Meet Our Staff

Nina Tebaldi, Director
Nina received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University, is an EEC certified Director and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Before becoming Director, she taught in the   Pre-K class for 3 years. She has spent many years living and working abroad, in France, Switzerland and Italy. Now settled in Newtonville, she has been an officer of the Cabot Elementary School PTO and Day Middle School PTO. She and her husband Diego have two daughters, Chloe and Madeleine, both Bowen alumnae.

Karen Solari, 3-Day Lead Teacher
Karen Solari received her BA from Wheelock College in 1992, majoring in child development. She is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. Karen taught in Newton for 8 years in grades kindergarten through grade three. After the birth of her oldest daughter, Karen dedicated her time to raising her four children.  She is extremely active in the PTO and the Understanding our Differences program at Horace Mann elementary school in Newton.  Her love of young children inspired her to return to the classroom setting, creating a love of learning through play.

Emily Carroll, 3-Day Assistant Teacher
Emily is an EEC certified Lead Teacher, and received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in 2015. After working for years in fundraising and the arts, she decided to make a career change as she recognized the importance of preschool, through her own children’s experience. While pursuing her degree, she worked at Charlestown Nursery School with 3-5 year olds. She has 2 children, attending the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She has co-chaired the annual Shady Hill Fair, and remains an active volunteer at SHS. She lives in Newton with her family.

Cathryn Costello, 5-Day Lead Teacher
Cathy is an EEC certified lead teacher.  She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  After teaching in private nursery preschools in Newton for 10 years, Cathy returned to college to pursue a Master’s in Education from Wheelock College.  She has worked in a variety of school settings, and is truly devoted to teaching young children through a play-based community environment. Cathy lives in Roslindale where she and her husband brought up their 2 children, one who lives an Washington D.C. and one who lives and works in Boston.

Jasmine Robinson, 5-Day Assistant Teacher
Jasmine earned her B.A. in Music from Spelman College. She then pursued her M.M. in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and is currently taking classes to obtain her EEC certification. She participated in The Boston Conservatory Troubadours, performing at various schools and community centers, and traveled to Germany to study and perform with The International Performing Arts Institute. Her love for children inspired her to volunteer at after school programs, work as a co-counselor at Spelman College’s nursery program, and nanny. She is passionate about performing in operas and musicals, and in her spare time she loves reading. Jasmine is excited to work with the Bowen community, sharing and gaining knowledge with children.

Sarah Wyllie, Pre-K Lead Teacher
Sarah is an EEC certified Lead Teacher, she received her BA in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Special Education at Lesley University.  Sarah has been teaching for nine years in private schools around the Boston area. Her experience has ranged from traditional, Montessori, to Reggio, teaching every level from toddler to Second Grade.  Outside of the classroom Sarah has organized and served on various committees and initiatives, not only at her schools but also at her daughter’s school.

Martine Sifakis, Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Martine received a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and a M.Ed. in Educational Research from Northeastern University.  For many years, she was a clinical research analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital in various fields, such as Pediatrics, Dermatology and Cardiology.  She decided to become a teacher, as she loves the reciprocal relationship of teaching and learning that it offers. She lives in Needham with her two boys, Evan and Otis. She loves keeping active with her children, cooking, biking, fishing, and exploring new places.

Paula Gannon, Music Specialist
Music with Paula
Paula is a classically trained musician who received a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. She spent many years performing and teaching private lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages. Paula began providing music and movement for her son’s preschool and is thrilled to share her children’s repertoire with the Bowen students.

Brian Kelly, Movement Specialist
Movement with Brian
Brian, founder of Be Ahead of the Game, Inc., has been a coach and physical education teacher for over 18 years. He offers exercise programs in numerous area preschools, elementary schools, after-school programs and rec centers. He also coaches soccer for a number of organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Mass Youth Soccer, Newton Youth Soccer, Delta Football Club, FC Greater Boston Bolts and New England Football Club. Brian holds a BA in Biology from Plymouth State University, and is a member of the National Sports and Conditioning Association and the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He earned his Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2013.

John Carver-Gustin, Movement Specialist
John has been working for Be Ahead of the Game since 2009. He runs Creative Movement and Introduction to Sports classes, as well as flag football clinics and private/small group athletic trainings. John graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management. He enjoys working with all types of kids, playing all types of games, and most importantly having a lot of fun! John is also a NASM certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast and is CPR and first aid certified.

Steve Lechner, Science Teacher
Steve, owner and operator of The Science Works!, has been educating children and teachers for over twenty-five years. He holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. He is a former Education Director of the Discovery Museum in Acton and has taught elementary science at all grade levels. He currently presents science to pre-schools, their teachers and in camp settings.