STAFF PROFILES

It’s all about family.

From Day One, this has been a family business. That has been a foundational part of our mission and even as we grow to new facilities, we will never sacrifice that close-knit family approach with our staff. Meet the staff – our family – who ensure that each Magical Beginnings location is living up to the high standards we know you and your little ones deserve.

Linda Hassapis, Owner/President

Linda Hassapis is the owner and president of the Magical Beginnings Learning Centers.

Linda has always had a passion for early childhood education and has been in the industry since 1990. She started with a successful family daycare in her home before her two children were born. In the year 2000, she transitioned to center-based childcare when she opened Magical Beginnings.  Linda’s goal was to combine the close-knit feeling of a family daycare with the advantages of a center daycare.

She has been blessed with a dedicated, supportive, energetic staff who really want to make a difference in early childhood education. With their help, Magical Beginnings has grown from one school to now six locations. The staff takes great pride in their classrooms and curriculum planning, making sure each child feels welcome and cared for and that each family becomes part of our Magical Beginnings family.

Linda looks forward to meeting you and your family!

Laura Greene, Senior Managing Director – Peabody

Laura has been with Magical Beginnings since 2000.

Laura, who started working with Linda at her home daycare, has been friends with Magical Beginnings’ President, Linda, since 7th grade! In 1999 Linda purchased Laura’s grandparents home and opened a center based daycare where Laura acted as her Assistant Director as well as one of the preschool teachers from July 2000-September of 2012. In September of 2012, Laura transferred to Wakefield as the Director. When an opportunity for a Director position opened up in Peabody, Laura’s childhood home, she transferred there where she has been ever since. In September of 2019, Laura was promoted to Senior Managing Director, offering support to fellow directors, their staff and families when needed.

Magical Beginnings has allowed Laura to work with her sisters every day, who are Directors at two other locations. Laura is grateful to have developed and maintained friendships throughout the years with the amazing people who work at Magical Beginnings.

Fun Fact: Laura rarely watch the news! Instead she watches something that will make her laugh, such as The Office.

Rachel Irving, Managing Director of Operations – South Hamilton

Rachel has been with Magical Beginnings since 2002.

Rachel began working as a toddler teacher at Magical Beginnings for many years until she relocated to Maine. When she came back to Massachusetts, she returned to Magical Beginnings Peabody as an Office Manager. From there, Rachel helped open the Hamilton location and became the Operations Manager for all six locations.

Rachel’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginning is working with all of the families, children, and staff.

Fun Fact: Rachel is from Prince Edward Island. Her stepmother, Miss Ellie, is a teacher at our Peabody location! Rachel loves theater and reading!

Christine Brown, Operations Coordinator

Christine has been with Magical Beginnings since 2005.

Christine came from a corporate background where she was the Senior Administrator for an industrial gas company. She originally came on board to help Linda in the office. Christine received her teaching certificate and then worked toward becoming EEC Director certified.

Since joining Magical Beginnings, Christine has had many roles. She started in the Peabody center in 2005 and has acted as the Director in the Wakefield, Middleton, Hamilton, and Essex centers. Overall, her role has become the director that opens the newest locations, where she works with EEC to obtain licenses to operate, set up classrooms, order supplies, etc.

In 2019, she assumed the position of Technology Director. Christine will help Magical Beginnings incorporate more technology in the classrooms, as well as in the office. Magical Beginnings is now using Class Dojo to help communicate with parents and share classroom activities.

Christine’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is being able to work so closely with a group of ladies that she considers such great friends. Christine has loved watching Linda grow Magical Beginnings from a home daycare to a thriving company!

Fun Fact: Christine was the Peabody YMCA “Most Improved Bowler” in 1978 and she still has the trophy in her living room to prove it.

Lindsey Nupp, Director of Sales and Marketing

Lindsey has been with Magical Beginnings since 2021.

