About us

Our Experienced Staff

Shirley Wong

Executive Director

Shirley is a member of the administration team. She is EEC certified to teach infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Roger William University​.  Shirley previously worked as an IT professional for over twenty years but left to pursue her dreams of working with school children. She taught a Cantonese language class at Newton Cantonese School part-time while working as an IT professional before joining WoodsEdge.  Currently, she is working hard to include exposure to foreign languages into the preschool program because she has seen the benefits it has brought her multi-lingual children.  Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills. In her free time, she loves baking (cake especially!),  hiking and spending time with her family.

Natasha Allen

Center Director

Natasha has over ten years of experience in the childcare industry.  She has worked in various centers, from very small privately owned through larger corporate-owned centers and the in-between.  Throughout her time in childcare, she has worked in many positions from the assistant teacher through Administration and finding a home as a director.  As a director of a childcare center for over five years, her main objective is to provide high-quality care for the children in our care, build partnerships with the families to best provide support for not only their children, but also the family as a whole, and to provide support and knowledge to the staff.  Working with children is rewarding in itself as you get to be apart of their discovery of the world and being able to provide support to staff and families makes this field that much more rewarding.   

Sarah Hatch

Infant  Teacher 

Sarah has been in the early childhood field for 12 years.  She enjoys each of the age groups; however, infants and toddlers long ago stole my heart.  She enjoys helping each child reach their full potential, while exploring the world around them.  Sarah is the mother of two wonderful children, and have resided in Sudbury for 20 years, and grew up in Maynard. In Sarah spare time,  she enjoys spending time with her children as well as family and friends.  She particularly enjoy occasionally catching up on some of her favorite shows. In the future she would like to continue her education and perhaps explore some early childhood related courses in arts and literature, as well as diverse learners

Amanda Heon

Toddler Teacher

Amanda has worked in the Early childhood field for over 15 years.  She studied Early Childhood Education at a four-year college. And continue to work towards higher education learning goals.  Amanda is currently studying to be a Reiki Teacher. Her specialty is Toddlers & Messy Sensory!  Amanda is the mother of three boys- Caleb, Wyatt & Camden! She lives in Maynard, and in her free time she enjoys Hiking, Camping, Yoga/Mediation and Reading.

Eileen Ip

Infant /Toddler Teacher Assistant

Eileen Ip graduated with Associated Degree in Computer Science from the Community College of Rhode Island.  She has been working in the IT field for a couple of years before transitioning to the education industry. She loves to play with children, and she has volunteered at multiple childcare programs.  Eileen especially loves to see children learn and grow every day. She is a mother of four children who are all grown up.  She is very patience and is very careful about the little ones. In Eileen's free time, she loves to cook, to spend time with her family, and to enjoy the outdoors.

Nico Smith

Toddler / Preschool Teacher 

Nico is a graduate of Assabet Valley and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art with a concentration in photography focused heavily in nature. Nico is a certified preschool teacher through the EEC and loves to bring nature into the classroom whenever possible for the children to experience.

When not in school Nico enjoys hiking with their dog, Orion, gardening, letter-boxing, costume making, crafting, painting, and other artistic mediums. Nico enjoys creating as often as possible and really enjoys when the children are equally excited about the art projects the classroom has to offer.
 

Johanna Haagens

Toddler / Preschool Teacher 

Johanna’s has the MFA in Art Education degree at Boston University. She studied to be an art teacher and have had a variety of different types of jobs. Johanna began her career as an art teacher and later changed to working in advertising and graphic design. However, she has always been interested in helping children discover their creativity. Furthermore, helping children express their ideas through pictures enhances their ability to think. The picture story later becomes a basis for the ability to create a written story.  She has worked as a substitute teacher off and on during her career. Johanna is fascinated with the developmental stages of children and what motivates children to learn and develop their skills. When she was getting re-certified in teaching art, she worked at several local childhood preschools to gain the experience. Johanna has been working in different preschools, and she has a strong sense of empathy and compassion provides the loving atmosphere that makes her classroom a place that children feel comfortable in. 

Beth Fisher

Preschool Teacher 

Beth graduated from Salem State 13 years ago, she began her education experience working with toddlers for over two years where she moved onto working with children from preschool thru sixth grade. While working in the public schools, her time was spent working with children diagnosed with autism, behavioral, social and emotional issues and also working in inner – city, impoverished schools.  

One of her favorite activities to do with children is anything involving building – from mud pies, to Lego structures to drawing houses. Watching children create and build from start to finish is something she find inspiring and fun to watch the process. The pride and excitement that a child takes in what they’ve accomplished makes her incredibly happy. Working with children brings many enjoyable aspects. The pure happiness they show and bring is refreshing. Their natural curiosity and the longing for wanting to know more brings fulfilment and excitement every day. It is something she look forward to each and every day since everyday is different, bringing new curiosity and happy moments. Beth has always believed that children should be seen, heard , feel protected and respected. With this, she is hoping to become a child advocate sometime in the future.

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