Faculty & Staff
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. 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 and reach their full potential. Tiffany has lived in Marblehead since 2000 with her husband and two boys who attend schools in Marblehead. She loves to spend time with her family skiing, biking, hiking, and playing with her black lab, Molly.
Linda Midland joins us as our full-time Office Manager. A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in Sociology and Health Administration, Linda held a fifteen year tenure as a Marketing Director in the high technology arena with GE Software International, Cullinet Software and MediQual Systems. In 2006, she launched an “encore career” managing Student Services at The Williston Northampton School, an independent day and boarding school in western MA. Upon relocating to the North Shore of Boston, Linda has held Office Manager positions at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn and, most recently, at the Beverly Children’s Learning Center in Beverly. Linda is a proud mother of two children and feels blessed to live in the beautiful seaside community of Swampscott. Linda and her family are avid sports fans, love to travel, and look forward to any time there is an opportunity to spend time with extended family.
Toddler Assistant Teacher
- Lacey worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind last year and is excited to be joining Fairwind's Toddler program. She 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 and has worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind this past year. While pursuing her Master’s, she worked at a private preschool in Newton MA, teaching children ages 2-5 years and taught kindergarten for 6 years in the Chelsea Public Schools. Lacey believes the most important part of your child’s first school experiences are creating a lifelong love of learning in a safe, creative environment.
Debra Wonson is honored to be a team member at the Fairwind Learning Center in the Preschool II program as the lead teacher. She brings her extensive experience and expertise in the early childhood field to this position and is eager to work with our students. Debra currently holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Lesley University. She was the Director of St. Stephen’s Nursery School in Marblehead for 19 years as well as the Director of the Salem YMCA Early Learning Center, and has worked as a child care administrator and consultant at Endicott College. Most recently, Debra was the grant coordinator for the Salem public schools where she provided outreach and direct services to children and families including collaboration with community organizers to develop appropriate programs and support. Debra is dedicated to the social/emotional development of each child and is passionate about helping children learn, grow, and explore nature. Residing in Marblehead, she enjoys ocean kayaking, gardening, reading, and traveling.
Britte Roossien has worked as a substitute teacher at Fairwind Learning Center and the Nahant Public schools throughout the past year. She is excited to join the Fairwind Team as she continues to pursue her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
She attended the University of New Hampshire and Oklahoma State University and holds her Bachelors Degree in Communications. She realized her passion for Early Childhood Education after stepping away from the corporate world to be at home with her two children. After becoming licensed in Massachusetts by the Department of Early Education and Care, Britte founded Tater Tots Family Daycare. As owner and lead provider, she spent seven years caring for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school aged children, delivering age appropriate curriculum that was both challenging and fun. Britte was the Director of the Junior Tennis Camp program at Nahant Country Club and was also awarded by the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nahant town pride award in recognition of her corporation, 01908 INC, which is a volunteer organization she founded that works to benefit local underfunded community groups. As an educator, Britte takes a hands-on approach to learning and enjoys getting messy. She believes in creating a classroom environment where children feel safe to build upon their skills and to learn through exploration, and exposure to new concepts. Britte is a lover of the outdoors and athletics and can often be found on a tennis court, lacrosse or soccer field, coaching children or at the beach surfing or paddling.
Lydia Gilman holds her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts at Lesley University. Lydia taught at Tower School in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom for the past six years and also worked as a special education paraprofessional in the Beverly School District. Lydia loves teaching this age group and witnessing the children’s genuine curiosity as they learn, grow, and explore. She readily uses her training in the Responsive Classroom approach to create a joyful and engaging classroom community with an emphasis on social-emotional learning to build students’ academic skills. When Lydia is not happily teaching, she enjoys being active outside in all seasons and spending time with her husband, her three year old son, and overly excited Goldendoodle.
Deena holds her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, is a Massachusetts certified teacher for grades 1-6, and is a certified Preschool teacher through Massachusetts Early Education and Care. After receiving her Master’s in Elementary Education, she decided her true passion was working with younger children so she went back to school to gain her Montessori certification in Early Childhood from the American Montessori Society. Deena started last spring working in our Transitional Kindergarten room as an aid and is thrilled to join our team in a full-time position this year. Before joining Fairwind, Deena was a Lead teacher in a Montessori classroom for several years and worked as a one on one aid in the Marblehead public school system. Deena believes each child is an individual with individual needs and loves building relationships with each of her students. She is energetic and her excitement and curiosity of learning is easily conveyed to the children as she is a firm believer that learning should be fun. When Deena is not at work she can be found playing outdoor games with her children and husband, walking her dog, boating, traveling, working out, cooking or relaxing with her local family and friends.