Jen has 24 years of experience with children and has been an employee at The Wonder Years since we opened in 1996. She is Lead Teacher certified with all age groups but has a very special affinity for the babies. Miss Jen loves snuggling and playing with our "itty bitties" and is very in tune with their developmental needs. She also loves creating a clean, safe and beautiful environment for babies to explore. Communication with parents is very important. She works closely with parents to ensure we are providing the best possible care for each child. Parents often seek her support for parenting needs or concerns. She makes such a positive impression on parents that they often stop in to see her and seek her advise long after their baby has graduated from her classroom!
Ulrike has been working with young children for over 30 years. She has been the Lead Teacher in Toddler III since joining our team in 1996. She received her education in Germany at the Technical School for Social Pedagogy-Teacher Training College in 1979. Although she has worked with children of all ages, infants and toddlers are her speciality. She has been heavily influenced by the philosophy of Emilia Reggio and infuses her classroom with art, music, nature and a multitude of sensory experiences. She is a keen observer of children and has become an expert in understanding toddler behavior and needs. She also is a huge advocate for outdoor play and exploring nature. Ulrike is well loved by parents who seek her advice about their child's needs and development.
Barbara has been working with children for over 30 years. She been the Lead Teacher in Preschool II since she joined our team in 2001. Barbara has her AS degree in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Barbara loves everything about working with our oldest preschool children! She makes her curriculum come alive with stories and movement and sensory experiences. She also loves creating a beautiful, homey environment for children to encourage their play and exploration. Barbara works closely with parents to keep them informed of their child's development and to offer her support when they have parenting questions or concerns.