Carolyn Stolov (5th Year)
ABOUT CAROLYN: I have spent four years as the Executive Director of WCCC and I am continually inspired by this community of parents and dedicated teachers committed to supporting young children. I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to pursue my passions: caring for children and families, mentoring and leading educators, and developing new programs and partnerships to increase the quality and availability of the programs we offer WCCC families.
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.
As a mom, I have used all forms of child care for my own son; in-home care, family child care, center care, afterschool care, and camps. The most important criteria I used to guide my own selection process was the quality and respectful interactions I would observe between teachers and children and the programs ability to realize that parent-teacher partnerships are the essential ingredient to a successful early learning program. These essential core values drive WCCC and make us a strong caring community of educators, administrators, families, and children, making WCCC our home away from home!
During my downtime, I love spending time with my husband, son, and stepdaughter and enjoying the outdoors.
Suzanne Richardson (6th Year)
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 1999, 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.
Lisa Rosario (3rd Year)
ABOUT LISA: I was born, grew up and spent most of my life in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. I currently have a home in Canandaigua, NY and split my time between there and Massachusetts.
I worked in Public Accounting after college and received my CPA at that time. I moved on to Internal Audit with Mobil Chemical Company after 3 years and progressed through various accounting and financial analysis roles until 1994. I stayed home for a year after having my son in January 1994.
I then worked for 18 years in various financial roles with Constellation Brands in Canandaigua, NY, ending my career there as VP of Financial Planning and Analysis for North America. In 2012 I accepted a package and left to spend more time with my family. I ran my own business for the next few years before deciding to return to Finance last year.
I have two adult children Aaron and Sydney who live with me in Canandaigua.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Darlene Howland (37th 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.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Paula Fallon Dolan (2nd Year)
It is such a pleasure to be returning to WCCC! I started my teaching career here 36 years ago, and after teaching here for 4 years I went onto direct an infant/toddler/preschool for 10 years and then moved to co-direct a preschool program for 22 years. This summer I re-connected with WCCC to help out in Infant Two for a few weeks when I was approached about an administrative opening. I am so excited to be joining this amazing community as the new Assistant Director. I will enjoy seeing former colleagues as well as my daughter Emily, who is a teacher in the Yellow Room.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State and course work in early childhood curriculum as well as early childhood environment and design. My family and I live in Sherborn, and when not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, walking, reading and cheering on Boston sports teams. I look forward to getting to know all the children, families, and this wonderful group of educators!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Shawn Thompson (20th 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 (7th 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!