Lindsey joined the Magical Beginnings team after being a client for 6 years. Her children attended the Wakefield and River Street schools as infants and continued through Pre-K. Lindsey also worked with Magical Beginnings President Linda Hassapis in different capacities before joining the company in 2021. Coming from a background in small business management and early childhood music education, Lindsey is thrilled to share her experience in marketing and sales with Magical Beginnings. Lindsey taught early childhood music for almost 20 years at various programs in the area and helped several small businesses grow their sales and marketing initiatives. Most recently she created an award-winning original early childhood music program for a local business.

Lindsey has always admired the family atmosphere that Magical Beginnings offers both in the classroom and to their staff. Her favorite part of working here is sharing this unique model with potential clients and welcoming them into the Magical Beginnings family.

Fun Fact: Lindsey earned her degree in theater and has appeared in numerous national television commercials and feature films.

Kristin Maher, Executive Assistant

Kristin has been with Magical Beginnings since 2018.

Kristin is the Executive Assistant to Linda, Magical Beginnings Owner and President. Kristin came from a background in office management, human resources, and recruiting. She feels lucky to be able to work for Linda, who is an inspiration as a successful businesswoman and truly cares about her staff. Kristin is looking forward to continuing her career with Magical Beginnings and getting to know more staff and families.

Fun Fact: One of Kristin’s bucket list items was to run the Boston Marathon. She ran it in 2012 for the Boston Children’s Hospital team. Kristin also loves to travel. She hopes to visit all the national parks in the United States someday!

Caitlin Dowling, Social Media Coordinator

Caitlin joined the Magical Beginnings team in 2020.

As the Social Media Coordinator, Caitlin handles all social content for our schools, keeping our families and communities connected.

Caitlin has freelanced for multiple startups, handling social media, marketing, and copywriting, as well as eight years working as a producer at CNN.

Fun Fact: Caitlin is a Massachusetts native but has lived in Washington D.C., New York City, and Australia!

Katerina Hassapis, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Katerina has been at Magical Beginnings since she was 16 years old.  The daughter of Linda, Katerina started working as a teacher’s aide in multiple locations.  She graduated from Bentley University in 2021 with a major in business and a minor in human resources and psychology.  She is working towards her Early Childhood Directors certification. Kat is looking forward to helping the Directors with hiring and onboarding new staff. 

Fun Fact: Kat was the Bentley women’s soccer goalie, and got to travel and play soccer in Portugal!

Arlene Chiaradonna - Social Worker & Educational Consultant

Arlene has been with Magical Beginnings since 2014.

Arlene is the social worker and educational consultant at Magical Beginnings. She has been involved in the education of young children since 1969, owning and operating childcare programs. Arlene was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as a Licensor and then a Licensing Supervisor of Child Care Programs for twenty-two years.

Arlene works with the staff and families to help ensure all children are ready for a happy, healthy, and successful start in education.

Fun Fact: Arlene is now retired and is so happy to be continuing her love of working with children.

Melissa Ritchie, Director – Beverly

Melissa has been with Magical Beginnings since 2002.

Melissa started at the Peabody location as a teacher’s aide. She was attending Salem State at the time as a full-time student. Melissa graduated from Salem State in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Education and then started working full time at the Peabody location. She started out in the infant room and then found her love for the toddler age group. Melissa was a toddler teacher in Peabody for about 15 years before she began her journey at the Middleton location. In 2017 Melissa became the Assistant Director at the Middleton, Maple Street location. Two years later Melissa was promoted to the Director role. Melissa became the Director at our newest location, Beverly, in the Fall of 2021.

Melissa loves the Magical Beginnings community—it’s like a second family to her. She is so thankful for the support and kindness that all of the staff have shown her. Both of Melissa’s children have attended Magical Beginnings.

Fun Fact: Melissa loves sports and her favorite thing to do is watch her two boys play on their sports teams. She is so proud watching them have fun and learn how to be team players.

Amy Waldron, Office Manager- Beverly

Amy has been with Magical Beginnings in Middleton since 2011.

