our staff

Nina Tebaldi, Director

Nina Tebaldi


Nina received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University, and is an EEC certified Lead Preschool Teacher and Preschool Director. 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 serves on the board of the Newton Early Childhood Association, and has been an officer of the FA Day School PTO and Cabot Elementary School PTO.  She and her husband Diego have two daughters, Chloe and Madeleine, both Bowen alumnae.


Karen Solari  3-Day Lead Teacher

Karen Solari

3-Day Lead Teacher

Karen is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her BA from Wheelock College in 1992, majoring in child development. 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, and she was 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.


Lisa Sudan

3-Day Assistant Teacher

Lisa is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Clinical Counseling from Keene State College in 2005.  She is considered a highly qualified educator in the State of New Hampshire and has been working in the field of early childhood education for many years, including 7 years as a Kindergarten teacher, and  2 years as Bowen’s Pre-K Lead Teacher. After taking time away from teaching to be a full time mother to her son, Lisa is now returning to Bowen’s 3-Day classroom.



Fanny Gouyou Beauchamps

5-Day Lead Teacher

Fanny is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She has worked with a wide range of children, from daycare in Canada, to at-risk teenagers in France. After moving to the United States, Fanny earned her Master's in Early Childhood from Cambridge College and taught at a French immersion school in Cambridge, developing curriculum to meet program requirements for both the French National Education and the Department of Early Education and Care. Fanny lives in Dedham with her husband and children, Malia and Kassim. During the school year, she loves to discover new places in New England. During the summer she returns to France and Niger, to spend time with family and friends.

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Caroline Silva

5-Day Lead Teacher

Extended Day Teacher

Caroline is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She graduated from Queens College in 2009 with a B.A in Early Childhood Education and Sociology.  She has worked with young children for over 10 years in a variety of settings.  Caroline is originally from NYC where she worked as a Pre-K teacher, art teacher and special needs caregiver before dedicating 5 years to raising her own children. In 2016, she moved to Newton with her husband Thiago, and two young sons, James a Bowen alumnus, and Jax.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, event styling, singing and being active outdoors.


Emily Carroll  3-Day Assistant Teacher

Emily Carroll

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Emily is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her Master's in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in 2015. After working for years in fundraising and the arts and having children of her own, she decided to make a career change and returned to graduate school at Lesley. She joined Bowen as the 3-Day Assistant Teacher in 2015, and became the Pre-K Lead Teacher in 2018. She, her husband, and their two children live in Newton.


Stephanie Sipe

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Stephanie Sipe came to the United States from France over 20 years ago and is bilingual in French and English. Stephanie has taught French to children of all ages. Before coming to Bowen, she was an Assistant Teacher at the Ecole Francaise Greater Boston, alongside our current 5-Day teacher, Fanny. She lives in Waltham, with her husband and son.



Martine Sifakis

STEM Specialist

Martine Sifakis 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. After spending the past 3 years as Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K classroom, developing a STEM curriculum that was loved by both students and teachers, she now brings her talent for teaching STEM topics to Bowen as well as other local preschools.


Brian Kelly

Movement Specialist

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 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.


Melissa Roberts
Science and Nature Specialist

Melissa has enjoyed the outdoors since she was digging for worms and salamanders as a toddler in Connecticut. She continues to have a passion for educating children about the natural world after 8 years as PUDDLESTOMPERS’ lead teacher and program manager. She also works as a teacher in social and behavioral development in Weston in addition to PUDDLESTOMPERS. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking, surfing, and exploring New England with her husband.