About Our Team

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Marianne VALLEE

Director

I have been with Lenox Children’s Center since 1999. I first started as a teacher, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all age groups. I was promoted to Director in 2007. Prior to LCC, I worked at another local childcare facility for three years, and successfully owned and operated my own family childcare business. I have been in the field of early education since 1994. I am the mother of two daughters, one 14 and the other 24. As LCC’s Director, I have an expectation from my staff that they treat all with respect and keep people’s precious babies safe! I also encourage diversity and feel that if children are exposed to a variety of differences, whether it is race, ethnic background, languages or disabilities, there will be a lot more tolerance in the world. I make it a priority to get to know all the children and their families. The Center can accommodate up to 81 children per day, and there is not one child here that I do not know. My goal is to provide families with a safe, nurturing, educational, quality program where parents feel comfortable leaving their children with us.

EDUCATION & TRAINING:  Director-certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care; B.A. in Early Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; “Train the Trainer” for both the Massachusetts Core Competencies and the Massachusetts Preschool Learning Guidelines; Developed training programs such as Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Educator Professionalism, and have trained many early childhood educators in Berkshire County and beyond; QRIS Tools – ITERS / ECERS and Arnett; Trained in Business Expertise for early childhood education


Donna Lamke

Assistant Director / Billing Specialist

I have worked in the field since 1982, beginning as a preschool classroom teacher. I ran a family childcare program for several years, and before joining LCC in 2006, worked as a billing specialist and placement coordinator for a five-site program in Pittsfield, MA. 

EDUCATION & TRAINING:  B.A. in Elementary Education, Westfield State College; Berkshire Community College, Human Services, and Certificate in Business & Admin; Certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as a teacher of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 


Jennifer McCubbin

Lead Teacher, Preschool

I am a Lead Teacher here at Lenox Children’s Center. Currently I have the pleasure of working with the “big kids” implementing LCC’s kindergarten-readiness program. I reached my 15-year anniversary this April, and look forward to many more years. I was born in Baltimore Maryland, raised outside of Chicago, Illinois until age 12, and then lived in the Philadelphia, PA area. I attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree and met my husband. Before coming to LCC, I taught at a small private preschool, working for the most amazing and inspiring early childhood educator I have ever met. After 10 years there, I moved with my husband back to his hometown of Great Barrington, MA. I worked in the preschool program at Morris School in Lenox for the 1999-2000 school year while simultaneously working part-time at LCC. I took a full-time position with the Center in the summer of 2000, and I have been here ever since! In addition to my very rewarding 26 years of working with preschoolers and their families, I have also worked at Tanglewood at the private donor clubs and in private functions for 24 years.  


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Kori Tetrault

Lead Teacher, Preschool

I was born and raised in upstate New York, and I currently live in Adams with my husband and our 3-year-old son. I have been teaching preschool since 2005 and have been a part of the LCC family since 2008. I enjoy coming to work each day to play and learn with my class. My teaching style is very hands-on and supportive., and I believe in treating each child as a unique individual. I have an Associates Degree in Early Education from FMCC, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, minor in Education from MCLA.


Alyssa Peebles

Lead Teacher, Preschool

My name is Alyssa and I am 26 years old. I live in Housatonic with my husband Chris and son Colton. After graduating from college, I was a lead teacher in a small group preschool. I have been teaching at Lenox Children’s Center since February 2012. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Berkshire Community College in 2008, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2011.


Deborah Mizia

Lead Teacher, Toddler

I joined LCC in 2008. I live in Pittsfield with my husband and have three grown children. I have many years of experience in early childhood education, including working as a reading specialist in the public schools. In  my free time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Reading from Lesley College.


Pennie Walsh

Teacher, Preschool

My name is Pennie and I am one of the teachers in Lenox Children’s Center’s Toddler Transition Program. I have two sons, one a graduate of LCC, and the other attends preschool here currently. I have worked at the Center since 2011, but have been in the childcare field for over 12 years. I began interning and substitute teaching in the Undermountain Elementary preschool program, and then worked for three years as a child care provider at Studio 21 fitness center. During this time I also became a nanny for three children and stayed with them for ten years. Early on in my experience with this family, one of the boys was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, leading me to a background in physical therapy. I additionally provided babysitting services for many families across the Berkshires, New York City, New Jersey and Florida. I am also a licensed Movie Projectionist for the Berkshire Museum. In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and sewing/knitting. I am certified in Early Childhood Education, and currently pursuing my degree program.


Sarah Nichols

Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler

I have been employed by the Lenox Children’s Center for the past four years. When I started at the Center I worked as an assistant in one of our preschool rooms, then in our young toddler classroom, as well as in the infant program. I am currently a co-teacher in LCC’s young toddler room. Guiding children in their growth and development is so special to me. In addition to working full time at the Lenox Children’s Center, I am also a live-in private caretaker for two young men with developmental delays. I have been a part of their lives for over 23 years and am considered a family member. Assisting these individuals with their everyday life skills is a role that is both challenging and rewarding. I attended Berkshire Community College for Early Childhood Education, and I hold both Teacher and Lead Teacher Certifications.


