Our Staff

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Cynthia Ahearn

CO-FOUNDER / PRINCIPAL / TEACHER

M.Ed, BS.Ed
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

Cynthia is a seasoned educator with over 40 years of public and private school experience as a teacher and as an administrator in Grades PreK–6. She combines a deep understanding of the learning process, especially in the early childhood grades PreK–2, with her dedication to helping each child find and develop their individual strengths for not only academic but lifelong success. Cynthia is a staunch supporter of project-based learning and outdoor education.

Monica Campbell

CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LEARNING / TEACHER

M.Ed, Secondary English Education; B.A., English
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

With over 20 years of experience, from middle school to college, Monica has worked with academically, ethnically, and socially diverse student groups. She feels strongly that exposure to new places and experiences greatly increases student engagement and learning. By breaking down traditional walls, Monica endeavors to find every student’s passion and subsequently use this knowledge to create individual paths for success.

Taking inspiration from her Head Start teacher, Mrs. Womack, Monica listens to her students, meets them where they are, and moves them ahead at their own pace. She believes that learning occurs best when students and teachers operate from a platform of reality, relationship, and respect. Monica knows her students well and understands that there is more to the student than what we see at school. She builds strong bonds and becomes a source of support and encouragement for students. Monica respects each student and expects the same in return.

Gina Colorio

CLASSROOM SUPPORT / TEACHER

M.Div, B.A., English

Gina Colorio has been a home educator for 30 years, schooling her 10 children, several of whom were schooled through middle school. Gina’s heart is set on shepherding children of all ages and stages, abiding with them as they re-learn how to wonder about things, and grapple with the bigger questions of life.

Gina has had to learn many strategies to address the myriad personalities and learning styles inherent in a large family. She understands that it takes patience, devotion and sincerity on the part of the teacher to break down a student’s barriers that have been caused by learning differences, English as a second language, and/or emotional trauma.

What interests Gina most about education reform is how information is delivered to the student and how a student’s progress is measured. Gina believes the classroom is the place to put out the dots and empower the student to connect those dots and carry that picture with them into the world in which they dwell. Gina holds a BA degree in English from Assumption College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and a post graduate Merrill Fellowship from Harvard University, where she was influenced by the teachings of Robert Coles and Ron Heifitz.

Rebecca Hajj

TEACHER

B.Ed, B.S.
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

Before joining Gateways Academy, Rebekah taught for 7 years in both public and private schools in Massachusetts. Her experience in upper elementary and S.T.E.M instruction serve her well in her current role as our Lead Science Instructor. She works with our team to design project-based, hands-on learning opportunities that involve collaboration between the various grade levels in our school.

Rebekah has a B.Ed. and B.S. in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania. She is certified as a Grades 1–6 teacher in Massachusetts.

Meghan Mathon

TEACHER

B.A., Psychology
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

Meghan has a BA in Psychology from Framingham State University and MA teacher’s certification for pre-k through 3rd grade. With over 20 years of classroom experience in both public and private school settings, Meghan has a comprehensive understanding of best practices, diverse learning styles, and differentiated instruction. She is a dynamic and collaborative team player with proven ability to work with cross-curricular, multidisciplinary teams to develop lifelong learners.

Meghan has a considerable background in reading using guided reading, close reading, and Wilson tutoring techniques. Meghan is certified in Fundations, Just Words, and Wilson Reading System Level 1 (steps 1-6) from Wilson Academy. She is driven by student success with a demonstrated history of ensuring all students are able to learn. Meghan uses a number of guided reading and literacy strategies, behavioral programs, parental involvement, along with community outreach, IEP development and implementation, classroom management, curriculum design, program leadership, and scaffolding instruction to ensure all of her students are able to reach their fullest potential.

Cynthia Sprow

CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUPPORT / TEACHER

M.Ed, Elementary and Special Needs
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

Cindi is the Director of Student Support for Gateways Academy. In this role, Cindi will work with both students and staff as they strive for excellence in the classroom. She is dedicated to helping each child to identify their learning style, to believe in themselves, and to become lifelong learners. Cindi’s passion is to inspire a classroom culture of success, founded in the belief that all students can achieve.

In her previous role, Cindi taught for 34 years as a special educator in public school. Her specialty is teaching struggling learners how to read. In addition, Cindi enjoys coaching teachers as they strive to help students reach their full potential. She serves as a mentor for both students and staff.

Cindi holds a Master of Education in both Elementary (k – 8) and Special Needs, initial licensure as a Special Education Administrator, Principal and Assistant Principal. She has earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading and has completed Wilson Language Training, Level II for both group and individual instruction.

Stacey Varney

CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES AND DISCIPLINE / TEACHER

B.S., ATC
Licensed Massachusetts Educator

A seasoned educator with over 20 years of experience in both public and private schools, Stacey brings with her experience in management, health care, athletics, and education. Her previous roles include Dean of Students, Teacher, Coach, Certified Athletic Trainer as well as Athletic Director and Health Coordinator.

Stacey is dedicated to helping each student reach their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom. She believes that students’ academic and personal success is individualized and specific which is why she is committed to incorporating good instruction, classroom management, various teaching styles in the classroom, and implementing necessary strategies and tools that will help them in their everyday lives.

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Athletic Training from the University Of Vermont as well as a Certification in Health/Family and Consumer Sciences.

In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and traveling.