Amy started working at Care For Tots Middleton in 1999 as a toddler teacher. During her time at CFT, she was also an infant teacher and preschool teacher. Care For Tots was bought by Magical Beginnings in 2011 and Amy stayed on as an infant room teacher. During her time with Magical Beginnings, she has been a key holder and a Director. Amy received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development from North Shore Community College in 1998. Amy continued to grow her career at Magical Beginnings, moving out of the classroom and into an Office Manager position at the newest location in Beverly in 2021.

Amy’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is all the amazing children she has cared for and the relationships she built with the families. She also enjoys her staff “family”.

Fun facts about Miss Amy she loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves her dog Murphy, the beach, and Frank Sinatra!!

Christine Saulnier, Director- Middleton (Maple Street)

Christine has been with Magical Beginnings since 2002. She started in the Peabody location as a toddler teacher. She later moved to the Maple Street, Middleton location as a toddler teacher, and then a preschool teacher. After 20 years of teaching in early childhood, she accepted the role as Director at the Middleton, Maple Street, location in 2021. She is looking forward to the next steps in her journey at Magical Beginnings.

Christine’s favorite part about working for Magical Beginnings is the relationships she has made that have become part of her family. She also loves how everyone shares the same love for children and striving to do what is best for each and every one of them.

Fun Fact: All three of her children went through and graduated from MB. Christine likes to make up silly songs and sing them with the kids.

Melissa Misci, Assistant Director – Middleton (Maple Street)

Melissa has been with Magical Beginnings since 2013.

Melissa started working at Magical Beginnings as a toddler teacher at the Middleton, Maple Street school. In 2018, she was promoted to Office Manager and took on the role of Assistant Director in 2021.

Melissa’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is being able to learn and grow with such an amazing company. She has developed lifetime relationships with amazing coworkers.

Fun Fact: Both of Melissa’s children have had the opportunity to attend Magical Beginnings.

Erin Bunnell, Director – Wakefield

Erin has been with Magical Beginnings since 2009.

Erin started working at Magical Beginning in Wakefield as a toddler teacher. In 2013, Erin became the Center Director.

Erin loves being a part of the Magical Beginnings family. She enjoys watching children learn and grow each day, and she is so proud when they reach new milestones. Erin has a passion for early childhood development. She has been in the industry for over 20 years and loves it.

Fun Fact: Erin has two sons that keep her busy when she is not at work. She loves spending time with her family on the weekends. She also loves watching sports!

Katie Ruane, Assistant Director – Wakefield

Katie has been with Magical Beginnings since 2005.

Katie started working at the Peabody Magical Beginnings as a toddler teacher. Katie’s best friend Courtney, who is the Director at the River St. Magical Beginnings in Middleton, introduced her to MB many years ago. In 2010, Katie became a full-time Infant teacher in Wakefield where she worked for the next 9 years. In 2019, Katie was promoted to Office Manager and then Assistant Director in 2021. She is thankful to be able to grow and develop her career at Magical Beginnings.

Katie’s favorite part about working for Magical Beginnings is seeing the wonderful families, children, and staff that she works with every day.

Fun Fact: Katie graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from UMASS Amherst in May 2020.

Courtney Savage, Director –Middleton (River Street)

Courtney has been with Magical Beginnings since 2002.

Courtney started as a teacher’s aide in the Peabody school. Shortly after that, she became a full-time preschool teacher there. Courtney focused on her specialty Pre-K age group until Magical Beginnings opened a new location in 2017 in Middleton. Courtney then accepted the position of Center Director at the Middleton, River Street school.

Courtney’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is that everyone has become her family. She has been blessed to make so many connections with children, families, and co-workers.

Fun Fact: Courtney’s two sisters are Directors in our Peabody and Hamilton locations!

Melissa Denish, Director –Middleton (River Street)

Melissa has been with Magical Beginnings since 2010.

Melissa started in Wakefield as a teacher’s aide. She then became a toddler teacher while she finished her Bachelor’s Degree. In 2017, she accepted the role of Office Manager in Wakefield. As she finished her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018, she moved to the Middleton, River Street location as the Director.

