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Eligible programs and educators can receive coaching and mentoring services to enhance their skills, knowledge and practice as it relates to accreditation, leadership, QRIS, Core Competency attainment &/or the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.

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Meet Some of Our Coaches:
  Jane Keddy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development form the University of Connecticut in 1971. She has worked in preschool settings as well as Family Child Care. She was the program manager of the Family Child Care system at Pathways for Children in Gloucester, MA for 15 years where she supervised between 12 and 20 FCC educators. In that position, she was responsible for:
• Managing placements of children in child care homes, taking into account their developmental levels, social and emotional needs and family schedules
• Regularly visiting educator’s homes to monitor quality of care and assess needs of the children
• Monitoring USDA food program through home visits and written monthly menus
• Assisting providers in dealing with children and their families
• Attending trainings, conferences and meetings throughout the state pertaining to all aspects of the care and education of young children; longstanding member of MADCA Affiliates
• Organizing and administering ongoing training programs for FCC educators
• Recruiting and training new FCC providers
• Assisting providers in navigating the QRIS, and in obtaining the CDA credential
In August of 2014, Jane retired from Pathways. She has continued to remain active in the Early Education field by serving as a Mentor/Coach through the R3P, acting as a Technical Assistance Provider for the United Way’s QRIS grants, and is also registered as a Professional Development Specialist for the CDA.
Jane is also an artist, working primarily as a printmaker, and is very excited to have time now to pursue this passion. She lives in East Gloucester with her son Sam and their dog Rocky.


Caroline Yoder Hi, my name is Caroline Yoder (Blackman) and I have been in the field for over 30 years. I received my undergrad from Pennsylvania State University in Elementary Education, my masters in Administration from Wheelock College and a post masters certificate from the University Massachusetts Boston in Child Development. I have had an eclectic background. I started off teaching pre-k and after school while I was working on my master’s at Wheelock. Once I received my master’s I got a job as a director in South Boston. I moved from there to a director’s job in Melrose, where I stayed for 25 years! Most of my experience is with center-based care (infants through 5 year olds). Additionally, I have been teaching courses at North Shore Community College, particularly Child Development and Administration courses. I also do coaching through the Region 3 Partnership grant (all in the north shore of Boston area) on a variety of topics but particularly QRIS and NAEYC. I have a particular expertise in QRIS and NAEYC  and all the components within them. And finally (last but certainly not least), I have been training for IEPD for the last year plus. I particularly like to do the QRIS-related trainings and CLASS trainings but have done many others. I am a certified CLASS observer (and do CLASS observations in schools) for pre-k, a PDA specialist, a NAEYC member and was trained in the EEC Social/Emotional standards and hope to be teaching on line classes on that in the near future.



sheryl  Sheryl Kandler  I have been working in early education for 37 years and still able to retain my passion (and sense of humor)!. I have a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from UMass Amherst, and an MS in Instructional Design from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

I began my work in the classroom with preschoolers and have used this first hand experience to continue my work through training, teaching, CDA Advising and coaching. I have worked administering programs in both Oregon and Massachusetts.
As a coach and mentor with Region 3, I hope to bring my experience to programs assisting with setting and achieving center and individual goals, providing feedback and sharing of resources.

roz  Rosalind Mann Roz has been involved in many facets of education for over 30 years. She gained her experience by participating on educational advisory boards, becoming a trainer in the early learning field, being the administrator of an early learning and after school program then to being adjunct faculty at Bunker Hill Community College and a coach for Region 3. She has experience with the Core Competencies, QRIS, Licensure, and Professional Development Plans, facilitating the development process of vision and mission statements and understanding group dynamics. Also, she has experience with program environments, staff evaluations and student assessments along with family and community building. I am a CDA Specialist as well. In addition, she is part of the Department of Early Education and Care WIDA Cadre which supports Dual Language Learners. Above all of the things listed she is most proud of being a mother and a grandmother.

  LeeAnn Soucy- has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 29 years (yikes!). For the past 22 years I have been working with teachers in training. In my position as Director of Coaching and Mentoring for the Region 3 EPS grant I oversee the coaches and work closely with programs and individuals interested in coaching. I am an adjunct instructor at North Shore Community College in the Early Childhood Education Department where I teach in the classroom and online. I am a CDA PD Specialist and have been working with the Council of Professional Recognition for over 19 years.
As a coach/mentor I offer suggestions, goals, feedback & resources while supporting the programs and individuals in discovering their strengths as well as areas they would like to work on.  I have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to have fabulous coaches and mentors that have challenged me and that I have learned a great deal from.

matilde Matilde Graciano Matilde Graciano has been working in the Early Childhood field for over 21 years, as a bilingual (Spanish/English) Family Child Care Educator, Trainer, Coach/Mentor, CDA Professional Development Specialist, Center Based, and After School Program Director, Consultant, Technical Assistant Provider for the QRIS/United Way Grant process, and a College Professor.  She has a Bachelors degree from Wheelock College and a Master of Education from Cambridge College.  Matilde enjoys knitting and spending time with her family.

