PreK 3-4 & TK Specialists

Jacqueline Ashba

Religion, PreK-3

It has been a joy and privilege to serve in my dual-role at Our Lady’s Academy since 2013, as Religion teacher for the primary grades, and as Director of the After School Program.

I received my B.A. at Clark University, with a double major in Biology and Economics. I pursued graduate studies in Public Health and Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine (MPH/MA). Once I became a mother, I had a change of path to study my Catholic faith in greater depths, so that I could pass it on to my children. I received a Master degree in Lay Ministry at St. John’s Seminary Theological Institute in Boston.

I firmly believe in Catholic education, as my two sons, who are graduates of Our Lady’s Academy, are now attending Catholic high school. In my free time, I enjoy baking and taking family trips to Maine.

Kierstin Healey

ESL Teacher

My name is Kirsten Healey and I am married to my wonderful husband and am the proud mother of three lovely children. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a double major in anthropology and Spanish. During my free time, I coach indoor track and cross country at my local high school.

Thomas Mark Fallon

Music Teacher

Mr. Thomas Mark Fallon, our Music teacher, is a native of Scranton, PA and comes from a very large and devout Irish Catholic family. He is one of nine children, an uncle of eighteen, a great uncle of thirteen, has dozens of cousins and is a friend to all. As a single bachelor, he has been passionately involved with music since he was a young boy, having had the opportunity to tour the United States professionally as a young Boy Soprano.

A scholarship graduate of both the New England Conservatory of Music and Notre Dame University he holds with distinction both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Music and Liturgical Studies.

As a rare Countertenor Vocal Artist he has performed in Opera, Oratorio, Broadway, Irish and Sacred concerts throughout the world. He has won numerous awards and prizes in International Vocal Competitions and is a highly sought after Private Vocal Teacher, Choral Director and Artist in Residence.

Mr. Fallon believes strongly that everyone is musical and he strives to bring out the unique musical and artistic talents of each and every one of his students in exciting, creative “All Academy Concerts” where they shine as Soloists, Choristers, Stage Crew, Narrators, Dancers and Gymnasts.

Mr. Fallon hopes and dreams that our yearly concerts will continue to develop & showcase the talents of all Academy students as they grow in their knowledge & appreciation for the gift of music in their lives!

Diana Martocchia

Art Teacher

I view teaching as an indispensable gateway to creativity that unlocks our imagination. Within the classroom as a visual arts educator, I aspire to invite excitement and creativity while providing encouragement in a safe environment that fosters open communication and trust. I believe that each child holds a unique relationship to learning, and it is my role to discover and meet those needs.

Robin Palazzolo

Library Teacher

Mrs. Palazzolo (Ms. Robin) has been Librarian at Our Lady Academy for 3 years. Her love of all things books and reading earned her a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts.
This love of reading started early. Her first job was in fact at the local library at the age of 15 years old!

In addition to her job as Librarian, Mrs. Palazzolo is a mother of 2 children, Ava and Nick.
Her husband Ernie is one of the basketball coaches at OLA and the Palazzolo family are parishioners at Our Lady’s Comforter of the Afflicted Church.

You can usually find Mrs. Palazzolo reading or spending time outside with her family.
She loves spending time on Cape Cod and visiting downtown Boston in her free time.

Alessadra Sambiase

Italian Teacher

My name is Ms.Sambiase, proud “Ambassador” of the Italian language at OLA.

I moved to Boston from Rome 16 years ago and I have been “talking with my hands and teaching from my heart” ever since. In collaboration with the Italian Consulate, I have been teaching in the Catholic school system and in the North End for many years.

Here at OLA, the students really enjoy learning about the beauty of the Italian language, culture and history.

Events such as the Renaissance “Commedia dell’Arte” or the Opera “ La Traviata” have brought a delightful taste of the Italian culture to our school.

Special hallmarks of the Italian program at OLA include a 10-day educational trip to Italy in 2015 and a first prize won by our students at the 2017 Italian Heritage Contest.

I couldn’t be more proud of our wonderful Italian students.

Dedicated mother to my bilingual son Dario, I spend my free time cooking for him and writing about Italian food, culture and folklore on the Boston Post Gazette.

Allyson Simons

STEM Teacher

Allyson has her degree from the University of Massachusetts.  Allyson has extensive experience in Reggio-Emilia based hands-on STEM curriculum.  She believes in engaging, challenging and empowering her students to explore on their own terms while learning foundational science.

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