Our team of certified, nurturing teachers thrive on creating a welcoming, enriched environment for students. With a play-centric curriculum that focuses on developing both social/emotional and pre-academic skills, our teachers love helping your little ones grow.
Our previous Director, Sally Jackson, has retired and moved out of the area. We were incredibly fortunate to have had her leadership and experience to guide our program for several years. We will miss Sally but wish her the best of luck in the next chapter!
Meet Michelle Grace
As an early childhood educator and resident of Maynard, I am grateful and excited to take on the role of Director/Lead Teacher at The Community School.
My background is in the sciences where I hold a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Vassar College and a Master’s in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Tufts University. After a career in pharmaceutical research, life brought me to the field of Early Childhood Education.
My first position as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool in Sudbury opened my eyes to the joy and wonder of working with young children and it marked the start of my professional journey in the field. I have worked with Infants through Pre-Kindergarten aged children and, most recently, as a Director and Lead Teacher for a new and growing preschool program in Framingham.
Every day is filled with wonder and discovery alongside our youngest learners. I treasure the “small moments” with children when you see them reach a milestone or witness their excitement over a new learning experience. A favorite activity of mine is to have “amazing conversations” with my preschoolers. They are incredibly wise and insightful!
At the heart of a quality learning experience is a warm and nurturing relationship with children and a partnership with their families. To that end, I look forward to getting to know the children and families of The Community School and learning how we can best provide a strong educational foundation for your child.
Outside of my work life, you can find me spending time with my husband, Rob, and our 15-year-old son, Dmitry. We live in Maynard and have been active in the community over the years with the schools, PTO, and Cub Scouts. Our family loves to take drives up to the North Shore, find interesting lighthouse points, and explore book stores where I usually end up in the Children’s section.
Meet Victoria Tabor, M.Ed.
Board of Directors President
Ms. Vicky is the President of our Board of Directors, former Lead Teacher at The Community School, and current volunteer and substitute teacher. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and her M.Ed. at Antioch University in Cambridge. Vicky has thirty-five years of experience in Early Childhood Education, including twenty-seven years at The Community School. Vicky finds it exciting to work with young children because they are learning so quickly. She says, “lessons learned now, such as empathy and scientific curiosity will stay with them throughout their lifetimes.” Vicky has two grown children. She shares her home with her husband, Bob, dog, Bodie and cat, Dory. When she is not at The Community School, Vicky enjoys hiking, reading, kayaking, singing in her church choir and she has recently taken up playing the recorder. Vicky has a long list of favorite children’s books, but if she had to pick one, it’s Margaret Wise Brown’s, Runaway Bunny, because of the sense of security that it gives to children.
Community School Staff
- Michelle Grace, Director/Lead Teacher
- MaryEllen McCarthy, Business Director
- Mireille Tremblay, Teacher
- Maren Calzia, Teacher
Board of Directors
- Victoria Tabor
- Susan Scott
- Nicole Vajda
- Val Mathison