At Gardengate Academy, we aim to provide an opportunity for teenagers to learn about working in a team, leadership, commitment, and growth. While there are very few opportunities for teens to find employment, we look to be the best place to start.
We give these teens a positive workspace to begin honing their skills working with children and creating curriculum alongside our EEC Certified Teachers .
If you are interested in joining our teen's program; please Email our Director, Salam Elsakka at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariana is a sophomore at Natick High School. She loves music and has been part of the Natick High Choir for two years now. Outside of school, her passion is dance. She enrolled at Gardengate to attend dance classes when they first opened. For many years she grew up with her peers here. Her dance career started within the walls of Gardengate and has only grown. She also loves being surrounded by children and watching them learn and grow. She enjoys babysitting and spending time with her younger cousins. Ariana is thrilled to be able to assist in the classroom alongside Gardengate's extraordinary teachers. She loves reading stories to the toddlers and helping them with art activities.
She has volunteered at the Middlesex Safety Camp as a CIT for a few summers. Ariana also spent time being an assistant to Jackie who coached for a season of Wayland Cheer. And she has volunteered at fundraising events with her choir to boost the music program at Natick High.
When she is not dancing her other interests include being with friends and family, watching movies, traveling and going to the beach.
Laurel is a sophomore at Natick High School, graduating in 2022. Through the child growth educational program, she is on her way to being certified as a daycare teacher. She loves to play sports like tennis, field hockey, and lacrosse. Over the summer she goes to Martha’s Vineyard with her friends and family. She enjoys spending time on the beach, boating, and loves to paddleboard. Over the summer, Laurel also volunteers as a teacher assistant for the NHS education connections program where she tutored middle school students with special needs to help them progress. She continued this work by joining the Connections After School club during the year. The other club she works in is the Meds- Society club where she raises money for Boston Children's Hospital through different charity events. Laurel has always loved working with children for as long as she can remember. Her favorite thing to do with the kids is to read stories and complete art. She loves being able to see their imagination flourish. Laurel started with Gardengate in her younger years which was an impactful part of her childhood and where she spent so much time. She is so grateful to be a part of this amazing program again.
"I’m Brooke LeBlanc and I am a first-year pre-medical student studying Public Health at Umass Amherst. When I’m not doing my school work you can catch me on the volleyball court, hanging out with my friends, or eating lots of ice cream at the dining hall (UMass is #1 in the country for food after all). I was fortunate enough to begin working at Gardengate during my sophomore year of high school, and I loved it so much I stayed until, sadly, I had to leave for college. Working with such a wonderful, compassionate, and fun-loving staff I got the opportunity to learn so many new things and challenge myself in new ways every day. I grew so much as a leader and an educator, but most importantly I learned what it truly means to be part of a team. Working with such incredible staff and fantastic children certainly kept me on my toes, yet I loved every second of getting to help these young minds grow and develop. Gardengate is a wonderful place to work and I would recommend it to anyone with a true love for children. As scary as it may seem, we’re all still kids at heart right? You’d be surprised at what a great job you can do!"