frankieFrancesca Trial, School Age Director
Francesca has always considered herself a kid at heart and loves exploring the world with children of all ages. She has been immersed in the Early Childhood Education field since volunteering at the age of 14 and feels most at home in a classroom. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, accompanied with a minor in Family Studies. She took a year off of school to open a young toddler classroom, returning to UNH in 2011, taking two years of course work towards a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Francesca is excited to be a part of the Growing Places family, where she gets the opportunity to go ‘back to her roots’. Francesca values forming relationships with the children and their families, striving to create a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment – where the children feel just as comfortable and relaxed in the classroom, as they do in their own home. Francesca prides herself on not hesitating to get ‘down and dirty’ with the kids and seeing the world through their perspective!

Francesca resides in Dover, with her husband, Taylor and their ‘zoo’ (two cats, a dog, and a fish). They are expecting their first child in November.


Sarah Hastings, TimberNook Director & School Aged Assistant Program Director

Sarah Hastings started working for Growing Places part time as a Teacher’s Aide in  2009.  After receiving her Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire in December 2011, she joined our team as a full time teacher in the PreK/Kindergarten class at our Woodside location.

In 2014 Growing Places began running TimberNook programs. (TimberNook is a nature based program for children five to twelve years old).  That same summer, Sarah’s passion for children and the outdoors led her to pursue her interest in TimberNook and in July she attended a training to become a provider. She continued her role as a Pre K/Kindergarten teacher while sprinkling in some TN programs throughout the school year and working at TN full time during the summers of 2015 & 2016.

TimberNook summers proved to be very successful and the need to expand and offer more programming in future summers and thoughout the year seemed like a very natural progression.  With this expansion, came the organizational need for more support.  We were thrilled when Sarah accepted this challenge and became our TimberNook Program Director.

Not only did Sarah fully embraced her role as TimberNook Director in the Fall 2016 but she also helped us launch our new Before Care Program at Moharimet Elementary School. Needless to say her endless energy and enthusiasm will continue to carry both of these programs to new levels of growth.

Outside of her Growing Places world, Sarah enjoys yoga, volunteers for UNH therapeutic riding program, works at Throwback Brewery, enjoys spending time outdoors, hikes NH 4000 footers, and develops her skills as a photographer.