Gardengate Academy, 249 N Main St, Natick, Massachusetts 01760, United States


Gardengate Academy




About our teens program

An Opportunity for Teens to Learn & Work

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 


Meet our current teens

Ariana Tahmili


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 Sheehy


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.