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.
Director Woburn CenterMy name is Lindsay Kushnet and I am the Director of First Steps at the Woburn site. I have always enjoyed working with children and began my career in child care as a float teacher in my hometown in Western Massachusetts while I completed my undergraduate degree at Westfield State College. Working as a float allowed me the versatility to work in every room and therefore enabled me to earn my DEEC teacher certification for infant/toddler and preschool age groups. Once I earned my degree in psychology I realized that I wanted to continue taking care of children and therefore went back to school at Anna Maria College to earn my graduate degree in Early Childhood Education. While going to school I also worked in Worcester as a preschool teacher and later in Newton as a toddler teacher. After almost nine years as an educator I knew that I wanted to use my enthusiasm from teaching and years of experience to make a positive impact as an administrator. Therefore I completed an additional certification to be Director qualified. It was only a few months later that I was hired in Somerville as an Assistant Director and soon later became the Director of the center. I am now very lucky to work with so many caring and creative staff members and assist many wonderful families at First Steps. I am looking forward to continued success and happiness with the center and being part of such an established center and wonderful community.
Marketing DirectorHello, my name is Amy, I have been here at First Steps since we opened back in January 2008. I’ve been working in this field for over six years now. I started as an Assistant teacher and have worked my way up to administration. I am Lead Teacher certified in Infants, Toddlers and Preschool as well as certified in First Aid & CPR. Children have always been a big part of my life and I couldn’t imagine waking up everyday doing anything different.
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!