Teachers & Staff

The Dogwood Room (Toddler):


Stephanie Hosmer: 

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 Tomasi: I grew up in the small town of Dalton, Massachusetts. I went to college at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield where I earned my associated degree in Liberal Arts. I transferred to Westfield State University where I earned a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology and graduated in August 2015. I love to hangout with my friends and family and learn new things that are of interest to me. I love to watch documentaries, support the local economy - going to farmers markets, supporting local businesses, and attending local community events. I also love to make meals from scratch and go on nature walks with my boyfriend and friends. I became interested in early childhood during my senior year of high school when I took two Child Studies classes and learned about growth and development. Ever since then, I have had a deep interest love, and passion for this age group. As an educator I strive to teach children about lifestyle practices and life skills that can improve our world, such as growing our own food, sustainability, self-help skill, independence, kindness and much more. I began working with kids in early childhood in 2008, and worked in center-based programs staring in 2013. I have worked at Sunnyside since May 2014 and couldn't be happier to be part of the team.


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 almost 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, then 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, allowing me to know all the children and the 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.

Anna Hewitt -- Support Staff:

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