Michael Gustafson founded Atlas Academy in September of 2018. He began as the only teacher, with one assistant, in a classroom of 7 students. Now, he is the director for the Primary and Toddler programs; and principal for the Elementary program. He also teachers the "Plus" part of the Montessori Plus elementary curriculum: history, science, and literature. Before opening Atlas, Michael was a Kindergarten Teacher in Dracut for 4 years, during which time he earned a Masters degree in Education. Michael's passion is to solve the many unsolved problems in education, to provide the best possible education for his own children and for many others in the community.
Elizabeth Travers has been teaching at Atlas Academy since February 2019. She is currently the lower elementary teacher. She has over twenty years of teaching experience. Prior to teaching at Atlas she was a special needs para at Main Dunstable Elementary, and a kindergarten teacher at Abundant Life Christian School. She has an Associates in Early Childhood and a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies. She holds a Massachusetts Provisional Teaching License and a New Hampshire Alt 5 Teaching Certificate . Her passion for teaching, ability to adapt curriculum for different learning styles, and willingness to constantly continue to learn has made her a great addition to the Atlas team.
Brianne has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education and is lead certified through the EEC. She has been at Atlas for just about two years now and previously has experience working in a local public elementary school as well as another preschool. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family, including her five-year-old son and dog named Kane!
Erika Duffy has been teaching for over 20 years in Sweden, Brazil, and the U.S.A. She was born and raised in Brazil where she first trained as a teacher. After seven years teaching in Brazil, Erika continued her studies in the U.S.A before moving to Sweden in 2006. Erika earned her AMI certification in Europe in 2010 and began working as a certified Montessori teacher. In 2017 Erika moved with her husband and two boys from Malmö, Sweden to Hollis, N.H. She joined Atlas Academy as Primary Teacher in December 2020 and works with 3 to 6-year-old children.
Dorina has joined Atlas Academy in 2019, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. With degrees in Earth Science from the University of Bucharest, in Montessori education from Northeast Montessori Institute, and in OG Dyslexia Therapy from Keene State College, she can adapt her teaching to a wide range of learning styles. Her love for nature, books, music, and dance is transferred to students in captivating lessons, activities, experiments, and games. Favorite quote from Maria Montessori: “The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked.” When she is not at school, she loves to travel, orienteer, dance, read, cook, garden, and visit with friends.