About us

Our Experienced Staff

Shirley Wong

 Center Program Manager

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 is very excited to be joining Woodsedge Children's Center as the Director.  She 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 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.  Natasha looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful children, families, and staff of Woods Edge Children’s Center and please know that her door will always be open to everyone; you will always be welcome a chance to discuss any questions, concerns, or requests.  Please feel free to contact Natasha at anytime. 

Anna Morticelli

Infant Teacher Assistant

Anna received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Worcester State University and a certificate in child life from American Public University.  She ultimate goal is to be an advocate for children and help to provide a nurturing environment full of learning opportunities and adventure.  Anna has previous experience in caring for children, and has had the pleasure of volunteering in an outpatient pediatric health care setting.  She is so excited to work at WoodsEdge and get to know all of the children and families!

Amanda Heon

Infant / Toddler Teacher

Amanda has worked in the Early childhood field for over 15 years.  She studied Early Childhood Education at a four year school. 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.

Alison  Yen

Toddler / Preschool Teacher

Alison comes to Woodsedge with 12 years of experience working with young children.  She is Infant, Toddler, and Preschool teacher certified.  She has a BA in Spanish and a Master's in Public Health, with which she did work in clinical research. In her free time, Alison enjoys time with her husband and two children, running, and traveling.

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.

Linda Bursch

Preschool Teacher

Linda has always had a passion for teaching and made the decision to study Early Education and Care at 12 years old. When it was time to go to high school, she chose to go to go to J. P. Keefe Technical High School to study Early Education and Care and become a certified Teacher by the Department of Education and Care. During her senior year, she realized she wanted to continue schooling and chose to study Photography. She made the decision to go to Salem State University majoring in Art with a concentration in Photography with a Minor in Theater.

Linda has eight years of experience working with children and about four years of experience working for various photography companies before realizing she preferred to do freelance work. Linda shares her love and passion for teaching by exposing children to nature and love for art expression through a fun curriculum.

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