Donna M. Pinto,
Director & Teacher in the 4th/5th classroom
M. S. Ed. Early Childhood Education– Northeastern University (December 2014)
B.S., Organizational Behavior – University of San Francisco
Donna has been teaching grades K-5 for over 20 years. Her career started as a technical writer/trainer in Silicon Valley, Cupertino, CA. Her passion for teaching led her to elementary education. She loves art, science, history, writing, and traveling. Donna likes to incorporate science, writing, and math in all subjects in the classroom. She is an “out-of-the box” teacher. Experiments and hands-on activities/creative projects are a big part of her classroom. “Every child has unique gifts and talents. As a teacher, it is our job to encourage, teach, and nurture each child to bring these talents out to be successful students.” Donna has been married for 30 years to her husband John and has three sons.
Teacher in the 2/3rd Classroom
Michayla has been working with children for over 10 years both in and out of the classroom. She obtained a BFA at Bridgewater State University and looks forward to continuing her education. Art is very important to her and she enjoys incorporating it into her lesson plans along with many hands-on, unique and fun ways to learn.
Michayla shares the Pinecroft Philosophy of developing children’s love of learning in an atmosphere of respect, warmth and excitement. When she’s not in the classroom she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, kickboxing, making her own ceramic jewelry, and spending time with friends and family.
Teacher in the K/1st classroom
B.S. Degree in Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University
Master's Degree from Wheelock College in Childcare Administration
Cheryl has been teaching and working with young children for as long as she can remember. As a teacher, Cheryl strives to challenge each individual child to go as far as they can both socially and academically while always being supportive. She believes in making learning fun! Cheryl works hard to meet the individual needs of each student. Cheryl is married and has two adult daughters who are proud to be Pinecroft alumnae. Cheryl enjoys hockey, walking, going to the movies and making a difference in people's lives.
Teacher for Computer, Health, and Gym. Aftercare Coordinator/Supervisor.
My name is Eric Stringfellow, I am 27 years old and I love working with the future generations! I have been in the child care field now for nearly 10 years. It’s not always easy but patience is key. I love my family and my family is the most important thing in my life, I am one of four children and have two very loving parents who are still there to support my always. Aside from my family I love sports and being outdoors, and like to think I am a very easy going person!
I look forward to working with you and your children this year to achieve success inside and outside of the classroom this school year! My whole life I have always wanted to be a Physical Education Teacher, and now I get to live out my dream!
Andrew V. Solberg, Music Teacher
B.A. Music Theory & Composition – Denison University
Andy began teaching music at Pinecroft in 1996. He has taught ensembles at the John Payne Music Center in Brookline since 1985 and averages about 100 professional playing gigs per year around New England. He leads his music classes with his guitar, but also shares an array of instruments throughout the school year such as violin, cello, trumpet, trombone & mandolin. At Pinecroft, he particularly enjoys the intimate class sizes that allow him to relate closely with each student. All students start learning to read music and playing the recorder in the middle of their 1st grade year. In 2011, Andy was named Fiddler of the Year by the Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association!
Anne West, Art Teacher
Ph.D. – Arts and Media Studies – University of Toronto
M.A. Art History – Syracuse University
B.A. Art History – Queens University
Anne joined the Pinecroft faculty as art instructor in 2003 and also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. in visual studies and educational theory from the University of Toronto. Nurturing joy, creativity and confidence-building through visual expression is the overarching theme in Anne’s work as an art educator. For the past twenty years, she has created dynamic learning environments that support the natural expressiveness of children, so they see that they are artists in their own right. In the words of one parent, “Anne is truly talented in bringing excitement for art to her kids and I think she teaches art in the truest sense.”
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