Meet the Staff
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My name is Shannon Flaherty but my students call me Ms. Shannon. I grew up in Mansfield, MA and went to school at Massasoit community college for Early Childhood Education. What drew me to working with children is having seen my mother be an early childhood educator. What I love about working at Barnyard is watching the infants grow up and go through the other classrooms at the school. When I am not at Barnyard I can be found spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and traveling to Florida beaches.
My name is Tori Connor but my students call me Ms. Tori. I grew up in Canton, MA and went to school at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. What drew me to working with toddler-age children is that I get to watch them hit so many milestones in such a short amount of time, and be a part of their growth. What I love about working at Barnyard is the fun and tight knit community with others on staff, parents, and the children. When I am not at Barnyard I can be found reading, crafting, or working with the Veteran’s Garden.
My name is Megan Connolly but the kids call me Ms Megan. I grew up in Foxboro and went to Southeastern Regional and now live in North Attleboro. Working with kids has always been a huge dream for me, I love teaching, I love being able to watch all the kids milestones. I grew babysitting kids in my neighborhood and family. Working at the Barnyard has given me the opportunity to grow as a teacher and being able to have the connection with all the kids and the staff I work with has all been amazing. When I’m not at work I’m hanging out with my friends and family.
Half Day Preschool Teacher
Hi, my name is Tracy Dolan and I have been in the early education field for around 22 years. Most recently I was a teaching director for a half day preschool. Teaching preschoolers is truly my passion! I have been married for 24 years to my best friend Jeff, we have two sons Harrison 21 and Reilly 18. In my spare time I love to go hiking, explore antique stores, do DIY projects, read and garden.
My name is Ann Marie Miranda but my students call me Ms. Ann Marie. I grew up in South Boston and went to school at Sacred Heart High and Bridgewater State College. What interested me about working with children is that I came from a family of 9 (6 brothers, 2 sisters. My mother ran a home daycare for over 20 years. I always loved being with children and knew I wanted to be a teacher. My favorite part of working at Barnyard the interactions that I get to have with all of our students on a daily basis. When I am not at Barnyard I like to spend time with my family when they are home from college (Bridget – 23, Brian – 21, and my husband Mark. I also enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and knitting.
My name is Cindy Diego, but my students call me Ms. Cindy. I grew up in Taunton, MA and attended Bristol Community College. As a child I grew up always wanting to teach, while playing school with my sister. What I love about working at Barnyard is helping the children build a curiosity of the world around them, while encouraging creativity and imagination. When I am not at Barnyard you can find me crafting, crocheting, scrap booking, or vacationing at Disney.
My name is Alex Giarrusso but my students call me Miss Alex. I live in Norton, MA and went to school at Norton High School and currently attend Wheaton College. What drew me to working with children is my interest in understanding, exploring, and helping them to advance their development. My favorite thing about Barnyard is the connections made with the children and other staff members. When I am not at Barnyard I enjoy organizing things, shopping, and reading.
My name is Emma V, but my students call me Miss Emma. I grew up in Attleboro where my high school career tech education program in childcare made me want to work with children. My favorite thing about working at Barnyard is the connection I make with the kids. When I am not at Barnyard you can find me writing poems.
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