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.
"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, 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.