Leadership, Educators and Staff
I’ve been with SHED Children’s Campus since 1991, holding many roles – from School Age Coordinator to now Executive Director. I’m blessed to be a part of this incredible grass roots organization, where one can bring all of themselves to work.
My experience at Massachusetts Liberal Arts College — where I received a Sociology Degree and studied and worked with children and families — gave me the foundation for my life’s work.
I’m passionate for life — love to play and dream big — and bring passion to the work and leadership I do here. SHED lives it everyday with the Reggio philosophy, mindfulness, organic gardens, nature and community. Observing every day’s beauty.
I am curious and inspired by our children, families and educators — how we collaborate to make Shed Children’s Campus a better community. Developing as earth stewards and citizens and realizing how we may serve our community. Every day has a rippling effect of goodness.
Director, Day Programs
I joined SHED Children’s Campus in 1990 as a Kindergarten teacher. As I watched it grow and develop, I received enormous support and encouragement to grow and develop, also.
My latest role suits me well. I am grateful to help SHED evolve the role we play in the lives of our children and families. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is a wonderful fit for us and I am excited to be a part of the continuing development of our building facilities, natural environment, and Reggio Philosophy inspired programming.
Reggio inspires me to bring more Mindfulness into my life, to learn more about vegetable and flower gardening, to explore further our local community, and to build more authentic relationships with others.
Director, Kid’s Club | Co-Director, Summer Adventures
I am so proud to be a part of SHED Children’s Campus. I have been lucky to grow with SHED since I started in 1992, straight from Wheelock College with a degree in Human Development, and where I later received a Masters Degree in Child Development.
I love that my roles allow me to connect with children & families in a setting where creativity & imagination are a part of our daily lives.
I was privileged to be part of a study tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in May of 2015. My experience was life changing and reinforced my belief that children are ready & capable. It is up to us, as educators & parents, to find ways to connect to their needs — to experience the wonder & curiosity together with children.
Reggio inspires my days. Family & community are vital to Reggio & family is everything to me. My husband & I are blessed with three wonderful daughters. I believe my children – all children – deserve to be listened to, respected & given opportunities to explore their world. These beliefs are from Reggio but carry through to all aspects of life with families & children.
“Fortuna me!” – Lucky me!
Assistant Director, Kid’s Club | Co-Director, Summer Adventures
I joined SHED Children’s Campus in 1997, as an educator while getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in Special Education, from Salem State College. Prior to joining the organization, I taught preschool for eight years. Throughout my time within the organization, my roles have evolved. Presently, I am the assistant director of Kid’s Club, LEAP program facilitator, and co-director of Summer Adventures.
I am deeply passionate about science and STEM related curriculum, and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with children across all of our programs. I recently designed and facilitated a curriculum for our pumpkin patch which was funded by the Preschool Innovative STEM Curriculum Grant through a Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care.
The greatest joy I have while being apart of SHED Children’s Campus is the connection between children and families. I strive to form, and maintain, individual relationships with both present and past families across all programs.
The Reggio philosophy fits our campus perfectly because we listen to our children and follow their interests and passions. Each day offers new opportunities to explore and enjoy.
Shana Hall, Educator
Emily Melo, Educator
Johnny Gerety, Kid’s Club Coordinator
Barbara Blanchette, Business Manager
Joel Greer, Facility Coordinator
Julie Poley, Nutrition and Snack Coordinator
Jeff Ulbin, Outdoors Coordinator