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Meet our Staff

Nefira Masic

Before coming to the United States as a refugee in 1997 I earned my degree from the University of Tuzla as a language and literature major.   After settling in the United States I returned to school ultimately earning by Masters in Education from Lesley University.  I am licensed as a teacher from preschool through grade 2 and am Director  certified.  I am an active member of New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and have been participating in the New Teacher Group at Lesley University for 9 years.  I also serve on the board of the Maplewood Condominium Trust Organization.

I have been at Metro North Children’s Learning Center for 10 years as lead teacher in the Pre K (Dragonflies) classroom.  

I am the recipient of the Terry Lynn Child Care Foundation Teacher Award, 2019 and have just been nominated for the Helen Marks National Child Care Teacher of the Year Award.

While teaching is my passion and I believe that every child can be successful if given the appropriate care my greatest accomplishment is being the mom of a beautiful daughter.

Christina Johnsson

My name is Christina Johnsson.  I am so excited to be provided a chance to work with children and watch them grow and explore.  I have been a member of the Metro North Children’s Learning Center for a little over 10 years.

I currently graduated with my Associates Degree from Bunker Hill Community College and am continuing to expand my education.  One thing that makes me unique is that I am definitely a kid at heart.  I love everything Disney!

I try to always remember to live by my favorite quote:

Always remember you are Braver than you believe

Stronger than you seem

Smarter than you think

And Loved more than you know


MaryEllen Hussey

I have been a member of the Metro North Children’s Learning Center for the past 12 years.  During that time I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and an advanced degree from Salem State University.  I have been working on behalf of families since 1989 in one capacity or another and have received many community volunteer awards.  In 2018 I won the Terry Lynne Child Care Foundation Teacher Award.  The most important jobs I hold are wife, mother and grandmother.  I love going on “grandma adventures” with my grandchildren.  

Raobyn Malatzky

My name is Raobyn Malatzky.  I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 26 years and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood from Salem State University.  I am Lead Teacher, Teacher certified and am presently a teacher within a teaching team in a preschool classroom.  I have two grown children, am married and have four “grand dogs.”

I believe that children are the future, teach them well and they will show us the way.” Whitney Houston.

Sathya Swamy

My name is Sathya Swamy.  I have my Masters degree in Finance and Taxation but I am pursuing my early childhood degree from North Shore community College. My inspiration for changing fields has been my own children and their preschool teacher who has been a guiding light. It has been an honor to be part of this preschool classroom and learn from a seasoned team.  My favorite things to do are dancing, reading, and travelling.

I believe that when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

Barbara Quevillon

My name is Barbara Quevillon.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island .  I love creating and developing challenging curriculum that stretches the the young minds of 4 & 5 year old children.  When I am not with the children, reading and writing poems are my passion.  In 2017 I was the recipient of the Terry Lynne Child Care Foundation Teacher Award.  And one day I hope to write a children’s book. I also have a  desire to travel to Italy.

Beth Handren

For more than 45 years I have been blessed with educating young children.  My Degree in Early Childhood Education from Simmons College and my advanced degree in Family Counseling from The University of Massachusetts, Boston, have helped to shape my vision about the field of Early Education and Care.  I believe that when you teach with passion and dare to take chances in and out of the classroom, the rewards are limitless.

The best role I enjoy is bing “Momola” ( my children and grandchildrens’ name for me). 

My motto to live by is from Walt Disney”

           “ Laughter is timeless, imagination has not age,

              And dreams are forever.”

If I can instill anything in young children it is to remember to laugh, dream and imagine.  

Cathy Bendell

My name is Cathy Bendell.  I have a Child Development Associates Certificate (CDA).  I believe that learning is a life long endeavor; every day I continue to learn, both from the children and the current research being done in child development. I enjoy watching the children in my classroom learn and grow and find their ah ha moment.

I have been working at the Children’s Learning Center for 12 years.  I have 12 siblings, have been married  for 24 years, and have daughter in college.  In my spare time I love to cook, draw,read,garden and being with my family and friends. 

There are three ways to ultimate success:

The first way is to be kind.

The second way is to be kind.

The third way is to be kind.

                          Fred Rogers

Rosalind Mann

My name is Rosalind Mann.  First and foremost I am a mother and grandmother.  I have an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston along with advanced studies in things related to early learning and afterschool programming.  I have been an advocate on behalf of children and families for close to 40 years.  I am reliable in many of the tools used to assess programs and educators and coach educators to improve their practice.  I firmly believe, as an educator I have a responsibility to continuously be learning, as a coach for early learning and afterschool programs I have a responsibility to help ensure educators reach their full potential. For recreation  I love to read,  be creative, enjoy nature family and friends.