Allison Tilton
EP Fellow, Rainbow Room

Allison graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with a major in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Child Study and Human Development. While at Tufts, she was a member of the varsity softball team for four years. She participated in a year-long internship at the Boston Child Study Center where she was a clinical assistant for the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy unit. Allison has worked both formally and informally with children over the years, from babysitting to observing classrooms, recording children's books on tape, and coaching youth softball camps. She has worked as an assistant counselor for the EPCS summer camp and was an undergraduate assistant teacher for the Preschool Extended Day and Life Project. She is excited to continue her education and gain experience related to her career path while fostering meaningful relationships with each child at EPCS!

Sabrina Kazi
EP Fellow, Green Room

Sabrina, who is fondly called Sarah by those who knows her, graduated from Cornell University in 2019 where she majored in Psychology and Biology. As a student, she has always been interested in how education and development are intertwined. Believing that experience shapes a person's life, Sarah worked in two different psychology labs during her undergraduate years and was a McNair Scholar. Through McNair and the club Early College Awareness, she has realized her love of mentoring younger students and being in the classroom. In her free time, Sarah is an avid reader and can usually be found watching historical documentaries. She is enthusiastic about new experiences and loves a-hands-on approach to learning. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Eliot-Pearson Children's School and a community where science mingles with society to truly make an effect.

Rebecca Laudermilk
EP Fellow, Orange Room

Becca attended Smith College, studying psychology with a certification in Culture, Health and Science. She’s filled many positions within school systems for over ten years, from being a tutor, paraprofessional, assistant teacher and lead teacher. For the past two and a half years, she has been teaching English to students in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps. While abroad, she was able to travel to numerous countries including Kazakhstan, Egypt, Thailand, Singapore, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates. Through her travels, she’s learned to appreciate all languages and cultures, especially the food! Since her return to the US, she has been teaching English Language Arts to sixth graders in her hometown. She loves reading stories to learn and teach life’s greatest lessons. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, running and baking sweet treats. She loves spending time with her two pets, a gecko and a puppy.

Sarah Merisier
EP Fellow, Rainbow Room

Sarah received a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. As a graduate fellow, she will pull from her experience as a child development research assistant where she worked with kindergarten-age children to best serve and support the Children's Lab School classroom teaching team. While juggling her undergraduate studies and sitting on the boards of various student organizations, she also mentored first-year ALANA (African American, Latin American, Asian-American, Native American) students. She enjoys dancing, traveling to new cities, and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to joining the Eliot-Pearson Children's Lab School!

Grace Zechman
EP Fellow, Orange Room

Grace is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South. On the mountain, she studied Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Over the past 6 years, Grace has loved working with children inside and outside the classroom. This includes being a full-time nanny over two summers and working as a camp counselor in the Poconos where she was responsible for a group of third graders as well as leading the Camp’s tennis program. During a semester in Argentina, she taught English to young students at an after-school program. While at Sewanee, she brought her knowledge of psychology to the rural Tennessee elementary schools where she volunteered and provided positive psychology interventions to boost the children’s overall well-being. She hopes to bring these ideas and techniques to the Children’s School! Grace loves all things outdoors, sports, and needlepointing.

Olivia Hobert
EP Fellow, Purple Room

Olivia is a recent graduate from Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Education. She has worked in a variety of schools over the last five years, working in a few positions that include an intern, a classroom assistant, and a certified infant/toddler, and preschool teacher at a daycare. Though she enjoys working with children of all ages, she has the most experience working with children ages 2-5 years old. She is very excited to begin her graduate studies at Tufts and form new connections with all of the staff, parents, and children! When not working, she loves writing short stories, poetry, photography, and spending time with her family.

Claudia Hyman
EP Fellow, Green Room

Claudia is very excited to be starting her master’s program in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts this fall. She is originally from New Jersey and will be new to the Boston area! She graduated from the University of Miami where she studied Psychology, Sociology, and Elementary Education. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including the classroom, treatment programs such as the Child Mind Institute, and non-profit summer camps in Miami. She is drawn to learning about the ways teachers must teach and accommodate students with various disabilities such as autism, ADHD, and anxiety within inclusive classrooms. She is looking forward to her EP fellowship at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School and continuing to learn more about education and its hugely important role in a child’s development.

Ana Jurca
EP Fellow, Purple Room

Ana is a recent graduate of Tufts where she studied Child Development, Clinical Psychology, and Philosophy. Over the past couple of years, she has worked and volunteered with young people in middle schools, in elementary schools, in hospital settings, as a tutor and private caretaker, and at EPCS! In childcare, Ana is most passionate about restorative justice, art therapy practices, and connection to nature. She loves hiking, roller skating, painting, reading, and spending time with her three younger siblings!

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