Bailey Coish, Program Director

Bailey began at Growing Places in 2021. She graduated with her undergrad from UNH in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Child Development. Bailey continued right into graduate school to earn her master’s degree in Elementary Education. It was within her graduate program that she realized she wanted to work with young children- she loves the natural curiosity that plays such a huge part of their growth and development.

Bailey fell in love with Growing Places because of the large emphasis on learning through nature and exploration. From the moment she walked in, she saw the authenticity of the teachers and their love for children. Bailey’s fun and easy-going personality helps her connect with children in a wide variety of ages and abilities.

Bailey lives in Dover, and in her free time can be found outside with friends and family enjoying all the seasons New England has to offer! Bailey also has her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification and taught for 2 years at a local studio in North Hampton. In the winter Bailey snowboards most weekends and spends summer at the beach, lake, paddle boarding, long boarding, and hiking.

 

Tracey Bateman, Infant Teacher

Tracey began working at Growing Places as a full-time infant teacher in April 2021. Tracey came to us with more than 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She has taught children from infancy through preschool as well as worked as an administrator, but working with infants is truly her passion. Upon learning about Growing Places Tracey quickly fell in love with the philosophy and values. Having two children of her own who thrive in nature she understands the importance of outdoor play and exploration.

Tracey has her associates degree in Early Childhood Development. She lives in Exeter with her husband Eric and their two boys, Spencer and Shane. Tracey loves animals and currently has a ferret, a guinea pig, and a turtle. She also loves to get outside for hikes in the woods, bird watching, and spending time at her summer cottage on Casco Bay!

 

Carrie McCrillis, Infant Teacher

Carrie joined the Growing Places team as an infant teacher in September 2022, after 18 years as a Special Ed, Ed tech in the Berwick Maine school district. Her favorite part of working with young children is watching them grow and change, seeing them overcome new obstacles and knowing that you helped in their growth. She believes it truly takes a village. In her free time Carrie can usually be found in her craft room scrapbooking, making cards, or sewing quilts. But when the weather gets nice, she is out exploring New England and enjoying the fresh air riding her trike. Carrie lives in Lebanon, Maine with her boyfriend Dana, their dogs Kalie and Kody and their cat Daisy who keep them very busy! She also has two grown boys of her own, Dakota and Jared, who are both in their 20s.

 

Madison Fisher, Toddler Teacher

Maddy began working at Growing Places as a full-time toddler teacher in July 2021. Maddy has had the opportunity to work with children in many different environments. Most recently as a CPR and Safe Sitter Instructor, educating middle school aged children on safety and childcare skills. Maddy has also worked as a Youth Support Specialist with Easter Seals which allowed her to work one on one with special needs youth. Maddy is passionate about education and is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. When asked what Maddy’s favorite part about working with children is, she responds “I really enjoy nurturing children and helping to strengthen their social and emotional awareness. Children deserve to be in an environment full of supportive and compassionate care takers. I take pride in my role in supporting the lives of children”. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys spending time with her three-year-old son and her large and goofy Bernese Mountain Dog and Schnauzer/poodle mix puppy.

 

Missy Reynolds, Toddler teacher

Missy began working at Growing Places as a full-time toddler teacher in August 2021. She is currently working towards her certification in Early Childhood Education. She previously worked at The Children’s Workshop for four years. When I asked what Missy loves about working with children, she responds “I love children’s wonderment of the world. Everything is new and exciting to them, and they have a thirst for learning”. In Missy’s free time she is often outside with her three Pygmy goats who she calls her “Kiddos” as well as enjoying time with her almost seven-year-old grandson. She also enjoys exploring, hiking, and fishing!

 

 

 

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Julie Scadova, Preschool Teacher

Julie started at Growing Places in May 2012.  She has over 15 years experience working with children of all ages, mainly with preschool and toddlers.  She obtained her Lead Teacher certification through Great Bay Community College.  Julie had 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 grew up in Madbury and has lived in New Hampshire all of her life. She currently 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.

 

 

Gabby Razzaboni, Preschool Teacher

Gabby began working at Growing Places as a teacher aide in 2018 while attending the University of New Hampshire and joined us full time in 2020 while completing her degree. Her career working with children began in 2015 as a summer camp counselor and schools out program staff. While at UNH she also worked as youth program staff at the Hamel Rec Center facilitating birthday parties for kids of all ages and as a tennis instructor coaching ages 4-60. Gabby finds teaching very rewarding because she knows the things they learn at a very young age they will carry for life.

Gabby graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Women’s & Gender Studies and a minor in HDFS, Sociology and Social Justice Leadership. Outside of work Gabby enjoys spending time at her family’s lake house in Maine, watching sports, painting canvases, listening to music, and playing tennis.

 

Stephanie Jarvis, PreK Teacher

Stephanie was born and raised in New England but spent over 20 years in Colorado building her experience and knowledge in education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Art Emphasis and a Masters in curriculum and instruction. She taught grades K-3 during her years in Colorado. She returned home to New England six years ago to spend more time with family, and began teaching Prek and Kindergarten.

Guiding children to learn about themselves and what they are capable of is what encourages her to always seek new ideas and knowledge. In her free time, Stephanie has always enjoyed getting out into nature snowboarding, backpacking, mountain biking, and bird watching. Jewelry making and resin crafts are some of her other hobbies. Recently her free time is focused on her new four-month-old kittens Vito and Frankie. She has two nephews ages 6 and 8 that inspire her every day to help children learn about the world around them and how they can make a difference.

Clarissa Piecuch, PreK Teacher

Clarissa began working at Growing Places in Fall 2022 as a full-time Pre-K teacher. She studied at Great Bay Community College over 10 years ago. When deciding to return to the field, Growing Places grabbed her attention by being a nature-based program, an environment children tend to thrive in. She looks forward to building genuine connections with the children everyday while learning through exploration and play.

Clarissa believes continuing education no matter how young or old is important to growth. She enjoys Science, exploring the outdoors, and anything sports related. Being active and outdoors is a huge part of who she is. While still finding time to enjoy dancing, music, and art. She resides in Lee with her own 3 children. While she is passionate and educated in childcare, she is also a licensed esthetician and finds skincare and health to be fascinating.