Academic Support

Falmouth Academy is dedicated to supporting students as they build the skills necessary to become independent learners. To this end, all students in grades 7 and 9 are enrolled in a Study Skills and Research Skills course, respectively.

We also understand that extra support and accommodations are sometimes needed as students–particularly those with learning disabilities–adapt to a new learning environment and tackle a rigorous curriculum. Falmouth Academy provides learning support services that includes individualized tutoring, Orton-Gillingham tutoring, and classroom and standardized testing accommodations. >> Learn more about learning support services.

Meet our Academic Support Staff

Helen Reuter
Learning Resource Specialist; Orton-Gillingham tutor

Originally from Iowa, Helen is a long-time resident of Woods Hole where she and her husband, David Martin, raised their twin daughters, Gwen '12 and Ella '12. Helen holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Carleton College, an M.S. in Plant Pathology from University of MA, Amherst; and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She holds a Director of Special Education license from the state of Massachusetts and has completed the Associate level and is working towards the Certified level of Orton-Gillingham training through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. 


Britta Santamauro
Director of Library and Media Science; Study Skills

Before joining the faculty in 2017, Britta managed the library and taught research skills at a pre-K through 12 school in Connecticut. She also served as a librarian at Yale University as she worked toward her MLIS from Southern CT State University. In her native Germany, Britta holds a B.A. and her 1st State Exam from the University of Potsdam. She completed her 2nd State Exam while teaching music and German to high school students in Berlin. Britta and her husband David reside in Mashpee with their daughter, Isabella '20.