Our Team

Dream Team

Shelly Sullivan

Ms. Shelly Gow-Sullivan, M.Ed.

Head of School/Founder and Owner of Groton Farm School and Luina Greine Farm.

Shelly Sullivan received her M. Ed. from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, with a focus in Curriculum Development and Reading. She has several years of teaching experience in both private and public schools. Shelly is a long time equestrian and lover of all animals. Together with her husband John, they built and grew Luina Greine Farm, completely on their own, beginning in 2010. This is now home to approximately 25 farm animals on their 20-acres of pasture, meadows, and apple orchards.

Shelly’s children grew up on this farm, caring for the animals and the land, in many capacities, as well as doing farm chores, every day. Caroline and Patrick are now in college and accomplishing great things! She attributes their success to having grown up on a farm!

Caroline Cannata

Ms. Caroline Cannata, B.A.

Curriculum Enhancement Specialist

Caroline Cannata is the Curriculum Enhancement Specialist at Groton Farm School. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts and a focus in Painting in 2019 from the Mass College of Art and Design. Caroline is thrilled to share her passion for the arts with the children. Her background as an after school Art Teacher and camp Art Instructor, help in assisting all primary teachers. Caroline enjoys anything in nature, especially hiking, creating, and being with her family.

Ms. Holly Tonnessen, M.Ed.

School Administrator

Holly Tonnessen earned her Masters of Education in Training and Development from North Carolina State University. She comes to Groton Farm School with a background in corporate training and course development. Holly is in charge of Admissions/Enrollment and managing administrative tasks. Besides staying active outdoors with running and hiking, she loves traveling with her husband and daughter.  

Barbara Dasilva

Ms. Barbara (Babs) Dasilva, B.A.

Arts Instructor and Community Liaison

Barbara comes to Groton Farm School with a B.A. in Communications and Graphic Arts from Simmons College. She worked in publishing for over 30 years as a Book Designer and Art Director. Ms. Babs has designed historical publications for many museums, such as The Newport Preservation Society, the New York Historical Society, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and House of Seven Gables for Applewood Books in Carlisle. Barbara is not only our amazing Arts Instructor, but also our Community Liaison. When she is not inspiring the young children of Groton Farm School, Ms. Babs enjoys photography and watercolor painting.

Lisa Doucette

Lisa Doucette, B.A.

STEM Enrichment Specialist
Math and Science Teacher

Lisa Doucette earned her undergraduate degree in English from Assumption University and holds an Elementary Education Certification from Bridgewater State University. Lisa has been educating elementary students for the past 15 years in several capacities, including teaching 3rd grade at the Jordan-Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA and the Paul P. Gates Elementary School in Acton, MA. Learning, teaching, art, photography, science, and nature are just a few of her interests. Her lessons are infused with creativity, while sparking the natural curiosity in her students. When Lisa is not teaching, she is exploring the great outdoors of New England with her two sons, embracing adventure and discovery anywhere she can!

Mr. John Sullivan, M.B.A.

Director of Finance

Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Providence College, R.I. He brings his 30 years experience in business, sales, and finance as Vice President of World Wide Sales for several software security companies.