Carolyn Stolov (3rd Year)
ABOUT CAROLYN: I hold a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Syracuse University, and I have continued my education with leadership courses at Harvard University and Wheelock College. I started out as an early childhood and elementary school teacher and director of a Brookline K-6 after school program. I taught Preschool and Kindergarten at Harvard Law School Child Care, Syracuse University’s Cooperative Laboratory Nursery School, and Tufts University Child Care Centers. I developed a love of coaching and mentoring others as a manager at Work/Family Directions where I supervised over 100 consultants and created a team of people to counsel employees of Fortune 500 companies on child care, adoption, school-age issues, parenting and other family care issues.
I expanded my leadership/mentoring skills as regional manager of seven child care programs and 160 teachers for over 500 Bright Horizon families. From there I moved into aspects of child care that utilize new technology. I worked at Care.com, a public technology company whose mission is to help connect families and caregivers through their on-line portal. I also had the opportunity to manage off-line Care.com programs including an in-home child care service for Washington D.C. Foster Care, and a program that served New England colleges and corporations where I hired and trained 200 caregivers to deliver back up, in-home child care.
In my downtime I love spending time with my husband, son, and stepdaughter and enjoying the outdoors.
ABOUT SUZANNE: I hold dual associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Baking & Pastry. In May 2019, after 14 wonderful years in the classroom, I transitioned from Purple Room preschool teacher into the role of Office Administrator and HR specialist. Earlier in my career, I had worked for several years in an office manager role and enjoyed the duties and personal interactions involved in the position. In ___, I took time off from WCCC to stay home and raise my children. During that period I substitute taught and worked at an after school program at the St. Bridget School in Framingham. I was thrilled to return to WCCC in 2015!
My husband Dan and I have been married for 19 years. We have fabulous and very active 13-year-old twins, Emily & James, who keep us busy, to say the least! I love baking and watching football. I can’t wait to start another year at WCCC with my new administration team and with all of you and your children.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Darlene Howland (35th Year)
ABOUT DARLENE: I attended Colby College and received a B.A. in English with a certification in secondary education. While in college, I worked with preschoolers with special needs and was a substitute English teacher at the local high school. After receiving my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in 1983, I joined the WCCC staff as the three-year-olds teacher. I became the preschool director in July 1984 and then the Early Childhood Program Director when we moved into our newly built Wellesley College home in 1987.
I have been active in the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children and served as an Accreditation Validator for the NAEYC. Along with some WCCC colleagues, I have taught summer courses at Wellesley College. I am also involved with music and theater: I have been a performer and board member with the Wellesley Players, Arlington Friends of the Drama, and at the Turtle Lane Playhouse. An active volunteer for Wellesley Public Schools, I am currently on the Executive Committee for Wellesley POPS (Parents of Performing Students) and on the Wellesley Public Schools Challenge/Success team. I live in Wellesley with my husband Steve and my college-aged children Stephen and Caitlin.
Katie Thompson (15th Year)
ABOUT KATIE: At WCCC, we aim to provide your child(ren) with a welcoming environment that promotes discovery, self confidence and friendship. It is a gift to be able to work closely with children and teachers to achieve the goal. My dedication to the profession of early learning stems from my love of the relationships we form with children and families as well as my pursuit to promote play and wonder throughout early childhood and the grade school years. As Program Specialist I commit to using my skills gained teaching in public school, after school and preschool to support our community in focusing on the whole child. My personal interests include enjoying the outdoors, swimming, and spending quality time with my husband and two daughters (and our dog too!).
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Shawn Thompson (18th Year)
ABOUT SHAWN: I graduated from Roger Williams University in 1996 with my B.A. in Psychology, and two years later completed my Elementary Education degree. In 1998, I was a long-term substitute Kindergarten teacher in Acushnet, MA. In 1999, I was hired as a Kindergarten team teacher and behavior specialist in Mattapoisett, MA. There I taught half-day Kindergarten for two years and developed behavior modification plans for first, second, and third graders. During the summer months, I have worked for the YMCA Southcoast as a Program Director for Camp Massasoit in Mattapoisett, MA. At this day camp I developed programs for children between the ages of 5-15. My wife Katie and I are very excited to have our daughter Elle begin 4th grade and our daughter Mae begin 2nd grade this year!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR:
Susan Lydon (6th Year)
ABOUT SUSAN: Prior to becoming Program Administrator, I spent two years teaching at our Fiske site, one year as a floating teacher, and two years as a Co-Site Coordinator at Schofield. I’m looking forward to visiting my old friends at Schofield this year when I will rejoin the team for a few hours every Wednesday! In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends. I love working at WCCC’s After School Program and can’t wait to see what the year brings!