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.
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 has worked in the field of early childhood education for 30years. I started out as a pre-k and toddler teacher and received my Master’s from Wheelock College in Administration, with a specialty in day care. I have been a director of a center in Melrose since 1991. I started out full time and am now working part time and overseeing a full time director.
I have been consulting and coaching since the mid-90′s. I started out assisting other programs with their pursuit of NAEYC accreditation and I continue to do that. I am now assisting other programs with all aspects of the QRIS, including the ITERS, ECERS, PAS, CLASS, and the IPDP and PDP. I am working as a coach through the PAC (Peer Assistance Coaching) through EEC. As part of this, I coach another director in all aspects of her job.
In March, I will be teaching an on line course at NSCC in early childhood. I am also a CDA professional and am trained to teach the EEC Literacy course and will be trained this spring to run the Business training for EEC.
I am passionate about working with children and always have been. I have known since I was 13 that I wanted to run a “nursery school”. It was in my diary!
On a personal note: I was an observer at the 2013 Boston Marathon (a block from the finish line) and I ran the 2014 Boston Marathon.
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.
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 25 years (yikes!). For the past 20 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 15 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 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 www.lindaschumacheronline.com
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.
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