Our Team

Cecilia Matson, M.A.
Child Development and Parenting Expert
Cecilia Matson, M.A.
Child Development and Parenting Expert

Cecilia has been a parenting and early childhood expert for over 20 years. She studied clinical psychology in her native Argentina and earned her Master’s in Child Development at Tufts University, Boston. While at Tufts she worked at their Elliott Pearson Children’s School.  She later worked as a researcher for The Brazelton Institute at Children’s Hospital in Boston and became one their NBAS (Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale) trainers.  In 2006, Cecilia joined Isis Parenting and helped develop its renowned curriculum for child-development classes, including the Spanish-language classes. She also trained and supervised new instructors.  In 2014 Cecilia opened Galoop in Brookline and in 2018 relaunched it in Chestnut Hill.  Galoop is are now regarded as one of the best programs for young children in our community.

Emily Hall
Music
Emily Hall
Music

Emily is a music educator and a Broadway performer. After attending the Boston Conservatory of Music she landed a role in a Broadway World Premiere. She continued her theater career while teaching her mother’s music program; the “Mary Ann Hall’s Music For Children”. After becoming a mom herself, Emily made an award winning DVD and Parents’ Choice Award winning album. She is currently finishing up her second children’s album and continues to perform professionally. She is super excited to join the Galoop family and can’t wait to make music with your children! 

Ashley Oliver Asquith 
Tot Spot
Ashley Oliver Asquith
Tot Spot

Ashley Oliver Asquith has been working in the prenatal and postnatal field since 2012.  After the birth of her first son in 2009 she was inspired to make a career change and begin to help families (she now has a 5 month old as well!).  Ashley managed a renowned parenting company and witnessed the importance of community for new moms.  She has a BA & MS from Lasell College and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Ashley has a natural compassion for postnatal support; her teaching style is genuine, positive, and has an open understanding to all that comes along with Parenting!

Nancy Gair
Toddler Theater
Nancy Gair
Toddler Theater

Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington, MA.  After graduating from Yale in 1981, she went to drama school in London, England, where she lived and worked for the next 26 years. Following the births of her sons, she was inspired to train with the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator.  When Nancy and sons returned stateside in 2007, she began teaching both pre- and post-natal classes on multiple locations in the Boston area.  She now trains facilitators of early parenting groups and mentor others in the field. She  still follows her theatrical endeavors with cabaret performances and individual acting and dialect coaching for youth and adults.

 

Alexandra Vaillancourt
Art
Alexandra Vaillancourt
Art

Alex has been working with children for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught at three parent cooperative preschools and has also been a nanny, raising two babies and a preschooler. Alex’s philosophy of art with children is process, not project oriented: she believes in exposing children to various materials such as crayons, paint, glue, tape, ribbon, recycled things, and natural objects. Young children are very tactile and love the feelings of things—she believes in touching things and getting messy! 

Alexandra Vaillancourt
Art
Alexandra Vaillancourt
Art

Patricia is from a French-speaking family in Brussels, Belgium. She moved to Boston in 1997, but continues to meet her family in France every summer as they have always done. After taking classes in early childhood education, she fell in love with empowering children through learning.

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”