Childcare and Learning Center
Mo, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, joined Sandcastles in September of 2002 after teaching preschool and kindergarten in New Hampshire for three years. She originally joined our staff as the Pre-K teacher and program director and eventually took over as center director. In 2012 Mo made the very difficult decision to step away from teaching and directing to spend time with her growing family. Happily she returned as director in 2017. She brings with her 20 plus years of early education experience and a love of learning. As a working mom herself, her goal is to create a cohesive home/school connection and works with families and children to provide a happy, safe, and nurturing environment for children to grow and learn.
Ms. Brittany is the Co Director at Sandcastles. She works M, T, W, Th. She grew up in a small town in Iowa, but moved to the South Shore and started working at Sandcastles in 2009.
Ms. Brittany has worked in the childcare field since 1999. Her past experience ranges in ages infants through School Age. "My favorite thing about working with young children is watching them figure things out for the first time and seeing their reaction when they are able to do something by themselves for the first time."
Ms. Brittany enjoys spending time with her friends and family especially her nieces and nephews. She loves watching college sports and cheering for her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. Ms. Brittany also enjoys planting and maintaining the Sandcastles garden in the spring and summer months and traveling around experiencing all New England has to offer.
Ms. Megan joined the Sandcastles team in 2012 but has been in the childcare field since she was 16. She has worked with children ages infant through kindergarten. Ms Megan is the Minnows teacher and her favorite part of working with infants (as well as other aged children) is watching each individual child develop each and every day from the little things such as sitting up on their own to reading a book on their own.
Ms. Megan loves being with her family and friends. She has many nieces and nephews and loves going to Rockport with them. She also enjoys spending time in Grafton, New Hampshire with her boyfriend. She loves watching the Boston sports teams especially the Bruins.
Ms. Lori has worked at Sandcastles for 20 years as an infant teacher. Her love and understanding of our littlest people is amazing. She is truly a resource for new parents! Lori's favorite part of working with infants is being part of the very first learning experience of our students. When not snuggling babies Lori enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and extended family.
Sea Stars Teacher
Ms. Kristin has a bachelor's degree in psychology and spent 4 years working in special education before joining The Department of Children and Families as a social worker. Kristin joined Sandcastles in 2019 and loves spending time with the youngest members of the Sandcastles family and watching them learn new skills and interact with each other. When not snuggling the little ones at Sandcastles Ms. Kristin spends her time with her children and husband at various sports and activities and with her friends.
Sea Stars Teacher
Ms Kerri joined the Sandcastles staff in September 2021. She attended Quincy College where she studied Early Childhood Education. Kerri knew she wanted to work with children after growing up with seven brothers and sisters and then having many nieces and nephews. Her favorite part of working at Sandcastles is forming bonds with the children. She loves to have fun and make them laugh, while learning at the same time. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends or relaxing at the beach with a good book.
Sea Horse Teacher Ms. Cori
Ms. Cori started at Sandcastles in September 2022. She has been working in childcare since 2019 working with all ages from infants to PreK and is currently enrolled in Fisher College to get her teacher certificate. Her favorite part about working with young children is seeing them get so excited when they learn something new. In her free time she loves to spend time with her friends and family, taking her dog for walks and reading.
Sea Horse Teacher
Hi my name is Heather and I’m so excited to be back teaching at Sandcastles! I am the floating teacher in the toddler classrooms. I’ve been teaching since the 1990’s after graduating from Quincy College. I’m a mom of two grown sons and looking forward to my future daughter-in-law joining our family! In my spare time I enjoy the Patriots and the Bruins. I also love to travel! I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach and watch your children grow.
Sea Otters Teacher
Ms. Courtney is one of our wonderful Sea Otters teachers here at Sandcastles. She joined our staff in 2015. You can find her in all areas of the school.
Courtney graduated in 2010 from Silverlake Highschool with her certificate in teaching.
Ms. Courtney loves seeing the children's smiling faces when they learn something new, and how happy they get at the smallest things. During her free time she enjoys going to the movies, hanging with her friends, and playing with her two dogs.
Sea Otters Teacher
Ms. Alex started at Sandcastles in the Summer of 2016. She graduated high school in 2017 and is attending school at Bridgewater State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.
Working at Sandcastles has helped her gain experience and figure out that she has a passion for working with children. It has helped her decide what she wants to do in the future.
In her free time she enjoys doing All Star Cheerleading and being with her family.
Sea Turtles Teacher
Ms. Tayla started working at Sandcastles in October 2018. She started working with the infants, but has now moved to teaching our Toddler/Preschool classroom. She grew up in Marshfield and moved to Scituate Harbor in 2018. Prior to working at Sandcastles she had never worked in a childcare setting but has always loved taking care of children. She contributes this to having 6 younger siblings. "I love seeing and being a part of children's learning and growing. Watching and helping them learn and master new skills daily is such a joy to be a part of."
