Meet the Needham Team

Meet the Needham Team

Meet the Needham Team

Meet the Needham Team

Meet the Needham Team

The Scalliwags Child Care team consists of teachers and support staff who have been carefully selected to create and deliver an excellent infant toddler childcare program. The staffs are very experienced and highly qualified, but not only that, they all have caring, fun-loving personalities and want to deliver the very best experience to your child, every day.

Lorraine Cronin

Lorraine Cronin


Owner

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The care of children has been Lorraine's lifelong passion; she has been taking care of children since she was a teenager. Twenty years ago, she began her career as a professional nanny and has never looked back; eighteen years ago she arrived in Wellesley to care for two children and two years later she began working for a family with four amazing children, where she remained for fourteen happy years. Lorraine now finds herself happily entrenched, both living and working in town!


Throughout her journey Lorraine has always dreamed of owning an Infant Toddler Childcare Center; somewhere she could bring her wealth of experience, learning of, and passion for childcare to other children. Lorraine grasped the opportunity to do so as soon as it presented itself earlier this year and so Scalliwags Child Care was born.


Many people ask Lorraine what the name Scalliwags means and where it comes from. The word is used as a term of endearment in Ireland (from where Lorraine was born and raised) for children who are confident, fun, vivacious, mischievous, and curious and it came to her while she was out walking one morning along Brook Path. Scalliwags Child Care perfectly captures the essence of the experience that Lorraine envisages for the children in her center!


Vision and values


Lorraine is a Licensed EEC Early Childhood Educator, she has a strong set of core principles for the Scalliwags Child Care center. She is committed to offering an exemplary childcare experience to each child that is entrusted to Scalliwags' care. This strong commitment has informed the approach taken to the creation of the Scalliwags Child Care physical environment; the employment of the Scalliwags Child Care learning and support staff; the adoption of the Scalliwags Child Care emergent/play-based curriculum and the creation and development of valuable relationships with parents and children. Lorraine wants to ensure that the Scalliwags Child Care experience is and remains exceptional.


Lorraine lives in Wellesley with her husband Denis and her son Conor.


​​​​​​​Please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine directly if there is anything that you wish to discuss with her about Scalliwags Child Care and your child.

Mary Spognardi

Lisa Jaeger


​​​​​​​Regional Director

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Lisa joined Scalliwags in the early Summer of 2022 as the Regional Director. Lisa spent the last
five years at the Sudbury Co-Op as the Assistant Director and Co Lead Teacher of the Toddler
room. Lisa has over 30 years experience teaching in both a center and owning her own home
daycare for over 15 years. In her extensive experiences nurturing young children, Lisa has
learned the importance of listening first. Her proactive management for handling transitions, and support for building goodbye routines are critical in managing separation anxiety. Lisa enjoys taking walks, spending time with her three dogs, crafting and spending time with her family. Lisa resides in Framingham with her husband of 23 years and their three daughters.

Our Amazing Teachers

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Megan

Megan Jaeger


Director/Manager


​​​​​​​Megan is EEC Teacher certified in infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. Megan has worked with children since she was in middle school starting with being a mother’s helper. Since then, she has been a nanny, an assistant teacher in a pre-k classroom, and a behavior technician, working with young children who have autism. Megan graduated from Ashland High School in 2017 and is currently working on her psychology degree at Massbay Community College. She is also working on obtaining her Director’s certification to further her education in the early childhood field. Megan has a passion for psychology and teaching children and loves watching them grow and develop. Her favorite color is yellow, her favorite flowers are sunflowers, and she loves country music! Megan resides in Framingham, MA with her mom, dad, two sisters, and three dogs.

Megan

Heather McNeely


Lead Teacher


Heather joined the Scalliwags team with the opening of our Needham South street location. She is EEC Director/Lead teacher certified in Infant/Toddler and Preschool. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in childcare for the past 20 years. She loves teaching and watching the children learn and grow throughout different stages of development. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to sporting events and spending time with friends and family.

Megan

Aura Morales


Lead Teacher


Aura Morales is EEC Teacher certified in infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. Aura has worked with children since she was a teenager; she babysat her nieces and nephews. Since then, she has been a nanny, and an assistant teacher.

Aura graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School (California) in 2009. In 2016 she got her Infant/Toddler Teacher Certificate at Urban College. She hopes to one day become a Director and run her own daycare. Aura loves watching the children grow and develop.

Her favorite colors are red and pink, her favorite flowers are red roses, and she loves Spanish music! Aura is also bilingual with Spanish being her first language and English her second. She is married and has a baby boy named Pablo Ernesto Ramirez. Aura was born in Los Angeles, CA and came to Boston in 2015. She is the youngest of four brothers. Aura lives in Newton, MA with her husband and baby Pablo.

Megan

Tatiana Dacruz


Teacher


Tatiana recently joined the Scalliwags team in early Summer of 2022. She has been teaching in a childcare setting for over 15 years as a preschool teacher and she also worked as a director’s assistant in home-based childcare for 4 years. Tatiana also has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from WOSC.

Tatiana loves spending time with her family. They enjoy being outdoors, playing sports, swimming, riding bikes, playing board games and watching TV together.

Tatiana’s favorite books are “I Love You to the Moon and Back” and “Green Eggs and Ham”. Tatiana loves fruits and veggies and her favorites are strawberries, watermelon, mangoes, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Tatiana currently resides in Millis with her two teenage boys and 5 year old daughter who keep her very busy.

Megan

Katie Gomez


Teacher


Katie Gomez is an EEC certified infant/toddler teacher with 3 years of experience in the field of early childhood education who recently joined the Scalliwags team. Katie used to work in a daycare center where she would take care of homeless children, and she has past experience babysitting children of friends or family.

Katie’s favorite part about being a teacher is being able to watch each child grow and learn in their own way. Katie has two cats and loves to listen to
music. Katie currently resides in Boston, MA.

Megan

Kristina Cochrane


Teacher


Kristina has her EEC Teacher Certification in Infant/Toddler and Preschool. She is CPR certified in Infant, Child, and Adult. Kristina knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher because she loved helping/watching children grow and develop. She started working with children when she was 14. Since then she has been a nanny, a teacher in Infants and School Age, and educational mentor.

Kristina graduated from Foxboro High School in 2015 and graduated from Framingham State University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Now she is attending Mass Bay Community College to complete all her EEC certifications. Kristina has plans to eventually open an in home daycare in the future.

Her favorite color is pink, her favorite animals are elephants and cheetahs, and she is a big Patriots and Celtics fan! Kristina was born and raised in Foxboro, living in the same house her mother grew up in! She lives with her mom, her mom’s husband, her sister Kaitlyn (23), and her two dogs KC & Izzy.

Megan

Tina Patsos


Teacher


Tina joined the Scalliwags team in early 2022 and has 10 years of experience working with children in center type settings. Tina is an EEC certified teacher in infants and toddlers and loves working with infants in particular. Her favorite part about being a teacher is watching the development of each child as they grow. She finds working with children very rewarding and loves to get to know each child’s individual personality as they are all so different! In her free time, Tina enjoys having fun by joking around, exercising, and spending time in Florida. Tina currently resides in Norwood, MA.

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