband also own a Lebanese restaurant in Jamaica Plain.  Her favorite part of working with children is watching them grow up and learn so much throughout the year.

Linda Bilowz

Linda Bilowz

Teacher

Linda has taught at the Village School for the past three years, bringing with her over 15 years of teaching experience. Linda enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors, and works to include these passions into her teaching.  During the Summer,  Linda can be found spending time on Cape Cod with her two children. Linda received a BS from Colorado State University with a focus on early childhood education. Linda takes great pleasure in coming to school each day where she loves to hear children’s laughter and see smile on their faces.

Gay Gray

Gay Gray

Librarian

Gay Gray began teaching at the Village School in both the classroom and library in 2012. This has been a perfect combination of roles for Gay as she is able to incorporate both her love for teaching and reading. Prior to working at the Village School Gay taught Preschool and Kindergarten for many years and also helped to open a Childcare center in Roslindale. Gay also took great pleasure in volunteering at the Horizons for Homeless Children as a PAL (playspace activity leader) in family homeless shelters.  Gay helped to co-author a guide book to Boston and surrounding communities.  Gay enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children, playing tennis, arts and crafts and many outdoor activities.  Gay received a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont.

Cristine Thompsen

Cristine Thompsen

Teacher

Christine joined the Village School 5 years ago.  A graduate of Boston College, Christine has over ten years of teaching experience.  Christine lives in MIlton with her husband and two sons.  In her spare time Christine enjoys skiing and hiking with her family and her dog, Pedro.  Christine loves being a part of the Village School family and is passionate about her relationships with her students and their families.

Liz Nolan

Liz Nolan

Teacher

Liz began teaching at the Village School 5 years ago.  Before having her four children, Liz taught for nine years in Boston and in Somerville. Liz lives in Milton with her husband and four children, who all attended the Village School.  Liz enjoys traveling with her family and spending time outdoors!  Liz is a graduate of Merrimack College and also received her Master’s in Education from Curry College.

Karen Hainline

Karen Hainline

Teacher

Karen joined the Village School two years ago.  Prior to working at the Village School Karen was an Art teacher.  Karen especially enjoys combining her love of art with her love of teaching.  Karen lives in Milton with her family, including her three children who all attended the Village School.  She is so happy to be back working with this wonderful community!  In her spare time, Karen loves to travel with her family and learn about new places, cooking, making fairy houses, practicing yoga and walking her dog. Karen holds a Masters in Education from Bridgewater State University.