Meet the Staff

At The Fessenden Children’s Center, we’re collaborative, innovative, and inclusive. We strive for excellence, but not perfection. We believe in the importance of creative problem solving, learning from our mistakes, and the blend of guidance and independence needed to navigate childhood. A genuine passion for supporting children’s growth and development takes center stage in our classrooms.

The Fessenden Children’s Center is staffed by seasoned, professional educators who are trained and certified in early childhood education. We are innately nurturing and committed to helping your children learn and grow. It is our hope that by modeling honesty, compassion, and respect, the children in our care will begin to develop a positive sense of self and feel, safe, supported, and loved.

From our family to yours – it’s nice to meet you!

Valda Gabriel, Director

I believe children are: unique individuals that require love, attention, and stability to grow and succeed.

My favorite children’s book is: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

My favorite children’s song is: “This Little Light of Mine”

When I’m not taking care of children: I am taking care of my dog, Rusty. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen baking muffins and bread among other things.

Jennifer Leone, Infants

I believe children are: little humans that are so full of life, as well as, eager and fascinated with learning new things!

My favorite children’s book is: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

My favorite children’s song is: “B-I-N-G-O”

When I’m not taking care of children: I am enjoying time with my family and my puppy!

Judy Terhune, Infants

I believe children are: our future.

My favorite children’s book is: Brown Bear, Brown Bear By Bill Martin Jr.

 

My favorite children’s song is: “If Your Happy And You Know It”

When I’m not taking care of children: I love spending time with my family going boating, to the beach, walking, and taking trips to Maine!

Michelle Fournier, Infants

I believe children are: our future.

My favorite children’s book is: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 

My favorite children’s song is: “ 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”

When I’m not taking care of children:  I love taking care of my dog Bella. I also love spending time with my friends and family.

Kristie Shablin, Mixed Infant/Toddler

I believe children are: …our future!  All of our time invested in them is time well spent.

My favorite children’s book is: Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton

My favorite children’s song is:If You’re Happy and You Know It

When I’m not taking care of children:  I’m spending time with my family and friends…I always like going out and trying new things with them!

Cecilia Johnson, Mixed Infant/Toddler

I believe children are: ever-evolving.  It’s so exciting to witness their growth and changes.

My favorite children’s books are: Big Red Barn and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

My favorite children’s song is: “You are my Sunshine”

When I’m not taking care of children: I enjoy walking, writing, going on road trips and marching in a fife and drum corps.

Robin Leonard, Toddler 1

I believe children are: likely to live up to what you believe of them. We worry about what they will become tomorrow, yet we forget that they are someone today. We must remember that they are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.

My favorite children’s book is: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

My favorite children’s song is: “Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink”

When I’m not taking care of children: I like going antiquing and being overcome with nostalgia.

Olivia Gardiner, Toddler 1

I believe children are:  always learning, and the things they learn when they are young stay with them as they grow into the adults they eventually become.

My favorite children’s book is:  Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

My favorite children’s song is:  “This Old Man”

When I’m not taking care of children:  I am spending time with my family and friends, reading, and playing sports.

 

Guimei Rao, Toddler 2

I believe children are: our future.

My favorite children’s book is: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My favorite children’s song is: “The Hokey Pokey”

When I’m not taking care of children: I enjoy traveling, dancing and spending time with my family.

Debbie LeBlanc, Toddler 2

I believe children are: precious!

My favorite children’s book is: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

My favorite children’s song is: “The More We Get Together”

When I’m not taking care of children: I spend time with my husband and three daughters (36,25 and 23 years old).  I also love spending time with my Dad and my sister. I love to read, bake and watch all Boston sports teams!  I also love going to the beach with family and friends.

Roselene Luma, Toddler 2

I believe children are: unique, curious, imaginative, and optimistic.

My favorite children’s book is: The Corduroy Series by Don Freeman 

My favorite children’s song is:Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

When I’m not taking care of children: I spend time with my own family by going shopping, and going to new places. 

 

Catherine DePasquale, Preschool

I believe children are: the future.

My favorite children’s book is: Lion Boy by Zizou Corder

My favorite children’s song is: “Frosty the Snowman”

When I’m not taking care of children: I like to paint with watercolors or acrylics.

Scott LaRosee, Preschool/Assistant Director

I believe children are: naturally curious and eager to learn more about the wide world around them.

My favorite children’s book is: Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

My favorite children’s song is: “Animal Action” by Greg and Steve.

When I’m not taking care of children: I like to spend time with my family.  We enjoy playing games, watching and participating in sports, as well as cooking.

Talitha Giarratani, Preschool


I believe children are: amazing little people who will grow to be our future leaders.

My favorite children’s book is:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My favorite children’s song is: “London Bridge”

When I’m not taking care of children: I am spending quality time with my beautiful family.

Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
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The teachers truly master a balance of years of experience and expertise with the recognition that every family and child are different. They offered continuous support and guidance, and we’re still in touch even after our children have ‘grown up.’

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