Michelle-Guthrie Durham Childcare director of operations

Michelle Guthrie,  Program Director at Pinkham Road

Michelle graduated from Plymouth State University in 1990 with a BA in Psychology/Child Development. She has worked for Growing Places since 1996, where she began as a Toddler Teacher. She soon moved into an administrative position, and worked as an Early Childhood Program Director and then Director of Operations for 18 years.  Working closely with Growing Places Administrative team and staff for so many years was rewarding but she missed her connections with family and children and decided to return to the classroom and teach PreK in 2014.  In June 2017 the site program director position opened and Michelle knew this opportunity would allow her to continue her work with children and families as well as nourish the organization on a larger scale.

From the moment Michelle joined Growing Places she knew in her heart that this is where she was meant to be.  She loves working for an organization whose value for children is so congruent with her own. She takes pride in creating an open and trusting environment for staff and families. Her strength is in helping to build a strong sense of community that is inclusive of diverse children, families and staff.

Michelle lives in Barrington with her husband Jim, their daughters Tallis and Marlow, and their 3 dogs – Chet, Zeke and Zuzella.   Both of Michelle’s girls have been in Growing Places programs since infancy. Although she would love to be at home with her children, she sees Growing Places as the next best thing – they have gotten so much from the nurturing, loving care, and enriching experiences that they have had. Michelle feels lucky to be working for an organization that supports children and families, while also valuing staff development and growth.


Lindsey FB picLindsey Colbath, Infant Teacher at Pinkham Road

Lindsey has worked in the field of early childhood education for the past five years. Before joining Growing Places in June 2015 she worked in a home center for two years as an after school teacher aid and for three years as a full time lead infant/toddler teacher. While in high school she participated in the teaching program for all four years and just recently received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Great Bay Community College. Lindsey plans on furthering her education to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education by attending Granite State College.
Lindsey feels her work with infants is indescribable! She is amazed at how much they grow and develop in such a short period of time. Watching them achieve milestones and knowing she helped them reach them is simply incredible.
When she is not working or going to school she thoroughly enjoys spending time outdoors camping, playing paintball, and spending the day on the lake, but her favorite thing to do is to spend time with family and friends.


 Katie GKatie Gray, Infant Teacher at Pinkham Road

Katie started working at Growing Places as a Teacher Aide in January 2015. When the lead infant teacher position opened, she knew this was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Working with infants has always been a passion for Katie and she quickly fell in love with Growing Places after her first week as a Teacher Aide.  Prior to working at Growing Places, she worked at a child care center for three years, and an after school program for four.  She is currently attending Great Bay Community College to receive an associates in Early Childhood Education.

Outside of work and school Katie loves to spend time with family and friends. She has two dogs that she absolutely adores, and really enjoys exploring new outdoor places with them.


Julie Scadova, Toddler Teacher at Pinkham Road

Julie started at Growing Places in May 2012.  She has 7 years experience working with children of all ages, mainly with preschool and toddlers.  After being out of the child care field for 15 years, Julie is very excited to be working with children again.  She has been a Growing Places parent since 2007 and is happy to be a part of a team where everyone has such a positive attitude and works together to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment.   Julie has her teaching certificate from Granite State College and is currently taking courses in early childhood education at Great Bay Community College.

Julie grew up in Madbury and has lived in New Hampshire all of her life.  She lives in Madbury with
her husband, Andrew and two children, Caleb and Sarah.  She enjoys doing outdoor actives with her family
such as walking, biking, swimming, camping and snowshoeing.


teach-Shane-KraftonShane Krafton, Preschool Teacher at Pinkham Road

Shane joined Growing Places in 2004 and worked as a Program Director until August 2014 when she wanted to work in the classroom again. She was a teacher/director of a child care program in Massachusetts for eight years previous to joining Growing Places. Shane has her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University.

Shane is a strong presence at Growing Places and views her position and work as nurturing and developing relationships: relationships with children, with co workers, with parents. She takes great satisfaction in working for an organization that is family oriented in all aspects. Shane knows that a high quality teaching staff is essential to caring for young children.

Shane enjoys spending time with her husband Matthew, daughters Samantha and Grace and son, Matthew. Their extended family is very close; full of adventure; and enjoy most things that involve the outdoors.


Lindsay Michel, Preschool Teacher at Pinkham Road

Lindsay has been working as a preschool teacher at Growing Places since 2005. Before joining the Growing Places team she attended Plymouth State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Welfare and Family Studies.

Lindsay embraces her work as a teacher and enjoys watching children explore and grow each day. She has formed many amazing relationships with children, families and coworkers.  Lindsay is excited that her son Colin has joined the Growing Places family and she will be able to watch him make relationships with friends and staff.  When not at work,  Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends at her camp at Milton Three Ponds during the warm summer days.


Celeste Hume, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Pinkham Road  Celeste grew up in Garden City, New York, but has called New England her home for over 30 years.  She lives in Raymond with her husband Steve.  They have a daughter Erika who resides in Madbury.

Celeste has a tremendous amount of experience teaching young children, having been in the field for over twenty-five years.  Growing Places was lucky to recruit Celeste in 2003.  After 13 years at our Woodside site, Celeste joined Pinkham Road staff as a float teacher in September 2016.  She is thrilled to be back full time in the role of Pre-K!

Celeste’s love of teaching is evident as she talks about the children’s progress in her class, and the families she has enjoyed being a part of over the years.  She considers her teaching colleagues a part of her extended family and feels that their level of professionalism and dedication is outstanding.

Here’s what Celeste says about her experience at Growing Places: “I love teaching and nurturing my class and getting to know their families.  I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.  The children’s accomplishments are a real joy to me and I thrive on their energy and enthusiasm for learning.”

An avid Red Sox fan, Celste also treasures her time with family and friends; and enjoys reading, music, gardening, movies and the beach.