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Sudbury

LEAP School Sudbury is located on the West Concord border. We moved into the former Dakin Homestead at 123 Dakin Road in 1998. We love that this property was, for more than two centuries, the working farm of Dakin Homestead. It is a residence of historical significance where Capt. Samuel Dakin, a noted military leader in the French and Indian War, built the original portions of the house in 1732. His son, also Capt. Samuel Dakin, had joined the Minutemen in their march to Concord’s Old North Bridge in 1775 and, upon returning from his regiment, resumed his life as a cooper and farmer on the property, handing it down to his son in 1807. Rumor has it the big red barn that houses the school was part of the Underground Railroad and that buried treasure is hidden somewhere on the property. (We’re still looking!)

Set in a lush green landscape bordered by stone walls, lilacs, and 100-year-old sugar maples, the school contains spacious and bright classrooms, a library and larger gross motor room which is used for visiting specialist teachers (yoga, music, drama, and science), gym activities during our New England winters. All of our school meetings, seminars, and presentations for parents and teachers take place here. There are two fenced expansive play yards with lots of green grass, climbing structures, sandboxes, and water play features.

 

Groupings September 2018 Ages Fall/Spring 2018-2019 Schedule Options: Pick Up Time Options
Toddler 2-3 years M-F, MWF, T/Th 12:30, 3:00, 4:30, 5:00
Lower Preschool (3’s) 3-4 years M-F, M-Th, MWF 12:45, 3:15, 4:30, 5:00
Upper Preschool (4’s) 4-5 years M-F, M-Th, MWF 1:00, 3:30, 4:30, 5:00
Transitional Kindergarten Director Placement M-F 1:00, 3:30, 4:30, 5:00

*Please call our Admissions Office to inquire about available schedule options
Drop off Time is anywhere between 8-9am. We do offer an Early Drop Off time between 7:30-8:00am

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Tricia Wilson

All School Program Director
B.S. Salem State University

Where I was born: Massachusetts

What I love to do!: Reading, cooking, hiking, biking, skiing and camping. I love the adventure of a road trip with my family! On a lazy day I enjoy playing Scrabble, watching movies, baking (and eating) cookies. My favorite place to be is anywhere on the coast of Maine.

While studying Early Childhood Education in college, I found the preschool/toddler practicums to provide the greatest sense of satisfaction, gratification and fun. I observed how a developmentally appropriate curriculum allows a young child to learn through their interests, and discover through their explorations. I observed how a developmentally appropriate curriculum allows teachers to treat each child as the individual they are; and to consider all domains of development and growth in their teaching including (but not limited to!) physical, cognitive and social/emotional development. Most importantly, I found young children to be incredibly interesting, caring, smart and engaging. I learned that preschool and toddler teachers have the opportunity to participate in a most fascinating time of a person’s life. Upon reflection, a career as a preschool teacher and director has exceeded my expectations! It has been more than thirty years since my first experience in a preschool classroom, and today I continue to find the same sense of satisfaction, gratification and fun as I did all those years ago.

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Andrea Woods

Support Teacher
B.A. Stonehill College

Where I was born: Boston, Massachusetts

What I love to do!: Cooking, walking my dog, and spending time with my family

My name is Andrea Woods and I have been working at The LEAP School for 9 years. I graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. I currently live in Medfield with my husband, Tom, and my dog, Teddy. I love working at The LEAP School because of the supportive community and the strong parent-teacher-child relationships. Each day, it is my goal to create a supportive, safe, and enjoyable classroom experience for each child in my group.

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Holly Garlock

Curriculum Director
B.A. Potsdam College

Where I was born: Ilion, New York

What I love to do!: Reading, hiking, and kayaking

I joined the LEAP teaching team in June 1997. During my time at LEAP I have been a Support and Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, Curriculum Director and Supervisor. I am currently the Curriculum Director in Sudbury. Each school year provides an opportunity for educators to continue to grow and learn as we utilize our learned experiences and access the rich professional development opportunities. As an educator I am inspired by the creativity and dedication of my fellow teachers. It is rewarding to collaborate when developing classroom curriculum and classroom environments. Being a part of the children’s experience as they explore, question, and discover is a powerful experience. As a parent of a 13 year old and an 9 year old it is exciting to see how their LEAP Preschool experience helped to foster a sense of confidence, compassion and a yearning to learn more their world.

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Terri Connelly

Director of Admissions and Human Resources
B.F.A Syracuse Univeristy
M.A. Lesley University

Where I was born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What I love to do!: Gardening, playing volleyball, cooking with a new recipe, spending time with family and friends & watching sporting events of my kids/nieces/nephews and all Boston & New England sports teams!

I am member of the Administrative Team at LEAP but also have a background in the arts and teaching young children. As a teacher I love the spontaneous and uninhibited questions that a child asks and their joy in discovering something new, no matter how simple. In my role as an Admissions and Human Resource Director I am eager to be a helpful resource to all parents as they are exploring preschool options for their child(ren) and to teachers that are seeking a career in Early Childhood Education. Harold and the Purple Crayon has always been my favorite children’s book as Harold is constantly on a new and exciting adventure. As I am entering my 32nd year at the LEAP School I continue to enjoy learning something new every day!

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Jaclyn Olson

Director of Admissions and Adiministration
B.S. Endicott College

Where I am From: Gloucester, Massachusetts

What I love to do!: Cooking and trying new recipes, reading, being outside (whether just laying by the pool, at the beach or doing something active!), playing with my dog, Logan, and enjoying quality time with close friends and family!

In my role as Director of Admissions and Administration, I have the pleasure of introducing LEAP to inquiring families! I love having the opportunity to share with families all about the wonderful educational experience LEAP has to offer. I have a great love for organization, so I fully enjoy helping families through the enrollment process. When I first learned of the LEAP School, I was deeply impressed with the balance of support that is given to children, teachers, and families. My goal every day is to be a resourceful part of that support system.

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Robin Shapiro

Executive Director
B.A. University of Vermont
M.A. Lesley University

From the time I was a young child, I was always drawn to children— their creativity, natural love, and innate wonder about the world around them. Coming from a loving family, I realized the impact that caring relationships had on children’s growth. I became the neighborhood babysitter throughout my middle school and high school years and loved every minute of my time with the kids. In my sophomore year, I very reluctantly went from my public high school to an all girls’ independent school, but it turned out be an incredibly enlightening experience for me. The independent school was very strong in the creative arts, small class sizes, offered amazingly inspirational teachers, and had hands-on learning. It was this experience that helped me to realize that someday I wanted to be an educator and have a school of my own. I knew then that education was the pathway to change and growth, and I have loved creating that experience for children and being part of LEAP since it began in 1985. No one is more proud of my directors and teachers than I am; their positive impact on children, parents, and each other is an inspiration for me! My favorite childhood book is Ms. Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. It takes place on the coast of Maine, a special place for my family to go each year. The context of the book is to make the world a better place, which is what we do at the LEAP School every day!