Our Staff

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Chris Clanin, Director

Chris Clanin joined the staff of The Children’s Winter Garden in 1992. She taught 3 and 4 year old classes for 11 years and enjoyed teaching very much. In 2003 she became the Director of CWG and she has had a wonderful time meeting and getting to know many families over the years.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Springfield College. She has taken additional courses in Early Childhood Education and Administration. Chris finds teaching and being an administrator to be an unbelievably rewarding career. She cannot think of any other career that could possibly be more fulfilling. Interacting with young children and starting their educational journey is the best possible job.

Chris lives in Nashua with her husband David and a dog Lacey and a cat Lexie. She has three children Tara, Meghan, and Brent, and an absolutely wonderful grandson Jaiden. In addition to loving craft fairs, she also enjoys gardening.

 

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Meghan Collins

Meghan began teaching at the Children’s Winter Garden in 2006. After many years of being involved there as a daughter to a staff member and subbing in the classroom, a position finally opened up when she finished up school.

Meghan has worked with children for as long as she has been able to babysit. She went to school at Keene State college and majored in Early Childhood Education and Communications. Meghan has a passion for seeing children succeed. She believes every child deserves a quality education and a chance at being their best. Meghan loves being part of a team and a family oriented program. She is very excited to have the chance to be a part of the CWG-WWS community!

Meghan lives in Hudson, NH with her husband and two cats. Besides her love for working with children, she enjoys any DIY projects, specifically Pinterest ones!

 

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Kim Coumas

Kim Coumas started with the White Wing School in 2006. Her children were students at White Wing when they were younger, and Kim enjoyed helping the school.

Kim first began working at White Wing as a substitute teacher. Later she transitioned to the role of office manager. Her organizational skills are an important part of what keeps everything running smoothly.

Kim lives in Hudson with her husband and three children. When she is not at school she enjoys spending time at the lake, gardening, and crafting.

 

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Yelena Kupchik

Yelena  Kupchik has worked at White Wing School from 2005-2017.  She has experience working with a wide range of age groups.  Yelena has been a lead teacher with 2, 3 and 3 yearold classes. She also was an assistant in a Kindergarten class for 2 years.

Yelena is a creative and enthusiastic teacher.  She carefully plans activities for her classes according to their age and needs.

Yelena holds a bachelors degree from the Russian University in Early Childhood Education.  She continues to take classes in ECE at Nashua Community College.

Yelena lives in Nashua, NH with her husband Alex and her son Vladimir.  Her older daughter Anna lives in Massachusetts with her husband and ten month old baby girl.  Yelena enjoys spending time with her granddaughter.  Yelena loves nature, music and sports.

 

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Amy Louis

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in education from River College.  She has been teaching in the early childhood field for over 15 years.  Throughout Amy’s teaching experience she has attended many workshops and has created numerous detailed lesson plans. Her students love coming to school because Amy makes learning fun.  She has an open line of communication with her families which helps them work as a team in providing the best learning environment for their child.
Amy lives in Nashua, NH with her husband Wayne , two children, Alyssa and Aiden, dog Mandy, cat Patches, and Leo the gecko.  In addition to being with her family, Amy loves shopping and doing yoga.

 

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Chrissy Rose

Chrissy Rose is the Stay and Play and Discovery teacher. This is her 2nd year teaching with the White Wing staff. She is excited to be working with the new unified, Children’s Winter Garden with White Wing School.
Chrissy works at Children’s Winter Garden with White Wing School during the day and goes to college at night. She is working toward her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Chrissy first started working with young people as a volunteer youth leader, working with teenagers. While she loved working with teens, her heart has always been in working with younger children. Currently, she is the Department Head of her church’s nursery (ages 0-5). Chrissy looks forward to furthering her education and continuing to work with children.

Chrissy’s philosophy as a teacher is to create a loving and nurturing environment in which children can grow. Every child should feel safe and know they are surrounded by people who care about them. She believes it is important for children to learn through playing and hands-on activities. When they experience something they’re learning, it’s easier for them to make a connection and understand it. Playing also helps them make friends and learn social skills.

 

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Catherine Stapledon

Catherine Stapledon has taught at the Children’s Winter Garden for the past 9 years beginning her tenure in the fall of 2007. Catherine’s daughter Paige also started at CWG that same year in the 4 year old nursery program.

Prior to joining CWG Catherine taught at Classic Kids in Nashua, working with children in both the Pre-Nursery and Nursery classes. When the Classic Kids owners retired, Catherine taught for a year at Litchfield Little School working with the Nursery class and Kindergarten class. Catherine took a few years off to have her third child before returning to the field of work she loves; working with the teaching team at The Children’s Winter Garden.

Catherine lives in Nashua with her husband Bill. They’ve been married 34 years and have 3 children. They are active in Nashua youth sports and love to play golf as a family.

 

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Angie McDonnell

Angie McDonnell was very excited to start teaching at CWG-WWS in the fall of2016. All three of her children attended the Children’s Winter Garden, and she served three years on the school’s board. She has always said that she would love to teach at the school!

Angie has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine. Out of College, she taught kindergarten for two years before having her oldest son. After two more children and twelve years as a stay at home mom, Angie returned to the classroom at New Searles Elementary School working in preschool. She was thrilled when she had the opportunity to start teaching the 4 year old preschool class at CWW-WWS.

Angie lives in Nashua with her husband, Tom, and their 3 children, Patrick, Braden, and Jillian.Her kids’ activities keep her busy outside of school, but she also enjoys crafts and DIY home projects.

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Bonnie Murphy

Bonnie H. Murphy is one of our newest staff members who comes to CWG-WWS, with years of experience in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State University and is ECE Highly Qualified in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Florida.  After staying home with her boys for several years she went back into the classroom and to better assist her students she ventured back to school to earn her certification in General Special Ed as well as course work in Elementary Education from Granite State College.

Bonnie is now back teaching her first love; preschool.  She enjoys the preschool age with all the magic, enthusiasm, laughter and delight the children exhibit in learning all about themselves and their world.  She feels it is important to teach to the whole child and have each child reach their full potential at his/her own pace in a fun atmosphere.

Bonnie lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with; her husband of 25 years, Tom, two wonderful teenage boys Bryan and Patrick, two dogs Geno and Twix, and a loving cat, Hershey.

You can usually find Bonnie at the ice rink, volleyball court, or lacrosse field cheering her boys on in their various sports.  In the summer, Bonnie can be found at the BEACH hanging out with her family and a good book!