Grades K-2 Specialist

Amali Antonyraj

Computer Teacher

I have been married for almost 17 years and blessed with twin daughters who are Alumni of Our Lady’s Academy . I achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and and a Post Graduate Degree in Computer Applications. Besides computers, I am passionate about cooking, arts and crafts, and trying new creative ,healthy recipes. I also enjoy art work..

I believe children are unique and have their own potential. I believe teachers play a major role in bringing the children up to their potential not just in academics but also as a good people. I will work with the children to develop their computer skills and encourage them to have faith in God and themselves. I will also help them to develop good behaviors and disciplines to become responsible, respectable people.

I wish for my students to keep their faith and laugh. I am also determined to have them succeed in order for them to achieve God’s plan for them. The rest will fall in place.

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.

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!

Betty Jo Kent

Spanish Teacher

Betty Jo Kent and Matthew Adam McGee, a high school special education/mathematics teacher in Lexington, have two chihuahua dogs: Rocket (6) & Daisy (5). She is honored and blessed to teach in such a great community as Waltham at Our Lady’s Academy!

Raised in San Diego, California, she was a public school elementary teacher since 2006. She is in the process of getting her Massachusetts teaching license, but does have a Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, and Academic Development (B.C.L.A.D.) Multiple Subject California teaching credential. In Fall 2020, she will begin the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.G.S.) program with Salem State University. In the meantime, she is currently studying for her Masters’ of Business Administration (M.B.A.) on-line with Liberty University and will graduate in summer of 2020. She has a Masters of Arts in Education, Instruction and Curriculum & a Bachelors’ of Science from Bible Institute of Los Angeles (B.I.O.L.A.) University, with a minor in Theology.

She has built houses in Mexico, participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walks, AIDS walk, Relay for Life, Autism Speaks walk, Walk for Hope, Race for the Cure, Arthritis walk, 7 Rock n Roll ½ Marathons, and loves to travel to Europe, Mexico, New England, and she & Matt love to hike the great white mountains.

Her educational philosophy is similar to Paulo Freire, who cares about alleviating poverty and hunger through literacy. She also admires MLK, Jr as they share the same birthday. She embraces inclusivity and positivity for all people. Her hopes are that she & others grow more in their walk with Christ through the Catholic Church.

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.

Debra McGann

Learning Specialist

My name is Debra McGann and I am the Learning Specialist, as well a Teacher in our After School Program. I earned my B.A. in Special Education from Boston College.
I am the mother of 2 daughters, both of whom are graduates of Our Lady’s, and the grandmother of 2 adorable granddaughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, being an active member of the parish, and rooting for the Patriots!

I believe that all children are unique gifts and are blessed with special talents within. As an educator, it is my desire to help each child reach his/her full potential, whatever their learning style may be. As a Catholic and an educator, I strive to help all of our children recognize they are made in the image and likeness of God.

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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