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Vanessa Pashkoff spent time in high school and college working as a nanny. And she was always inspired by “the spark of children and wonder,” she says. But as a student in McMaster University, in Canada, where she’s from, she earned a degree in political science.  “I was convinced I was going to be a […]

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“My mother was the secretary of the K-to-4 principal at the Malden public schools, so I was always around education,” Kristina DiMaria says of her childhood. “It was amazing. My mother knew the children, their families, their grandparents on a first name basis. And she wouldn’t leave for the day until the last child left.”  […]

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Hilary Peak graduated from Wilson College with a degree in environmental studies. But her original major was equestrian studies. Peak loved horses. Horses, however, didn’t seem like enough to build a career on, and after Peak graduated, jobs related to her environmental studies major were hard to come by, so, following a stint as a […]

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  My name is Rosanna Acosta. I work in Springfield, Mass., as an early childhood educator in my own home daycare, Little Star Daycare. I have been in the field for four years. The important part of my work is providing the foundational principles of education for young children in a safe and nurturing environment […]

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  “I began to practice yoga for the first time ever in 1999. And after taking my first teacher training in 2002, I knew I wanted to teach full time,” Karen Fabian says. So she shifted out of her corporate career in health care administration, and started teaching in 2003. “Over time, I started my […]

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“My mother is the one who tried to scare me around from education,” Clifford Kwong says. “Every time I showed interest in education, she asked me not to do it.” His mother, who had worked in education for decades, warned that his student loans would be high and his salary would be low. Her advice: […]

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My name is Amanda Medeiros, and I work at the Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy. I have worked in the field of early education and care for eight years, and I love what I do. I help children learn to express their feelings and learn that it is okay to feel different emotions. I help them […]

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This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts. * My name is Efrain Ponce and I work at the Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy. I have been in the field of early education for 10 years. The job that I do is important because we are teaching the […]

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This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts. * My name is Lesley Byrne, and I work as a pre-K teacher in the Lowell Public Schools. I had worked in early childhood education for seven years when, in 1993, the Lowell initiated the first pre-K programs in […]

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This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts. * My name is Melissa Perry. I currently reside in Salem, Mass., and I am newly employed at the Salem YMCA. I’ve been in early childcare education for just a little over 12 years. To ensure any level of job […]

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