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.

Carrie Campagna 

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Carrie Campagna is a teacher in the 2-day and 3-day morning program.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Maine, and began her career in Early Education at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Child Care Center in 2001.  In her ten years at Boston Children’s she held multiple positions including Toddler Teacher, Lead Preschool Teacher, and Educational Coordinator.  

Shortly before the birth of her second child, Carrie took some time away from Early Education.  It was during this time that she and her family moved to Franklin and she first discovered Dean College Children’s Center.  Upon enrolling her oldest son, she began volunteering, and continued to do so each year that her children were in the program.  She then worked part time as a teacher assistant in the Spring of 2018.  Finally, she spent a year as the Site Coordinator for the preschool program at the Adirondack Club where she was delighted to be back in the classroom.

In her spare time Carrie enjoys training in martial arts, spending time with her boys, and hitting the slopes in the winter.

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.