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A team of educators, a supervising teacher and two assistant teachers, teach in each classroom at the preschool and infant/toddler levels. Rotating assistants support each of the levels and student workers supplement the staffing. To the greatest extent possible, children continue with a familiar teacher for their years in each level.

The teachers at Fort Hill are all certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Many teachers also hold Massachusetts Department of Education Teacher Certificates to teach young children. The diverse backgrounds of the teaching staff contribute to the quality of the program. Teachers have experience and education in many fields, including fine arts, photography, music, English, textiles, studio art, languages, psychology, and education.

The Center for Early Childhood Education is committed to the ongoing professional development of teachers and the program closes monthly for full-day professional activities. On these days teachers:

 

conduct staff meetings throughout the day and meet as a full staff, with classroom teams and within the level of preschool or infant/toddler to plan curriculum and collaborations, prepare and review documentation and plan for individual and classroom needs.

work together on the classroom environment.

engage in a professional activity. Shared learning is highly effective and supports the development of a learning community within the school. Teams are strengthened and collaborations develop. The professional activity may involve a school-wide initiative, may be facilitated by a staff member, or may involve outside consultation.

 

2014 - 2015 Fort Hill staff

Preschool
Group A: Laurie DeMello, Meredith Suto, Sarah Carlton

Group B: Lisa Haarlander, Sarah Freund, Megan Moreau

Group S: Sarah Fieldsteel, Nora Sweeney, Liz Molino

Afternoon Supervising Teacher:  Val Driscoll

Infant/Toddler
South Room: Judy McWilliams, Martha Mendez, Robbie Dunning, Steph Seldin


North Room: Marisa Rodriguez, Polly Caron, Chris Stetson, Wendy Cluff

East Room: Thea Stark, Jill Pollack, Nick Deysher

West Room:  Jen Godlesky, Emily Hagopian, Malka Coburn,

Nancy Wagner

Afternoon Supervising Teacher:  Nick Deysher

Visual Arts Studio
Val Driscoll

Music Studio

Nick Deysher

Rotating Teachers
Balbir Singh, Mark Smith-Bove

Custodian

Administration
Director: Martha Christenson Lees

Program Coordinator: Lois Ducharme

Administrative Assistant: Lori McKenna

Academic Liaison
Susan Etheredge, Professor and Chair, Department of Education and Child Study

Consultant
Lella Gandini, Ed.D., Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach in the United States

 


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