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infants team

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Jackie Simmons

I graduated from Joseph Keefe Technical High School in 2016 with a focus on early childhood education. I have been working with young children for seven years, both at a childcare center and at a horse farm teaching children how to ride horses—while also taking care of the horses and other animals!

I bring a lot of positivity, structure, and problem-solving skills to the classroom. I really enjoy making a difference in childrens’ lives, being able to be a part of shaping who they will become, and watching them grow into a person.

I live in Upton with my boyfriend and our dog Mesa. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my horse Ozzy, riding and going to horse shows.

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Kaitlyn MacDonald

Kaitlyn MacDonald

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Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan

I studied early childhood education at Manchester Community College and have been working with young children for five years. So far, I’ve spent much of my time in prekindergarten, and most recently with the Infant Two age group.

I love watching children learn and discover new things—it’s such a fun and exciting thing to witness. I love to do sensory and art projects with my kiddos. Let’s get messy and have some fun!

I live in Worcester with my husband and our three fur babies (two dogs and a cat). When we’re not working, we love to spend time outside, camping, hiking, and playing with our dogs!

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Rachel Morton

Rachel Morton

I studied nursing at North Shore Community College and have been a caretaker—adults and children—for 18 years, starting out as a nanny. I plan to return to school to complete coursework to become a teacher.

I love helping young children learn and watching them experience things for the first time. I am caring, warm, and nurturing, and I know how to keep calm under stress or in an emergency.

I live in Framingham with my 3-year-old son. When I’m not working, I love to be outdoors in the warmer weather, going to the beach and hiking. I also love all things elephant!

toddlers 1 + 2

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toddlers team

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Jamie Howe

I earned my undergraduate degree in early childhood and worked as a classroom teacher for seven years before coming to First Circle. I love to help children grow and learn. As a teacher, I am committed to making a positive difference with each child, one smile at a time. Outside of work, I love cycling. I ride in support of MS each year by participating in a 60 mile bike ride on Martha's Vineyard. When I'm not on my bike, I love to hang out with my family.

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Rosalie Cardona

I completed coursework in childhood education. I sincerely enjoy helping children of all ages grow and develop, achieve their milestones, and learn new things. When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading and working out.

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Tammy Araniz

Tammy Araniz

I chose to pursue a career in the early childhood education field because I have always had a passion for working with young children. As an early childhood educator, I am able to work with children in a classroom setting while also getting the opportunity to know their family as a whole.

I love that I have the chance to create positive impacts in the lives of children and am able to teach them fundamental skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. To me, it is such a rewarding feeling to see the children I care for reach milestones and continuously grow and develop new skills!

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preschool team

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Alize Camacho

In high school, I attended a career and technical education program focused on child development and child care. After graduation, I worked as an after school teacher at Our Lady's Academy, during which I worked with a range of students from pre-k to eighth grade. I have always loved working with, teaching, and learning from children. I always knew that I wanted a career that involved children, and the pandemic pushed me to make a career change and follow my passion. I am excited to work at First Circle, and I'm looking forward to what the children will teach me just as much as what I will teach them. I love to spend time with my family, be outside, and go on adventures with friends. I try to do new things outside my comfort zone whenever I get the chance. I can't leave out my pandemic puppy, Shadow!

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Hannah Daley

Hannah Daley

I initially studied comedy and script writing at Hampshire College, and then fell in love with my work-study job teaching preschoolers, and switched to early childhood education. I’m planning to receive my lead teacher certification, with a focus in early intervention. I was a nanny before becoming a teacher in 2020; since then, I’ve taught in music and culture based classrooms, a nature classroom that was located in the woods of Wellesley, and a more standard ECE program in Boston.

I really love to watch children’s self confidence grow over time, as well as observe traits and friendships that have seemed nearly innate since they began in the program. I like to lead with a lot of silly energy. I think there are few issues throughout the day that cannot be solved with a quick reset and a laugh—or an open conversation about how something made us feel!

I live in Worcester with my friends. I love to watch movies, go for long walks and hikes, create weird art, and hang out with friends and family. I see myself teaching (or focusing on early intervention) for a long time—it brings me great joy!

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Josh Hassard

I graduated Hudson High School in 2014, after which I completed a year of study in elementary education at Framingham State University. Currently, I am working towards my associate's degree in early childhood education at Quinsigamond Community College, scheduled to graduate in Spring 2024. I believe that children learn best through various forms of play and teacher-guided interactions where they have the opportunity to be the stars, and I recognize the importance of celebrating diversity so that each child feels included. I believe in providing a classroom environment that allows children to feel relaxed, comfortable, and engaged, so that they are able to fully immerse themselves in learning, and I'm dedicated to fostering strong parent/guardian relationships to help maximize each family's involvement in their children's development. I really enjoy nature and, during quarantine, I enjoyed foraging wild plants and mushrooms. I live with my partner of two years and our two rescue dogs, Stella and Zoey.

