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
My name is Sean, and I am the Assistant Director of the Medford Location. I graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Sociology with a social service concentration. I have been working with children for over fifteen years. After teaching kindergarten for a year I decided that I wanted to work with younger children, so around six years ago I started teaching preschool and have been working with that age group ever since. I started here at First Steps Early Learning Center in 2011. I worked as the lead teacher in the pre-kindergarten classroom in addition to being the preschool/pre-k coordinator. I went on to start up and run our school age program, before taking on my current role as an Assistant Director.
Director Woburn Center
My 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.
Assistant Director Woburn Center
Hi, I'm Maureen Sherry and I am the Assistant Director at the Woburn Center. Working with young children has always been my passion. I began working with children 13 years ago. I started as an assistant Teacher and worked my way up the career ladder. I am Lead Teacher certified in all age groups as well as Director Two certified. I am also first aid and CPR certified. My favorite part about working with children is seeing them meet important development milestones.
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
Hi, my name is Amanda and I am the Assistant Director at the Chelsea location. I have worked in various childcare settings for the past 8 years. My friends and family have always described me as a nurturing person so it is no surprise to them that I have never had a job outside the field of childcare! I have known that I wanted to work with children from a very young age. My passion for teaching motivated me to work towards a degree in the field. I graduated from Salem State University in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am certified by the Department of Early Education and Care as an Infant, Toddler and lead Preschool teacher, as well as Director II. I am also CPR and First Aid certified. My favorite part of working with children and their families is sharing excitement with them when a developmental goal is reached and providing support when it is needed. I love getting to know each individual child and what makes them unique!