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
BS in Special Education and Psychology
Ally has been working with children of all ages and abilities for over 10 years. Having previously served as a Pinecroft intern when her pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater State University, Ally is looking forward to delivering upon The Pinecroft School’s mission by creating a positive, fun, nurturing environment for children to explore their love of learning in a hands-on and exciting way while pushing their educational boundaries. Ultimately, she is adept at helping children achieve the very best version of themselves both inside and outside of the classroom. Knowing that Kindergarten and 1st grade are critical years, she prides herself in building a strong foundation for her students to build upon in the future.
Teacher for Computer Science, Health & Gym, Spanish
Supervisor of PinecroftPlus After School Program
With over 10 years of experience in the childcare field, Eric is adept at helping children realize their full potential. Having been raised in a large family, Eric is super-relatable to all students and fully understands how to inspire and motivate children to obtain a desired outcome. The classes he teaches are often voted as “Pinecroft favorites” by students each and every year.
Eric’s passion is his family, sports and being outdoors and considers his work with children to be a dream come true.
Colleen Coughlin, Music Teacher
Colleen Coughlin has a degree in Music Education from Providence College, and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Early Childhood education and creative arts and learning. She is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Education in both music and early childhood education. She has taught music in many capacities over the past 20 years as a public-school music teacher, private lesson instructor, Music Together teacher and Early childhood music specialist. She loves all types of music and getting her students excited about music as well! Colleen lives in RI with her husband, three daughters, and very excited dog, Lucy.
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 West is a passionate educator of the visual arts. She is faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the art instructor at The Pinecroft School. In 2018, Anne was invited to join the board. Her primary commitment is to uphold the educational mission of the school.
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