Faculty & Staff
Director of School
Tiffany Uttam is the Director and Founder of Fairwind Learning Center. She has been in the Early Childhood field for over twenty years. She is a passionate, dedicated educator who develops nurturing relationships with her students and families. She has a Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction and Curriculum Development from Lesley University, a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College, and holds a Massachusetts Professional Teaching License (Pre K-3). Tiffany has worked as a Lead Kindergarten and Preschool teacher in various private schools and has been a literacy and math tutor for Marblehead and Swampscott students from K- Grade 3.
Tiffany brings excitement, energy, and her caring nature to help students feel confident and reach their full potential. Tiffany takes time to build relationships with each of her students so she can better understand who they are as individuals and learn ways to make each child feel special and valued. Tiffany strives to create a dynamic, joyful learning atmosphere that supports students and respects their individual uniqueness. She believes that an environment that encourages academic, social, personal, creative, and physical development gives every student the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential. Tiffany has lived in Marblehead since 2000 with her husband and two boys who attend schools in Marblehead. She loves to spend time with her family skiing, biking, hiking, and playing with her black lab, Molly.
Full- time Office Manager
Linda Midland joins us as our full-time Office Manager. A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in Sociology and Health Administration, Linda held a fifteen year tenure as a Marketing Director in the high technology arena with GE Software International, Cullinet Software and MediQual Systems. In 2006, she launched an “encore career” managing Student Services at The Williston Northampton School, an independent day and boarding school in western MA. Upon relocating to the North Shore of Boston, Linda has held Office Manager positions at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn and, most recently, at the Beverly Children’s Learning Center in Beverly.
Linda is a proud mother of two children and feels blessed to live in the beautiful seaside community of Swampscott. Linda and her family are avid sports fans, love to travel, and look forward to any time there is an opportunity to spend time with extended family.
Part- time Office Manager
Anne Tassel-Todisco has worked at Fairwind as the office manager for the past three years. She is a native Marbleheader who still resides in her hometown.
Anne attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Services. She feels very lucky to be able to work in such a bright beautiful school and loves the connections she makes with the children and their families. Anne has worked in the medical field for most of her professional life, first as an administrative assistant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and later as a medical transcriptionist and biller at a busy North Shore medical practice for 22 years. She has two wonderful children, a son who lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and a daughter who attends Boston University. She is an avid badminton player and enjoys photography.
Our Toddler and Preschool I Team
Toddler and Preschool I Lead Teacher
Gail Rowe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as an Associate’s Degree in Infant/Toddler Care. She worked with young children and their families in and early intervention program while pursuing her degree. Gail was the Lead teacher of our Preschool I program last year and previously worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind for two years. Gail spent several years teaching in the Lynn Public School system at the Pre-K level and volunteers as a religious education teacher in Marblehead.
She provides young children with opportunities to learn in a safe and nurturing environment, and to discover their world through literature, age appropriate materials, and theme-based activities. Gail and her husband have lived in Marblehead for over 20 years; she enjoys reading, biking, being by the ocean, and spending time with her four children.
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Lacey worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind last year and is excited to be joining Fairwind's Toddler program. She holds her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Boston. She is certified as a Preschool, Infant, and Toddler teacher through Massachusetts Early Education and Care. Lacey has taught a variety of ages, from toddlers to first grade and has worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind this past year. While pursuing her Master’s, she worked at a private preschool in Newton MA, teaching children ages 2-5 years and taught kindergarten for 6 years in the Chelsea Public Schools. Lacey believes the most important part of your child’s first school experiences are creating a lifelong love of learning in a safe, creative environment.
Preschool I Assistant Teacher
Jean worked as the Preschool I assistant last year and previously worked as our Preschool II teaching assistant for the previous two years. She has spent the better part of the last 14 years volunteering in the elementary school programs in Marblehead. She also founded and taught classes at Birth Bliss for mothers, babies, and toddlers. While Jean has loved being part of the classroom environment, she originally received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut in Allied Health Sciences, and worked for several years at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jean is a certified preschool teacher and continues to pursue her professional development in early childhood education.
She believes that providing a nurturing environment for children to discover and explore are essential to their success and happiness. Jean feels that the most wonderful part of being an early education teacher is helping to foster a child’s joy in learning bust into knowledge.
Our Preschool II Team
Sophie Roch Piersol
Preschool II LeadTeacher
Sophie has worked as the Lead teacher in our Preschool II program for the past three years. She is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada who discovered her passion to teach and nurture when she started taking care of children nearly 20 tears ago. Sophie graduated with high honors in Early Childhood Education and continues to demonstrate her commitment to academic excellence as she continues her studies at Salem State University.
