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Our Staff

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Heather Inferrera, Teaching Director

This fall will mark Heather’s 14th year as a teacher at ECDC. She wears many hats in our program: Director, Butterflies teacher, Stay & Play teacher and Summer Program Director. Prior to joining ECDC, Heather taught special education before teaching Pre-K for several years. Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Special Education from Lasell College and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Educational and Administration from Wheelock College. 

Heather lives in Lunenburg with her husband Anthony and their five children Kirsten (18), Cassie (15), Nicholas (19), Joey (17), and Kimmy (14). In her free time, Heather spends many hours cooking and hosting game nights with friends as well as reading, camping and hiking.

Anne MacDonaugh, Butterflies Teacher

As she begins her 17th year teaching at ECDC, Anne is no stranger to the school--both of her children are ECDC alumni! She is also a former Board member. She loved the uniqueness of the parent cooperative then, and still enjoys seeing parents involved at the school with their children. Anne has been teaching preschool for 20 years. Anne earned a BFA from Boston University in Art Education, and Design Certificate from Mass College of Art.  Anne is Lead Preschool Teacher and Director 1 and 2 certified through EEC.

Anne has always enjoyed interacting with children and sharing the excitement of exploring new experiences with them. Anne has lived in Sherborn for over 30 years and has the pleasure of walking to school. When she isn’t preparing lesson plans, she likes to work in her garden, listen to music, hang out with friends, walk around town, and eat great food.

Karilyn Hammer, Turtles Teacher

Karilyn begins her 16th year as a teacher at ECDC this fall. She taught for 9 years in Ashland prior to joining ECDC. Kariyln has three sons. Her oldest teaches Music in China currently. Her twin sons live and work in Boston. In addition to teaching, Karilyn loves volunteering for her community: she is a member of the Franklin Friends of the Library, she is Vice President/Program for the Franklin Newcomers Club and she helps runs a weekly playgroup at a local homeless shelter. Her favorite activities are skiing, biking, golfing, kayaking, traveling and eating. She’s an avid follower of Karilyn loves to cook and her epitaph will be “so many recipes, so little time”.

Beth Ecker, Turtles Teacher

Beth is beginning her 18th year at ECDC. Before joining ECDC, Beth taught school in New Jersey and Holliston. Little did she know when the school she was teaching in Holliston closed, she would have an opportunity to be in a place like ECDC. Beth likes being part of the ECDC family. She says her three children know that whether they go to the Natick Mall or Roche Bros., they will probably see someone from school and have a friendly conversation. Beth believes the dedication of the staff and administration is amazing. Beth appreciates the fact that all of ECDC's volunteers go the extra mile to make sure the school is the best it can be.

Jacquie Marcus, Music/Creative Movement Teacher

Jacquie is beginning her 31st year at ECDC! She has served as the music teacher for 30 years, creative movement for 22 years, and a co-teacher for Stay and Play for 19 years. Jacquie came to know ECDC through her children, who are now ECDC alumni. As an ECDC parent, she was part of the Parent Committee but never imagined she would return after her children graduated. Jacquie says her reasons for choosing ECDC for her children are still what she sees as positives today. She likes the idea of a parent cooperative, where parents are an integral part of the school.

Sharon Skelly, Turtles Teacher

Sharon is our newest addition and she brings to ECDC a great amount of ECE experience as a teacher in many settings: in her own preschool program, in public school including special education support, in a corporate daycare center, and as a nanny.  She has taught a range of ages from two through early elementary. 

Kim Adams, Assistant Teacher

Kim begins her 4th year at ECDC assisting in both the Turtles class and teaching in the Butterflies class. Kim resides in Medfield with her husband and has been a stay-at-home mother to her five children for the past 25 years. Prior to raising her family, she was a Grade 1 teacher and an ESL tutor in the Quincy Public School System. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and Sociology from UMass Boston. Kim can’t think of a better environment to begin working again then with the inquisitive and fun-loving children at ECDC!

Stephanie Thurston, Turtle Teacher

More to come about Stephanie soon!

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