Our Team

Gladys Ruiz

Gladys Ruiz

Educational Director

Originally from Peru, I earned a degree in English before moving to Boston. Little did I know over the years I would become a mother, an educator and a businesswoman. Driven by my love for working with children, I entered the Early Childhood Education Program at Urban College of Boston. I graduated with honors, and on April 3, 2009 received the Emerging Leader Award at the Early Childhood Education Annual Award Luncheon.

After more than 10 years working in Early Childhood Education, I was thrilled when the opportunity to open the Little Children Schoolhouse in Brookline arose. As a mother, as well as an educator, I was driven to create a unique, family-centered school tailored to each child's needs. From my experience raising my own children, I understand how important it is to have childcare that nurtures a child's development and fits each family's lifestyle. This is the reason why LCS does not offer only full-time slots; we know how important it is for children and parents to be together as much as possible during these formative years.

Being a mother has greatly effected my work as Director of Little Children Schoolhouse. My daughter Cristina is a sports fanatic, and although she faced a critical illness, her I learned to live life to the fullest from her example. My son Alejandro has a speech delay and has taught me to be patient and understanding. These lessons and the joy I derive from being a parent and an educator are the cornerstone of LCS. Little Children Schoolhouse is so much more than a school; it is your extended family.

Elizabeth (Lissy) Rodriguez

Elizabeth (Lissy) Rodriguez

Lead Teacher

I've always considered myself to be a fortunate woman. As a girl growing up in Peru, I dreamt of a life filled with exciting experiences and great moments.

I began my journey early, earning a degree in Computer Science at 19. This experience opened doors to exciting work opportunities for me. At 21, my job with a prominent travel agency in Peru enabled me to travel globally, experience the world and meet new people. It was a time I'll never forget.

The journey continued with a move to Boston and career change driven by my love for young children. At Urban College, I found my second home and graduated with honors in Early Childhood Education – one of the best decisions of my life. I've always wanted to make a difference and to help families in need. This motivated me to continue my education and major in Human Services.

After gaining over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, I joined the Little Children Schoolhouse family in 2005. On April 3, 2009, I received the Emerging Leader Award at the Early Childhood Education Annual Award Luncheon at Urban College. Becoming a businesswoman is an accomplishment of which I am very proud. To be recognized for it is a treasure.

The years have been filled with great experiences on a personal level too. I married and become a mother of two wonderful children. My daughter Stellaluna fills my life with calmness and books, pink & purple, dresses and laughs. My son Joaquin Tomas can run and do 10 things at the same time. He teaches me patience and appreciation. My family adds a fantastic balance to my life.

Allison Matthews

Allison Matthews

Administrative Director

Allison Matthews was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. She began her own early education program, ``Alice in Wonderland Kindergarten`` in 1983, while completing Pre-Primary studies at Valsayn Teacher's College, an extension program offered through the University of the West Indies.

In 1990, Ms. Matthews migrated to the USA and pursued further studies. She completed An Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education at Quincy College, and went on to the University of Massachusetts to complete a Bachelor's degree in Human Services. In 2003 she obtained her Master's degree in Policy Planning & Administration at Boston University and now holds her Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University .

Allison Matthews has served as a teacher, director and school principal. She is a K through 6 licensed school principal by the Massachusetts Department of Education and also Director 2 licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. Mrs. Matthews is an adjunct faculty member at Urban College of Boston and has facilitated various Early Childhood related workshops.

Allison is married to Marlon Matthews and they share two wonderful children, Allana and Marlon. According to Allison, ``I am first a wife and Mom, and everything else comes after.” She enjoys spending quality time with her family and going on family vacations. Mrs. Matthews is active at her church, Crossroads Worship Center in Weymouth, working in the children's ministry.