Volunteers & Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers assist the students and staff in countless ways. We welcome you to join our team of extraordinary volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact the Program Director, Michelle Duval via e-mail:  m.duval@live.com

At GPA, we are fortunate and grateful to have many volunteers who donate their time and talent to support our overall mission:

Melissa Banta works as a curator at Harvard University. Her specialty is historical photographs (Harvard has over 10 million of them). She also works at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. She writes about the history of the Cemetery, where many famous people were buried. She has three children and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Allison Barkauskas has volunteered at ESOL programs in Boston since 2013. She went to school for Economics and Education and enjoys being able to use her education background to contribute positively to her community. Allison works as a Business Account Manager at a large e-commerce company in Back Bay. She has helped in classrooms and also with the adult education program’s online presence.

Sam Bessey has volunteered at ESOL for almost a year helping adults learn English. During the day, he works as a chemical engineer in the Biotech industry designing new production facilities. Prior to the ESOL program he also tutored adults in the math section of the GED.

Meghan Conlon 

Terry Elliot

Diane Gordon

Amy Gulliksen  tarted volunteering with GPA when she moved to Boston in November 2016. She loves to help teach English as a form of empowerment and community engagement and previously spent a year teaching English in East Jerusalem. Amy works as a project coordinator at Brandeis University with a research institute that studies wealth inequality.

Christina Lima is a healthcare professional who enjoys volunteering in her spare time. She started as a volunteer in October 2017 and likes to help ESOL learners achieve their literacy goals. She also appreciates learning about different cultures and languages and being involved in GPA’s community. In addition to volunteering, Christina enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, and running.

Alissa Parra works on the publishing team at an education non-profit in Brookline. She moved to Boston from Washington, DC, earlier this year. A graduate of Boston College, she’s happy to be back and excited to be getting involved at Gardner Pilot Academy.

Jacob Sajinyan

Teori Shaw-Boyce

Jane Tenenbaum is a book designer, artist, and occasional editor. An avid bike rider, gardener, and French speaker, she is happy to share her love of the English language and its wide and expressive vocabulary. She lives in Cambridge with her cat, Ceci. This is her first year at GPA.

Hermelinda Zegarra




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