Ms. Fitzgerald, K1 Teacher

Hello, my name is Christine Fitzgerald.  I live in North Attleboro, MA only a few short miles from Gillette Stadium! GO PATS! I grew up in New Hampshire and I love to go and visit family to see the White Mountains. I started working at the Bates in 1999 and it has been my home ever since! I love teaching Kindergarten! It’s a wonderful age to see innocence, growth and honesty…if your breath stinks they will tell you!  

I live in a little house on a lake with my cat, Bailey.  I enjoy reading books in my hammock or having campfires by the lake with family and friends!

Christine Fitzgerald, K2 Teacher |

Josephine Gangemi, K0/K1 Teacher

My name is Josephine Gangemi and this will be my 9th year at the Bates.  I feel very lucky and privileged to be working with preschool age students.  To me this is truly the most amazing and exciting age group to work with.   Some of my favorite times with them are watching their wonder in nature, seeing them begin to build friendships with each other, simply enjoying their play and marveling at their creativity and hard work.  I feel very fortunate to be working with such a wonderful and fun group of students, supportive parents and amazing co-workers.

When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my husband, my two awesome kids, and our adorable cat.  We love to spend our time doing outdoor activities, riding bikes, swimming and spending time with friends and family.  We are very fortunate to live in Boston where we are surrounded by friends, family, and many interesting things to do.

Josephine Gangemi, K0/K1 Teacher |

Lisa Reardon, K2 Teacher

I am beyond excited to join the Bates Team for the upcoming school year. I have 12 years of classroom experience, 6 of which has been with the Boston Public Schools. For the past 6 years, I taught first grade SEI Spanish at Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Roxbury. Although my time there has been invaluable to improving my practice as a teacher, I am excited to move on to a new chapter in my career and take on the challenge of teaching K2. Beyond teaching, I am a local girl, live in West Roxbury, and enjoy traveling, being outdoors and doing crossfit! I am thankful for the opportunity to join such a wonderful school community. 

Lisa Reardon, K2 Teacher |


Mae Strout
Mae Strout, K2 Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Mae Strout and I am thrilled to join the Bates team this year. I am originally from Maine and I have taught in Miami and Boston. I am a big believer in fostering a fun, hands-on, and inclusive learning environment. I have always loved teaching but kindergarteners are my favorite age group to work with. They have such positive attitudes and a wonderful passion for knowledge. You can learn so much from their creative and open minds.

In my free time I love to explore the outdoors, cook, and spend time with friends and family. I can’t wait to meet you all and get started on this exciting journey!

Mae Strout, K2 Teacher |

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Cristi Mitchell, K2 Long-term Substitute Teacher

My name is Cristi Mitchell.  I live in Roslindale, but I’m originally from the Chicagoland area.  I have one son who attends a Boston Public School. When I’m not at school, I enjoy walking, yoga, time with my son, and cooking.  I have been working in the Boston Public Schools for 4 years. This is my second year at the Bates. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer; my country of service was Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa.  My favorite part of teaching includes watching students grow, meeting their families, and working with the incredible staff.

Cristi Mitchell, K2 Long Term Substitute Teacher

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Sarah Burke, K1.K2 Inclusion Specialist

My name is Sarah Burke. I live in West Roxbury, but I’m originally from North Carolina. I have three daughters that attend the Boston Public Schools. When I’m not at school, I love cooking, hiking, and riding my bike. I’ve been teaching at the Bates for about nine years and I’m currently the K2 inclusion specialist. Teaching children to read and instilling a love of reading is the most important part of my job. Finally, the best part of my job is working with the the amazing staff, children, and families at the Bates.

Sarah Burke, K1/K2 Inclusion Specialist |