Faculty & Staff
Anne Tassel-Todisco has worked as the Office Manager at Fairwind since 2015. She is a native Marbleheader who still resides in her hometown. Anne attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Services. She feels very lucky to be able to work in such a bright, beautiful school and loves the connections she makes with the children and their families. Anne 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.
Toddler Lead Teacher
Lacey Blaisdell has been the Lead Teacher of our Toddler program since 2019, and prior to that she worked as the Toddler Assistant Teacher and a substitute teacher at Fairwind. Lacey holds her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Boston. She is certified as a Preschool, Infant, and Toddler teacher through Massachusetts Early Education and Care. Lacey has taught a variety of ages, from toddlers to first grade. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked at a private preschool in Newton MA, teaching children ages 2-5 years.
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Teaching has been a calling of Kathy’s for as long as she can remember. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she began her career teaching kindergarten in both public and private schools. Kathy has worked as our Toddler Assistant Teacher since 2019 and, prior to that, she worked as an assistant in Fairwind’s TK classroom for three years. Kathy is passionate about helping children develop self-confidence and a love of learning. She also believes in fostering a partnership with parents and enjoys celebrating student’s successes with their families.
Gail Rowe has lead programs at Fairwind since 2017, having developed both the Preschool I and Toddler programs. Prior to being a Lead Teacher, she worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind. Gail holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as an associate degree in Infant/Toddler Care. She worked with young children and their families in an early intervention program while pursuing her degree.
Before joining Fairwind, Deanna earned her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching Adults) through Cambridge University and enjoyed teaching English to adults from all over the world. Deanna has completed her teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has taught in several local studios.Deanna loves working with young children and enjoys creating unique relationships built on trust and understanding so that each student can learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment. Deanna believes that utilizing a strength-based approach with an emphasis on social-emotional development provides each student the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
Sophie Piersol has been the Preschool II Lead Teacher since 2015, as she joined Fairwind the very first year it was open. Sophie discovered her passion for teaching when she started taking care of children over 20 years ago. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and holds certifications as both a teacher and a director. Sophie previously worked as a preschool teacher in local learning centers and was the owner and director of an in-home French preschool, “Un Jardin d’Enfants.”
Lydia Gilman has been the Lead Teacher in the Transitional Kindergarten program since 2018. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently completing her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts at Lesley University. Lydia previously taught in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom at Tower School for six years and also worked as a special education paraprofessional in the Beverly School District.
Judy Sands joined Fairwind as the TK Assistant Teacher in 2019. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from the University of Hartford. Judy has extensive teaching experience and has worked in various school settings for over 20 years. Prior to Fairwind, she spent 12 years working as a Kindergarten paraprofessional at the North Beverly Elementary School. In addition, Judy worked as a Preschool teaching assistant for several years and is a private literacy and reading tutor.