MEET OUR TEAM
CECILIA MATSON, MA.
Child Development and Parenting Expert
Cecilia is Galoop’s Director and co-owner. She 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.
ASHLEY OLIVER ASQUITH
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 2 year 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! Ashley has many years of experience teaching sensory art for toddlers – one of her main passions
Boston STEM Lab
Eugenia develops and instructs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) enrichment programs for children. She is a neuroscientist PhD and when she is not teaching to preschoolers she is teaching at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and at Simmons University to undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she was the director for Professional and Curriculum Development and a STEM instructor at The Innovation Institute (Newton, MA), where she taught hands-on STEM enrichment programs to children. Eugenia has also held several volunteer and mentorship roles, has more than ten years of experience in experimental research, and is a published scientific author. Eugenia holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany), as well as an M.S. in Molecular Medicine from Charité Universitätsmedizin (Berlin, Germany) and a B.S. in Experimental Biology from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico city, Mexico).
Dancing since she herself was in preschool, Rachal is currently the owner and director of Preschool Moves, an on-location dance studio that brings quality classes into schools and the community. For over 15 years, she has taught dance from toddlers to adults at various schools in the Boston area, including The Newton Montessori School, The Preschool Experience, Small Wonders Preschool, Brookline Ballet, The Tony Williams Dance Studio, The Jeannette Neil Dance Studio, and has also taught at the Cambridge Public Schools, Dean College, Simmons College, and the student dance company at Harvard University. In addition to extensive study in Boston and New York, Rachal has had intensive training with renowned teacher, Lynn Simonson, in the Simonson Technique, an anatomically aware approach to movement. Rachal has performed in Boston and New York with Greenglass Dance Theater and has performed with Jazz Inc., ACE Entertainment and on HGTV's Spontaneous Celebrations. A mother of three, ages 2 to 13 years, Rachal brings a unique blend of nurturing and expertise into the classroom. She loves nothing more than to help spread the love of dance.
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!
Joanna is excited to join Galoop after taking a break from her professional career to take care of her 3 young kids. Ever since becoming a mom (almost 8 years ago!) Joanna has taken several courses on positive discipline and has seen the benefits of it in her own children. She has also completed training on how to lead mom/baby groups and can’t wait to connect and help families with little ones! Joanna was one of the first moms to bring her 7 month old baby to Galoop back in 2014 and has always admired Cecilia’s leadership and engaging teaching style.
“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”