Sea Turtles Teacher
Ms. Ashley is one of our amazing teachers in the young toddler classroom. Ashley joined the Sandcastles team in March 2014. She started as a floater then found her place in the Sea Horse room in June. You will find Ms. Ashley at Sandcastles Tuesday-Friday from 7:00-5:30.
Ashley graduated from Silver Lake in 2010 with her teacher certificate. She has experience working with children from young toddler to preschool age. Outside of Sandcastles Ashley spends time with her family and friends. Her favorite part of teaching is watching children explore things for the first time and seeing their reactions.
Toddler Floating Aide
Ms. Rute immigrated to the United States from Brazil in 2002, working diligently to learn English and become an American citizen. She joined Sandcastles in 2021 as a whole building aide and quickly found a home with our toddlers. Her energy and playfulness is a great match for our little learners, as is her understanding of the importance of language. In addition to working with small children Rute also is licensed as a Home Health Aide and works with the elderly on weekends.
Tropical Fish Teacher
Ms. Sue has been in early childhood education for over 20 years. She has worked with children ages eight weeks to five years old and is lead certified with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Some of the things she loves about working with young children are witnessing moments of wonder and joy as they learn through their play. She knows this helps to instill a love of learning. She enjoys watching as they begin to solve their own problems and express their creativity. She is passionate about helping children develop strong social emotional skills and especially in helping to foster confidence in themselves.
She lives with her husband, two children, and dog in Abington. She has a love for the outdoors, including camping. She enjoys a good book, going for walks, spending time with family and friends, and sitting on her deck watching wildlife in the summer months.
Tropical Fish Teacher
Ms. Ann has been working as an Early Childhood teacher for over 30 years with children ages two through Kindergarten.
Singing, literacy, fun with American Sign Language, learning through exploring, and enjoying a sense of classroom community are some of her favorite things about teaching.
"Hearing children's laughter and being part of their day-to-day simple joys means the world to me."
Ann and her husband live in Weymouth. She has a son who lives away at college. In her free time she enjoys walking, reading, relaxing at the beach with friends and family, and hunting for hidden treasures.
Ms. Laurie graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1995 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in a preschool/ Pre-Kindergarten setting for over 25 years. "Teaching is my passion, it is such a rewarding profession. To see the look of pride on a child's face as they master new skills is incredible to be a part of!"
While in college Ms. Laurie also majored in Spanish and she loves to incorporate Spanish vocabulary into her classroom curriculum. "Children are true sponges! They never cease to amaze me on how much they take away from each new experience."
In addition to her teaching hat, Ms. Laurie wears many others. She is a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister. She loves reading, vacationing, going to the beach, and supporting all of Boston's great sports teams.
Ms. Melinda and I started working at Sandcastles 2015. "It truly has been a joy to watch the children grow from infants to pre- k graduation day! We learn so much from kids too!" She graduated with her degree in Early childhood education in 1997. She has been married 30years with two amazing young adult children; her son is 30 and her daughter is 25. She enjoys working, camping, reading, puzzles, beach time at their cottage, family time, and shopping.
Ms. Jen is one of our fabulous Dolphin Room teachers. She has been here at Sandcastles since 2006 and has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years. She graduated Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She started teaching Kindergarten right after college and has been teaching Kindergarten or Kindergarten Prep since receiving her degree. She loves being part of and watching the children as they prepare for their public school experience. The sad part is having to say goodbye to them as they move on to their new "big" school.
Ms. Jen and her husband have two children, their son graduated Sandcastles in 2014 and their daughter graduated in 2018. Family is important to Jen and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. The beach is her happy place and she tries to visit as often as she can.
Ms. Sara is one of our Dolphin teachers. She has been working in childcare since 2015. She has worked with children ages 15 months to 6 years old. "I knew I wanted to work with children when I was a young girl. It is my passion. My favorite thing about teaching is all of the sweet hugs and their smiles when they learn to do something they've been working so hard on." Ms. Sara loves to spend time with her husband, her close friends, and family. She loves to watch movies, read, and listen to music.
Miss Anna is a Senior at Hingham High School. She is a cofounder of the mindfulness and spirituality club at her school. She loves helping out with the kids after school and being part of their learning experience here at Sandcastles. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Autumn joined the Sandcastles team in September of 2021 and is one of our afternoon aides. She currently is a Senior at Scituate Public High School. She enjoys working at Sandcastles because she likes to make kids smile, and for the opportunities to help her to grow along the way. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her sisters and create art.
Ms. Delilah is a junior at Abington High School, and is one of our summer aides. She lived in Hawaii for a few years and loved learning outside. She has always been interested with working with children, and she hopes to become a pediatric surgeon when she grows up. She also is a dance teacher for 6 and 7 year olds and have worked with the ages of 6 months to 8 years old. She is very excited to be working with all ages of children at the school.