Board Members’ Biographies, March 19, 2013
Mary Lou O’Neil, President (Chair), is the School to Career Coordinator at ConVal High School. She connects student interns with businesses so they can “test drive” careers of interest and start to develop work skills. Besides working with the board of A Child’s Nature, Mary Lou has several other board and community responsibilities: ConVal Community Dollars for Scholars (president); KidsArk Foundation (providing educational programs for minority children in Thailand); Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce board and Chamber Education committee member; Monadnock United Way former board member, current Team Captain; SW Manufacturing/ Education Partnership member.
Brian Golec, Vice-President and Parent Representative
Jenn Kovolski. Treasurer
Robin Croteau, Clerk
Peggy Waterhouse, Center Director, has been working with the young child since 1984. At that time, she specialized in the infant and new parent skills, eventually working for UNICEF and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Europe as both trainer and assessor. Returning to the US in 1996 brought her to the Pine Hill Waldorf School as a Kindergarten teacher. There she was an assistant, lead teacher, early childhood department chairperson, and served two years as chairperson of the faculty. She received her Master of Education degree at Antioch New England in 2001. The Pine Hill Child Care Center, founded in 2005, was conceived under Ms. Waterhouse’s leadership and she served as its director until it dissolved in July 2013. Ms. Waterhouse is filled with great enthusiasm as she continues this important joyful work as director for the newly created A Child’s Nature — Care and Education.
Sharon Harless, Staff Representative, operated her own child care center, Norah’s Depot in Greenfield, NH from 1999–2010. Since closing the business, she joined the staff and children of the PHCCC and learned more about Waldorf Education. Living in Lyndeborough for 25 years, Sharon has taught in the NH public school systems of Rindge and Lyndeborough as well as deaf students at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Sharon earned two degrees at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, a BS in Early Childhood Education and a M Ed with specialization in Young Children with Special Needs. Sharon particularly enjoys sharing music and movement with young children and giving them a sense of community by collecting food and donations for both people and animals in need. In her leisure time, Sharon enjoys time with her husband Bruce and her dog Mercy. She loves to walk and garden. Sharon is loving life and feels very fortunate to be able to share it with so many families, children and dedicated teachers. Sharon joins the board as staff representative of A Child’s Nature and works as an infant teacher and assistant director.
Kim Duthie joined the board to insure the continuation of quality child care in the Peterborough area. She began working as a young girl babysitting neighborhood children. Her love of children guided her to receive her Early Childhood Education Certificate from the first class of the Applied Technology Center at ConVal High School from which she graduated in 1998. Kim has two children, the eldest of whom brought her to Waldorf education through the Cobb Meadow school where children are valued for their play and natural enthusiasm without the pressures of intellectual schooling. Kim continues in her quest to complete a M Ed by taking courses at nearby colleges and hopes to one day achieve her Waldorf certification as well.