Tracy Gordon

Teacher, Infant

I grew up in Dalton, MA and have lived in this area my entire life. I currently live in Pittsfield, and have one daughter. I have always had a passion for working with children and started babysitting at a young age, while also volunteering at a local daycare. At sixteen I was a nanny for a family for three years until I began working in the Daycare at Berkshire West Athletic Club while attending college. I then worked in retail for a brief time, but quickly discovered that working with children was what I needed to be doing. I started working at Lenox Children’s Center in September of 2013. I earned my Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Mildred Elley in 2014, and attended Berkshire Community College for Early Childhood Education.


Courtney Buratto

Teacher, Preschool

Hello everyone! I’m Courtney, and I have been an assistant teacher at LCC for a little over a year now, starting in the summer program. I am a 2008 Lee High School graduate, and recently received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education from Westfield State University, where I also minored in Science. I am happy to be a member of the team here at LCC and am thankful to be a part of such an important stage in a young child’s growth and development.


Amanda Rocca

Teacher, Toddler

I began as an intern at Lenox Children’s Center in the summer of 2013, and was hired soon after as an Assistant Teacher. I was born and raised in The Berkshires. I am the mother of a 4-year-old, captivating little guy named Quincy, who happily attends preschool here at LCC. I was a stay-at-home mother for over two years. It was during that time, while attending a variety of playgroups with my son, that I discovered my passion for working with young children. I believe every child is unique, and they all deserve sincerity and respect. I have a love of the outdoors; hiking, gardening, and swimming are favorite hobbies of mine, and I enjoy spending time with my family. Books of all kinds are an everyday staple in my home, as well as in my classroom, and I plan to write children’s books someday. I earned my Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Mildred Elley in 2013, and a Certificate in Graphic Arts from Berkshire Community College in 2006, I graduated from Taconic High School's Culinary Arts Program in 2002, and briefly attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. I am Certified in CPR &AED; First Aid; and Blood-borne & Airborne Pathogens.


Miriam Hickson

Teacher, Toddler

Hi, my name is Miriam, and I am one of LCC’s infant teachers.  I am a mother of two, one of whom is about to journey off to college this year. I have always had a passion for working with children, especially infants. I was previously employed by Lenox Children’s Center from 2002-2009, working with various ages, mainly infants and toddlers. After leaving for a brief career change, I’ve come to the realization that my true calling is working with children, especially babies. I am so grateful to be back at LCC and doing what I love! I attended Berkshire Community College for Early Childhood Education, and I am Infant & Toddler Certified through the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care. 


Kelsey Brunell

Teacher, Preschool

I graduated from Lee High School in 2012, and have lived in Lee my entire life. Throughout high school I worked every day (except when I had sports) in the after school program at the LYA (Lee Youth Association). In 2013, during spring break my freshman year in college, I started working at Lenox Children’s Center. I am now a junior at Westfield State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I have been working part time at LCC for over a year and plan to be there full time again in the summers.  


Beth Miller

Teacher, Infant & Toddler, Floater

Hi, my name is Beth Miller.  I have been an employee at Lenox Children’s Center since August, 2014 and I work in the younger toddler room.  I have a 21 year old son and a 19 year old daughter.  My daughter, Janelle, has also worked here at LCC. I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Growth and Development class at Berkshire Community College and am working toward my Early Childhood Certification through the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care.


MICHELLE MOORE

Assistant Teacher, Preschool

I started working at Lenox Children's Center in January of 2015. I have worked with children for my entire adult life, both as a nanny and in daycare centers. For the past 15 years I have lived in Otis, and I have two children of my own. I've attended Westfield State University and am close to finishing my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Carly Wheeler

Teacher, Infants and Preschool

Hi, I’m Carly. I am 18 years old, and I graduated from Lenox Memorial High School in 2014. I attended the Lenox Children’s Center as a child and have been working here since January of this year.


nicole russell

Teacher, Toddlers and Preschool

My name is Nicole, and I am 24 years old. I worked here at LCC previously, and am happy to be back and teaching in the Young Toddler Classroom. I live in Pittsfield with my significant other, and my cat, Oz. I love hiking, reading and making macrame accessories such as purses, belts, headbands, jewelry as barefoot "sandals". I plan to continue my education in Early Childhood Education. I truly enjoy working with children and guiding them as they learn. It brings such joy to my life!


SARAH LAFRANCE

Teacher Assistant, Preschool

 


melissa Laughnane

Assistant Teacher

Hello, my name is Melissa, and I am a recent graduate of Lenox Memorial High School. I have been working here at LCC for several months now, and enjoy it so much. I am currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.


Caitlin Doherty

Assistant Teacher

Hi, I’m Caitlin and I just joined the Lenox Children's Center staff in January 2015. I am currently a Junior in high school and I hope to one day become a teacher. I moved to the U.S. from Sweden with my family as a young child, and have lived in the Berkshires ever since. I love being a part of the LCC community, and I am thankful for the opportunity work with children as they learn and grow. I have 3 younger siblings, and find it such a rewarding experience to help kids learn as they play and have fun! 


Gina Guachione

Assistant Teacher, Preschool

Hi, my name is Gina. I've enjoyed working at Lenox Children's Center for several months now. I have an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, and plan to further my education in teaching. My experience here at LCC has helped me realize how much I love working with children!


Rosa Lea Chapman

Head of Housekeeping and Supplies

Hi, I’m Roe, and I have been working at the Lenox Children’s Center for 17 years. I am in charge of housekeeping for the entire building, and maintenance of all storage and toy areas, as well as supply ordering. Both my grandsons attended LCC and they are now 18 and 16 years of age. One is a freshman in college, and the other a junior in high school.