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infants 1 + 2


infants team


Daisy Cox

I am currently a junior at Needham High School, planning to graduate in 2025. I want to go to college, then to medical school, and eventually become a pediatric surgeon or neonatologist. I’ve been working as an assistant in the infant room since April of this year.

I am very patient and caring when it comes to young children. My favorite thing about them is how bright and happy, playful and funny they are. I live in Needham with my mom, dad, sister, and two dogs. For fun, I hang out with my friends, babysit, and shop. I plan to be either a baby doctor or a kindergarten teacher.


Gwen Emery

I have been working in infant and toddler rooms for six years, and most recently worked as a full-time nanny outside of Boston. I studied Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Rhode Island, and used that to teach environmental science programs to school aged children.

I hope to bring happiness, comfort, trust, and adventure into classrooms that I am a part of. I excel in gross motor, sensory, and hands-on interactive play, and enjoy bonding with the children on their level. It brings me joy to contribute to shaping new generations.

I live in Rhode Island with my family, 3 dogs, and 4 birds. I spend a lot of weekends hiking, camping, and paddleboarding with my dogs and friends. In the future, I hope to pursue a masters degree with focus on education—early childhood, outdoor/environmental learning, or science education.


Lisa Percoskie

I have been a teacher in the infant room here since 2008. I studied psychology at Becker College, but I decided to take the teaching course to become teacher certified when my own daughter was preschool age. I have worked my entire adult life on the philsophy of "Be the adult you needed when you were a kid." I love being able to provide a safe place for babies, and peace of mind for parents to know their child is cared for. I really enjoy making fun artwork with the babies for the changing months, and helping them with their important milestones. Outside of work, a few of my favorite things are my grandkids, shopping, road trips, traveling, mountains and Dr. Pepper!


Patricia Mearls

Please, call me Patty! I have been a teacher in the infant room here since 2003 and I love every minute! I love working with children because that was my passion growing up. Playing with the babies, cuddling them, and blowing bubbles makes every day great. Outside of work, I like to babysit and spend time with family. I also love taking day trips with my friends. I live in North Attleboro with my fiance and my cat Charlie. I also love making bracelets and spending time with my friends' kids.


Paulina O'Sullivan

I am originally from Mexico, and received my bachelor’s degree in education there in 2017. In 2014, I began working as a substitute teacher with grades K–4, and for six years I worked with my favorite age group, prenursery, at several private schools in Monterrey, Mexico.

My goal in childcare is to provide children with a safe place for them to reach their full potential by bringing lots of good energy, creativity, love, and kindness. It’s important to me to respect children’s many different ways of thinking.

I live in Quincy with my husband, our baby girl, and our dog. In our free time we love to go to the movies, and to do outdoor activities like fishing, camping, and kayaking. In the future we would love to have a house for our family with lots of animals—more dogs, chickens, goats, turtles, and any other living thing we can provide a good life for.

toddlers 1 + 2


toddler team


Aina Seja

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Miss Bianca

Bianca Defelice

I've been working in early childhood education since 2020 and have been nannying for many years. I love working with children because I love watching their eyes light up when the learn something new or find excitement in a craft or reading. When I'm not working, I'm usually found at home with my fiance and our puppies, hiking in Maine, or spending time with family and friends.


Corin Silcott

I graduated from Walden University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in child development. I have been working with young children for more than ten years, in multiple roles—as teacher, head teacher, owner/operator, I love to watch children grow and learn; my goal is to help them become more independent.

I am originally from the West Indies. I now live in Boston with my husband and three kids. For fun, I like to watch movies and go out to eat!


Fiona Francois

I have an associates degree from Quincy College, and have spent the past nine years working in childcare, both as a teacher and as administrative staff. I always have great energy towards the children—I myself feel like a big kid. I hope to bring more positivity to the classroom, and help with the children’s growth and success. I am originally from Barbados, but now live in Brockton with my parents. I love listening to music, dancing, eating, and working with young children (but possibly not in that order!) I am planning on going back to school to continue with my psychology major.


Miss Helen

Helen Leach

I started at CCC in 2001, and have spent all of that time with toddlers! A few things I love about toddlers: nothing beats their love and adoration, they are brutally honest, and they know when they are being funny! Outside of work, some of my favorite things are watermelon, starburst candy, dogs, reading, traveling, gardening, and baking.


