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Marianne Racioppi, Executive Director, Early Childhood Programming
26 years of service (founder)

In 1987, Marianne opened her first early childhood program, Learn to Grow, in her hometown of Arlington, MA.  Using her keen understanding of early childhood education, coupled with her natural capacity to develop meaningful and lasting parent relationships, she has since developed a family of four programs, as well as helped to build the foundation of the Springboard After School programming.  Today, her expertise ranges from operational know-how to program development and expansion.  Marianne holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, and has completed advanced coursework in the early childhood field and business management at Lesley University and Northeastern University.



Kathy Cauley, Program Director, Springboard – Chelmsford
24 years of service

Kathy has been with Springboard Schools for 24 years.  During that time, she has served as a toddler teacher, preschool teacher and program director.  She has successfully directed at 3 out of 4 of our programs, giving her a depth of knowledge and expertise about the needs that are present in each community.  This understanding and dedication has translated into an unwavering commitment to parents, children and staff, alike.  Kathy has a degree in early childhood and is certified by the Department of Early Education and Care as a director and lead teacher for infants/toddlers and preschool.


Sharon DeFoe, Program Director, Westford Children’s Learning Center
19 years of service

Sharon holds an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts’ Bay Community College.  She is Director II certified through the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).  She has 28 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and has taught children from infants through kindergarten.  Sharon began working with Sudbury Children’s Learning Center in 1994 as the infant/toddler lead teacher.   In 2005, she transferred from the Sudbury program to Westford Children’s Learning Center, where she became program director.  Sharon has dedicated herself to providing all her families a program that is safe, nurturing, educational and supportive of the children and families’ individual needs.


Nicole Lowery, Program Director, Learn to Grow – Arlington
9 years of service

Nicole attended Northeastern University for two years and completed her bachelor’s degree with Honors Cum Laude, in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts of Boston. She is Director II certified through the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).  She has 15 years of experience in early childhood education and has taught children from infants through pre-k.  She has experience working with children with special needs, as well as children who are homeless, in foster care, and/or DSS custody.  She has been working at Learn to Grow since 2004. Before becoming program director in 2006, she was the Lead Toddler Teacher.  She comes from a large family and has two young children of her own.  As the program director she feels her priority is to provide quality childcare for every child that walks through the door and to make all families feel welcomed.


Kimberly McGill, Program Director, Sudbury Children’s Learning Center
17 years of service

 Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College.  She majored in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood education.  She began her work at the Sudbury Children’s Learning Center in 1995 as a preschool teacher, she then spent one year as a toddler teacher before spending the rest of her teaching career as the preschool lead teacher at the program.  In 2011, she was promoted to program director.  Kimberly has a deep love of children, which shows through her strong relationships with families and staff.


Shelly Outwater, Director of Training & Development & Quality Assurance
3 years of service

 Shelly holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and a bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Communications from Johnson & Wales University.  She is a Massachusetts certified teacher in early childhood (pre-K – 2) and Director II certified through the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).  She has taught children from preK – first grade, and implemented early literacy focused curriculum for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten classrooms as a teacher and curriculum director.  Currently, she teaches Springboard’s private kindergarten class in Westford, MA, serves as the lead curriculum trainer for Springboard Schools and manages marketing/communications efforts.  Prior to her teaching career, she was a vice president at a high-tech public relations firm where she was responsible for managing her own business unit, and overseeing a team of professionals responsible for developing and implementing communications programs for a wide range of technology clients.