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! 

Tracy Affonso
Yoga
Tracy Affonso
Yoga

A former elementary school teacher with 14 years of classroom teaching experience, Tracy began teaching yoga in 2011 after completing numerous trainings for teaching yoga and meditation to children and adults.  Tracy’s classes are a fun physical practice infused with a sense of calming energy.  She mindfully instructs her students through sequences, while offering them the space to listen to their bodies and move with intention.  Teaching family yoga is one of Tracy’s favorites!

Stella Pan
Mandarin
Stella Pan
Mandarin

Stella is a Chinese Native Speaker. She came to USA in 1991 and received her BA degree from Northeastern University. She has been privately tutoring Mandarin and teaching for the after school program in Wayland public schools for years. Stella particularly loves teaching young children; her lessons are structured to simplify learning the language through fun and engaging games. 

 

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.”