Senior Leadership Team
Miss Karen has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 25 years and has been part of the leadership team at Countryside Children's Center since December of 2005. She started her journey as a classroom teacher later moving on to become an Education Coordinator and then Director. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, N-6 as well as Mathematics from the State University of New York at Potsdam. In addition, she has taken college courses in Early Childhood Education from CCRI.
Miss Karen has a clear passion for working with young children and their families and believes that every child deserves to have a positive early learning experience. Miss Karen makes sure that it is the job of Countryside's leadership, along with the partnership of the families, to build the foundation for the children in our program to become confident, enthusiastic, and successful learners.
Miss Sara is has been working with children in various settings for the past 8 years and has been a member of Countryside's Leadership Team since 2018. Prior to this, she was a substitute teacher at Countryside while completing her degree as well as a classroom teacher for children preparing to transition to kindergarten, and as a summer camp coordinator for the Center. Miss Sara holds Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salem State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Micheal’s College.
Prior to her time at Countryside, Miss Sara has also spent over 5 years working full time as a social worker with children ages 4-14 within school settings. Most recently, she worked for the Portsmouth School Department where she enjoyed working with students individually and in small groups along with meeting regularly with parents and participating in special education meetings.
Miss Sara brings a passion to Countryside with a focus on helping children to become caring and well rounded members of our community. She knows how important the first 5 years of a child’s life are in terms of brain development and wants to help set every child up to achieve their highest potential.