Meet Our Team

All Children's Center staff members have earned Department of Early Education and Care Preschool Teacher qualification and some have attained the highest preschool teaching credentials offered by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, including Preschool Lead Teacher and Director

Joanne Hogan, Director of Children's Center 

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Joanne has been in the field of early childhood education since 1989. She has worked at three other campus-based preschool programs, all of which were NAEYC accredited, in the roles of preschool teacher, lead teacher, and director.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from Bridgewater State College.  She is certified as a teacher in Massachusetts for preschool through grade 2 and has served as a cooperating practitioner for numerous college students who hope to be future early childhood educators.

When Joanne’s daughters were young children, she ran a family child care business of her own. She is currently on the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children Steering Committee and the Tri-County Regional High School’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee. Joanne is passionate about the field of early childhood education and believes in the importance of providing high-quality developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children.


Elaine Davenport

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Elaine Davenport is a 3-day morning Teacher at Dean College Children's Center. She is a 27-year resident of Franklin, MA, and grew up nearby in Norwood. Elaine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State College).

She has worked in many different Preschool/Child Care settings from a corporate-based center in the State Street Bank Complex in Quincy to a small preschool here in Franklin, where her three children attended and she went on to teach there once her youngest child entered Kindergarten. She is beginning her 5th year at Dean College Children's Center. She enjoys working here and getting to know the families in Franklin and the surrounding area. Also, being from the area she enjoys getting to see the families out in the community as well. Elaine works very hard to create a warm, caring and nurturing environment for children to grow and learn.

In her free time, Elaine enjoys getting together with family and friends. She likes to spend time on Cape Cod, ski in the winter and travel whenever she can.


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Kathy taught at Dean for 11 years before taking a 7-year absence to help out in the family business. She returns on a part-time basis teaching the 2-day morning class. 

She received her B.A. from Boston College and a certificate in early childhood education from Dean College. Her four adult children all attended Dean College Children’s Center.


Meg Jacobs

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Meg is a teacher in the 2-day and 3-day morning classes. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from Lehigh University. 

She first came to the Children’s Center fifteen years ago as a parent. She stayed on as a volunteer and as an Early Childhood Education student, completing the Dean College preschool teaching certificate program.  Through this program, she received the Department of Early Education and Care Lead Teacher certification. In 2017–18 she worked as a teacher assistant in the center’s morning and afternoon preschool classes.  She previously taught at Norfolk Children’s School and in Attleboro High School’s lab preschool.


Paula Waite

Paula is a Lead Teacher and Assistant Director at the Children’s Center. She has been teaching at Dean for the past 18 years.  

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Before coming to Dean, she was a teacher and Education Coordinator at Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association. She also provided at-home childcare while raising her three sons. Paula received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Dean College and her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State University. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education.  

Paula says the Children’s Center feels like home. Not only was she a student teacher at the Children’s Center, she also volunteered at the center when her now grown boys attended.  “I truly believe in the center’s philosophy, recognizing the importance of play and problem-solving. I also value regular active and outdoor time for children.” In addition to teaching preschoolers, Paula mentors and supervises Early Childhood Student Teachers. 

In her free time, Paula enjoys walking, reading, camping and spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Franklin with her husband.