Country Kids
 


Country Kids Child Development Center
501 Main Street  Groton, MA  01450  978-448-2413

admin@ckchilddevelopmentcenter.org

 


Meet the Teachers

At the very heart and soul of our program are our amazing teachers.  These remarkable woman dedicate their lives to the well being and education of all children. Within this professional learning community, these teachers support one another in the common goal of providing high quality early childhood education to your children.  Our teachers, many of whom have been here 10 years or longer, are early childhood professionals dedicated to providing the best first-school experience possible for your child.  More importantly though, is they are members of our school “family oriented” community; mothers, sisters, colleagues and friends who reach out beyond the role of teacher to become someone who cares deeply about your child and who will ultimately become a very important part of their world. Making and developing connections is a key component of our philosophy.  Connections with teachers, other children, community members, and other families are an essential part of your child’s experience here at school. Building strong relationships at school will help your child feel safe and cared for while away from you, and provide the confidence to begin to explore the world around them knowing they will be guided and supported along the way. 

Infant Teachers

Nikki

I have been at Country Kids since 2014 as an infant teacher and have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for five years. I hold an Associate's Degree in Human Services and I am certified as an infant/toddler teacher. In my free time I love spending time with my fiancé and my puppy. I enjoy going on hikes and to the beach. I also love spending time in Vermont.


Sarah

​I joined Country Kids in 2017 and have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for almost 18 years.  I am I/T through P/S age certified and have a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech. I've always had a passion for infants although I've taught toddlers and preschoolers as well; I just keep coming back to the youngest children every year!
My husband and I have two children, Isabella and Lachlan. In my free time I love being outdoors, playing with my children, photography and begging my husband for a dog!



 

Toddler Teachers

Amalia

I have been working at Country Kids since 2014 and have continually enjoyed watching the children grow, learn, and discover here at school. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over six years and my teaching experience has always been with infants and toddlers. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. I worked as a licensed social worker until I made the decision to raise my family full time and later transitioned into a career in teaching. I currently live in Pepperell, MA with my daughter and two cats. I enjoy reading, art and design, and spending time with my family.  


Janice

I joined Country Kids in 2017 and have been in the Early Childhood Field for over 20 years, teaching in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. I am lead teacher certified for infants through preschool. I enjoy working with children of all ages. I am a mom to two teenage sons and I also have a dog. I enjoy hiking, bargain shopping and spending time with my sons.


Junior Preschool Teachers

Jenn

​I have been at Country Kids since 2015 and have been in the Early Childhood field for the last 16 years. I am certified infants through preschool through the Department of Early Education and Care. When I'm not at Country Kids, I enjoy coaching youth basketball, playing soccer and walking my four year old puppy, Rogan. 


Colleen

I joined Country Kids in the summer of 2017.  I have been in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years and am certified infants through preschool.  I have experience working with a variety of age groups. I enjoy spending time with time with my daughter and granddaughter.  I have a dog named Bella and we like to go on long walks, and spend time outside. I am an avid reader and like to read every day.


Ali

I joined Country Kids in 2014 as an afternoon assistant in the infant/toddler room. I became teacher certified in 2016 for infants and toddlers and in 2017 for preschoolers. I work primarily in junior preschool, however spend time in all classrooms. When I am not working at Country Kids, I am a full time student at Fitchburg State University. I plan to graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. My goal after graduation is to continue working with children as a pediatric nurse. 



Preschool Teachers

Sherri

I have been teaching at Country Kids since 2003. I truly enjoy working with the teaching team her; throughout the years they have become more like a part of my family than just my co-workers. I spent my first two years as an assistant in the Jr. Preschool classroom. In June of 2005 I received my teaching certificate then began teaching in the Toddler classroom in September of that same year. In September of 2008 I began teaching in the Jr. Preschool classroom and in September of 2009 I began teaching in the Preschool classroom. I also spend time as the Director Designee in the absence of the Director and Assistant Director. I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at Mount Wachusett Community College and further my education by attending trainings throughout the year. I am very excited to be teaching in preschool again, where I truly enjoy spending time with the children; learning, playing, growing and exploring. I have lived in Townsend since I was nine.  During my spare time I greatly enjoy being outside and I absolutely love spending time with my family and friends. I am greatly looking forward to having a wonderful year together with you and your children!


Debbie

I have been teaching at Country Kids since 2015 and love coming to work each day. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 33 years. I began my career  as an assistant and then after having my own children, I opened my own large family home daycare. This allowed me to have the best of both worlds. I was able to be with my own children while still pursuing my passion as an early childhood educator. After my children were grown, I chose to work outside the home in a child development/school setting. In 1998, I received my teaching certification for infants and toddlers as well as preschoolers.  I live in Shirley and have two grown children and a beautiful granddaughter named Skylar. I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. I have a special fondness for animals and nature and especially love being able to incorporate this into the classroom. 




