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infants 1 + 2


infants team


Jackie Macdonald

I joined First Circle with over 30 years of childcare experience, including 12 years as a teacher at Trinity Catholic Academy. My mission is to make sure the children in my care are happy, healthy, and safe. I have lived most of my life in Stoughton with my two daughters. We love to shop, bake and spend time with family and friends.


Jessica Shallow

Since I started at First Circle, I have been working hard to create a calm and loving environment for our littlest ones. Previously, I worked at Children of America with infants and toddlers. I am currently working on finishing my bachelor's with a double major in early childhood and communications. I enjoy watching children achieve the milestones of child development. In my down time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going out to eat, and playing with my dog Zoey.


Kaitlyn Cochrane

Kaitlyn Cochrane

Before First Circle, I worked with all age groups at Children of America. Currently, I am working towards a bachelor's degree and my EEC teacher certification. My teaching philosophy is "teaching is not a one-size-fits-all practice." I like to personalize my style to each individual child. My goal is to help each child become a successful learner! In my down time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching tv, and cooking.


Kristin Dwyer

I have always been passionate about working with children. Before First Circle, I worked at the childcare center I joined when I was 18 years old, and I have completed several college classes in education. I enjoy watching children learn through play and each other. I love having the opportunity to see them grow and develop from infancy to preschool. I am the mom of 2 boys, Greyson and Ronan. My husband and I love going out to dinner and, of course, going on vacation!

toddlers 1 + 2


toddlers team


Jordan Johnson

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Christine (CeCe) Smith

I received my BFA in musical theater from the Boston Conservatory and I have worked as an early childhood teacher for many years. I also taught music and movement to infants and toddlers at Brookline Music School. I know that the first three years of a child’s life are where their foundation is built. I feels that being a part of helping a child develop a strong sense of self—supported by love, laughter, and learning—will help make their foundation rich. I love all animals, especially my dog!


Julie Friday

Julie Friday

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Holly Schiller

Holly Schiller

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Emily Sherman

I have been working with young children for almost ten years, most recently as a preschool teacher. At South Eastern Regional Vocational Tech High School, I focused on early education and care, graduating in 2019. If I were to continue my education, I would want to study behavioral education. I love watching children grow and learn. I love how they can teach themselves and start to understand their limits. With the knowledge from experience in other environments, I bring enthusiasm and positive vibes to the center, and I hope to give the children the best version of my teaching self so they can thrive. I live in West Bridgewater with my parents, older sister, and four cats. For fun, I like to read, color, and do arts and crafts.


Sarah Friday

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preschool 1 + 2


preschool team


Deajshia Howard

I completed college courses in early child education, and began my teaching career as an assistant teacher. Before First Circle, I worked as a lead teacher and curriculum coordinator. I credit my love of teaching to the many gifted teachers who served as positive influences throughout my education. These influences instilled in me a strong belief in the purpose of education, which is to help children reach individualized milestones physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally through developmentally appropriate practices. As a teacher, I strive to lead through example every day by modeling proper behaviors, expectations, and positivity. I am an only child, born and raised in Massachusetts, except for a short stint in Dallas, Texas. I love to paint in my free time, as well as learning about different cultures. On the weekends, I enjoy babysitting.


Raynika Knight

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Heather Wallace

Heather Wallace

I have a BA in music therapy and psychology from Anna Maria College. I've been working with children for more than 14 years and I’m currently taking classes to further my education in early childhood, become lead teacher certified, and someday receive my director certification.

I love watching the kids grow and develop over the years into brilliant, compassionate, and loving students. I bring compassion and an upbeat nature to the classroom. I hope to be a safe, trusting place for children to run to—should they ever need it.

I live in Stoughton with my parents, brother, and dog. I’m actually a recording artist when I’m not teaching. Much of my time is spent writing songs and performing across the South Shore. When not performing I prefer to be at the beach with a book, my guitar and/or spending time with my dog and loved ones.



prekindergarten team


Nicole Foss

I started my career in education in 2014, when I first worked at First Circle as an assistant teacher. While at UMass Boston, I earned my EEC certificate and continued to work at FCLC as a float and toddler teacher. I went on to complete my student teaching practicum in the Boston Public Schools and graduated with my bachelor's in early education in 2018. After graduation, I worked as a pre-k teacher in our Lexington center, where I enjoyed creating a play-based learning environment.

I left First Circle to work as a student support instructor in a special ed classroom for students on the autism spectrum in the Lexington Public Schools. While there, I worked with children on social/emotional well-being, verbal/non-verbal communication skills, and sensory projects. I am so excited to be back at First Circle to share my experience and commitment to providing children with a positive, supportive, and engaging learning environment.

I love to work with children in the pre-k age group because there is a magical sense of wonder that comes with being an early learner. Everything is new and exciting, and having the opportunity at First Circle to help students discover their passions and interests is the most rewarding experience of my life. I strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to take risks and create long lasting friendships, but most importantly—to be silly and have fun!

My fiancé and I just bought our first home in Hanson, Massachusetts, which we share with our corgi, Chloe. We love to go boating, camping and to the beach. I have a younger sister and a big family with lots of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

team support


support team


Amanda Sweeney

Amanda Sweeney

I have degrees in early childhood education and psychology—and I'm planning on working towards a masters degree in education and/or child psychology. I've been working with young children since 2012.

My favorite thing about working with children is helping them build their foundation on learning. Early childhood education has such an important roll in helping children find their love for learning. Watching them learn and grow and developing relationships with them and their families is such a privilege. I bring a positive, fun, and accepting attitude to the classroom; I hope to give each child the confidence and passion to learn and grow as they navigate through their early childhood years.

I live in Halifax with my husband Kevin, my daughter Layla (3), and son Caden (1). For fun I love to spend time with my family and friends. My husband and I love hosting, so any excuse to host people whether it be a big event or just a cook out!