Teachers and Administration

Teachers and Administration2017-06-27T17:58:55+00:00


Kate Freiman
Kate FreimanCo-teacher in the Preschool program
Kate received her BA in English from Williams College and an MS in Elementary Education. She has RIDE certification in both early childhood and elementary education. After working in special education programs, Kate taught first and fifth grade in New York for four years.A board member at BECC when her children attended, she has taught at BECC in various capacities since 2006. Kate lives in Barrington with her husband and three children.
Beth Machado
Beth MachadoCo-teacher in the Preschool program
Beth received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a Master’s degree in reading education from RI College. Beth taught special education and second grade in the Lincoln, RI public schools for 14 years. From 2006 to 2015, she owned and managed Gymboree Play and Music in Seekonk, MA, where she taught play, art and school skills classes to children ages 0 to 5. Beth lives in Barrington with her husband, Mike, and their four children.
Kim Gilmore
Kim GilmoreAssistant teacher in the Preschool Program
Kim received a BS Degree in Marketing/Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked in Management, developing and implementing training programs for new management personnel. She has previously worked in a local preschool for 3 years, substituted in the Public Schools in town as a Teacher’s Aide and Secretary for 6 years and has previously subbed at BECC prior to joining the team as an Assistant Teacher in 2015. Kim lives in Barrington with her husband and 2 (BECC alumni) children.

Pre-Kindergarten and Monday Club

Dawn Rocco
Dawn RoccoCo-teacher in the AM and PM Pre-K and Monday Club
Dawn has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and began teaching children at BECC in 1984. She also worked at BECC for 2 years as a student teacher while in college. Dawn is married and lives in Barrington. She and her husband have two children, Nicole and DJ, both of whom are BECC alums! Dawn enjoys sports, walking her dog with friends and making memories with her family.
Amy Parker
Amy ParkerCo-teacher in the AM Pre-K
Amy received a BA in psychology and an early childhood education degree from Roger Williams University. Amy has taught early childhood education for 15 years. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two daughters.
Kate Burgess
Kate BurgessCo-teacher in the PM Pre-K class
Kate received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Cambridge University and an MA in Literacy and Reading from Roger Williams University. Kate has worked in the Barrington Public School System and has taught across the elementary age range in the U.K. She lives in Barrington with her husband and their four children, all BECC alumni.
Colleen Coughlin
Colleen CoughlinCo-teacher in the Monday Club program
Colleen received a B.A in Music Education from Providence College, an M.M in Vocal performance from Temple University and has her RIDE teaching certificate in music. She has been teaching in the Early Childhood music field for over 14 years in elementary Schools, preschools and through her work with the program Music Together. Before that, she worked with preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders at after school programs and summer camps for many years. Colleen and her husband live in Barrington with their three daughters.

Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

Gayle J. Justynski, Education Director
Gayle J. Justynski, Education DirectorCo-teacher in the Full Day Pre-K class
Gayle has a Masters Degree in early childhood education and has been working in the field for 25 years as a teacher, director, regulator and private consultant. She has RIDE certification in early childhood and elementary education. She served on the committee to write the RI Early Learning Standards and continues to be an instructor of teachers for standards implementation. Before joining the BECC family, she was with the RI Department of Education for ten years as a Preschool Approval Specialist. Gayle has lived in Barrington since 1992 with her husband and two daughters.
Laura Coutu
Laura CoutuCo-Teacher in the Full Day Pre-K class
Laura received a BS degree in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University and then worked to attain her early childhood teaching certificate in the state of RI. Laura has taught in various educational settings in different capacities during her career from Pre-K-grade 5, and even taught for a year in an ESL school in Honduras. After becoming a mom, she decided to devote her time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Laura lives in Barrington with her husband and three children.


Mary M. DeWitt
Mary M. DeWitt Administrative Director
Mary is responsible for the day to day operations of the school along with ensuring the school stays aligned with its long term goals. Before coming to BECC, she was employed in roles in business, sales and marketing over the course of her career – most recently as the operations manager for a ten person advertising agency. She has also been very active in the community having served on many volunteer organizations in town including the Barrington Education Foundation and the Barrington Boosters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. A former BECC parent herself, she served on the board when her children attended. She lives in Barrington with her husband, Bill and their 3 children.