Noreen Kelley, K0/K1 Teacher

My name is Mrs. Noreen Kelley. I have dreamed of being a teacher my whole life! I played school with any willing participant, any chance I got as a little girl!  I have taught in Boston for 17 years and have been at the Bates for 6 six years. I never envisioned teaching preschool but am so lucky to have found my match! My students are so fun and inquisitive and the progress that they make in one year is remarkable! My primary goals for my students are that they grow socially and get ready for K2. Learning how to be part of a group, how to listen to friends, how to handle problems, how to follow the routine of a school day are what set my students up for a successful school career! I live in Dorchester with my wonderful husband and three amazing daughters! I enjoy countless outdoor activities with them, especially when it involves the beach!

Noreen Kelley, K0/K1 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 |

Christine Fitzgerald, K2 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 K2! 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 |

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 |

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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 |