Ms. Kelleigh GilfoyCircles Co-Director
Kelleigh’s life philosophy is to “love the Lord my God with all my heart,soul, mind and strength and to serve God by serving others”. She holds an undergraduate degree is in Early Childhood Education and a CDA from Wheelock College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College. She has been teaching for 40 years, is Director II certified and is certified in Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School-Age childcare. She Directed UMassMemorial Child Care Services for 13 years and ran Becker Collage Teacher’s Laboratory School. In addition Kelleigh taught many years as an Adjunct Professor, covering many courses such as Developmental Child Psychology, Philosophy of Ed., Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Arts in Education. Kelleigh holds a Class B drivers license and trained on a public school route in order to drive the MFC bus. Her belief as a Director is that “teachers make or break the classroom thus my job is to do what I can to help staff succeed”. Kelleigh’s favorite classroom activities are story-telling,singing and action games.
Ms. Karen BaldwinCircles Co-Director
Karen lives in Worcester. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State University. She worked as a Preschool teacher and Kindergarten teacher for many years before becoming Director of the Millbury Federated Church Nursery School, which she was for 10 years. Karen has wanted to be a teacher since elementary school. Her favorite activities in the classroom are music and art.
Karen spends her spare time with her 3 children; they enjoy going to the theater.
Ms. Susan IrrPreschool Teacher
Susan lives in Millbury. She has a B.S. in Early Education with a minor in Special Education with Young Children from Fitchburg State University. She started as a bookkeeper in 2001 and worked as a Substitute Teacher covering the preschool classrooms while her children were in Elementary School. Then this led to a teacher’s position where she has been for the past 15 years. Susan got into teaching because her brother and older sister were teachers and she used to play school all the time. She has a passion for younger children to see how they can be creative in their art work and give them the experience to learn new things. Her favorite activities in the classroom are art projects and hearing stories that they create.
In her free time Ms. Susan likes to do puzzles and work in her gardens. She spends time with family and friends and has started kayaking the past few years.
The one thing she would like people to know about her classroom is that we always welcome parents to visit and volunteer. We are open to suggestions and are willing to give anything a try. We show our art work throughout our classroom!
Ms. Marie CadetAssistant, Toddler Classroom
Marie was born and raised in Haiti. She moved to Florida at the age of 21 where she went to school for accounting and worked in the business field. She has 3 children. When Marie’s youngest was 4, she moved her family to Millbury and started attending the Millbury Federated Church, where she discovered the Learning Center. Marie never thought that one day she would become a toddler teacher but is glad that she is one here today. God moved Marie and her children for a reason; God does beautiful things when we have faith. Her plans now are to further her education in early childhood education as she continues to love, care for and mold God’s children.