Melissa’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is developing relationships with the children and families. She also loves the “staff family” at MB.

Fun Fact: Melissa loves animals—she has four dogs! Melissa also has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education.

Cori Trembowicz, Director - Essex

Cori has been with Magical Beginnings since 2018.

Cori has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. She was very happy to become part of the team when Magical Beginnings took over Lil Sprouts. Cori started as an Assistant Director and co-teacher and then became the Center Director in 2020. She enjoys working with her staff each and every day.

Cori’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is that everyone takes great pride in their commitment to the families and communities. She is proud to be part of a company that offers the highest quality care and is dedicated to valuing its employees.

Fun Fact: Cori is a certified ChildLight Yoga teacher.

Lorna Boudreau, Office Manager- Essex

Lorna has been teaching since 2011. She is both certified and worked with all age groups from infants to kindergarten. She began her journey with Magical Beginnings at our Maple St location as a preschool teacher in 2017. In 2018 she obtained her director certification. She moved into a new role as Office Manager at our Essex location in the summer of 2021.

Lorna’s favorite part of teaching is all the little conversions she has with her students. She loves their expressions and eagerness to share their thoughts and feelings. This is usually observed through Lorna’s favorite part of the day, morning meeting or circle time. Lorna always says “ Teaching goes both ways. We don’t just teach the children. If you listen carefully you will learn what they are teaching us.” What Lorna likes most about working at Magical Beginnings are the friends that she has made, and all that she has learned.

Lorna spends her spare time at her lake house with her husband, two daughters, and her dog Winnie, where she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming or just sitting by the fire relaxing.

Fun fact. Lorna loves dancing and roller skating.

Mackenzie Gomes, Director – South Hamilton

Mackenzie has been with Magical Beginnings since 2012.

Mackenzie started working at Magical Beginnings in Peabody as a teacher’s aide when she was in high school. After exploring different career paths, Mackenzie returned to Magical Beginnings, taking an infant teacher position at the Wakefield location. She feels so lucky to have grown with the company. She moved into an Office Manager position at the Hamilton location in March of 2019, and become the Director in 2021.

Mackenzie’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is the sense of family and camaraderie among the staff.

Fun Fact: Mackenzie loves volleyball. She plays competitive volleyball year-round; beach, grass, indoor, and co-ed.

Angela Jagminas, Office – Manager Hamilton

Angela has been with Magical Beginnings since 2012. She started at the Peabody location where she was a toddler teacher for 6 years. Angela left to start a family of her own. Angela returned to Magical Beginnings in 2020 and is now the Office Manager at the Hamilton location where now both of her daughters attend.

What Angela loves most about working for Magical Beginnings is working with friends who have become family. There is nowhere else she could imagine raising her girls. Magical Beginnings is home away from home, and she feels blessed to be a part of this family.

Fun Fact: Angela loves dancing every morning to country music with her two daughters!

Kalee Morais, Assistant Director – Peabody

Kalee has been with Magical Beginnings since 2007.

Kalee began student teaching in preschool at Magical Beginnings Peabody. After that, she worked part-time for a few months and then became a full-time preschool teacher. Kalee became the Assistant Director in Peabody in 2020.

She loves working at Magical Beginnings because her co-workers have become family. Kalee feels so lucky to have her children attend Magical Beginnings and have her coworkers teach her children.

Fun Fact: Kalee loves to plan parties!

Joy Taylor, Office Manager – All locations

Joy has been with Magical Beginnings since 2019.

Before joining Magical Beginnings, Joy spent most of her career in medical offices as an office manager, living in New Hampshire. She grew up in Peabody, MA with her sister, Linda (the president of MB), and recently decided to move back to the North Shore to be closer to her parents and siblings. Joy joined the Essex team as Office Manager.

Joy’s favorite part about working at Magical Beginnings is the positive work environment and the willingness of everyone to help out and work as a team. She also loves getting to know the children and their families.

Fun Fact: Joy has a four-year-old Cockapoo named Abbie. She is also known as Grandma Joy to her nine wonderful grandchildren

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