Faculty & Staff

Christine Braunohler Hanson
Head of School

B.A. Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
M.Ed., Early Childhood, Mills College, Oakland, CA

 

Being an NLS parent in 2016 transformed my view as an educator. Seeing such a pure manifestation of ‘whole child’ education reminded me of why I was drawn to teaching.

 

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Ana Valeria Alonzo
Spanish Teacher

Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la República. Escuela de nutrición, Universidad de la República. Montevideo Uruguay

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Joni Amaral
Upper Primary Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education with an Interdisciplinary Major in the Arts, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

M.Ed. in Education in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts, Lesley University M.Ed., Boston, MA

 

Relevant Experience:

Sunbridge Foundations of Waldorf Education webinar

Sunbridge Institute Intensive, Approaching Grade 4

Responsive Classroom Training

Columbia University’s Teachers College Phonics Institute

Reader’s Workshop training

Brain Gym® Workshops and Courses

Social emotional training through Open Circle and The MindUp Curriculum

Guided Professional Development Workshops for Teachers with a focus on Integrated Arts & Multiple Intelligences

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Linda Ballinger
Kinderclass Teacher

Linda is a compassionate and dedicated educator with strong observational skills and knowledge of childhood development. She started her career in education back in 2006 as Kindergarten Teacher on Nantucket and joined Nantucket Lighthouse School as a Primary Teacher in 2015.

508-228-0427 | lballinger@nantucketlighthouseschool.org
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Alana Cullen
Small School Teacher

B.A. English Communications and Anthropology, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

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Maggie Featherston
Teaching Assistant

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies from James Madison University

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Jillian Fraker
Upper Primary Teacher

B.A. English, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, The New School, New York, NY

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Allison Gayo
Small School Teacher

B.A. Psychology, Vassar College

 

Relevant Experience:

Responsive Classroom Training

Sunbridge Foundations of Waldorf Education

Teaching Assistant & Extended Day Teacher at NLS

Maria Mitchell Environmental Education Camp

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Beth Gennaro
Small School Teacher

B. A. Degree in Classical Studies from Gettysburg College, PA

Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education Fitchburg State University, MA

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Emmy Lambalot
Teaching Assistant

Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, High Point University, North Carolina.

English as a Second Language Teacher, Surat Thani, Thailand

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga East + West, Ubud Bali

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Meg Glidden
Math Teacher & Extended Day Coordinator

B.S./ Microbiology  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

E.M.T. I certification University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

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Nigel Goss
Music Teacher

B.A. Music, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

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Russell Morash
Russell Morash Chair in Childhood Horticulture

Russ has been a longtime friend of Nantucket Lighthouse School and an inspiration to generations of gardeners and farmers.

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Caren Oberg
Director of Horticulture

Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts in Religion, June 1995

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Carol Pillion
Extended Day Teacher

Degree in Business Administration, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Teacher's Certification | Cape Cod Community College, MA

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Caitlin Tyler
Upper Primary Teacher

B.A. Lewis & Clark College - East Asian History & Buddhist Studies
MFA Washington University in St. Louis - Poetry

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Allyson Mitchell
Director of Business & Development

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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Molly Zegans
Teaching Assistant

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Barbara Zachary
Admissions Director & Event Manager

Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH) in Hospitality Management, IUBH University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management, Northern Arizona University

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