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Meet The Tree House Team!

Babies and toddlers ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to explore a world of discovery and wonder with the guidance of the nurturing and experienced Tree House Team!

Here your little one will explore art, gymnastics, music and movement. Caregivers will engage in the class and meet other parents and caregivers.

Our Tree House staff of early childhood instructors invests in each child and gets to know you and how you and your little ones learn best. Our team members discover and employ teaching strategies designed to maximize your experience! By doing this, we help you graduate through our programs as you become a part of our Tree House community.

Carrie Klimeczko

Miss Carrie began her teaching career over 12 years ago when she discovered the magic of Family Music Makers. With the FMM platform, Carrie is able to incorporate her education and experience in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Performance to create a unique, exciting and engaging musical experience for both the children in class and their caregivers. Carrie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance, and a Masters of Music Degree in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.

"I cannot say enough about Carrie...there needs to be a rating higher than "excellent" because she exudes everything you want in your child's music teacher. You can just see how much she's enjoying what she does & it makes for a wonderful, welcoming, energized environment. You can tell she has a great command of music knowledge, and her pep & energy are infectious and rare. She literally glows when she teaches." ~Maria D., mother of two

Jill Vetstein

Jill Vetstein has a Masters in Social Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to that, she received her Bachelors degree in Human Services and Education at Hartford University in 1997. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Developmental & Early Intervention Specialist, Certified Infant and Toddler Teacher, as well as a writer, blogger and professional speaker. Jill has been empowering families and educators for over thirteen years focusing on children from birth through age eight. She has spent a great deal of time in the field of early childhood as a teacher, early intervention specialist, early childhood school consultant, parent coach and enrichment class facilitator. Jill is also a parent of two amazing and spunky children, who are only 11 months apart, so she totally gets it!

Elizabeth Gerson

Elizabeth has an extensive background in child development. She holds a BA in psychology and education from Clark University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Elizabeth is also certified to be a lead preschool teacher. Her work experience includes teaching preschool to two and three year olds as well as leading "mommy and me" developmental playgroups. She also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.

Nancy Gair

Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington MA and went to BB&N (a "lifer"!). After graduating from Yale in 1981, she went to drama school in London, England where she then lived for the next 26 years. Following the births of her sons, she was inspired to train with the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator, qualifying in 2004, and had the pleasure of teaching couples in her own home while her young boys sneaked downstairs to pilfer the refreshments. Nancy and sons (now 17 & 14) relocated to the Boston area in the autumn of 2007, when she began teaching both pre- and post-natal classes for Isis Parenting, subsequently also obtaining her CAPPA certification. She enjoys watching her boys follow in their parents' theatrical footsteps, and keeps up her own endeavors with cabaret performances & individual acting coaching for young adults.

Val Maio

Valerie has a BS in Dance from Skidmore College and an MS in Management - Arts Administration from Lesley University. She has taught extensively in the Boston area including The Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet Citydance Program. Most recently, she held the positions of Youth Cast Ballet Mistress for BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker and Director of Ballet Division at the Tony Williams Dance Center in Jamaica Plain. Valerie trained as a ballet dancer at the Eglevsky Ballet in NY and enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional dancer in New England, primarily with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Valerie is passionate about the role of arts in education and helped create the Teambuilding Movement Workshop, a participatory program conducted by dancers for corporate and educational settings. She also serves on local school and town arts committees.

Lisa Gatto

Lisa is a graduate of Wheelock College with a BS in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Child Life. Lisa served as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's Hospital for six years and most recently joined us from Isis Parenting. Lisa was the director of the Child Development Program at Isis Parenting, which incorporated all programming for babies and their caregivers 6-36 months. For the past 12 years, Lisa has also enthusiastically lead activity and discussion groups for young babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Lisa enjoys being active, listening to music, singing, and spending time with her family. Lisa is the proud mother of two delightful and beautiful girls and most recently their new baby boy!

Ingrid Dahlin-Doherty

Ingrid holds a B.A. in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College with a minor in Art History, including a year of study in Spain at The University of Zaragoza. She then earned a M.S. in Child Life and Family Studies from Wheelock College. Following graduation, Ingrid worked for seven years as a Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Boston on the Neuroscience Unit. After having children, Ingrid taught art, music, and child development play classes for five years at Isis Parenting. As a parent of a young son and daughter, Ingrid includes music and art as a joyful and integral part of their everyday life. Ingrid enthusiastically extends that same joy to children and families in each class she teaches.

