Tammy Wysocki, Director
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler, Lead Teacher Preschool, Director I and II
Tammy started working at Undermountain Child Care Center in July 2005 as the Preschool Teacher until October 2011 when she became the director. Prior to this, she taught first grade at Berkshire Country Day School in Lenox MA . Before moving to the Berkshires in 2002, she lived in Concord, NH where she taught Kindergarten, first and second grade at Shaker Road School. Tammy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education in 1991 from Colby-Sawyer College. Tammy is a teaching director and is an active member of the center, teaching and assisting in the classrooms.
Denise Gaynor, Team-Teacher in the Infant/Toddler room
Certifications: Lead Infant/Toddler
Denise Gaynor joined the infant room at Undermountain Child Care in October of 2010. Before joining our staff, Denise was employed at Housatonic Child Care center for 16 years. She worked in the infant room and also served as co-director for a few months. Denise is lead teacher certified and holds a CDA. She lives in Lakeville, CT where she grew up and went to Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Denise has completed several classes at Western CT State College and is currently pursuing an Associate degree.
Charmaine Riva, Team-Teacher in the Toddler room
Certifications: Lead Infant/Toddler, Lead Preschool , Director I and II
Prior to coming to Undermountain Child Care Center in October of 2011, Charmaine Riva was head teacher of the preschool program and supervisor of the before and after school program at the Winsted YMCA. Charmaine worked at Housatonic Child Care Center for 3 years, directed Canaan Child Care for 7 years as well as ran and operated her own home child care for numerous years. Charmaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and a M.A. in Education from Saint Joseph College, as well as a K-6 CT teaching certificate.
Sarah Candee, Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teaching Assistant
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler, Teacher Preschool
Prior to coming to Undermountain Child Care Center in January 2012, Sarah was the lead early pre-k teacher at Bear Care in Great Barrington, MA for 8 ½ years. Sarah has worked with children for a number of years. She has an Associate degree in English and Psychology from Berkshire Community College and a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Darlene Fulco, Team-Teacher in the Infant/Toddler room
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Lead Teacher infant/toddler
Darlene, also known as Dar, has been working at Undermountain for 7 ½ years. Before coming to Undermountain Child Care, Dar worked for many years as a food service manager at Berkshire School and other places. She also has several years of experience working in other child care centers and has loved working and interacting with children for as long as she can remember. Darlene has completed many courses in early childhood education and is currently pursuing an Associate degree.
Laura Kraft, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Director
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler, Director I and II
Laura joined the Undermountain Child Care teaching team in the fall of 2006. Laura has taught in the preschool classroom since 2006 and in June 2012 began working as the assistant director. Prior to this, she was the owner and teacher at The North Hillsdale Preschool from 2000-2006. Laura was the assistant teacher at The Little School in Hillsdale, NY from 1991-1999. She has her Associate degree in Science/Civil Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College and her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood education from SUNY- Empire State College.
Nancy Soudant, Team-Teacher in the Toddler room
Certifications: teacher Infant/Toddler
Prior to October 2007 when Nancy joined the Undermountain Child Care teaching team, she worked at Frames on Wheels for 12 years and for Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy and Exercise. Nancy found this to be a rewarding experience working with children of all ages in this capacity. Nancy has her Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Berkshire Community College and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Mount Holyoke College.
Darlene Murphy, Team-Teacher in the Preschool room
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool
Darlene Murphy joined the Preschool room at Undermountain Child Care in December 2012. Prior to joining our staff, Darlene worked as the head preschool teacher at Beginning Years Children’s Center in Sharon, CT for 14 years. Darlene is lead teacher certified and holds a CDA.