Faculty & Staff

Tiffany Uttam
Director of School

Tiffany Uttam is the Director of Fairwind Learning Center. She has been in the Early Childhood field for over twenty years.   She is a passionate, dedicated educator who develops nurturing relationships with her students and families. She has a Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction and Curriculum Development from Lesley University, a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College, and holds a Massachusetts Professional Teaching License (Pre K-3). Tiffany has worked as a Lead Kindergarten and Preschool teacher in various private schools and has been a literacy and math tutor for Marblehead and Swampscott students from K- Grade 3. 

Tiffany brings excitement, energy, and her caring nature to help students feel confident and reach their full potential. Tiffany takes time to build relationships with each of her students so she can better understand who they are as individuals and learn ways to make each child feel special and valued. She considers herself a life long learner and she strives to instill this in her students. Tiffany believes that learning should be meaningful, engaging, reflective, and fun.  Tiffany strives to create a dynamic, joyful learning atmosphere that supports students and respects their individual uniqueness. She believes that an environment that encourages academic, social, personal, creative, and physical development gives every student the opportunity to succeed. Tiffany has lived in Marblehead since 2000 with her husband, Jason.  She has two boys, Miles and Dylan who attend schools in Marblehead. She loves to spend time with her family skiing, biking, hiking, and playing with her black lab, Molly.

Anne Tassel-Todisco
Office Manager

Anne is a native Marbleheader who still resides in her hometown.  After graduating from Marblehead High School, she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a degree in early childhood education and human services.  Anne has worked in the medical field for most of her professional life, first as an administrative assistant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and later as a medical transcriptionist and biller at a busy North Shore medical practice for 22 years.  She has two grown children, Ben and Nicole, who she adores, is an avid badminton player, and enjoys photography. The best part of her day at Fairwind is being able to spend time with our students.

Our Preschool I Team 
Gail Rowe
Preschool I Lead Teacher 
Gail Rowe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as an Associate’s Degree in Infant/Toddler Care. She worked with young children and their families in and early intervention program while pursuing her degree. Gail spent several years teaching in the Lynn Public School system at the Pre-K level and volunteers as a religious education teacher in Marblehead.  Gail has been a substitute teacher at Fairwind for the past two years and is excited to be joining the teaching staff. She is looking forward to providing young children with opportunities to learn in a safe and nurturing environment, and to discover their world through literature, age appropriate materials, and theme-based activities. Gail and her husband have lived in Marblehead for over 20 years; she enjoys reading, biking, being by the ocean, and spending time with her family.
Jean Sheehy
Preschool I Assistant Teacher
Jean has worked as a Preschool II teaching assistant the past two years and is excited to join the Preschool I class this year. She has spent the better part of the last 14 years volunteering in the elementary school programs in Marblehead. She also founded and taught classes at Birth Bliss for mothers, babies, and toddlers. While Jean has loved being part of the classroom environment, she originally received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut in Allied Health Sciences, and worked for several years at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Jean is a certified preschool teacher and continues to pursue her professional development in early childhood education. She believes that providing a nurturing environment for children to discover and explore are essential to their success and happiness. Jean feels that the most wonderful part of being an early education teacher is helping to foster a child’s joy in learning bust into knowledge.  
Our Preschool II Team
Sophie Roch Piersol
Preschool II Lead Teacher
Sophie has worked as the Lead teacher in our Preschool II program for two years. She is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada who discovered her passion to teach and nurture when she started taking care of children nearly 20 tears ago. Sophie graduated with high honors in Early Childhood Education and continues to demonstrate her commitment to academic excellence as she continues her studies at Salem State University. Sophie has worked as a preschool teacher in local learning centers and was the owner and director of her in-home French preschool, “Un Jardin d’Enfants” where she introduced her native language to her students in her daily curriculum. In the classroom, Sophie encourages exploration, creativity, and respect for one another. She believes that children learn actively by having hands-on experiences with their surroundings. In her classroom, learning is supported through consistent daily routines that reflect their ideas and interests. Her philosophy has always been “play to learn and learn to play.” Sophie believes it is imperative to involve parents in her classroom so families and teachers can serve as models for children, have opportunities to share their unique knowledge, and create positive relationships. 

Celia Jepsky
Preschool II Assistant Teacher
Celia has worked as a Preschool II teaching assistant for two years. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has a minor in Disability studies. She has experience working with preschool and kindergarten aged children in various school settings. She enjoys working with children and her interactive teaching style naturally engages her students. Celia enjoys watching the children grow as individuals throughout the year and helping them expand their thinking along the way.  She also loves to teach young children about the work she does with Seeing Eye puppies and rescue animals. Celia spent time in college raising puppies until they were old enough for formal guide training through, The Seeing Eye, for blind individuals. Currently, she works with various shelters to educate people on the importance of rescuing animals.

Jill Gridley
Preschool II Assistant Teacher
Jill joined Fairwind two years ago as a substitute teacher and worked as a teaching assistant in our Preschool II program last year.  Jill is certified through Massachusetts Early Education and Care and continues to pursue her professional development in the teaching field. She is a native of England, has lived and raised her two children in Marblehead for over twenty five years.  She has a background in Nursing in the UK, and in Occupational Therapy, here in the USA. Her passion for early childhood education was realized during her varied clinical experiences. Jill believes in a holistic approach to support each child to reach his or her full potential in play, friendship, and exploration. 

Our Transitonal Kindergarten Team
Carolyn Brennan
Co-Lead Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Carolyn Brennan brings her experience, enthusiasm, and love of teaching to the Co-Lead Transitional Kindergarten position. She hold her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Spanish where she completed the Spanish language immersion program in Granada, Spain. Caroline has taught in Montessori schools in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms as well as in private and public schools. Carolyn has also worked with students Pre-k through Grade Five for the past eight years in many other settings including hospitals, camps, after school programs, and coaching on the sports fields. Ultimately, the classroom is her favorite place to be and finds working with children to be extremely rewarding.
Ashley DiBlasi
Co-Lead Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Ashley DiBlasi holds her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Human Development with a concentration in Child Life, and has worked with a variety of ages (toddler to school-age children) for the past 12 years. Ashley has held the position of a Lead Kindergarten teacher as well as a Lead Pre-K teacher for the past ten years at an accredited private school. She will bring her expertise to this position as well as her nurturing and friendly nature. Ashley is enthusiastic about leading the Transitional Kindergarten team and is eager to develop a partnership with our families. ​​

Kathy Sweetland
Transitional Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Kathy Sweetland has worked as a teaching assistant in our Transitional Kindergarten program for two years. She has felt a calling to teach and nurture children for as long as she can remember. Kathy graduated from Dartmouth College with honors with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Dartmouth, Kathy realized her dream to be a teacher and participated in Dartmouth’s teacher training program. Kathy earned her teaching certification in New Jersey public schools and taught Kindergarten for 4 years, serving as a grade level leader and mentor teacher. When her husband’s career brought them to Boston, she spent a year creating a kindergarten program at an early childhood center in Winchester, followed by 2 years as a co-teacher in a K-1 multi-age classroom at the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington. In the classroom, Kathy is especially passionate about reading and writing development and strives for opportunities to guide children on the path of discovery. She believes a relationship with parents and families is an important foundation for understanding and teaching children and believes that learning should be exciting and build confidence.