Our Staff

We have a very low staff turnover at Needham Preschool and Daycare. We are proud of our competitive staff salaries and offer medical benefits, with a generous vacation and sick leave package. All staff have their Early Childhood Certification Credentials. Consequently, our program quality is that much higher than our competitors. Our staff has a cleared medical examination and Child Abuse Registry.

At Needham Preschool we are able to guarantee Quality childcare by employing appropriately qualified educated and/or trained experienced facilitators. Each facilitator is chosen for their ability to meet the high standards that Needham Preschool expects of its employees. Emphasis is placed on the person’s ability to love, care and respect each child. Each facilitator has current first aid and CPR training, and is continually advancing their education by attending various childcare oriented workshops. Our substitute teachers are expected to meet these standards as well.

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Janessa Williams - Executive Director 

"I believe that every child should have a comfortable, supportive, happy place to grow and learn and here at Needham Preschool, we do just that."

Home is where my heart is.....always was and always will be. From the first day I stepped foot inside the walls of Needham Preschool and Daycare I felt that I was home. The atmosphere of the program, coupled with the support and respect of the teaching team, makes coming to work everyday, a wonderful, fun experience. I have always put my whole heart and soul in my job as an Early Childhood Educator and I take much pride in the work I do day in and day out. Children have a way of making my days a whole lot brighter and keep me on a continuous path of learning.

I started my career in 2004 when I graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a degree in Child and Youth Studies. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education ever since. From the time I could print, I was setting up classrooms, for my stuffed animals or dolls and being the "teacher". When I was a little older, I used my real life cousins as students! They didn't like this game as much I did, but they were good sports and played along with me! I knew then I had a passion and this passion is still at the heart of all that I do.

I believe that every child should have a comfortable, supportive, happy place to grow and learn and here at Needham Preschool, we do just that. The children have smiles on their faces and in turn makes me feel as though I have done a good job. I truly believe, as Early Childhood Educators, we have the most important job and personally I feel the most rewarding one too!

Hillary Nicks- Program Facilitator


Carol Feener- Toddler Educator

As a mother of three, my love for children came early in my life as our home became the neighborhood play house.  My first child was born twenty-five years ago.  As you all know children do not come with instructions, so we learn as we go because each child is different in their thoughts and personality.  Having three children with three different views on life, I had a lot of learning to do.   I always did crafts and made sure there were games to play to ensure that the children’s minds were challenged and stimulated.  

When my children were a little older, they went to day care to promote their social development and to make new friends.  When I would go to pick the children up at the end of the day, I would find myself sitting and playing with them and their friends.  I soon realized that I wanted to work with children in an Early Learning environment.  I began my childhood career at Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre where I taught a school readiness program called “Kiddie Kappers ABC, 123".  I also began teaching a Babysitting Course for teenagers in the community.  

I became a part of Needham Preschool’s Staffing team in August of 1998.  I took a two year break from Needham Preschool to help raise my first grandson.  I was away from March 2006 to March 2008.  I loved being home with my grandson, but missed the professional child care realm.  I returned back to Needham Preschool in March of 2008 and I feel like I never left.  Needham Preschool is truly my new “home away from home”.  We have a positive work environment that is safe and comfortable. We offer a high quality program that is friendly and fun for every child, parent and staff member.  I completed my Early Childhood Education Equivalency in 2001 to better my skills as a preschool educator.   I continue my professional training on a yearly basis by participating in workshops that surround the Early Learning and Child Care Field.

I really love my job and have dedicated my life to working, learning and growing with children.  Before I Go, I must share one of my most memorable stories with you; it was my birthday and one of the children said’ “how old are you,” I said “I’m old.”  The child proceeded to say that” you’re not as old as my Dad,” I said “why is that,” he said” you’re small and my Dad is big so he must be older.”  This is one of the many reasons why I love being a teacher.

Madelyn Belliveau- Toddler Educator

Susan Petrie- School-Age Educator

Amy Willison- School-Age Educator

Amanda Reyes- Program Facilitator

Dave Murray- Preschool Cook

My name is Dave Murray. I am a father of two beautiful chocolate labs. I have been cooking for approximately 15 years with the last 10 being in childcare. I have enjoyed every minute that I have been part of this team. I have always wanted children and now I have 55 of them who get to enjoy what I cook. It brings me great pleasure to have the children enjoy the food I prepare for them and to be considered the best “cooker.” Their words, not mine! I look forward to being part of this team for as long as I can.

Traecy Roberts- Preschool Educator

Carol Ann Bechard - Senior Preschool Educator

Jessica Hurdis- Morning Preschool Educator

"For any child, life remains a sea full of rich experiences just waiting to be explored"  --Nathan Guendelman

I have always had a passion working with children. I began my career as an Early Childhood Educator in 2002. I have been in the field for 14 years. I am now excited to expand my knowledge and experience to the children and families of Needham Preschool and Daycare.

I immediately felt a connection to the center and the unique sense of community that exists among the parents and staff. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play.

I am committed to providing your children with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. I have a passion and dedication to an emergent/play based curriculum. Having two children of my own (Austin and Addison) I know how important this time is in their lives.

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood" --Fred Rogers

I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Needham.

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