Karina Giorgio

I started at CCC in 2011, first as an assistant while I was in high school, then later becoming certified as a teacher. Up until last year, I was an infant teacher, but I absolutely love being with the toddlers. It’s such a great age and it is so much fun to watch their personalities develop. Outside of work, I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family (I have three nieces, two nephews, and there is another baby on the way!) I’m looking forward to getting to know you and am so excited to have your children in the classroom!


Liz Young

Liz Young

I studied child development in high school and have been in the early childhood education field for 12 years, both at childcare centers and as a personal nanny.

Working with young children is such a wonderful experience. I love to watch how they develop, and how every child is so different in their own way. I am very upbeat and bubbly and I bring a lot of joy and happiness to the classroom. I always make the children feel safe and happy at school.

I grew up around Plymouth county and I currently live in Bridgewater with my boyfriend and our two kittens. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family and exercise! I hope to continue my education in child development and own my own school one day.

preschool 1 + 2


preschool team


Christine Ribeiro

I received my BA in education studies and performing arts from Wheelock College in 2018. I earned my master's degree in curriculum instruction with a reading focus from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020.

My philosophy is that all children learn in different ways. I like to see the students realize that they’re learning while having fun, making them forget that they’re even in the classroom. I want children to feel comfortable in the classroom, and understand that it is a safe space to learn and grow.

I currently live in Framingham, where I have also lived all my life with my amazing parents. I really like to travel, I enjoying working out, especially with boxing or Zumba, I love and live on Starbucks, and I love teaching your children about the world and themselves.


Kaitlyn Carmenatty

I've been an early childhood educator for over ten years. I started as an assistant teacher and am now a certified lead teacher with my director's certification as well.

Seeing my students learn and discover new things and challenge their little minds is my greatest joy. Watching them grow from babies to school age, from learning to roll over, crawl, walk, and talk, learn their numbers, letters, colors, and shapes... Just seeing the growth in them makes my heart fill with joy knowing that we did that.

I love to listen to all types of music. I'm not really an outside type of girl, I just don't like bugs flying around me. I have two young, beautiful kids. My goal is to finish school with my bachelor's and work towards my new car in 2024. I would love to have a family vacation soon—somewhere with great beaches and wonderful food.


Natalie Valdez

I have a certificate from Massbay Community College in early childhood development, and plan to continue my education, eventually getting director certified. Since 2020, I have worked in early childhood education programs, creating curriculum, fostering good relationships with parents, and making sure the children in my care are safe and happy.

I love playing and being silly with the children, but most of all, I love seeing them achieve new milestones each day. I bring great communication and organizational skills, and I hope to bring love and security to the children.

My family is Mexican. I live in Newton with my twin daughters, my boyfriend, and our cairn terrier. We love to spend our days at the beach in the summer and in the colder months, we love to go out for walks and visit new playgrounds. I hope someday to open my own small home childcare center.


Valenny Joseph

My name is Valenney Joseph (Va•Len•e). I previously worked at the SPARK Center, and have worked as an assistant teacher here in Needham since 2021.

I am currently a college student finishing an associate degree in psychology. I like working with children because it excites my day.



prekindergarten team


Elisangela Costello

My friends call me Elisa. I grew up in Brazil and graduated high school there. I started working at CCC in 2001. I love working with children and seeing their growth and progress during their time with us. I am married and have two children, Olivia and James, who both went through the program. I love to spend time with my family, our dog Cooper, and friends!


Erica Seaver

I graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State University and have worked as a pre-k teacher at this center since 2000. I find the best part of teaching children is watching them learn and grow! Our pre-k class is organized around the interests of the children. Learning centers such as literacy, dramatic play, sensory activities, and science encourage the development of the whole child. Outside of work, I love anything to do with Halloween: decorating, dressing up, crafts! I also love the theater, especially visiting Broadway in NYC!


Nabila Mayanja (Bila)

I attended UMass Boston to study pediatric nursing, but decided to first work at a childcare center to see what working with children would be like. I ended up falling in love with teaching, and changed my major to early childhood education. I got my certification, began working with children in 2006, and have never looked back. I truly enjoy working with kids and love watching them grow from one stage of life to the next. I find them very interesting little beings and I enjoy helping and being part of their learning experience. I love helping them navigate their way through the first stages of their lives. They also bring out the inner child in me. My daughter Lyra is a happy member of the Needham preschool classroom.

team support


support team


Adrianna Martinez

This year I’ll be graduating from Minuteman Vocational High School in Lexington, as a certified teacher for childcare. I’ve been working with young children for four years, most recently as an assistant teacher at the Kinder Care in Needham.

