1st Grade


Hello! I am Ms. Vallejo and I currently teach first grade at the William N. DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, MA. I've taught first grade for the last seven years and prior to that I've spent some time teaching Kindergarten and third grade.

I am a graduate of the Springfield Public Schools and believe in my heart that the students that attend here are the brightest, most curious, and hard working students around.

I received my higher education at the Springfield Technical Community College, Bay Path College, and Springfield College. What can I say..."I love my city!". My goal is to make a difference in the lives of students, one child at a time. I learn from them as much as they learn from me.


Ms. Sacco is a first grade teacher. She works with first grade students on all subjects such as: Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies. In the past, Ms. Sacco taught at DeBerry as a fifth grade Math & Science teacher, as well as a Reading Interventionist for all grade levels. However, teaching first grade has been a dream of Ms. Sacco’s since she was a young girl.
Ms. Sacco grew up on a dirt road in an old farm house in Colrain, MA, which is a very small town located along the border of Vermont. She grew up with her mom, dad, two sisters, and several pets—including horses and a llama! 
After graduating high school, Ms. Sacco attended Boston University to obtain her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, and her plan was to become a meteorologist. Eventually, she decided she wanted to become a schoolteacher, just like her mother. She went to University of Massachusetts in Amherst to receive her M.Ed. and began her work at DeBerry soon after. 
When Ms. Sacco is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and family. She also loves going on long walks, traveling, and gardening. 


Mrs. Carter is currently a Paraprofessional who works primarily with Special Education student populations. As a Special Education Paraprofessional, Mrs. Carter works with small groups to reinforce the skills and instruction provided by the classroom teacher.

Mrs. Carter grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. She grew up with her parents James and Sue Stewart and her five brothers— Daniel, John, Thomas, James, and Jason. Her eldest brother, Daniel, died many years ago. All the siblings attended school in Springfield. After high school Mrs. Carter went to college at the Springfield Technical Community College.

In her free time, Mrs. Carter loves to spend quality time with her 93-year-old mother and the rest of her family. She loves to help and insists on assisting wherever there is a need. Sometimes to relax she plays electronic Connect-Four or Checkers. Mrs. Carter is also committed to her physical wellness, and spends time exercising on the elliptical, lifting small weights and pushups on the stairs.

Mrs. Carter started working at DeBerry shortly after her children, Sara, and Michael, started attending. At DeBerry, Mrs. Carter found much more than a job. She found extended family. Mrs. Carter has worked with grades K- 5 and loves her students so much. In September Mrs. Carter will be celebrating 22 years of service at DeBerry.


Mrs. Lescano is currently teaching English to students of other languages, also known as ESOL or ESL (English as a Second Language). Mrs. Lescano is fully bilingual, speaking English and Spanish fluently. Mrs. Lescano grew up in Puerto Rico and went through school and college. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a major in Fine Arts. She also got a Master’s Degree in Counseling. 

At the beginning of her teaching career Mrs. Lescano was a teacher in Puerto Rico too. Mrs. Lescano moved to Springfield 20 years ago and started working at Freedman School for 12 years. She went back to college to get her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, otherwise known as UMASS. After 12 years, she moved to DeBerry and has been teaching at DeBerry for 7 years. She also completed a Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language. 

In her spare time, Mrs. Lescano loves to read, draw, paint, cook, and most important, she loves to sew. She loves teaching students that come to the country and need to learn and practice new English language skills. Mrs. Lescano believes that all students can and will succeed when we put all our efforts to it! 


Mrs. Woods is an Academic Interventionist at DeBerry School. In this role as an Interventionist she works with students to develop grade level proficient reading skills that will contribute to their academic growth across all subject areas.

Mrs. Woods was born in Springfield MA and grew up here. She attended Parochial Schools in Springfield from kindergarten through 12th grade. After Highschool she earned degrees in education from Springfield Technical Community College, Westfield State University and Framingham State University. Mrs. Woods began teaching in 1991 and throughout her 28 years in Springfield she has taught at many K-5 elementary schools in the district. 

Mrs. Woods is married and has one daughter who is in college. When she is not teaching, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

Teaching is her passion and she wants all students to be successful and to become lifelong learners and readers. Mrs. Woods is proud to be a DeBerry teacher and looks forward to working with all of the DeBerry students, teachers, and families.


Ms. Domaingue is the Kindergarten through Second Grade Special Education teacher. She has worked for Springfield Public Schools at William N. DeBerry for over 12 years. Before teaching Special Education, she was one of DeBerry’s Kindergarten teachers.

Ms. Domaingue lives with her two daughters, and their Boston Terrier. Her oldest is a senior in high school, hoping to major in nursing when she attends college next fall. Her youngest is excited to start her first year of high school this year. Ms. Domaingue enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family. She loves watching her daughters cheer for their hometown teams and coaches the youth cheering squad. Some of Ms. Domaingue’s favorite things to do in her free time are yoga, walking, exercising, baking, camping and spending time at the beach. When Ms. Domaingue was in elementary school through high school, she loved to figure skate and skated for Little Sun Valley Skating Club.

Ms. Domaingue received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Westfield State University. She went on to attend Our Lady of Elms College in Chicopee, where she was awarded her Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Child Education with and without Special Needs. Currently, Ms. Domaingue is pursuing a Specialist in Education degree in Reading and Literacy Instruction from Bay Path University.