Our Staff

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  Chris Clanin

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 Diego. She has three children Tara, Meghan, and Brent, and two wonderful grandsons Jaiden and Noah.  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 since 2005. She has experience working with a wide range of age groups.  Yelena has been a lead teacher with 2, 3 and 3 year old classes. She also was an assistant in a Kindergarten class for 2 years. She is currently our Discovery Lead Teacher in the afternoons.

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 Rivier College. She started at Children’s Winter Garden in 2011. 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 a Lead Teacher in one of our 4 year old rooms in the morning and is the Stay and Play teacher in the afternoon. Chrissy has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Nashua Community College. This is her 7th year teaching at CWG-WWS.

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 14 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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Stefni Crowell

Stefni  joined the Children’s Winter Garden with White Wing staff in 2019. Before staying home for the past 5 years to care for her daughters and nieces, she taught for 7 years at the Adult Learning Center’s Early Childhood Adventures Program. Stefni has experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and holds an Early Childhood Certification from Nashua Community College.
Stefni grew up in Nashua and lives here with her husband, Andrew, and 2 daughters, Kyli and Maddi. Kyli is a CWG-WWS alumni and Maddi will be starting this year. Stefni is very involved in local cheerleading programs and enjoys coaching her daughter.
Stefni’s favorite part of teaching is helping young children explore andexpressthemselves. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for her students and loves to share their accomplishments with their families.