I love doing this job. My favorite thing is that every kid is different, reacts differently, talks differently, and behaves differently. I’m certified in first aid and I know the patience that comes with working with children. I love building connections with the children, and when I enter a classroom, I bring a positive attitude; I am someone who wants to be there.

I live in Needham with my mom, stepdad, and little sister. For fun, I like to play with my cats, spend time with my best friends, and my nephews—and I love watching scary movies! My big plan for the future is to finish school, become a pilot, fly for a good airline, and travel the world.


Kylie O'Neill

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Marisa Coburn

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Olivia Costello

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ns toddlers


ns toddlers team


Erin Stracuzzi

Erin Stracuzzi

I have an associate degree in early childhood education, and I joined Chestnut Children's Center in 1998. Starting out as an infant teacher, I’ve worked with many age groups and truly enjoy running the toddler program as both teacher and director. I love watching the children grow and learn over the course of the year—every day is a new adventure with them, and the joy they bring to the class each day is like no other. I live in Natick with my husband, teenage son, and our dog Luna. I enjoy going out with friends, watching my son play sports, perform in plays, and sing at his choir concerts. I also enjoy baking, doing word searches and being around family.


Nelya Groob

I have been working in early childhood education for over six years, in Newtonville and Brookline. In 2011, I completed the psychology program at Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, and received my certificate in early childhood development. I lead my teaching practice with patience and compassion, striving to attend to each child’s particular needs and to respect them as individuals. I live in Chestnut Hill now, but I’m originally from Ukraine. In my free time, I like to go to the gym, take walks around my neighborhood, and go out for sushi with my friends!

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ns preschool team


Laura Dosdall

Laura Dosdall

I have been with the nursery school program since 2012 and in the early childhood field for nearly three decades. My passion is teaching preschool and prekindergarten. I bring my love of nature into the classroom and take pride in implementing a fun play-based curriculum with a foundation for academics. I strongly believe in hands-on learning and encourage the children to take chances and make choices throughout their day. I live in Sherborn with my husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors—gardening, exploring, and taking in all the wonders of nature… especially in regards to my bug and animal friends! I hope to soon add chickens, bees, and goats to my menagerie. My favorite food is my Nana’s Swedish apple pie, though I’ll settle for basically any kind.


Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh

I worked as an attorney for many years before staying home with my two children. I found my true calling when I began my career in early childhood education. Although I’ve worked with infants and toddlers, I’ve spent most of the last decade working with preschoolers. I love creating a warm and inviting space to foster friendships and encourage play-based learning. My passion is helping children develop their self-help and social skills and build a foundation for future academic learning. I find seeing the growth and development over the school year is both rewarding and inspiring. I grew up and still live in the West Roxbury area. Married with two adult children, I love spending time on the Cape with my family. I enjoy bike rides and nature walks, reading, and doing puzzles.


Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh

I have been working with young children since I was 16—babysitting, as a camp counselor, and most recently as an assistant in a preschool classroom at the Tobin Beaudet School.

I am friendly and engaging and I come with a positive attitude, and I love to help young children develop new skills.

I live in West Roxbury with my mom, dad, and younger brother. For fun, I like to read, listen to music, watch TV shows and movies, and hang out with my friends.

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ns prekindergarten team


Bianca Silva

Bianca Silva

I have spent many joyful years as a nanny, babysitter, and tutor, cherishing the magic of childhood and learning. Nannying young children—along with pursuing an early childhood education degree—has inspired me to become a preschool teacher, because I believe in the incredible potential of young minds. Outside of the classroom, you'll find me camping with my family and exploring the great outdoors with my two goldendoodles. Nature's beauty and its lessons have a special place in my heart. I have also been a caretaker for the elderly, where I learned about the wisdom that comes with age and the importance of patience and care.


Christina Lazarides

Christina Lazarides

My passion for teaching began in high school, when I started volunteering with children at my local church. I’ve been in the early childhood field since I graduated from college and started at Chestnut Children’s Center when it opened in 1995. I’ve taught all age groups and was in the kindergarten prep program for six years. I love to see how children use their imagination and creativity. I live in Millis with my husband and daughter, Eleni. I enjoy baking and spending time with family and friends.



k-prep team


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.


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.