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Hi! My name is Abbie-Jo Francis and I'm the Director of our Warren center. I grew up in Warren and now live in Bristol so I know the surrounding area and many of the great people who live and work here as well - it's a great place to live and work!
I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. I hold an Associates Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, am a RI certified teacher and have 20 years of experience teaching and working with children. I have been with The Children's Workshop since 2002 where I started as Head Teacher here in Warren. I then moved to Assistant Director and am now proud to serve as Director for this great school.
Please stop by and visit our Warren Center. I'd love to meet you, show you our newly renovated school, and introduce you to our fantastic teachers!
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Hi there! My name is Amanda Miller and I am the Director of TCW West Bridgewater. I began my career with The Children’s Workshop in September 2016, but I have been in the Early Childhood field since October 1997! I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from UMASS Amherst and my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. I am also Director II certified through the Department of Early Education and Care.
My favorite thing about working with children is having the opportunity to watch them grow and develop. It’s awe-inspiring to watch an infant become a toddler and then a preschooler and know that I was fortunate enough to play a role in their learning and development through the years. I can honestly say that each day with children is a learning experience for me as much as it is for them!
I am a mom to three beautiful girls, Madelyn and twins Campbell & Courtney. I spend much of my weekend time at dance competitions or sporting events with my girls. To unwind, I enjoy a good book and love spending time with my family on the Cape!
I am looking forward to meeting you and your family and showing you our newest location!
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Miss Andrea has been with The Children’s Workshop since November, 2014. Prior to joining TCW, she worked in the field of early childhood education on and off since 1992. In addition to working with young children, Miss Andrea has also worked in a substantially separate special needs middle school classroom, and taught high school English. It was during her time teaching high school that she came to the decision to return to teaching young children; realizing that providing a firm developmental and academic foundation was the best way to foster later school success. Miss Andrea brings with her a bachelor’s degree in management, and possesses a Massachusetts Early Education and Care Director II certification.
Miss Andrea is passionate about the field of early childhood education because, “there is no greater joy, than to witness and be part of a child’s evolution. Every child has special gifts to offer the world and my work allows me to help bring those gifts to light.”
On her own time, Miss Andrea enjoys travelling with her husband, spending time with her daughters and their families, as well as hiking, crafting, cooking, gardening, and sewing.
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Hello, my name is Chrissy and I am the Director of our Westerly location.
I began my career at The Children’s Workshop in April 2002 as the assistant director at our Pawtucket center. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to Director of that center. I was lucky enough to be part of a wonderful team that opened TCW Westerly in 2006.
While in college fifteen years ago, I was working as a toddler lead teacher. I instantly knew that I was born to work with young children, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I enjoy working with children of all ages, watching them grow and learn. You will see my happy son Jack playing and learning in the infant classroom. He is a true testament on the importance of Early Childhood education.
I am very excited to be part of a great team of dedicated teachers that are here for you and your child. I look forward to teaching your children and making new relationships with you all. As the director of this beautiful center, my door is always open! Please let me know what I can do for you.
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Hello, my name is Dawn Gilliatt and I have been the Director of our Waltham location since January 2017. I have been in the childcare field since 1986 and I have worked in all classrooms; from Infants through Kindergarten. After being a Toddler teacher for 8 years, I began my administration Director position. I have operated several small centers along with opening large corporate centers and running facilities with up to 200 children. I am certified through Director II with the EEC in the State of Massachusetts.
I hold a degree in Early Childhood and a Degree in Business with a strong background in STEM. I thoroughly enjoy teaching early childhood educators through hands on workshops to develop their abilities in the field. My true passion is to continue working with children and families while coaching new and old staff in this field.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my three young adult children, kayaking, hiking, camping and our family home in Cape Cod. I welcome all families to visit the Waltham location to learn more about our engaging programs and to meet our wonderful teachers! We have a very unique outdoor space that allows our children to get fresh air even on rainy days – I can’t wait to meet you!
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Hi! My name is Heather Grocott, Director of The Children's Workshop here in Lincoln, RI. I first started my journey with the TCW family in 2007 in our Smithfield location as a Kindergarten teacher. I then entered the company's Management in Training Program, working in several of our locations while also training staff in various areas of early childhood education. I made my home in Lincoln in February of 2010 as the Education Coordinator of the site. I am both proud and excited to now serve as the Director of the very first TCW ever established!
I hold a BA from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Master's Degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood Education. My true passion is not only working with children, but sharing knowledge with families and teachers in order to provide the best early learning experience for all young learners. I am also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Rhode Island Childcare Director’s Association, as well as the Rhode Island College Early Childhood Advisory Board. I have had the honor and privilege to deliver presentations at both the local and national levels throughout my career. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, the beach, and teaching dance.
Please stop by and visit our Lincoln site at any time! I look forward to meeting you!
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I have been in Early Childhood education for the past 18 years. I graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA in 1997 with a degree in ECE. I was a head start teacher in Burriville, Newport and West Warwick Rhode Island for years before I became a preschool and prek teacher and director for the past 12 years. I am also an executive board member of Rhode Island Child Care Directors Association I am the mom of 2 girls, Kianna and Kelsey. They are both competitive gymnasts at Miller Gymnastics and Kelsey plays Ice Hockey for WJHA. When we are not traveling for sports, I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family.
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HI! I am Miss Katie! I began working for The Children’s Workshop in November of 2007. I transplanted myself to Plymouth from New Hampshire where I started in a School Age program in 2006. Since coming to The Children’s Workshop, I have worked in all age groups, but most recently was promoted the school director of Bourne in February 2016; I love watching the children reach new milestones, and hearing the stories they love to tell everyday!
I hold a Director II certification from the Department of Early Education and Care, as well as Lead Teacher certification for Infant, Toddler and Preschool children. I have my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from Rivier College, and have completed advanced coursework in early childhood curriculum development and program administration. When I am not at The Children’s Workshop I enjoy watching the Red Sox and Patriots, camping, reading, and spending time at the beach.
I love what Cape Cod has to offer, and would love for you to come to our Bourne location and see it for yourself!!
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My name is Katrina and I am the director of The Children’s Workshop in South Dennis! I started at our Seekonk school as a teacher and became part of the Management in Training Program, helping in many of our different classrooms. In 2016, I officially became a part of the South Dennis team.
I hold a Bachelor’s of Science from Emerson College and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Special Education from Concordia University. I am lead teacher certified in both infant/toddler and preschool age, and I am Director I and Director II certified as well.
Before entering the early childhood education field I had a wide variety of positions. I was an Americorps member, working with hawks in Rhode Island, I volunteered at the New England Aquarium with the penguins, and was a sports reporter at the Olympics in Beijing, China!! Now in my spare time I like to travel, play with my dogs, and spend time with friends and family!
Feel free to stop by South Dennis to say hello!
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I have been employed with The Children’s Workshop since May of 2001. I started off as a part time teacher assistant while going to school for Early Childhood Education. From then I went on to become the lead teacher of a preschool classroom. A few years ago I stepped out of the classroom to take on more of a leadership role as the assistant director and later the director of the center. I am so lucky to be able to work with such a dedicated group of teachers. Please feel free to give me a call because I would love to show you the programs we offer.
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