First Steps Management Team
Executive DirectorHi! I'm the Founder & Executive Director here at First Steps. I have 2 boys, 7 year old and 3 year old. I also have 13 nieces and nephews who I take care of frequently. I have worked in daycare for over 7 years. I also worked in the corporate world for over 9 years. After having my son and having to put him in daycare, I saw a lot of things in the center that I was not happy with as a parent. I realized that I was paying a lot of money for care that I was not happy with including unhealthy snacks and meals as well as my child not learning a whole lot but watching TV every day. That's when I decided that it was time for a change, not only for my son, but for a lot of families who felt the way I did. So I went back to school and ventured to open my own center. I have been extremely selective in the staff that I hire as well as the teaching teams that I pair together. As far as my qualifications, I am Lead Teacher certified in Infants, Toddlers & Preschool, Director 2 certified as well as CPR & First Aid. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in International Business & Marketing from Hofstra University, a degree in Management from Northeastern University, as well as multiple early education courses at Fisher College and various other educational institutions.
Director Medford CenterI'm Jodi and I am the Director of the Medford center. I have been with First Steps since the first day we opened and started out as the preschool teacher. I went on to creating the Pre-K program and heading that as well. Later I worked my way up to Preschool / Pre-K program coordinator, Assistant Director and now Director. I have been working in this field for over 12 years and am Lead Teacher Certified in all age groups as well as Director 2 certified. I am also certified in First Aid & CPR. In my family, I was always known as the baby lady, always keeping the little ones busy at every family function. I love working with children because it is always a new adventure and makes me so happy to see them learn and grow more each day.
Assistant Director Medford Center
Hi my name is Sean and I am the Assistant Director. I graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in social service. During my time at UMASS I was able to start teaching in a kindergarten classroom and I have been working in early childhood since then. I started at First Steps in 2011 as a Lead Preschool Teacher in addition to School Age Coordinator, and I am now Assistant Director. I have been working with children for about 15 years and love being a part of the First Steps family.
Assistant Director Woburn Center
Marketing DirectorHello, my name is Amy, I have been with First Steps since we opened, back in January 2008. I’ve been working in Child Care for over 9 years now. I began working in this field as an Assistant teacher while in college and quickly realized that I had found what it was that I was meant to do. I began my career at First Steps as a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Medford Location. I then worked my way up to administration, as the Assistant Director of that location. I am Lead Teacher certified in Infants, Toddlers and Preschool, as well as Director two, First Aid & CPR certified. I have recently taken on the position of Director of Marketing, here at First Steps. This position offers new and exciting challenges for me, all of which I am looking forward to! Children have always been a large part of my life and I couldn’t imagine waking up everyday doing anything different. I feel very fortunate to have found a Center which I truly believe in, am behind whole heartily. The foundation of this Company is it's family oriented roots which I believe is the First Steps difference!
Director Chelsea CenterMy name is Amanda and I am the Director here at the Chelsea site. Working with children has been a passion of mine since a very young age. I began working in childcare 12 years ago as a teacher’s assistant, and through the years worked toward becoming an administrator. I am Lead Teacher certified with Infants, Toddlers and Preschool and Director 1 certified. I am also certified in First Aid & CPR. Working with children to help guide them into becoming the best they can be, as well as helping and encouraging our staff to grow and reach their full potential, is my favorite part of working in this field. I am very lucky to be part of such an amazing program which gives me the opportunity to work with wonderful children, families and teachers everyday!
Assistant Director Chelsea Center