Shane Krafton, Program Director 

Shane joined Growing Places in 2004 and has held several roles including program director, teacher and education coordinator. She was a teacher/director of a childcare program in Massachusetts for eight years before 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 coworkers, 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.

Wendy Rousseau, Preschool Teacher 

Wendy has been a part of the Growing Places team since receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Psychology from the University of Maine in 1997. Over the years she has worked with all of our age groups (6 weeks to 12 years old).She has also worked behind the scenes as a Program Administrator and Director of Outreach and Development. Wendy has enjoyed learning the many facets of our organization, but realizes her true passion is in the classroom working with children and families. When not engaged in the exciting world of Early Childhood, Wendy enjoys spending time with family, being outside, gardening, hot yoga and cycling.

 

Sarah Allen, Preschool Teacher    

Sarah started working at Growing Places as a teacher’s aide in 2009. After receiving her Master’s in Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, she joined our team as a full time PreK teacher. Since then, Sarah has taught in all three classrooms at Woodsides and has also worked with our school aged children running TimberNook programming. Sarah values learning opportunities that bring children outside to learn, problem solve and play. She also loves to bring the benefits of yoga into her classroom. Sarah lives in Newmarket wither her husband Jake, daughter Lucy, stepson Ian, and cat Big Lou. She and her husband are currently expecting their first child together due in early October. She enjoys her free time by going for hikes and walks in the woods, practicing yoga and spending time at her second job at Throwback Brewery.

 

Emily Kluun, Preschool Teacher

Born in Chicago and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Emily Kluun first came to Durham in 1999 to attend UNH as a marine biology student. She began working for Growing Places the following spring as a teacher aide, and discovered a love for working with young children. Two years later, Emily joined Growing Places full time as an infant teacher. In the time that Emily has worked at GP she has worked with every age group that Growing Places serves. When not working in the classroom, Emily also serves as our Director of Marketing and Outreach. Along with the incredible children and families that she gets to meet, Emily says that her favorite thing about her job is the opportunity to see children experience joy through learning. “I love watching the wonder and amazement in a child’s eyes when they accomplish or learn something new!” Emily has a very calm, happy demeanor in the classroom and her leadership abilities as well as her great sense of humor help children feel safe and secure in her presence. Emily lives in Dover with her Husband Chris, and enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors, especially near the ocean.

teach-Becca-KellyBecca Kelly, PreK Teacher

Becca Kelly has taught at Growing Places since 2004. She has her BS in elementary education from Plymouth State College, and has over 20 years of experience in early childhood. Becca lives in Dover with her husband Nick, daughter Allison and their dog Huey. She loves cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.Becca loves working with the high caliber of teachers at Growing Places, and also loves the opportunity she has had to really get to know families at the center over the years. Becca enjoys facilitating outdoor play and sensory experiences for the children, and offers very process oriented art activities in her classroom. But her favorite part about teaching at Growing Places is watching children develop during their younger years while exploring the world around them.