Our Fantastic Staff

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Joan Tanner, Executive Director

Joan grew up as a country girl from Skaneateles, NY. She enjoys travel, knitting, gardening, and cooking. She also enjoys outdoor sports and arts and crafts. Joan's biggest delight is her family, daughter Melissa and her husband Jim and grandchildren Jack and Bre, also, son Josh and wife Cathy, and grandchildren AllieCat, Kailey and Domenic. Joan has a Master's of Education Degree from Umass and many years of teaching experience.

 

Countryside Staff

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Glenn MacEachern, Site Coordinator, Countryside

One of four children, Glenn grew up in Woburn, MA. He has worked at CCC for 21 years and studied at Salem State College, where he played baseball. His work-related experience includes the K Head Counselor at Concord Academy Summer Camp, BlueSox Baseball Camps Coach and Older Kid Coordinator at CCC. Along with Jenna Ernst and Jesse Crandall, Glenn runs the Kindergarten program at Upper Falls. Glenn has been married to Ashling since the summer of 2005 and they have three sons, Fionnbhar, Tadhgh and Oisin. 

 
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Michael Mann, Older Kid Coordinator

Michael began teaching at CCC in 2009 after having worked at the Mason-Rice School as a special education assistant and after school teacher for three years. He is the older kid coordinator at the Countryside School site. Michael has a special interest in teaching literacy, writing, art, and movement, and he enjoys sharing these passions in his classes and clubs. 

Some of Michael's favorite things to teach at CCC include yoga and nature in the outdoor classroom. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, running, traveling, and spending as much time in nature as possible. He also loves his part-time job teaching yoga and doing marketing and social media work for his yoga studio.

 
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Elif Irtemcelik-Kozak, Educator

 Elif ("ey-leaf") joined the CCC teaching team in May, 2015. In addition to students at CCC, Elif has over 8 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood settings, and holds a M.Ed. degree in School Psychology. She is a singer-songwriter in her free time and a member of a non-profit international folk dance company that performs locally and nationally. Elif has lived in the US and abroad and is fascinated by languages and world cultures. She is passionate about empowering children with healthy social skills, and supporting their curiosity and growth through the activities she leads. At CCC, Elif enjoys leading activities that involve arts, music, science, engineering, literacy, and sports, all while promoting positive social-emotional skills and personal growth!

 
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Ajane Lee, Educator

 

 

Hano Garcia, Educator

 

 

 

Omar Ridley, Educator

Omar is currently 19 years old. He was born in Dorchester, but moved to Newton at the age of 5 where he started school at our very own Countryside Elementary! It was scary for him at first, but once he joined CCC's after school program he finally felt included. He made plenty of new friends, many of which he still has today! In his free time he loves to play sports. Every type of sport is a hobby of his because he enjoys staying active. Omar also loves to hangout with friends, go to the movies, going for walks, and also spending time with his family.

Outstanding
magnificent
adventurous
realistic

 

 

Jeanette Blanco, Educator

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Beth Grandi, Educator

 

 
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Jacob Peters, Educator

 

 
 

Upper Falls Staff

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Jesse Crandall, Site Coordinator, Upper Falls

Jesse grew up on the beaches of Rhode Island and in the mountains of West Virginia.  He attended Boston University for piano performance and earned his degree in Music Education.
He spent a handful of years as Director of Music at Hinsdale High School in New Hamphire and discovered the CCC in 1997.

Jesse enjoys his time outside - on the trails, hiking, on his mountain bike and on the windsurfer.  His travels include many of the national parks in the lower 48 and Hawaii. If you're looking for Jesse outside of CCC, he will most likely to be found in the woods or on a trail with his new furry friend named Kåla.

 
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Frank Snyder, Educator

Frank has worked at CCC for over 16 years. Frank was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Croton, NY in Westchester County. He graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1988 with a Regent's Degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with a minor in sociology and political science, in 1993 from Northeastern University. Personal interests include athletics, travel, music and cooking.

 
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Michele LeFevre-Dwyer, Educator

Michele was raised in Newton Upper Falls. Her Grandchildren make the fourth generation to be raised in the home! Michele has worked at CCC for over sixteen years and loves her job. Meeting new children every year is so exciting as is seeing a young adult that once was a student at CCC. The dream Michele has for herself is to own a home within walking distance of the ocean, which is so relaxing. 

 
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Edward Tsui, Educator

This will be Edward's fourth year working at CCC. He was born in Hong Kong, but moved to America at an early age. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 with a major in Illustration and a minor in Drawing and is now going back to get a Masters of Art in Teaching at MassArt. He is excited to be making art with all of the kids again this year!

(http://www.edwardtsuiart.com/)

 

Gerard Wilson, Educator

Gerard has been a group leader at CCC for more than 10 years. He is also a teacher of Religious Studies and History at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. Gerard lives in Framingham with his wife, Maryann and his three children, Rebecca, Chris and Alex. Gerard has an Associate degree from UMass Amherst, in Park Management and Arboriculture, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John's in Brighton, MA as well as a Master of Divinity. He has been working at the Fessenden Day Camp for many years as a woodworking specialist, counselor and CIT and Program Director. His hobbies include sports card collecting, woodworking, watching sports and following the Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox. Favorite thing at Countryside, other than being with the kids, is running the Floor Hockey Tournament.

 
 
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Elizabeth Laws, Educator

In her spare time, Liz likes to hang out with celebrities and take boomerang videos of her dog. When she isn't at CCC, you can assume that she is out searching for extraterrestrial life.

Elegant, Laughs a lot, Intelligent (very), Zany, All about having fun, Bashful I am Not, Eccentrically Easygoing, Terrifically enthusiastic, Humorous!

 

Jenna Ernst, Kindergarten Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

Jenna started working at CCC after she gratuated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. After her second year at the center, she became the Kindergarten Coordinator as well as Administrative Assistant. She's grateful for the opportunity to be able to teach children in a setting such as CCC, where they're encouraged to express themselves and explore their unique interests. When she's not at the center, you'll most likely find her on a beach somewhere or with her handsome dog, Brick.


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Laura Davis, Bookkeeper

Laura joined our wonderful program in the summer of 2006. Laura graduated with a BS from UMass Boston and earned her MBA from Suffolk University. After 8 years of working full time in the healthcare industry, Laura decided to pursue smaller accounting and bookkeeping gigs that allowed her to spend more time with her two children and husband. She also volunteers at her kids' schools. 

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Melissa Gavell, Off-Site Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been working at CCC since 1990. She earned a BS from Lesley University in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Education. She was our Kindergarten Coordinator for quite some time, but now she has taken a full time job as a lead preschool teacher at The Children's Workshop! Since we can't let her go completely, she is still doing some crucial work for us off-site. She is married to Jim, her best friend of 20 years, and together they have two lovely children, Brea and Jack. Her hobbies include painting, sewing and spending time with family and friends.