Special Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor
B.A., George Washington University, Elementary and Special Education
M.Ed., Lesley University, Expressive Arts Therapies
E116K 775-1270 email@example.com
Kim oversees GCC's grant-funded Educator and Provider Support Program to connect the Early Childhood and Out of School Time workforce with Higher Education. She provides Academic Advising for students interested in careers in Early Childhood and Afterschool Education and teacher licensure programs. Kim has been working closely with practitioners in the early education and afterschool fields for the past 18 years to help them successfully navigate the higher education maze and further their education. She does this work in collaboration with Preschool Enrichment Team, the Region 1 Educator and Provider Support Grantee under the Massachusetts Department of Early Education. This is her dream job! All of her life’s work has focused on supporting educators, children and families! This includes her work as a: Developmental Specialist in early intervention, as an educator, administrator and consultant in early care and education and Out of School Time/Camp programs. She has also served as an adjunct instructor and as a child and family therapist. One of her greatest achievements was overseeing the first 9 afterschool programs to welcome children with special needs in the City of Boston back in the 80s! Kim was a core member of the Franklin County Collaborative for Children and helped to develop and publish the “Core Competencies for Massachusetts School Age Practitioners” manual. To feed her passion for children and to remind herself of the importance of what we are teaching at GCC, Kim continues to run a therapeutic playgroup for children birth-3 and their parents through the REACH early intervention program. Whenever time allows, she loves to coordinate “Kids On the Block” puppet performances and trainings that focus on disability awareness performances for elementary aged children, their teachers and families!
Keira Durrett, M.Ed.
Keira has been teaching at GCC since 2014. She is currently the director at The Williston Northampton Children's Center. She lives in Haydenville with her two boys and husband. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and travelling.
B.A., LeMoyne College
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Early Childhood Special Education
Kate is now Professor Emerita, having served GCC for thirty-five in various capacities: Professor of Education, Coordinator of the Education Department, Interim Dean of Behavioral Sciences, and Faculty Liaison to the Head Start Program at GCC from 1993-2000. In addition, Kate served on the Head Start Policy Council; Board of Directors for Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions; and now serves on the Head Start Education Advisory Committee. Currently, Kate teaches part-time online for GCC. In addition to her degrees, she has completed graduate coursework in educational leadership and teacher education and doctoral coursework in ethical and creative leadership. Kate’s engagement with early care and education first began with an international teaching certificate in the Montessori Method from Dublin, Ireland and continued as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. Graduate study in early childhood special education brought Kate to the Greenfield Public Schools and then to GCC. Both early childhood special education and leadership studies in teacher education remain central to her ongoing professional work, as does working with others to address the impact of poverty on young children and their families.
Faculty & Program Coordinator
B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison, Art History
M.Ed., University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Early Childhood Education
Doctoral Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
E116M 775-1118 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy has over 20 years of experience in the field of early education and care. She approaches teaching and learning from a deep socio-cultural perspective with an emphasis on a strong image of the child. Peggy’s areas of expertise include emergent curriculum development, classroom design, use of open-ended materials, and documentation as a tool for reflective learning and authentic student evaluation. Peggy has extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia Approach. Her passion is collaborating with others to develop environments for young children, teachers, and families that are culturally responsive as well as aesthetically and intellectually engaging.
M.A., Pacific Oaks College, Human Development
Carol has been teaching at GCC for over 25 years, as one of our most respected instructors! Currently she is teaching education courses through the on-line format. She has worn multiple hats in the field of early care and education—including working as a classroom teacher, founding and directing a parenting support program, supporting and training family child care providers and classroom teachers, managing employer contracts for a child care resource and referral program, and serving as a research consultant to a study examining the quality of early care and education in Massachusetts. Advocating for worthy wages, leadership development, promoting quality infant/toddler care, and building authentic relationships with parents are among her passions as a professional. Working for social justice is a passion bridging her professional and personal lives. Her work with children, and supporting those who work with them, has always been a source of great joy. Other sources of joy: gardening, walking, drumming in a drumming ensemble, being in the moment with her grandson.
B.A., Clark University, Sociology
M.Ed., CAGS, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Early Childhood Education
E116D 775-1451 email@example.com
Cindy has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. Cindy truly treasures all of the knowledge, love, and kind support that her students, families, and co-workers so generously gave to her. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including Early Intervention, Head Start, public schools, universities and colleges, and community centers. She is a trained play facilitator and has extensive experience with integrating creative arts and documentation into the curriculum. Cindy is extremely happy when she is training and mentoring teachers and college level students in all aspects of developmentally appropriate classroom practices. While working in Boston, she co-created a Teaching Collaborative which facilitated workshops and seminars on Reggio Emilia Approach, the importance of play in early learning classrooms, and creating caring and supportive early learning environments. She is dedicated to providing exciting, engaging curriculum and successful learning experiences for all varieties of individual learning styles. She believes in the awesome potential and unique abilities of all learners. Her other passion is caring for her family and dedicating herself to supporting their challenges and successes throughout their life journey.