Marilyn Favreau  Marilyn Favreau, MS, has over 30 years experience in all areas of early childhood education from classroom teacher to program director to college instructor. For over 20 years she has served as an independent consultant supporting early childhood programs and educators in creating positive learning environments for young children. She offers professional development training focused on all areas of child development and learning. She currently is facilitating online courses for Mass AEYC in Infant/toddler curriculum and for Mass Focus Academy in Partnering with Families of Preschool and Elementary Students with Disabilities. She is frequently called into programs to observe children, educators, and environments and shares her insights from a strengths based approach that encourages reflection and skill building. Marilyn is co-author of the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers and has served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Council for Accreditation in Washington, D.C. She received post-graduate training in multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum.

Linda Schumacher, M.Ed.  Linda Schumacher holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has been involved in the early childhood profession for 30+ years, having taught young children in public school, private special needs school, and center-based preschool. In addition, Linda owned and operated her own family child care program where she successfully integrated children with moderate and severe special needs. Linda serves on the Accreditation Council for the National Association for Family Child Care and is currently the chairperson. She is also trained and certified as an NAFCC Accreditation Observer and PD Specialist (CDA). She currently works as an independent early childhood specialist who provides training and coaching statewide on topics of early childhood including behavior management, QRIS, developmentally appropriate curriculum, business practices in family child care, NAFCC Accreditation and inclusion of children with special needs. Visit her website at

Patricia De León  Patricia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Salem State University in 2011. She is presently working towards a Master degree in Early Childhood Education with/without disability at Gordon College. She has been working in early childhood field for 14 years. She has had experience as preschool setting as a teacher in a center and in 2007, she decided to open her own family child care.  She has been involved in the QRIS since 2010.  In 2015, she was granted a level 3 of QRIS.  She supports other family child care educators in the process to get the next level in the QRIS and also in the different grants that are offered.  Her family childcare program is NAFCC accreditation.  I love to work with children and their families, and also help other educators to offer quality programs and services. 

BeaBeatrice Casas-Monzon recently retired after 30 years as a Bilingual Family Day Care Licensor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She started her professional career as a Head Start and Kindergarten teacher after obtaining a B.A. in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL in 1978. Beatrice has a passion for helping children reach their potential in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Likewise she has a track record for empowering adults who care for children. For 20 years, she recruited and assessed foster and adoptive parents by conducting assessments and trainings in several areas related to child growth and development. Throughout her career, Beatrice has enhanced her professional development by participating in frequent trainings to stay up to date in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Beatrice currently teaches family day care orientations and Module 2 classes in English and Spanish for the Child Care Circuit. She is developing a youth development curriculum. She enjoys meeting friends at Panera for coffee, traveling and is patiently waiting for her husband to retire from the computer industry.


heidiHeidi Ferrante has worked in the field of early childhood for over 25 years.  She started her career as an Infant Toddler Teacher, but has worked as a Pre-School Teacher, a CDA Advisor, Family Child Care Advisor, Special Needs Tutor, as well as a Behavioral Specialist.  Heidi has been consulting and coaching since early 2000 and specializes in classroom management, curriculum, room design and supporting young children with social/emotional behavioral disorders.  Heidi has completed both her undergrad and graduate degrees at Lesley University, and will be teaching as an adjunct faculty member at NSCC this fall (2017).   Heidi is a mom to two teenage daughters, Emma and Isabelle, and will be celebrating 18 years of marriage this fall to her husband, Mark.

Kathy Gallo has been working in the field of early childhood education for longer than many of you have been alive – about 35 years.   For the past 20 years, Kathy has worked at North Shore Community College, overseeing several different grants from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  As the Director of the Region 3 Educator and Provider Support grant (often referred to as the R3P), Kathy supports early educators and programs to enhance quality through various professional development opportunities.  She is also an adjunct instructor at North Shore Community College and Salem State University in the Early Childhood Education Department, and a CDA Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington DC.  Kathy has previous experience teaching young children in family child care, Head Start, private preschool and other settings and would love to work with you to become the very best early educator that you can be!



What do all of these people have in common?
Yes, they all have a COACH!

For more information, please contact:

LeeAnn Soucy
781-593-6722 X6638
Director, Coaching & Mentoring
Region 3 Educator and Provider Support grant (EPS)
North Shore Community College


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