Both directors of Newton School for Children possess a master’s degree in early childhood education. Executive Director, Farzaneh Pahlavan, established the program in 1982, and has been running it since then. Director, Christine Tejeiro, has been with the center since 1992. In each classroom there are two certified lead teachers. Each lead teacher possesses a minimum of a bacherlors’ degree in early childhood education or a related field. Newton School for Children also employs many teachers with advanced degrees.
Each year teachers attend professional training seminars, courses and workshops to enhance the overall quality of the curriculum and share their experiences with the children in the classroom. Each staff member completes a minimum of 20 hours of training, a requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.
Staff Selection Process
Newton School for Children selects candidates who have a background in early childhood education, prior experience with children and a warm and nurturing personality. Potential candidates who have undergone a CORI (background check) and reference check are interviewed, a process which involves two classroom observations. Every employee is subject to a three month probationary period before becoming a permanent staff member.