Hi from the east coast! My name is Alyssa. I live in Northeastern Massachusetts, about 40 minutes north of Boston in a quiet residential neighborhood about three miles from the beach.
I have been in the field of education since 2003. My education and professional experience have allowed me to teach high school biology for 13 years before becoming an Assistant Principal for grades 9 and 10 in 2017. I was also the head coach of the volleyball program here at the high school for 11 years. I have been an athlete my whole life, and have not only loved being coached, but have loved my role in coaching others. I still feel a strong connection to being a coach in my current role as assistant principal; instead of coaching athletes on the court, I am often guiding the teachers and students with whom I work at school, and I find it very rewarding. I have a three-year old yellow Labrador named Ryman – she is a dream that came true for me! I have always wanted to have, love and train a yellow lab, after my experience with our childhood yellow lab, Honey. And she LOVES kids!
I have dated a few guys, but unfortunately, I never met my soulmate, and I’m not someone who just ‘settles’. I am still hopeful that I will meet the right person, someday soon. Despite not having met my spouse, I have the most incredible network of family and friends. My parents and my sister are a huge part of my life. Additionally, I have a group of friends who are more like family to me. We met at work in 2007 as colleagues, and since then have become family. Your child will be welcomed into this loving, supportive, compassionate group of people, and they can’t wait for me to become a mom! I am so fortunate to be loved by all of them.
I have always wanted to be a mom. I have 18 first cousins, and for as long as I can remember, I loved and cared for each of my younger cousins at all of our celebratory family gatherings. As I grew older, I have loved watching my close friends become moms and I have learned so much about parenting. I am especially close with my good friend Karyn’s kids, Mairin (9) and Shane (6). Mairin and I have been best buds since she was born. When Mairin was a baby, I loved helping Karyn to feed her, bathe her, read to her, and I loved playing with her, and still do to this day. When she started to talk, it was too difficult for her to say “Auntie Alyssa” so she named me “Anya”; “Anya” is my most treasured title. As she has grown older, and now has a little brother, Shane (my godson) who I also dote on, the three of us spend a lot of time together. They both love to sleepover at my house and they often accompany me to Maine for the weekend to see my parents and my sister. It is a unique bond that we share and we all cherish our adventures with them.
When I turned 40, after considering all of my options, I decided to pursue adoption. OA&FS’ emphasis on the connection between the birth family and adoptive family in an open adoption was paramount to how I view this relationship to be. I feel that an open adoption can foster respect, trust, and even admiration and is in the best interest of the child! I want my child’s birth family to continue to be a part of my child’s life, if they choose to be. I feel that I can welcome a birth family into my extended family, and will be so happy to do so. This quote really resonated with me, “I believe that love isn’t divisible, it’s exponential.”
I live an active, fun, responsible lifestyle, and can’t wait to have a child to love, to teach, and to help grow and develop. I love any outdoor activity – kayaking, sitting by the campfire, grilling good food, and taking care of my yard. I am proud to own my own home, and enjoy little projects around the house. I am hard working, dedicated, and loyal. My most treasured “things” in life are my relationships. I look forward to having a child join my family and all of the future adventures we will take on, together!