k-prep team

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Patricia Dazet

Patricia Dazet

I have a bachelor's in elementary education and a master of science in traditional Chinese medicine. I’ve held a variety of roles including a reading tutor, elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, director of library preschool and story time programs, nanny, and acupuncturist. I was also a stay-at-home mother for years and considered it the best job I’ll ever have—although working with little ones in an early childhood program is a close second!

While I’ve spent the 2023–24 school year teaching toddlers, the majority of my experience—and my heart—is with teaching older children, pre-kindergarten, and elementary school. I believe that children keep you in the present moment, and teach us the importance of being in the here and now. The emotions they express are genuine and unfiltered, and they're joyful learners. I am very excited to bring a combination of structured learning and playful learning to First Circle’s K-prep classroom!

I have three adult children and one grandchild. I enjoy reading, especially suspense and nature genres. I also love baking, gardening, walking/hiking, and being outdoors in all seasons.

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Kellen Makuru

Kellen Makuru

I grew up in Uganda, East Africa, where I attended university, graduating with an associates degree in early childhood education, a bachelor’s degree in administration and psychology, and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international studies. I have since been an early childhood educator for over 10 years, both as a teacher and as head administrator of a kindergarten. In addition, I was the director of programs and operations for the Kenzie Foundation, a charitable organization that works to improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and widows by supporting community programs. I have a holistic perspective on learning and development, and I hope to discover each child’s potential and help them learn that each day can be their own achievement.

I live in Pepperell with my uncle’s family and enjoy baking, dancing, and arts and crafts.