Middle School Team

Stephanie Holmes
, Assistant Principal 
Stephanie has been with Gifford since 2009. Prior to her role as Assistant Principal of the Middle School, Stephanie served as Assistant Principal of the Lower School and also taught Social Studies and English in the Middle School.  Stephanie graduated from Boston College in 2007 with a degree in History and received her Masters in Special Education from Regis College in 2016.

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
I really enjoy seeing all the growth that takes place at Gifford - growth in our students, in the staff, in the school, and growth in myself. It’s really wonderful to work in a place where so many people (staff and students) make so much progress. 

MS Head Teacher
Tom Adams,
 Head Teacher
Tom has been with Gifford since 2003, and has held various positions including High School Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Department Head, and Middle School Head Teacher. Tom is a 
graduate of Clemson University, and a Professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association, a working rock and ice climbing instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and Project Adventure trained group facilitator. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
My favorite thing about working here is watching the students grow and learn, increasing their self-esteem, and achieving success. The resilience and effort of the students is inspirational. During my career here, I’ve learned that all students want to do well. I’ve also learned that every school should be a therapeutic school.

MS Clinician
Omeche Lyell, 
Omeche, also known as Meech, is new to Gifford as the Middle School Clinician. Omeche was a clinical intern at Gifford three years ago and is back in a full time position following her degree in Social Work from Boston University.Omeche comes to us with 10 years of working with children and families in various roles including Residential Case Manager, Youth Development Manager, and In-home Therapist. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
My favorite thing about working at Gifford is knowing that I am part of a community that works to create a safe and caring environment for all. I enjoy seeing students and staff being pushed  to take risks that support learning and growth.

MS Clinician
Vicki Schenkel,

Vicki has been with Gifford as the Middle School Clinician since 2011. She has 25 plus years working with adolescents and families in a variety of different settings. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
My favorite thing is the growth that we get to see in kids and families and just being with the kids and having fun. Hearing a family say “my kid is finally happy in school and has friends” is the most rewarding thing about my job.

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