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"It didn’t take me long to realize that I finally found a child care center that met my high expectations. The caring and dedicated staff is just as ‘top notch’ as the Center’s pristine facilities."

- Aimee Wells

Michael AmesMichael W. Ames, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perkins in September, 2015. Michael holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, both from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

Michael has been employed, in his 20 plus years of work, by a number of human services agencies including: Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU); The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); and the Key Program. He has held direct service, supervisory, and leadership positions in those organizations. Michael’s doctoral research explored how efforts by low-income, single parents to achieve economic independence affect their children and how, in turn, children affect a parents’ ability to pursue and achieve greater economic independence. Michael is the author of Efforts Towards Economic Independence: Implications for and of Children (2015), and Providing Quality Services: The role of evaluation and Quality Assurance (2006).

 
Pamela BernardPamela Bernard, Program Director, has served as the Program Director at Perkins CDC since its opening in January 2008. She has a Bachelor's degree from Anna Maria College and is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher, Preschool Lead Teacher, and Director qualified through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). She enjoys getting to know each and every one of the children enrolled at the CDC and working with staff to provide the highest quality of care.

 

Caisey SwihartCaisey Swihart, Infant Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since its opening in January 2008. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Youth Education at Becker College and is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher and Preschool Teacher qualified through EEC. Caisey enjoys working with the infants and forming close partnerships with families.

 

Ashley RaboinAshley Raboin, Toddler 1 Lead Teacher, joined the Perkins CDC teaching team in October of 2010. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Curry College and is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher, Preschool Lead Teacher and Director qualified through EEC. Ashley loves being active with the busy toddlers and works closely with families to provide a caring and nurturing environment.

 

Crystal ShawCrystal Shaw, Toddler/Preschool Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since its opening in January 2008. She has an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bay State College and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Youth Education at Becker College. Crystal is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher, and Preschool Lead Teacher, Director qualified through EEC. She has a great love of children and is happy to guide them as they explore the world around them.

 

Michelle BinderMichelle Binder, Toddler/Preschool Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since July 2008. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Youth Education at Becker College and is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher qualified through EEC. Michelle’s calm and patient personality is a great asset to her classroom.

 

Kimberly VanceletteKimberly Vancelette, Preschool Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since September 2011. She is currently working on her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood and Youth Education at Becker College and is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher, Preschool Lead Teacher and Director qualified through EEC. Kim brings her smile and fun loving attitude to her classroom everyday.

 

Pamela NicholsonPamela Nicholson, Preschool Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since August 2008. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Becker College and is Infant/Toddler Teacher and Preschool Teacher qualified through EEC. Pamela enjoys working in Preschool and is always nurturing and energetic.

 

Erin BenoitErin Benoit, Pre-K Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since September 2008. She has a Bachelor's degree from Franklin Pierce College and is Preschool Lead Teacher qualified through EEC. Erin enjoys celebrating the children’s success as they learn and grow throughout the year.

 

Elizabeth NeumanElizabeth Neuman, Pre-K Lead Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since October 2013. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art, a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College, and is Infant/Toddler Teacher and Preschool Lead Teacher qualified through EEC. Elizabeth enjoys getting to know the children and their families. She plans activities that match the children’s interests, while supporting their development.

 

Heidi SanbornHeidi Sanborn, Infant/Toddler and Preschool Floating Teacher, has been a member of the Perkins CDC teaching team since its opening in January 2008. She has an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Wachusett Community College and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Becker College. Heidi is Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher and Preschool Lead Teacher qualified through EEC. She has a great love of animals and will often bring her exotic birds, Emmett and Esme, to the Center for a visit.

 
 
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