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First Circle Lexington

infants team

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Adele Weaver

Adele Weaver

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Amber Savoy

Amber Savoy

I went to Minutemen High School and studied early education. I have been working in the field since 2012. I strive to encourage independence in young children and love watching their excitement as they meet their goals. I love spending time with my family dog, Jaxon, and my fiancé, David. I also love cooking, painting, and playing Magic the Gathering.

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Gabby Gagiero

I have been in the field of childhood education for 11 years. While I was in high school, I received my EEC certification and interned at a childcare center. For several years, I worked as a nanny for a single family, I then worked at a childcare center as a preschool teacher in 2019, and finally became an infant teacher in 2020. I find working with children to be an extremely rewarding job. Although it’s hard to watch kids move on to kindergarten when I helped raise them from infancy, I love knowing that I played such an important role in their growth and development. I also find it very exciting to see the infants in my class learn a new skill!

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Jasmine Serratos

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Vida Navid

Vida Navid

I went to school in Antwerpen Belgium, where I got a bachelors degree in civil engineering and music, and I have been teaching piano and taking care of young children for 45 years.

Working with children reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be. I love seeing things from their eyes. It makes me a happier and more positive person. Infants need consistency in their care I try to provide an atmosphere so they feel safe and emotionally secure. Supporting emotional development and being shown love and affection by me as their teacher. I try to build a trustworthy relationship with my babies and their parents. I hope I can give all my love and caring to them.

I am originally from Iran; I now live in Billerica with my daughters. For fun, I like to play piano and cello, and go ballroom dancing.

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Jessie Serratos

Yesenia Serratos

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toddlers 1 + 2

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First Circle Lexington

toddlers team

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Carla Ramirez

Carla Ramirez

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Laura Alderson

Laura Alderson

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Mariana Veiga

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Nina Abdallah

Nina Abdallah

I received my bachelor’s in psychology from BU. Before joining First Circle, I worked in applied behavior analysis therapy and worked at a special educational high school. I love to watch children grow and learn and become their own individuals. I am committed to helping each child access the tools they need to be the best versions of themselves.

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Sara Poor

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preschool 1 + 2

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First Circle Lexington

preschool team

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Debbie Gordon

Debbie Gordon

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Lauren Pettus

I have been working in childcare since 2006, first as an assistant teacher and later as lead teacher at KinderCare. I have an associates degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College, and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. Hopefully I can continue to expand my knowledge of early childhood education even more in the future. In the classroom, I strive to make sure everyone is included and everyone is heard. I try to build each child’s confidence, self-esteem, and can-do attitude—all with a healthy dose of silliness! Every day is different, and I love knowing I can make a difference in a child’s life, especially when they reach a milestone they have been working to achieve. Whether it’s crawling or writing their name, it’s amazing seeing their sense of pride in their accomplishments. I live in Acton with my husband, son, and our cat. I love to travel, and to spend as much time with my family as I can.

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Marissa Neal

I have been working in early childhood education for almost three years and love it more and more each year. I graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in english in 2018. My teaching philosophy includes focusing on the balance of education and fun. I believe that every child learns differently, and we should find ways to accommodate each child. I live in Andover and love spending time with my family and dog. Outside of work, I love to read and watch movies.

pre-k

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lexington

First Circle Lexington

prekindergarten team

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Jeremy Matthews

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Matt Cole

I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Winona State University. I actually attended First Circle as a baby, until I was five years old—then I returned as an assistant teacher for three years. I was also an assistant at a Montessori preschool for two years. I think it’s important that students have an excellent teacher from a young age to make sure they are developing properly into healthy and happy children… and I want to be that teacher. Outside of work, you can frequently find me thrift shopping, watching HBO, going to concerts with my friends, riding my bike, or going on hikes and to the beach. I also love to sing and dance—but not well!

team support

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support team

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Ben Fabbo

Benjamin Fabbo

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Cierra Johnson

Cierra (CC) Johnson

I am currently a student at Windham Woods School and I've been working at First Circle since 2022. I love playing and spending time with kids!

I have a lot of hobbies but I especially enjoy puzzles and playing sports. And I have a really big passion for the beach. I live with with my twin sister, mom, dad, and two cats.

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Colleen Hartery

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Cortney Stockbridge

Cortney Stockbridge

I have an associate's degree in early childhood education and have been working in the field since 1999. I love to help nurture children and watch them grow to be their independent selves. I also like knowing that I help to make a difference in their lives.

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Janet Craig

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Kaitie Tansey

Kaitie Tansey

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Kayla Zayas

I graduated from Lesley College in 2015 with a degree in art therapy, and am currently in classes, working toward becoming director certified. I’ve been working with children of all ages and abilities since graduating college, in various childcare centers and as a private nanny.

The best thing about working with young children is that everything is new and exciting to them! There’s so much to explore and learn. I love art, so bringing fun and creative activities into the classroom is my favorite.

I live in North Reading, with my two girls Harper (8) and Korra (2). When I’m not working, I love playing with my girls, doing art, and reading.

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Kendyl Johnson

Kendyl (KK) Johnson

I am currently a student at Landmark School and I've been working at First Circle since 2022. I love playing and spending time with kids!

When I'm not working or going to school, I enjoy playing softball, coloring, playing games, and going to the beach. I live with with my twin sister, mom, dad, and two cats.

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Lila Bates

I might still be in high school, but I have experience creating lesson plans and learning games from tutoring students in Mandarin. As a student myself, I can understand what it feels like to be frustrated while learning, and I know that patience and compassion is the best way to help a child in their time of need. Everyone has their own learning journey, and I hope I can instill in the children the idea that it's okay to not understand something on the first try. In my free time, I love to be active, especially by playing tennis with my dad. I’ve been studying Russian for two years—learning languages is definitely one of my passions.

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Rosa Fuentes

Rosalinda Fuerte

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Sadie MacDonald

This is my first position as a teacher, but for two years I have worked as an overnight camp counselor. I currently study psychology and law at Chapman University, set to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in 2027. After that I hope to go to law school! I live in Winchester with my family, and like to stay active in my free time with yoga and running.