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Our staff is deeply committed to children and to providing a nurturing and comfortable environment. All staff members meet monthly to plan and coordinate curriculum. The staff also participates in Early Childhood conferences and workshops. Every staff member is trained in CPR and First Aid. All teachers meet or exceed the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements for teacher certification. Our staff is also able to draw upon their own experiences as parents themselves.

As the staff feels communication is of utmost importance, parents are welcome to meet at any time with the teachers and/or the director about any concerns or questions they may have.

We are extremely proud of our teaching staff. We have a very low staff turnover with many of our staff having been at WPS for 6-20+ years! Our teachers are the best and truly care about and enjoy working with young children.

2016-2017 Staff List
Jenn Buliszak - Teacher, Aide
Tatiana Cotter - Teacher
Nicole Harding - Teacher
Annette Howard - Teacher, Aide
Jolene King - Aide
Paula Kinnunen - Teacher
Gina Mach - Teacher
Louise Marinilli - Director
Natalie Martinec - Teacher
Elizabeth Nordhausen - Aide
Krysten Oakleaf - Teacher
Karen Quaranto - Aide
Jennifer Schaffer - Teacher

2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
Judie Hilton - Chair
Louise Marinilli - Director
Jen Weaver - Treasurer
Kristin Hort - Member At Large, Sec.
Emily Abbinanti - Fall Fives Rep
Kendra Fogg - Member At Large
Sasha Harris - 2 Day Blue Alternate
Dave Phair - Member At Large
Kate Cohen - 2 Day Yellow Rep
Emily Edwards - 2 Day Blue Rep
Anita Tonakarn-Nguyen - 2 Day Blue Alternate
Lauren Arnold - 2 Day Blue Alternate
Suzanne McNamara - 3 Day Yellow Rep
Karen Wiczynski - 3 Day Blue Rep
Katie Mangiaratti - 3 Day Yellow Alternate
Rev. Suzanne Wade - St. Mark's Rector


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staff bios

Louise Marinilli
Louise has been at WPS since 1996, and was Assistant Director for eleven years. She became the Director in 2013. Louise has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Reading from Salem State College. When not at WPS, she likes to read, swim and spend time at the beach in Maine, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod. She also enjoys traveling, music and theatre, and spending time with her family.

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Nicole Harding
Nicole has been at WPS since 2009. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from UMASS Amherst, and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State College. When not at WPS, she likes to golf, run, and spend time with her family.

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Paula Kinnunen
Paula has been at WPS since 1990. She has a Master's Degree in Reading and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Fitchburg State College. When not at WPS, she likes to sing, garden, and read.

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Jenn Buliszak
Jenn has been at WPS since 2010. She has a Master's Degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Maine. When not at WPS, she enjoys family activities, photography, reading, and traveling.

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Natalie Martinec
Natalie has been at WPS since 2002. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rivier College. She is the Program Coordinator of our Kid-Ventures programs. Her email address is westfordpsk@gmail.com.

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Krysten Oakleaf
Krysten has been at WPS since 2008. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UMASS Lowell. When not at WPS, she likes to read and spend time with her family.

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Jillian Berlinski
Jillian has a Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan University in Psychology and Sociology. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University. Jillian is also certified as an Advanced Instructor through the Signing Time Academy. Jillian is the owner of Hand in Hand Sign and is thrilled to be teaching Sign Language to the students at WPS.

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Annette Howard
Annette Howard has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Regis College and a Master's Degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education from Lesley University. When not at WPS she tutors children in math and science and enjoys reading, making jewelry, and family time.

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Karen Quaranto
Karen worked at WPS from 2008 - 2011 and returned to us this year! She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Salem State University. When not at WPS, Karens like to travel, read and spend time with her family and friends.

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