Teachers

  • Meet our Staff:

  • Gabi Maza

    Founder/Director
  • Jaclyn Coutoumas

    Program Administrator & Lead Dance Instructor
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    Janet Cramer

    Group Leader
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    Nicole Noa

    Group Leader
  • Brooke LeBlanc

    Classroom Assistant
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    Eamonn O'Hara

    Piano Instructor
  • Fannie Feng

    Lead Chinese Teacher
  • Michelle Lopes

    Morning Program Guide
  • Gabi Maza

    Founder/Director

    Gabi holds a Bachelor’s in Child Development and has 15 years of experience working with families and their young children in National and International Schools. She became certified in various disciplines such as Social and Cognitive Development as well as Art Therapy. She has been an active member of Casa Alianza, a non-profit organization based in Latin America dedicated to rescue children from the streets and help them educate teen mothers who have no resources. Gabi is also a member of Family Promise, helping families with their basic needs, coaching and offering parenting education.

    Gabi is the Founder of Gardengate Academy, an Enriching Program located in the Metrowest Area. She also owned Mi Escuelita a Bilingual Immersion Program based in Weston that hosted families in a Regio Emilia style methodology. Gabi also shared her experience at ISIS Parenting as a Child Development Instructor providing Parenting, Art Development, Spanish, Child Development classes along with Music and Movement to children, ages 3 weeks to 5 years. Gabi is also a certified instructor of Music Together. Gabi has a great passion for children’s learning, she strongly believes that children’s potential is enormous and takes every opportunity to let children explore in a fun engaging way while bonding with their family.

    During her free time, Gabi enjoys being with her family, dinner with friends, playing board games and paddle boarding and yoga.

  • Jaclyn Coutoumas

    Program Administrator & Lead Dance Instructor
    Jackie graduated from Dean College with her bachelors in dance and with a minor in business. She takes passion in her teaching and choreographing as well as encourages creativity, confidence and being active! Her work has been showcased in numerous shows throughout college and her most recent work was performed in Danceworks at Fitzgerald Theater. Jackie has been teaching dance for over 7 years in local Dance Studios and most recently at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Her styles include ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, salsa and musical theater. She is very excited to join Gardengate Academy™ Team and share her knowledge and love for dance. In her free time, Jackie likes to watch movies, play with her puppy Brady and hang out with her family and friends.
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  • Janet Cramer

    Group Leader

    Janet holds as BS/MS in Computer Science. After working in this field for 14 years she decided to stay home full time with her four children. When her youngest entered first grade, Janet became a foster parent and fostered several children in need of temporary homes. Now that her children are out of the house, she is pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. She is currently attending Mass Bay Community College taking the classes necessary to get her certification.

    Janet has a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. For the past 5 summers she has taught her Taekwondo skills to children ages 5-10 at a summer camp in Needham during the month of July. She has also taught pre-school classes at Robert Giorgio’s School of Taekwondo. During her free time Janet enjoys watching football and basketball, exercise, baking, eating and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Brooke LeBlanc

    Classroom Assistant

    Brooke is currently a Sophomore at Natick High School. She has worked with children of all ages all throughout her middle and high school careers in multiple settings, such as Special Olympics, leadership groups within the high school, workshops with younger students, and one on one mentoring. Brooke really enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities and observing the happiness and joy that radiates from the kids. During her free time, Brooke enjoys playing volleyball and lacrosse, spending time with family and friends, eating pizza, and watching Netflix.

     

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  • Nicole Noa

    Group Leader

    Nicole Noa is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has just received a masters degree in elementary education for grades 1-6. In the last 3 years Nicole has been working with children ages 3 to 10 years doing a variety of activities in a classroom set up, from Camp Counselor to Lead Teacher in After School and Preschools in the Metro West and surrounding areas. Nicole adds joy to our classroom in an environment based on respect and love for what children do. Nicole is fluent in Spanish and will be spending part of her time as a fifth grade teacher in the Framingham public school system. In her free time Nicole enjoys baking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

     

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  • Eamonn O'Hara

    Piano Teacher

    Eamonn O’Hara was a scholarship student at both the New England Conservatory Prep School and the Boston Conservatory. His principal teachers were with Jonathan Bass, Ramon River and Hilda Shapiro, and he also took masterclasses with the legendary Leon Fleischer.

    Eamonn teaches at the Amadeus Music School in Lexington; he has previously taught piano at LexiMusic, and pedagogy at the Boston Arts Academy. He brings to his students not only his extensive teaching and performing experience but also his in-depth study of the Alexander Technique, in order to help them employ natural and effective movement in developing their piano playing.

    Eamonn is a versatile performer who has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at a wide range of venues in New England, and has also performed as symphonic pianist with the Cape Ann and Melrose Symphony Orchestras.

  • Fannie Feng

    Lead Chinese Teacher

    Fannie loves to travel. Born and raised in China, she graduated from college with honor.  She wanted to see the world; with her language skills, she flew to Norway, where she received her master’s degree and met her husband. She believes that learning another language expands one’s world, so she wanted to share her great experience and started teaching Mandarin Chinese in 2011.

    She holds a Massachusetts Teacher’s License in Mandarin, and teaches in Hopkinton High School. She also teaches heritage Chinese students at Century Chinese Language School in Framingham. With six years experience in teaching different level of students (pre-k through high school seniors), she is able to develop great rapport with her students. She is enthusiastic, inspiring, caring and patient, and her class is full of fun and always student-centered.

    In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing basketball, singing songs with ukulele, cooking Chinese food and traveling around the world with her husband and two lovely girls.

  • Michelle Lopes

    Morning Program Guide

    Ever since Michelle was little she dreamed to be a teacher. Michelle has been in the Early Childhood field for over three years now with children ages 6 weeks to Kindergarden. Michelle obtained her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from MassBay Community College and became an EEC certified preschool teacher after completing her studies.

    Years before she graduated, Michelle volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and always looked for ways to participate, engage and enhance the children’s ministry at her local church. These experiences confirmed her love for teaching and gave her the confidence to pursue a degree in Early Childhood.

    Outside of work, Michelle is a mom and wife. She enjoys decorating her home, cooking, singing, going on walks with her son, and spending time with family and friends.