Meet The Tree House Team!
You are invited to explore a world of discovery and wonder with the guidance of the nurturing and experienced Tree House Team!
Tree House friends explore art, gymnastics, music and movement as our caring staff engage caregivers and create a warm environment for members to make new friends.
The Tree House staff of early childhood instructors invests in each child and gets to know you and how you and your little ones learn. 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.
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.
Stacey studied Theater and Journalism at the University of Maryland culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations. She worked in the Boston entertainment industry promoting Boston theater and concert productions. Stacey then combined her interest in writing, teaching and technology to become a systems training specialist and manager for Bain and Company and Ropes and Gray. While taking some time off from the corporate world to dedicate herself to raising her 2 daughters, Stacey has combined her passion for physical fitness with her love of teaching by working as an independent contractor, teaching music and movement and yoga classes at Carter Nursery School in Needham and the YMCA. She was also a Reebok Fit-Kidz trainer for Newman Elementary School in Needham. She is an exercise enthusiast who has completed the Boston Marathon, The Pan Mass Challenge and a number of Sprint Triathalons but cannot keep up with her kids on the ski slope or beat her husband in tennis!! Stacey will be teaching Yoga and Sports classes as well as helping with client services.
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 play groups. She also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.
Lisa is a graduate of Wheelock College with a B.S. 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 joins 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 9 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.
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 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.
Tania is a native of Lima, Peru where she attended San Ignacio University. She has worked with children for over five years, instructing them in Spanish through personal instruction and group lessons. She commits herself to LINX's philosophy of learning through fun. She is also dedicated to the true immersion style where the children quickly understand Spanish through situation, movement, and tone. They do not learn to translate into English, though this seems the intended result. Far better, the students actually absorb Spanish as a separate and new language, able to think within the language far better than an adult learning a language.
Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. Joe 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. Joe has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.
BS in Economics and Business
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 he 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.
BS in Business and Marketing
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.