Educational Director, Interim
Becky Geer has been teaching young children for more than 15 years. She began her teaching career in 1997, teaching a diverse group of preschoolers in a Head Start Program. Later, she served as a Preschool Special Educator and Case Manager in Barrington, New Hampshire. Becky currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Great Bay Community College, teaching for the Early Childhood Education and Teacher Preparation departments. Becky completed her undergraduate degree at Granite State College and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University in 2004. In April of 2011, Becky was awarded The Mary Stuart Gile, Gwen & Henry Morgan, Strengthening Families and Rising Star Award from the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families - Child Development Bureau. In her free time, Becky enjoys knitting, bookbinding, and playing with her dog.
Assistant to the Director
Annie Cohen first visited the Child Study Center in the early 1980s as a Boston College student and nanny to two children who attended the CSC. Since that first visit so long ago, Annie has worked in retail management, owned her own business, and volunteered for many local non-profit organizations, most recently as President of The Wellesley Education Foundation. Annie's own children attended the Child Study Center from 1998-2007. During this time, she was a member of the CSC Parent Committee, the CSC Research Review Committee, and a volunteer in the Child Study Center's library. She began working at the Child Study Center in 2008. She is married and has two boys and two girls attending Wellesley's Public Schools. Annie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, bike riding, and cooking.
Lead Teacher, Youngest Group
Susan Ferguson has been working with young children for over twenty years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Vermont and her Masters degree in Early Childhood Development from Framingham State University. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including childcare, early intervention, research at Wellesley Center for Research on Women, and classroom teaching. In April, 2011, Susan was nominated by her peers and given the Award for Family Partnership from the Boston Alliance for Early Education (BAEE) and the Boston Association for Education of Young Children (BAEYC). Susan joined the Wellesley Child Study center in 2006 as an Assistant Teacher/ Intern in the Youngest Group. She is married and has two boys. Susan enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks in nature, and reading.
Lead Teacher, Middle Group
Wendy Gonsenhauser has been working in Early Childhood Education for seventeen years, both teaching and developing new programs for children ages 2-6. Her experience in independent preschools in the greater Metro West area spans a diverse range of populations. Wendy trains educators through professional development workshops and in larger forums, such as NAEYC conferences. Wendy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from SUNY, College at Buffalo, and her Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley College. She has done post-graduate work in Special Education at SUNY, College at Buffalo, and Early Childhood Education at MassBay Community College. Wendy is married and has two daughters, now in college. She enjoys family walks with her dogs, traveling, yoga, pilates, and music.
Lead Teacher, Oldest Group
Jen Clifton has over fifteen years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, and a Master's Degree in Education from Smith College. Jen began her career teaching first grade in Portland, Maine. She then went on to be a Lead Teacher and Program Manager at the University of Southern Maine Child and Family Centers, and Adjunct Faculty in the Early Childhood Education Department at Southern Maine Community College. After moving to Massachusetts, Jen taught preschool in Weston, and then joined the Child Study Center in 2010. In her free time, Jen enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outside, and being with friends and family.