Harriet Garskovas, Director

Harriet loves her role as the Director of this wonderful place for children! She comes to TCM with many years of experience in early childhood education as teacher, director, and researcher. Harriet holds a Masters's Degree in Art History from University of Freiburg in Germany and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. The focus in her work with young children is the Reggio Emilia approach and she is excited to share her wisdom with the TCM community of families and teachers. 

"Children learn best when they are loved and respected. They are capable of  taking ownership of their own learning, if they are listened to. As teachers, we are supporting the children's ideas and finding joy in their curiosity and creativity." 


LARA LOFDAHL, Preschool Teacher

Lara grew up in the area and recently moved back from Richmond, Virginia where she worked at a Reggio Emilia inspired school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from University of the South at Sewanee, TN. Lara brings her creativity to the classroom. She loves creating art with children from needle felting, stained glass, and other textile art. She enjoys the outdoors and has been part of sustainability projects with children. Lara believes that children learn best when they are listened to and allowed to be creative. She deeply supports the motion of children as citizens and their sense of wonder.


Amanda Gillis, Preschool Teacher

Amanda comes to TCM from one of the daycare centers affiliated with Harvard University where she taught a mixed preschool/toddler classroom for the past years. Amanda hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Framingham State University and a master’s degree in management from Lesley University. She was recently part of an International study group to visit the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Amanda believes that children learn best in a trusting relationship with their teachers, in a classroom that is inspiring and serves as a third teacher, and with many opportunities to work together on emergent projects.


Linda Bunyon, Infant-Toddler Teacher

Linda has been an integral part of TCM for many years and enjoys knowing so many children have been blossoming in her classroom. She has a certificate in Early Child Education from Middlesex Community College and is Lead Teacher Qualified for Infant/Toddler and Preschool and Director qualified through the Dept. of Early Education and Care. She has also worked at the Roudenbush Children’s Center in Westford as a teacher and as an Assistant Director as well as at the Westford Public Schools. Linda also taught for two years in Sweden, working with young children and high school age students.


Beth Santoro, Infant-Toddler Teacher

Beth joined TCM in the spring of 2014. She studied Early Childhood Education at Rivier University, and received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from New England College.  She taught at Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative, a Harvard University Affiliated Childcare Center. Beth enjoys taking photographs of the children as they make discoveries and connections. Beth believes that learning becomes visible when the children’s expressions and excitement are captured through photographs.


Monica Patro, Infant-Toddler Teacher

Monica comes to TCM with experience teaching toddlers for the past four years and with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on Early Childhood. At present, she is pursuing a bachelor's degree at UMass Boston. Her major is in Early Childhood Education with an interest in inclusive settings and infant/toddler development. Monica’s belief is based on the idea that each child has unlimited potential. She holds space for the children to develop their own thoughts and come to their own conclusions about their discoveries. She intends to continue to deepen her practice in the Reggio Emilia approach and brings those ideas into the classroom.


Claire Messier, All School Teacher

Claire joined TCM in fall of 2015 and has primarily been working in the infant/toddler classroom. She is pursuing undergraduate studies at Middlesex Community College and is Teacher qualified through the Department of Early Education and Care. This school year, Claire is stepping into a new role as All School Teacher and will be working with all children at TCM. The All School Teacher serves as a link between the classrooms and helps facilitate curriculum ideas, projects in the studio, and set up learning environments. Claire loves listening to children’s thoughts and ideas which is the core of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.