Harriet Garskovas, Director
Harriet is thrilled to join The Children's Meetinghouse as the new Director! 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 be part of 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."
Linda Fox, Preschool Teacher
Linda has worked with all age groups at TCM since 1988. She is Lead Teacher Qualified for Infant/Toddler and Preschool and Director qualified through the Dept. of Early Education and Care. Linda has many years of experience in a variety of childcare programs and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
“At TCM my team teaching experience has given me the opportunity to share ideas with my co-teachers, as well as learn and grow professionally in a creative environment.”
Janet Craig, Preschool Teacher
Janet joined the TCM preschool in September 1999 and works full-time. Janet has had 30+ years of experience working with young children in a variety of settings such as preschool, kindergarten, and a child development center for special needs children in North Shore area. Janet has been a director and taught early childhood courses in the evening at North Shore Community College for 14 years. Janet has her Master’s Degree from Wheelock College in Child Development.
“I enjoy watching the children grow and change, challenging them to be independent thinkers, and the hugs and smiles are great too.”
Linda Bunyon, Infant-Toddler Teacher
Linda returned to TCM in Sept. 2010 after leaving 17 years ago to raise her family. Linda 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. Before her return to TCM, Linda worked as a Principal Aid and in the Extended Day Kindergarten for the Westford Public Schools.
"First impressions are lasting ones. My first impression of TCM was that it was a warm, inviting atmosphere for children to develop and grow. I enjoy watching the children explore the areas of their classrooms as well as the playgrounds, while interacting with each other and the teachers. I am happy to be part of the TCM family."
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 is Lead Teacher Certified in Infant/Toddler and Preschool as well as Director certified through the Dept. of Early Childhood Education and Care. Beth provided in-home therapy as an Intervention Specialist in Waltham and enjoyed many years teaching at Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative, a Harvard University Affiliated Childcare Center in Cambridge. Beth's daughter spent her preschool years at TCM. She had a wonderful experience and was very well prepared for Kindergarten!
“I’m enthusiastic about continuing my career at TCM alongside teachers who share my passion for early childhood education. I believe children learn and grow best when they feel happy and safe. I am determined to provide a classroom full of fun, engaging experiences that makes everyone who enters feel welcome in our classroom, and our greater community."
Claire Messier, Infant-Toddler Teacher
Claire joined TCM in fall of 2015. She is pursuing undergraduate studies at Middlesex Community College and is Teacher qualified through the Department of Early Education and Care. She is excited to be working full-time with Infants & Toddlers and also leading the Extended Day Program here at TCM.