We believe that regardless our NAEYC accreditation, our research-based curriculum and assessment, our multitude of diverse equipment and supplies, the warmth of a home setting as our school, that the best and most integral piece of your child’s preschool experience are the people who work with your child. You will find, therefore, that the teachers and teacher assistants at Sunshine Preschool are educated, experienced, kind, fun, helpful, personable, enthusiastic women who are approachable and passionate about teaching your child and providing the best preschool experience possible. We are confident that you and your child will love the staff at Sunshine!
Meet the Staff
Christine Martin, Owner/Administrative Director Christine is the founder and owner of Sunshine Preschool, which has been in successful operation for 38 years in the town of Hopkinton. She has her Masters in Early Childhood Education and is an educational consultant. She has been a featured speaker on Child Development and Curriculum at colleges and national conventions. Christine is currently a member of NAEYC and on the Board of Directors of the International Children’s Media Center, an international organization dedicated to changing the way children view, use, and engage with media.
Liz Dacey, Director Liz, a Middlebury College graduate, focused her career on education. Having taught preschool in Hopkinton and third grade in Northboro, she joined the Sunshine family first as a part-time teacher, then as the parent of three graduates, and has now been the Director for several years. She has been instrumental in maintaining our NAEYC accreditation and has helped to move Sunshine forward with email communication and online resources. As member of NAEYC and the Central Massachusetts Association for Early Childhood Directors, Liz is an innovative leader who maintains the high quality standards of Sunshine Preschool.
Alice Bartlett, Lead Teacher, Monday/Wednesday/Friday Pre-Kindergarten Group Alice has her college degree in Early Childhood Education, and holds Director Certification with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Alice is a dedicated professional who has been associated with Sunshine Preschool since 1986.
Lyn Calkins, Lead Teacher, Monday-Friday Pre-Kindergarten Groups; Extended Day Teacher Lyn majored in language studies in college and has continued her education in Early Childhood. She is a professional tennis instructor, teaching both children and adults. As a parent of a Sunshine graduate, Lyn has returned to Sunshine as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, taking on the five-day program with great success. She also teaches one of our Extended Day sessions, providing both Spanish and sports instruction to her afternoon students.
Gabriela Dunn, Lead Teacher, Monday/Wednesday/Friday Preschool Group; Extended Day Teacher Gabriela has a Bachelor’s degree in the Arts and her background in graphic design has brought great visual appeal to Sunshine – including our new for 2013 logo! She has been a parent, a teacher assistant, Spanish teacher, Extended Day teacher, and Preschool teacher and we are thrilled to have her many talents at Sunshine Preschool!
Stacy Hutchins, Lead Teacher, Monday/Wednesday/Friday Pre-Kindergarten Group Stacy has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s degree in Special Education. She also holds Director Certification with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. She has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten classes at Sunshine since 2007.
Sharon Richardson, Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday Preschool Group Sharon has her bachelors degree in Elementary Education. A former Kindergarten and Hooray for Books teacher, she recently joined Sunshine as a preschool teacher. Also a former Sunshine parent, she has returned to share her many skills.
Carol Quinlan, Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday Nursery Group; Teacher Assistant, Friday Carol is a long-time friend of Sunshine Preschool, having three children who have attended. She has been a teacher assistant at Sunshine for several years . She is a certified preschool teacher and is continuing her college studies in early childhood education.
Lisa Summers, Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday Preschool Group; Teacher Assistant, Monday/Wednesday Lisa is a certified preschool teacher who also has her masters in Social Work. As the parent of two Sunshine Preschool graduates, she came to us as a teacher assistan and her education and experience make her a great fit for her preschool class.
Lindsey Wyman, Teacher Assistant, Monday-Friday
Heather York, Teacher Assistant, Tuesday-Thursday