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Kaylee Lambert

I am a certified in infant/toddler and preschool teacher. Before joining First Circle, I worked for a year at another childcare center as preschool/pre-k teacher. During my time there I was able to gain valuable experience in the infant and toddler classrooms as well. I enjoy working with children because it gives me the opportunity to bring more joy, comfort, knowledge, and compassion into their lives. I am committed to providing them with a safe space and to make learning exciting. I was born and raised in Framingham.

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Kim Flesch

Kim Flesch

I have been a preschool teacher for about ten years, after earning a certificate in early childhood education in 2005. I love the fact that First Circle promotes social learning as the primary goal of a child's experience. I have concentrated on this specifically, with an interest in behavioral challenges, so I am very excited to continue to help children learn how to have successful relationships with their peers and the adults in their lives.

Social skills need to be taught just as much as math or science. It is related to language, and is, in my opinion, the skill that needs to be learned before any other skill.

I live in Maynard with my husband and two cats, Bloopies and Roscoe. I also have two grown daughters. In my free time I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, good food, and music—I am teaching myself the ukelele!

pre-k

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prekindergarten team

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Alyse Wilson

I became certified through a care course and went back to school at Penn Foster to get my child and development certificate. I have been working with children for the past 5 years—at a corporate childcare center, at Little Sprouts in Natick as a preschool/toddler teacher, and as a sub for a local public school. I started as an assistant infant teacher, and from there I became certified in all programs! I plan to get my associate degree in early childhood education and then my BA and become a director certificated—as well as go back to hair school to get my cosmetologist license!

I love the little light bulb moment kids get when they achieve something they have been working on, and the smile they get, and how excited they are! I am a happy bubbly goofball of a person, and there will be days I will be dancing and singing around the classroom. You may also have children having their hair done—if they ask—because I love doing their hair when I have free time. I really enjoy working with children, and my favorite age to work with is pre-k. I love being able to help them grow and get ready for kindergarten!

I live in Framingham, and I live with my daughter, three dogs, a cat, and my ferret! On my own time, I breed bulldogs. I love sports—I was co-captain of my college soccer team. I love the beach and any chance I get in the summer you can find me in Gloucester at my favorite beach, Wingaersheek. I have an Italian family and we all love getting together during the summer and catching up.

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Marcel Freda

Marcel Freda

I am an EEC certified preschool teacher who has worked in the child care and education industry for 20+ years, mostly in my home state of Vermont.

I love working with children because they are a daily reminder of what really matters in this world. I view teaching as a fantastic responsibility to instill empathy, kindness, joy and a love of learning in our future generations. I really love to laugh and I finds children to be hilarious "co-workers"!

I have a a lifelong passion for the arts and, specifically, the performing arts. In addition to being a teacher, I am an actor and writer—I recently wrote and starred in a feature length film! I'm also a huge Boston sports fan. I live in Framingham with my wife, Coleen, and our sons, Teddy and Frankie.

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support team

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Alyssa Mackay

I am currently a junior at Framingham High School, planning on graduating in 2025. I plan to continue my education in early childhood education. I have been babysitting a lot and recently worked at a summer camp with first graders. My favorite thing about working with young children is being able to see them hit different milestones and being able to make a bond with them. I hope to help the children to have fun and to do different things. I live with my mom and dad in Framingham. For fun, I do the drama company and I love to hang out with my friends. I hope to become a kindergarten teacher.

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Charlie Walls

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Diana Gentile

Before coming to First Circle, I worked at a home daycare and Blocks Preschool; I also worked as a nanny. I believe strongly in helping children be creative and express their individual personalities. I live in Framingham with my husband and three daughters.

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Stephen Walls

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Tina Cline

Tina Cline

Before coming to First Circle, I was a toddler teacher for 6 years. For 10 years before that, I did physical therapy and housekeeping at a nursing home, where I soaked in a lot of knowledge about all kinds of medical issues, procedures, and medications. That work gave me the ability to problem solve, redirect, and to pay attention to several things at once—even just in regards to one person. My favorite thing about working with young children is their little individual personalities. I hope to give the children lots of self-confidence and a strong sense of safety, knowing they can always come to me for anything they need. I live in Worcester with my fiancé, and in my free time I love any activity that involves my grandchildren, especially going to the beach with them.