Preschool Program

Green Room

 

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Deb Faunce

Deb is a Green Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2001. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine, Farmington. Her philosophy of teaching includes treating each child as an individual and fostering each child’s individual interests, and also the idea that a child’s experiences in the classroom should touch on all aspects of the curriculum.

“Children should have fun. A teacher’s enthusiasm keeps children interested and excited.”

Deb is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 7.

Away from work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading.

 

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Myra Van Eekelen

Myra Van Eekelen is a Green Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She graduated High School from Waldorf School in Zeist, The Netherlands and has a B.S in Education and Mathematics from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Her philosophy of teaching is based on valuing the creative potential in each child, offering activities that help foster enthusiastic learning, intellectual growth, self-esteem and social responsibility and to offer a nurturing environment for a healthy development for each child.

“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.” – Rudolf Steiner

Myra is a professional member of NAEYC and a Maine Roads to Quality, Level 5.

Away from work, she enjoys traveling, gardening and reading.

Evan Cuddy

Evan Cuddy

Evan is the Afternoon Green Room Teacher and the Music Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Susquehanna University and Master of Music in Performance from the University of Southern Maine. His philosophy of teaching includes building on children’s strengths and giving them the tools they need to overcome their weaknesses.

“I want to make music and arts accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level.”

Evan is a Certified Instructor of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, a member of Maine Music Educators Association and a member of NAEYC.

Away from work, he enjoys running, playing with dogs, and playing the violin.

 Red Room

Rita Bagala

Rita Bagala

Rita is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2004. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College. Her philosophy of teaching is based on creating a safe, happy environment. This allows her to approach each child as an individual and allows her to offer materials that encourage children to explore, investigate, and interact with their peers so that they can grow and develop in all aspects: physically, socially, and emotionally.

“Learning happens when children are offered many opportunities to play and explore the materials around them.”

She is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 7.

Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with her husband.

 

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Anne Lisak

Anne Lisak is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She has a B.A in Music and a Masters of Elementary Education. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that children learn through exploration and play in inviting surroundings.

“Children flourish when they feel respected and are able to respect and learn from their peers, teachers and environment.”

Anne is a professional member of Maine Roads to Quality , Level 8

Away from work, she enjoys photography, sing dancing and traveling.

 

Zahra Mahamud

Zahra is a Red Room Afternoon teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2013. Se has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Maine Community College.

Her philosophy of teaching includes observing children carefully to plan activities that are of natural interest to them and ensuring that they have a safe environment in which to play.

Away from work, she enjoys taking walks with her children, spending time with her family and taking Zumba classes.

 

Blue Room

 

Tabitha Gould

Tabitha Gould

Tabitha is a Blue Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2007. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Greenfield Community College. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that children flourish when they have some control over their learning.

“I believe all children are capable of amazing things.”

Tabitha is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.

Away from work, she enjoys photography and painting.

 

Kelly Swett

Kelly Swett

Kelly is a Blue Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2009. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Andover College. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that play is the work of childhood and that “childhood should always include exploration, discovery, and laughter.”

Kelly is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.

Away from work, she enjoys Bikram Yoga, spending time with her niece, home décor, fashion, and the beach.

Danielle Richardson

Danielle is the Afternoon Blue Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2017. She has a Bachelor’s from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Maine at Orono. Danielle was a graduate assistant at the lab school in Orono and was a lead preschool teacher in addition to assisting with supervision of new early childhood education students. Her philosophy of teaching is “allowing children to explore and work together so that they experience rich and meaningful learning.”

Away from work, she enjoys hiking, running and going to the beach.