Our Teachers & Staff

The Village School is staffed by experienced, professional teachers who are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Laurie Coughlin, Director

Laurie has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years. When she found the Village School for her own children 24 years ago, she became involved as a parent, a board member, and then a support teacher who led library groups and fostered a love of books with children. Laurie then became a resource teacher which encompassed many roles that supported children, staff, and families. Laurie assumed the director role in 2008, and it is a good fit for a long time professional in this field. Laurie earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont, and enjoys the great outdoors, bicycling, family trips and working with staff, children and families that cross the doorstep at the Village School.

Susan D’Allesandro, Teacher

Susan has been a teacher at the Village School since 2000. She enjoys watching children’s growth over the year and feels that the emerging curriculum is a great way to foster children’s interest and develop their creativity. Susan likes the warm and caring environment at the school and has enjoyed her many years here. She previously taught at a preschool in Dedham for nine years, and has two college-aged children.

Mary Dorocke, Teacher

Mary has taught in the pre-k program at the Village School since 2000. Although she has taught for over twenty years, working at the Village School has been her greatest enjoyment, and she continues to grow and learn from her young students. In all that she does, Mary hopes to instill in the children a love of learning and a desire to be kind towards each other as well as to all living creatures. She feels graced to know the wonderful community of parents who truly care about their children’s education and happiness. Mary earned a B.A. in English from UMASS Amherst, and lives in South Boston with her cat named Jazzie and new kitty, Nala .

Gay O’Hanlon, Teacher

Gay is a parent of four children who attended and enjoyed the Village School. She has had many roles at the school over the years, including parent, board member, and board chair. Gay is active in the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, and after a career as a physical therapist, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early education at UMASS Boston. She joined the Village School as a part time teacher in 2008, and loves to introduce the sciences and gardening to the children at the school. In her free time, Gay likes to read, jog, garden and enjoys watching her children participate in their many sports.

Lisa Oullet, Teacher

Lisa has been teaching at the Village School since 2007. She loves to come to work each day to see her colleagues and the wonderful children and families at the school. Prior to joining the Village School, she taught at preschools in Boston and provided child care in her home. Lisa earned a B.A. in psychology from North Adams State College. Lisa lives in Milton with her husband and three children, and enjoys bicycling with her family, cooking, and gardening.

Amelia Saba, Teacher

Amelia received a BA in Child Youth and Community with a concentration in Preschool.  Prior to joining The Village School, she  was a pre kindergarten teacher in Newton and before that she was a preschool teacher on the Cape. She is devoted to children and teaching and has served as a member of the Board of Directors at her previous school. In her spare time, Amelia likes to work out, run and help her husband at his newly opened Lebanese restaurant in Jamica Plain.  Her favorite part of Working with children is watching them grow up and learn so much though out the year.