Pre-K Teachers

Shawna
I have been working at Country Kids since 2016 and just began my career in Early Childhood Education in 2015. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Franklin Pierce University. I currently live at home with my family in Groton, Massachusetts. My one and only sibling, Trever is in high school! We both enjoy spending time with our dogs, Callie and Kona. 
During my free time I like to read cookbooks and look for recipes. I mostly like to bake (especially anything with chocolate), but I like to make dinner for my family as well. I also spend my time watching the Food Network, including the Pioneer Woman. During the summer and fall you can always find me outside; either running or going on nature walks, and kayaking. I also enjoy reading fictional stories, when I'm not taking college courses to keep updated on the best Early Education practices. I am very excited to be at Country Kids with the children and families learning and growing, as I once did when I attended Country Kids years ago!

Shannon
I initially joined Country Kids in 2013 as an infant teacher before spending time as a preschool teacher in 2014. I became a pre-k teacher in 2017 and have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over ten years. I am currently working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology. I live in Pepperell with my husband, Matt and our two dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and hiking.


​Float Teachers

Susan
​I have been in the Early Education field for 18 years now.  I have been with Country Kids since 2003, where I have had the opportunity to be lead teacher for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. I currently work as a float teacher where I am able to spend time in all of the classrooms. I also am the Director Designee in the absence of the Director and Assistant Director. I live in Shirley with my daughter.  We love the outdoors and being active as a family throughout all seasons.

Beryl
I have been working at Country Kids since 2011 and spent the last five years as an infant teacher!  I went to Northeastern University to study biology- then a good friend told me about an opening at her child care center in Acton- I fell in love with Early Education (got my certification through Mt. Wachusett)and worked with every age group EXCEPT infants.  I subbed at my son’s preschool and was an aide for 2 years in public school. I went back to Early Ed in an Infant/Toddler class in Townsend, then decided I had to try infants- I fell in love with the challenges, fun and joy of working in an infant environment! Most recently, I have taken on the role of a float teacher where I am able to spend time in all classrooms. My husband and I love to canoe, kayak, trail bike, bodysurf and hike.  We always have a large vegetable garden and enjoy annual trips to Martha’s Vineyard, Denmark ME, Barrington NH and once in a while, visit relatives in Nova Scotia.  I have a son attending UVM this fall studying Spanish and global affairs.  My husband is a mechanical engineer who works in Dracut for Wasik Assoc.  We have a dog named Kiwi and a cat named Yorke.


        


Administration

Robin Kane-Owner/Executive Director

I began my career as an Early Childhood Educator working as an assistant teacher in a cooperative preschool in Lincoln, MA and then as a teacher in a private preschool in Sudbury.  When my niece was born in 1991 I started a small preschool/childcare program so that I could be her first teacher.  That first year taught me a great deal as I had three infants to care for as well as three lively preschoolers to teach! 

As our school grew, I continued my education with classes and spent many hours volunteering in a first grade classroom and completing three months of  student teaching in a second grade classroom.  These experiences with children in a variety of settings helped to deepen my understanding of early learning.  I recently went back to school to further my education and graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Human Development, with a minor in Early Childhood Education.  My growing interest in children's cognitive development has led me to work on a research project that is looking at improving outcomes for at-risk children in urban schools in Boston. 

This year, I am on sabbatical working with researchers at Harvard University under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, supporting teachers in Dorchester and Roxbury by providing professional development and training, combined with on-going,  in-classroom coaching.  It is interesting and challenging work which has the added benefit of providing my school and staff with the very latest knowledge from the country's leaders in education. 

I live in Groton with my husband, three wonderful daughters and three crazy dogs! (plus chickens, ducks, and a lizard!)  I enjoy being outside, reading, cooking and spending time with my family.

Although I am technically not working on site at Country Kids this year, I am still there as often as possible, so please stop in and say hello if you see me in the office!

 

 

Jennifer Buckingham-Program Director

I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 26 years and have been working at Country Kids for the past 23 years.  At Country Kids I started out working as a teacher in the Infant and Toddler rooms. I enjoyed my time with the infants and toddlers for eight years, after which time, in 2001, I became the Assistant Director.  Five years ago, I took over the job of Program Director. In this role I am able to continue to be influential in the lives and early education of children as well as the families in our school's community. I aspire to create and maintain an environment that supports young children's learning while at the same time cultivate a strong, collaborative community in which families, children and teachers can all thrive.
 I hold an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Middlesex Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wellesley College where I was a Davis Scholar.  I have a strong interest in current research in developmental psychology and was fortunate to have been able to conduct an independent research project on preschoolers sharing behaviors in regard to moral development, while at Wellesley.  I am passionate about children and strive to provide a high quality early childhood program where children, families and educators are valued, nurtured and respected.  I have two children, ages 19 and 16 and in my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family, our cat, Boots and our dog, Sophie.

Jillian Allen- Assistant Director
I have been working here at Country Kids for the past 17 years. Over the years I have had the opportunity to spend time teaching in all of our classrooms here, and am currently the Assistant Director. I truly enjoy children of all ages, and working in the field of Early Childhood Education. I have two daughters who are also former Country Kids students.