Stacy Minicucci

Ms. Stacy has over 15 years of experience working with local children and their families bringing out the best in all children (often through the expressive arts). She has a BA from Simmons College in Special Needs and Sociology, and a M.Ed from Boston University in School Counseling. She holds Commonwealth of Massachusetts Teacher Certifications in Special Needs and School Counseling and is an EEC certified Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher. In 2011, after 11 years of working for Self Help Inc. Head Start as their Mental Health Manager, Stacy left her job to spend more time with her young daughters. In the two years that followed, Stacy has been teaching enrichment classes in several locations including working for the City of Cambridge, and now here at LINX. Stacy is the creator of Preschool Picassos, which was developed out of her love for art history, working with young children, and having flexibility to spend time with her family. The success of Preschool Picassos allows Stacy to be the kind of mother and professional she has always dreamed of being.

Peter Malagodi

Peter “Piper” Malagodi

Peter is an accomplished singer and guitar player who is a Rock Star to both kids AND adults. He is a father of 3 who was brought up by educators has always been at natural with children and Music. His teaching experience includes working as a Preschool Teacher, an Afterschool Teacher and a Classroom Music Teacher. As a professional performer he’s played thousands of clubs around the US as a "Rock N Roll" front man. Peter is also a passionate advocate for the Earth as evidenced by his Clean Green Music Machine show for kids that features a bike-powered sound system that is kid-powered! He is excited to bring his own brand of “Kindie Funk” to Linx!

Heather Emley

Miss Heather Emley has a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, a BS in Exercise Science, and professional training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, salsa, yoga and pilates. While at Adelphi, Miss Heather worked with and performed for many talented choreographers including Leda Meredith, Trebien Pollard, David Parsons, Frank Augustyn, Nicholas Seligson-Ross, Aylene Liberona, and Aszure Barton.

Miss Heather began her dance career at an early age and has received numerous regional and national awards. She attended the American College Dance Festival annually, where she performed and studied with choreographers from around the world. While in the greater Boston area, Miss Heather has performed with Adagio Dance Company, the Boston Blazers Sparks Dance Team, and Boston Dance Alliance. She currently dances with the Boston Cannons Dance Team and Danny Swain Dance Company, and is the Artistic Director of Enigmatic Contemporary Dance.

Kathryn Dunkel

Miss Katie D. is a dancer, dance instructor and yoga instructor based in the Boston area. She earned her BA in Dance from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama Performance Art Program in New York City. When she is not teaching, Miss Katie currently dances for Ego Art, Inc./Nicole Pierce and Lorraine Chapman The Company. She has had the pleasure of performing work by choreographers and companies including: Audra Carabetta & Dancers, Contrapose Dance, Falling Flight Project, Meghan McLyman, Quicksilver Dance/Mariah Steele, and Danny Swain Dance Company. Kate earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through YogaWorks in Boston under the instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos. She teaches and substitutes yoga classes in Somerville and Cambridge.


Joe Kahn

MBA
Owner and Founder

Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Joe believes that he has found a way to bring together his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.

Josh Schiering

BS in Economics and Business
Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps

Josh Schiering serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. Josh has 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. He is responsible for the day to day operations of a varied program that serves over 1000 children in our community and close to 700 families. Josh leads his team as a professional, while always seeing things through the eyes of a father, as he has four children who also enjoy the many services provided by LINX. Josh is also a former Health and Fitness Director and brings his proven track record of successful program design and development, staff recruiting and training and marketing concepts to LINX.

Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. His personal motto as it relates to staff recruiting is, "We find the best of the best and then train them to be even better!" His staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh's bullying prevention programs have been featured in the American Camp Association's national publication and been used in college courses throughout the country. His unique Same Team approach to staff management fosters an environment in which staff put children first as they work together to help children excel, while pursuing their passions and becoming a part of the larger community.

Melissa Habersaat

BS in Business and Marketing
Vice President of Operations

Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders.



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