Sterling, Massachusetts

ALL TEACHERS at Village Green Preschool are certified by the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care and/or have taken the required course in Child Growth and Development. All teachers have had experience working in a preschool setting and have an understanding and respect for young children. Teachers are expected to provide appropriate activities for the emotional, social, physical and cognitive development of each child. Each month teachers attend staff training sessions and hold staff meetings to develop and share curriculum activities.

Linda Greene 16

Linda Greene
Director

…holds a B.S. degree in Child Development from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State University. She has two years teaching experience in kindergarten and three additional years of teaching experience at the elementary level. Linda was a cofounder of the Village Green Preschool in September 1980 and has been Director and a Lead Teacher there since that time. She lives in Sterling and has two grown sons and four beautiful grandchildren.

Karen Ormsbee 16

Karen Ormsbee
Assistant Director and Lead Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.S. degree in Merchandising, Consumer Studies and Design from the University of Vermont and both a B.A. and M.A. in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State as well as her MA lead teacher certification. She spent one year as a teacher at University Child Care in New Mexico. Karen was eager to return to working with children after starting her own family and previously served as a substitute teacher at VGP. Karen has two daughters (both VGP grads) and lives with her family in Sterling.

Mellyn Shurtleff 16

Mellyn Shurtleff
Co-Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College (IL) and has completed her MA lead teacher certification in early childhood education. Mellyn was previously a co-teacher at Village Green from 2009-13 returning to the staff in 2016. She was also a past co-chair of the VGP Parent Advisory Board as well as a substitute teacher at the preschool and a parent volunteer at Thomas Prince Elementary School. She has two sons and a daughter, all VGP grads. Mellyn and her family live in Sterling.

Jillian McAlevey 16 Jillian McAlevey
Co-Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.S. degree in Fashion Marketing and Business from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and has completed her MA teacher certification in early childhood education.  She previously worked with children on mission trips and as a swimming instructor.  Jillian has been an active classroom volunteer, substitute teacher and member of the Parent Advisory Board at Village Green.  She has a son who is a VGP grad and lives with her family in Leominster.

Christine Smith 16

Christine Smith
Lead Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

…has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston College and has completed her MA lead teacher certification. Chris has been both a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at VGP. She also developed and ran the highly successful summer science camp program at Village Green for several years. Chris has a son (VGP grad!) and college age daughter. She and her family live in Sterling.

Laura Darrow 16

Laura Darrow
Co-Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

…has a B.S. degree in Health Education from UMass Lowell and has her MA teacher certification in early childhood education.  She has been actively involved at Village Green for the past six years serving on the VGP Parent Advisory Board, as a classroom volunteer and as a substitute teacher.  Laura has two daughters (VGP grads!) and a son (currently attending the preschool).  She and her family live in Sterling.

Melissa Tomforde

Melissa Tomforde
Co-Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

… has a B.S. degree in Environmental Conservation and is presently pursuing the necessary coursework for her MA teacher certification in early childhood education. She has previously been a sports camp counselor as well as having had additional experience working with children in a variety of recreational and school settings. Melissa has also been an active classroom volunteer and substitute teacher at Village Green. She has a son and daughter (both VGP grads) and lives with her family in Sterling.

Linda Greene, Director

…holds a B.S. degree in Child Development from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State University. She has two years teaching experience in kindergarten and three additional years of teaching experience at the elementary level. Linda was a cofounder of the Village Green Preschool in September 1980 and has been Director and a Lead Teacher there since that time. She lives in Sterling and has two grown sons and four beautiful grandchildren.

Karen Ormsbee, Asst. Director and Lead Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.S. degree in Merchandising, Consumer Studies and Design from the University of Vermont and both a B.A. and M.A. in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State as well as her MA lead teacher certification. She spent one year as a teacher at University Child Care in New Mexico. Karen was eager to return to working with children after starting her own family and previously served as a substitute teacher at VGP. Karen has two daughters (both VGP grads) and lives with her family in Sterling.

Mellyn Shurtleff, Co-Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College (IL) and has completed her MA lead teacher certification in early childhood education. Mellyn was previously a co-teacher at Village Green from 2009-13 returning to the staff in 2016. She was also a past co-chair of the VGP Parent Advisory Board as well as a substitute teacher at the preschool and a parent volunteer at Thomas Prince Elementary School. She has two sons and a daughter, all VGP grads. Mellyn and her family live in Sterling.

Jillian McAlevey, Co-Teacher (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

…has a B.S. degree in Fashion Marketing and Business from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and has completed her MA teacher certification in early childhood education.  She previously worked with children on mission trips and as a swimming instructor.  Jillian has been an active classroom volunteer, substitute teacher and member of the Parent Advisory Board at Village Green.  She has a son who is a VGP grad and lives with her family in Leominster.

Christine Smith, Lead Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

…has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston College and has completed her MA lead teacher certification. Chris has been both a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at VGP. She also developed and ran the highly successful summer science camp program at Village Green for several years. Chris has a son (VGP grad!) and college age daughter. She and her family live in Sterling.

Laura Darrow, Co-Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

…has a B.S. degree in Health Education from UMass Lowell and has her MA teacher certification in early childhood education.  She has been actively involved at Village Green for the past six years serving on the VGP Parent Advisory Board, as a classroom volunteer and as a substitute teacher.  Laura has two daughters (VGP grads!) and a son (currently attending the preschool).  She and her family live in Sterling.

Melissa Tomforde, Co-Teacher (Tuesday, Thursday)

… has a B.S. degree in Environmental Conservation and is presently pursuing the necessary coursework for her MA teacher certification in early childhood education. She has previously been a sports camp counselor as well as having had additional experience working with children in a variety of recreational and school settings. Melissa has also been an active classroom volunteer and substitute teacher at Village Green. She has a son and daughter (both VGP grads) and lives with her family in Sterling.