About Our Team


Marianne VALLEE


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 grown daughters. 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 childcare 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: 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 have been a teacher at LCC since 1999. 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 many 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.  

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 an adult son and an adult daughter.  My daughter, Janelle, has also worked here at LCC. I am a certified infant, toddler and preschool teacher through the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care.

Carly Wheeler

Teacher, Infants and Preschool

Hi, I’m Carly. I graduated from Lenox Memorial High School in 2014 and am a certified teacher at Lenox Children’s Center. I attended the LCC as a child and work as a toddler teacher now.

nicole russell

Teacher, Toddlers and Preschool

My name is Nicole. I worked here at LCC previously, and am happy to be back and teaching in the Infant Classroom. I live in Pittsfield with my significant other, my daughter, 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!