Meet Michael Gustafson of Atlas Academy


Michael and Iara Gustafson started Atlas Academy in September of 2018 (then known as Dracut Children’s House) for their son Kash, who was one-and-a-half at the time.  

Prior to that, Michael was a Kindergarten teacher for four years in Dracut.  During his time there, he earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and he tutored students on the side in all grades up through high school. 

One day, in June of 2018, Michael submitted his resignation letter to his principal, and drove down the street to sign a lease with the building owner at 112 Sladen St. in Dracut.

It was a big leap, but Michael and Iara were willing to risk it all to build a school for their son.

They started in an empty building with no students; and now they are in their third year with 4 classrooms and over 60 students ranging from toddler up through 3rd grade. 

Looking forward, they will continue to grow and add grades each year up through high school.

Set Your 2022 Goals with Intention, part of UMass Lowell’s Leadership Academy


Does the idea of setting annual goals overwhelm you? Or, are you inspired to crush your goals in the new year? Whichever end of the goal setting spectrum you fall on, join this interactive webinar to give yourself the time and space to plan your 2022 with intention. Prompts, tools and time for quiet reflection will be provided to help you set goals that you can achieve with confidence. We will also consider how you can align your goals with how you spend your time throughout the year.

Goal Setting for 2022      Dec. 8    12-1pm EST     Free Webinar 


Nature's Way Holistic Health Class Schedule

Dr. Jodie MacDonald of Nature's Way Holistic Health with be holding the following classes for the remainder of 2021 beginning on July 15th. Please call 978-476-1184 to Pre-Register as space is limited to 5 per class! 

Dr. Jodie MacDonald Ph.D. HHP. HLC. CNC.CMH.CEW 

Nature's way is here to promote health and wellness and to provide education about your specific health needs. Connecting mind and body for better health.


15th Breath workshop 6-7:30 $20


12th Creative Minds Meditation Adult 5:30-7 $25

17th Kitchen Pharmacy 5:30-7 $ 20

19th Breath workshop 6-7:30 $20

25th Donna Eden energy 5:30-6:30 $25


15th Intro to Access Bars 6-7 $25

16th Breath workshop 6-7:30 $20

22nd intro EFT 6-8 $ 25


13th Intro Quantum Healing 6-7:30 $20

14th Breath workshop 6-7:30 $20

20th Crystals/Grids 5;30-6:30 $25

23th Reiki I 10-2 $125


4th Why Detox 6-7:30 $25

3 Questions With...Dennis McCleary of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Greater Lawrence

Host Kevin Willett is joined by Dennis McCleary of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Greater Lawrence. Dennis discusses the qualifications for the program that offers private education for economically challenged youth of the greater Lawrence, MA area.

To learn more about Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Greater Lawrence , email Dennis at [email protected]

3 Questions With...Jim McGonigle Assistant Director of Cooperative Education at UMass Lowell

Host Kevin Willett is joined by Jim McGonigle Assistant Director of Cooperative Education at UMass Lowell. Jim talks about helping young professionals, students navigate their next steps in life.

To learn more aboutJim and the Coop program visit