Hanna Gebretensae

Hanna Gebretensae joined Eliot Pearson the summer of 2013 as the new Director. Prior to that, she was the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Aspire Institute/Wheelock College. She has extensive experience in the field of early education and care including direct services, administration of programs, teacher education, training/technical assistance, mentoring, anti-bias curriculum/cultural competency and policy work across Massachusetts and nationally. Hanna has been a program director at Acorn Center for Early Education and Care, a bilingual Chinese/English center and a Mentor-Director for early childhood programs in Boston supporting accreditation and quality of programs in the city. She is a diversity trainer certified by Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and various programs and organizations. Hanna has held adjunct faculty positions at Lesley University, Wheelock College and the Urban College of Boston on a variety of early childhood topics. Prior to coming to the US, Hanna also managed early childhood program development and projects in East Africa and worked with UNICEF. Hanna received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Education from Lesley College; received her master’s in Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy from Harvard University; and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration on Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. She also holds a certificate in Educating Children with Special Needs from the Golda Meir International Training College in Haifa, Israel and is a CAYL Fellow in Early Care and Education Policy.

Leah Eyob
School Coordinator

Leah is excited to be a part of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School administrative team. She attended George Mason University and studied English Literature. At Mason, she was particularly interested in how the history and cultures of immigrant populations were preserved through folklore and mythology. She worked at Apex, a company that worked with publishers, museums and archives to preserve their collections. She spearheaded a research project to find out how to help university generated materials meet new and comprehensive standards for accessibility. Leah has also worked with grant recipients to make user friendly free archives for historical newspapers. Before coming to Boston, Leah worked at Visiting Angels, a company that provides elder care. There she coordinated with families and medical professionals to provide empathic, safe, and customized home care services for the elderly. Leah has been privileged to work in environments that value demographic and experiential diversity. As a result, she knows how much richness and intelligence that diversity can bring to the learning experience. Leah comes from a large extended family that blessed her with lots of experience in childcare. She hopes to bring her passion for social justice, accessibility, storytelling to the school. In her free time, Leah enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, learning about other cultures through food and travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Gabriela Herrera
Enrichment and Summer Program Coordinator

Gaby has been in the field of early childhood education for over nine years. She has held both classroom and administrative positions in different school settings. Her experience working in several countries and with diverse populations have helped her understand the value of culturally diverse practices and integrating it into her daily work. Gaby is committed to fostering an environment, both physical and emotional, where every member feels safe and confident to explore, take risks, and be themselves. She is passionate about enabling students to use their unique perspectives and talents to contribute to their community. Gaby holds a B.A. in Psychology from Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City and an M.A. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. When she is not working, she enjoys exploring local art and culture, cooking, hiking, and traveling (when the world was a different place).

Lynne May Lim
Education and Research Project Specialist

Lynne May joined EPCS in 2015 and brought to EPCS her vast experience working with young children of diverse learning profiles and backgrounds, and her unique perspective on antibias education based on her professional and personal experiences as a cisgender woman, a parent, an immigrant, an early childhood educator for over twenty-five years, and as a person of the global majority. She is a strong advocate of inter-disciplinary, multi-modal, project-based, and children-centered curriculum that seeks to activate children’s inherent curiosity and build on their strengths and prior knowledge to pursue their interests, understand new ideas, and solve all kinds of problems. When not teaching, Lynne May spends time with family and friends, and takes walks. Her interests include drawing, listening to music, and capturing moments and stories with a camera. She holds a M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University in Illinois, and a B. S. in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Kaori Hattori de Panepinto
Program and Operations Specialist

Kaori is a mission-driven, independent educational leadership and management consultant, who believes in the importance of supporting leaders in early childhood educational settings so that they can support teachers and foster a high level of education and care for children and families. She instrumentally works with ECE programs to make sustainable and systematic changes within each organization and in their greater communities to make a positive difference at both individual and community levels. She has more than ten years of consulting experience in both in the United States and Japan, and more than twenty-five years of experience in ECE, including working with children with special rights and their families. Kaori holds a M.S .from Wheelock College in Special Education and certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University.

Eilha Silveira-Charbonnier
Staff Assistant

Eilha grew up in Belfast, Maine, where she spent her days hiking, spending time with family, or wrestling her dogs. Currently, as a Tufts senior, she is working on completing her degrees in education, child development, and international literature. Far from home, she still loves hiking and playing with dogs, and spend most of her free time experimenting in the kitchen (pumpkin mac & cheese, anyone?) or watching The Simpsons. Eilha looks forward to coming to EPCS every morning to see the silly smiles of the children.

Madeline Smith
Staff Assistant

Maddie graduated from the College of Wooster in 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. Maddie was a member and co-captain of the womxn’s ultimate frisbee team, and was a member of the club volleyball team. She participated in Wooster’s sophomore research program, investigating the impact of climate change on one’s emotional state. During Maddie’s senior year, she wrote a thesis researching the impact of stigma toward disorders. In 2019, Maddie interned with the Penn State Harrisburg’s Summer Treatment Program (STP), which was one of the most rewarding experiences and led to her interest in working with children. Maddie currently works as a staff assistant at the EP Children’s School; volunteers in Dr. Leventhal’s C3 lab, and is a lab member in Dr. Pinderhughes’s Adoption and Development Project (ADP). When Maddie has free time, she enjoys getting outside and hiking, traveling, and reading! Maddie looks forward to the enriching experience Eliot-Pearson’s Child Study and Human Development will offer for the next two years.

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