Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the 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

Mary Spognardi

Director

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Mary Spognardi is EEC Director/Lead teacher certified in infant/toddler and preschool. She graduated from Curry College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and has worked in the early education field for 30 years (and has loved every minute!). Over the years, Mary has worked in many areas of the field from being a nanny, home day care provider, teachers aid, preschool teacher, and director.

Providing young children with a loving, happy and safe environment has always been Mary’s professional focus. As a mother to three children, she knows how vital it is to provide loving and quality care for families.

Mary lives in Dedham with her husband Gary, son Andrew, and dog Maisy. Amanda and Chris have each left the nest and are living on their own in Boston.
In her spare time, Mary loves going on beach vacations with her husband, dining out at local eateries, and taking Maisy for long walks and Jeep adventures.

Our Amazing Teachers

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Bonnie Shumrak

Bonnie Shumrak

Assistant Director/Teacher

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Bonnie is EEC Director/Teacher certified in Infant, Toddler Preschool classrooms. Bonnie has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 Years. She graduated from Natick High as well as Salem State College with a Bachelors's in Early Childhood Education.
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Bonnie also likes to teach Learn To Skate at Babson and FMC Ice Sports in West Roxbury. Bonnie has been coaching since high school. Teaching children is her passion! Her favorite color is blue, her favorite kind of food is Italian and she is also a huge NKOTBSB Fan! Bonnie resides in Natick, MA with her Dog Rusty.

Katelyn Leonardo

Katelyn Leonardo

Teacher

Katelyn has her EEC Certification in Infant/Toddler and Preschool. She started caring for children when she was 16 years old at Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Ma where she graduated from in 2012. They had their very own preschool program, Case’s Little Faces, and that is where Katelyn discovered how much she loves working with children. She took a few years off from teaching to pursue other careers but found that her true passion was teaching and has been doing so for the last four years. Katelyn gets re-certified in CPR and First Aid annually.

Experience:

Katelyn started off as a Teaching Assistant in an infant classroom before getting certified. Once she was an EEC certified teacher, she wound up being the teacher in that classroom for over two years. Since then she has also worked in Toddler and Preschool classrooms.

Philosophy:
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Katelyn’s favorite part of teaching is being able to watch children as they progress through their developmental milestones. She is committed to providing a safe, happy, and nurturing environment for children to play, explore, and discover. She believes each child is unique and all children can learn whatever the circumstances. In her classroom, she focuses on physical development, cognitive development, language/literacy, and sensory play. Katelyn is excited to be a part of the Scalliwags family and knows she will learn just as much from each child as they will from her, maybe even more!

Katelyn currently lives in Taunton with her husband, David, and their dog, Bailey.

Megan

Megan Jaeger

Teacher

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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 will be graduating from Mass bay Community College in December 2021 with an associate's degree in psychology. She hopes to one day work with children who have special needs or in the mental health 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, Maddie (age 12) and Melanie (age 17), as well as her three dogs, Parker, Tinkerbell, and Bailey

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