All teachers at the Coop are certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and regularly attend continuing education courses in a range of topics, including literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical activity, health and safety, meeting the needs of children with differing learning styles and disabilities, classroom management, parent and community engagement, and evolving regulations. Teachers at the Coop are also parents of former Coop students.

Elizabeth
Mason

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Director
Lead Teacher of Four Day Class

Elizabeth joined the Coop faculty in 2018, and serves as the Assistant Director and Lead Teacher in the Four Day Class. She has been nurturing and guiding children’s development for 27 years. Elizabeth earned an A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Development followed by her B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Studies with a Psychology concentration. Elizabeth attended the Northeast Montessori Institute and received her American Montessori Society teaching credential. She is also on the faculty of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), in the Little Music School department. She is thrilled to combine her passion for teaching young children with her love of music. Elizabeth resides in Franklin with her three children.

Lisa
Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Lead Teacher of Five Day Class

Lisa Taylor received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University in 1987 and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in 1991. She grew up in Newton where she has been teaching pre-school and running music and movement classes for the past 25 years. She started her career as a Teacher/Director in a Parent Co-operative in Cambridge, MA. She servers as a Lead Teacher in the 5 Day Class.

Yuko
Kimura

Yuko Kimura

Teacher

Yuko Kimura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations from Rikkyo University, Japan in 1996 after graduating from TASIS England high school. Before moving to the United States in 2004, she was working in Tokyo as an interpreter/translator for companies including Disney, McCann Erickson and PTC. Yuko began teaching at the Coop in 2015 and currently serves as a Teacher in the Five Day Class. She speaks English and Japanese.

Lu Ann
Sholemson    

Teacher

Lu Ann Sholemson received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and a Master of Science in Human Services degree from New Hampshire College in 1986. She grew up in Western Massachusetts and came to the Boston area in 1980. She started a career as a case manager and supervisor working with older adults and later, after her children were born, turned to a career in preschool education. She began teaching at the Coop in 1996 and currently serves as a support teacher in the four day classroom.