Sophie has worked as a preschool teacher in local learning centers and was the owner and director of her in-home French preschool, “Un Jardin d’Enfants” where she introduced her native language to her students in her daily curriculum. In the classroom, Sophie encourages exploration, creativity, and respect for one another. She believes that children learn actively by having hands-on experiences with their surroundings. In her classroom, learning is supported through consistent daily routines that reflect their ideas and interests. Her philosophy has always been “play to learn and learn to play.” Sophie believes it is imperative to involve parents in her classroom so families and teachers can serve as models for children, have opportunities to share their unique knowledge, and create positive relationships.
Preschool II Assistant Teacher
Britte Roossien has worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind Learning Center and the Nahant Public schools throughout the past year. She is excited to join the Fairwind Team as she continues to pursue her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
She attended the University of New Hampshire and Oklahoma State University and holds her Bachelors Degree in Communications. She realized her passion for Early Childhood Education after stepping away from the corporate world to be at home with her two children.
After becoming licensed in Massachusetts by the Department of Early Education and Care, Britte founded Tater Tots Family Daycare. As owner and lead provider, she spent seven years caring for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school aged children, delivering age appropriate curriculum that was both challenging and fun. Britte was the Director of the Junior Tennis Camp program at Nahant Country Club and was also awarded by the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nahant town pride award in recognition of her corporation, 01908 INC, which is a volunteer organization she founded that works to benefit local underfunded community groups. As an educator, Britte takes a hands-on approach to learning and enjoys getting messy. She believes in creating a classroom environment where children feel safe to build upon their skills and to learn through exploration, and exposure to new concepts. Britte is a lover of the outdoors and athletics and can often be found on a tennis court, lacrosse or soccer field, coaching children or at the beach surfing or paddling.
Preschool II Assistant Teacher
Debra Wonson is honored to be a team member at the Fairwind Learning Center in the Preschool II program. She brings her extensive experience and expertise in the early childhood field to this position and is eager to work with our students. Debra currently holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Lesley University. She was the Director of St. Stephen’s Nursery School in Marblehead for 19 years, worked as the Director of the Salem YMCA Early Learning Center, and has worked as a child care administrator and consultant at Endicott College. Most recently, Debra was the grant coordinator for the Salem public schools where she provided outreach and direct services to children and families including collaboration with community organizers to develop appropriate programs and support.
Debra is dedicated to the social/emotional development of each child and is passionate about helping children learn, grow, and explore nature. Residing in Marblehead, she enjoys ocean kayaking, gardening, reading, and traveling. Debra is dedicated to the social/emotional development of each child and is passionate about helping children learn, grow, and explore nature. Residing in Marblehead, she enjoys ocean kayaking, gardening, reading, and traveling.
Our Transitonal Kindergarten Team
Transitional Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Lydia Gilman holds her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts at Lesley University. Lydia taught at Tower School in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom for the past six years and also worked as a special education paraprofessional in the Beverly School District. Lydia loves teaching this age group and witnessing the children’s genuine curiosity as they learn, grow, and explore. She readily uses her training in the Responsive Classroom approach to create a joyful and engaging classroom community with an emphasis on social-emotional learning to build students’ academic skills.
When Lydia is not happily teaching, she enjoys being active outside in all seasons and spending time with her husband, her three year old son, and overly excited Goldendoodle.
Transitonal Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Deena holds her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, is a Massachusetts certified teacher for grades 1-6, and is a certified Preschool teacher through Massachusetts Early Education and Care. After receiving her Master’s in Elementary Education, she decided her true passion was working with younger children so she went back to school to gain her Montessori certification in Early Childhood from the American Montessori Society. Deena started last spring working in our Transitional Kindergarten room as an aid and is thrilled to join our team in a full-time position this year. Before joining Fairwind, Deena was a Lead teacher in a Montessori classroom for several years and worked as a one on one aid in the Marblehead public school system.
Deena believes each child is an individual with individual needs and loves building relationships with each of her students. She is energetic and her excitement and curiosity of learning is easily conveyed to the children as she is a firm believer that learning should be fun. When Deena is not at work she can be found playing outdoor games with her children and husband, walking her dog, boating, traveling, working out, cooking or relaxing with her local family and friends.
Transitional Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Jill joined Fairwind three years ago as a substitute teacher and has worked as a teaching assistant in our Preschool II program the past two years. Jill is a certified teacher through Massachusetts Early Education and Care and continues to pursue her professional development in the teaching field. She is a native of England and has lived and raised her two children in Marblehead for over twenty five years.
Jill was a registered nurse in England and holds a degree in occupational therapy. Throughout her clinical experience, she provided pediatric health care for neurological and developmental disorders. Her passion for early childhood education was realized during her varied clinical experiences. Jill believes in a holistic approach to support each child to reach his or her full potential in play, friendship, and exploration. During her free time Jill loves to travel, play badminton, practice yoga, kayak, hike, and garden.