Teachers & Staff

The Dogwood Room (Toddler):


Stephanie Hosmer: I work alongside Wolfsong in the Dogwood toddler classroom. I have wanted to work with kids as long as I can remember. I feel so fortunate every day to be working, not only with children, but with an excellent team of teachers at such a beautiful center.  I have been working with preschoolers and toddlers since I graduated high school in 2013. I am currently taking classes in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I anticipate graduating in 2021. On warmer days I really enjoy hikes in the woods. In the chillier months it's more likely you'll find me spending time with my two cats Mello & Elliot.

Wolfsong: I was introduced to early childhood education in 1984 when I took a part-time position in an infant/toddler center in Colorado. I enjoyed working with young children so much that I quit college to work full-time at the children's center! I finally went back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in early care and education, graduating in Spring 2010. I have also worked as a massage therapist, a woodworker, and as a ranch hand on a dude ranch in Colorado. I live in Easthampton. I love being an infant/toddler teacher and feel very lucky to be involved in this very rewarding and vitally important work!

The Oak Room (Toddler):


Danae Marchetto: 

Shealynn Berube: As a native of Easthampton, I began working at Sunnyside during my undergraduate years at Smith College, where I earned a B.A. in Education and Theatre in 2015. I have experience working with children in both Elementary and Early Childhood levels, in public classrooms and private childcare settings. I enjoy engaging with children in creative ways through art, theatre, and music. In my free time I love to cook, sing, travel, and spend time with my family.

The Willow Room (Young Preschool):

Jenna TomasiI was born and raised in Dalton, Massachusetts with my mom, dad, and my three older siblings. My senior year of high school, I took two Child Studies classes where I developed a passion for early childhood growth and development and learned that early childhood years shape who you are as a person for a lifetime. I went to school at Berkshire Community College where I received my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and worked as an Assistant Teacher at the Pittsfield YMCA. Once I graduated from BCC, I transferred to Westfield State University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Psychology. During my time at Westfield State, I found a job as an assistant teacher at Sunnyside during the summertime, did some of my student-teaching observations in the Dogwood Room, and was hired as a full-time, lead co-teacher in the summer of 2015, after graduation. I have been at Sunnyside for my whole education career and couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a beautiful school and community. I recently bought a house, and now reside in between the beautiful Berkshires and Pioneer Valley in a town called Windsor where I live with my fiance and our pup, Birch.


Julie Holhut: I am a native of Hatfield and the youngest of five children. In 1994, I graduated from North Adams State College with a B.S. degree in Sociology and minors in Social Work and Women's Studies. It was during these college years that I pursued my interest in working with children, especially with children who were abused or witnessed domestic violence. It was this love for children and desire to help that led me to enroll in classes at Greenfield Community College and complete an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have more than eighteen years experience working with children. I am pleased to be a part of Sunnyside where I can learn from my fellow teachers and learn even more from the children themselves.

The Elm Room (Older Preschool):


Mariana Branche: I have been working in the early education field since 1998, joining Sunnyside in 2004. I live in Shutesbury, enjoying my free time with friends and family. I love working with children, always learning something new and knowing that no two days are alike.

Samantha Wondoloski: 

Staff

Shawna Tobin -- Director: I was born and raised in Northampton and recently bought a home in Holyoke. I have worked in the early childhood field for more than 20 years across Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Spanish from Our Lady of the Elms College.
Many of the best days I've ever spent have been in the company of  3, 4, and 5 year-olds. As my career path led me to the role of supervisor, I was delighted to learn that I found as much joy in supporting and developing the teachers and families caring for young children as I had found in the classroom and the children themselves. The only other place I'd rather be than preschool is with my family, at home or watching one of my four children playing sports. On a rare kid-free occasion, my fiance and I love to cook together or enjoy live music and good food.

Cheri Tabaka -- Assistant Director: I was raised in Florence and reside there with my husband Adam and our son Daegan. I have been an educator of young children since 2003, but affiliated with early childhood environments for years prior. I graduated with honors from Elms College and received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Leadership. I enjoy the curiosity and innocence of children and I have deep passion for teaching social-emotional skills. I enjoy the company of friends and family and, in my limited free time, I enjoy reading and card making.


Kathy Lawson -- Support StaffI was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to Western MA in 1988. Before my marriage, I was a dental assistant in Westport, CT for 8 years. We began our family in 1990 with our first son, Graham, followed by Taylor and Jordan. I was a stay-at-home mom for 11 years before starting my early childhood career. After Jordan started kindergarten, I became an infant/toddler teacher at a childcare center in Chesterfield. When I was 5 years old, I was given the nickname “the kissing bug” because I would kiss any baby I saw! That feeling has carried over into every child I have taught! I began working at Sunnyside as a substitute teacher, which turned into a full time position. As teacher and staff support, I enjoy being in all the classrooms. It allows me to get to know all of the Sunnyside children and parents. I’ve lived in Chesterfield for the past 29 years with my husband, Jim, our 3 sons, and our 2 dogs, Izzy and Casey. Taylor and Jordan have since moved out and currently live in Southampton. I love traveling, going to the beach, bonfires with friends, and seeing live music.

Anya Hewitt -- Support Staff: Anya is on leave, at home with her family after the birth of her second child, Elliott. We look forward to welcoming Anya back in the future.

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