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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

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Jessie Serratos

Yesenia Serratos

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TODDLERs 1+2+3

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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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Deb Willshire-Rogers

Deb Willshire-Rogers

I am director-certified in early childhood education. I have been a teacher for more than 20 years—at Sunnyhill Preschool in Sudbury, where I created their ongoing summer program; and most recently at Little Hands Academy, where I was the lead pre-k teacher.

I love making school a fun and exciting place to be, creating a real classroom community environment… a true home away from home! I have always believed that play-based learning is the core to real learning with children this age, and I love when the children in my care are happy and excited to be there. Kindness, compassion, and empathy are all important steps in becoming successful in school and life; I hope to give children the gift of kindness and caring for others.

I grew up in Amherst, then Framingham, Mass. I now live in Lancaster with my husband, two of my three grown children, and one of my three grandchildren. We also have eight chickens, two cats, a turtle named Shelly, and last, but certainly not least, our dog Ryder. For fun, I love to spend time with my family, go kayaking when the weather is nice, hiking with my husband, and taking walks with my dog.

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Debbie Gordon

Debbie Gordon

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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.

PREKINDERGARTEN

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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!

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INFANTS 1 + 2

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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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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!

PRESCHOOL 1 + 2

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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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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!

PREKINDERGARTEN

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INFANTs 1 + 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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Sarah Friday

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PRESCHOOL 1 + 2

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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.

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Raynika Knight

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Heather Wallace

Heather Wallace

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PREKINDERGARTEN

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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.

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INFANTs 1 + 2

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

TODDLERs 1 + 2

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Aina Seja

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Juliana Badore

Juliana Badore

I am studying nursing and communications at Bridgewater State University, graduating in 2026 with a nursing degree. Before First Circle, I’d been working with young children for eight years, as a nanny, a teacher’s assistant, and most recently as an early preschool teacher.

I love making an impact on young minds! I bring happiness and light to classrooms and I try to make learning fun and intriguing. With my years as a nanny (and being mama to a 1-year-old boy), I am well prepared to develop strong relationships with families.

I live in Plymouth, Mass. with my boyfriend Austin, my son Levi, and five of my six siblings—as well as my mom! When I’m not working, I like to go shopping and try new things with my son, and spend free time taking him new places to explore and learn. I plan to continue my education through my masters so I can be a NICU nurse.

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Kaliyah Auguste

I have been working with children and adults for the past few years. Caring for people, whether it's one-on-one or with groups, is my passion. I have an associate's degree in early childhood education. I love working with children because they bring out happiness and joy. Outside of work, I do hair. I currently live in Brockton with my boyfriend, but I typically go out to New Bedford/Taunton to visit my mother on weekends.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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! 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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ben 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

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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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Naomi Mann

Naomi Mann

I have been working with young children for years as a babysitter, camp counselor, and lifeguard. I will graduate Lexington High School with the class of 2024. I’m also a First Circle Alumna!

My favorite thing about working with children is being able to build relationships with them. My approach to teaching prioritizes patience, flexibility, and a positive and friendly attitude. I am to put a smile on each child’s face and help them enjoy themselves.

I fill my free time with reading, swimming, biking, and spending time with friends. I am in many clubs at school and serve on the board of a teen organization. My biggest goal is to head to college and pursue a business degree.

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Rosa Fuentes

Rosalinda Fuerte

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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.

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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.

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Kylie O'Neill

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Marisa Coburn

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Olivia Costello

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