Jennifer T. Gillette
Founder, Owner & Instructor
I am extremely excited to share the birth of The Loved Child: Expert Support and Programming for Families with Young Children! As many close friends and colleagues know, starting my own practice has been an ambition of mine for years. Professionally, I am duly prepared after spending over twenty years working and learning at the best pediatric hospitals, programs and businesses in the Boston area. Personally, now that my two sons are immersed in their school work and activities, I have the space and energy to give more to my professional passion: supporting families with young children.
I obtained my master’s degree in Child Developmental Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from the College of Wooster. I have spent almost the past decade at Isis Parenting where I facilitated developmental play/parenting groups, provided private parenting consults and wrote curricula for the Child Development Program. My clinical background includes work with families in Developmental Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to direct work with families, I have extensive experience training and consulting with professionals in developmental & behavioral child development. My research experience includes managing an investigation in children’s temperament styles at the Brazelton Institute at Children’s Hospital and the Psychology Department at Harvard University, as well as participating in the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program through Johns Hopkins University, The Boston Foundation, and Partners HealthCare.
Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington Mass, attended BB&N and then Yale, whereupon she went to England for drama school and stayed for 26 years! She trained there with the renowned National Childbirth Trust to teach Childbirth Education, and began teaching birth preparation classes and conducting new moms groups in her home and at local venues in North London. She returned to the Boston area in 2007 with her two sons, now 19 and 16 and continues her perinatal teaching in the Greater Boston area, including Childbirth Education at Newton Wellesley Hospital and Emerson Hospital in Concord MA. She is delighted to join TLC and help new parents grow in confidence as they begin their parenting adventures.
I earned a master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University and bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont. Over the past 10 years I have worked in Early Intervention, Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic in San Jose, California. In these positions I facilitated home visits, developmental playgroups and worked as part of a developmental assessment team to provide information and education to families. My research experience includes assisting with data collection and developmental assessment for high-risk preterm infants at Children’s Hospital Boston as well as creating and implementing curriculum for an intervention in the Pediatrics Department at Boston Medical Center. I am also a Certified Infant Massage Parent Educator. After recently having a child of my own, I feel even more dedicated to supporting families with young children!
Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for
children of all ages. He travels all over Massachusetts, New England, and
the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children
Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam grew up watching Sesame Street, reading
Dr. Seuss, and listening to The Beatles. Three of his favorite things are
books, music and baseball. When he gets to sing Take Me Out To The
Ballgame in a library, Jeff Jam is in heaven.
Jeff Jam has five CDs of music available, including his latest, Snores, a
collection of quiet songs for lullaby time. Jeff is available for
birthday parties, libraries, day-cares, schools, concerts and campfires;
anywhere a child needs a song!
Sarah S. Kerrigan
I am a third-generation early childhood educator, following in the footsteps of my mother and grandmother. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Earlham college in 2000 helped to continue me along this path, and a Master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University in 2005 strengthened my commitment to supporting children and parents in the earliest years of development. I am knowledgeable about various parenting/family styles (including AP and RIE/mindful parenting) and apply both my deep understanding of child development and respect for individual family viewpoints into my role as an instructor.
For the past 15+ years I have worked in many positions in the field of early childhood education and parenting support. First as a preschool teacher at the Lesley Ellis School, then as a Child Development Specialist for Cambridge-Somerville Early Intervention, back to teaching two-year-olds at the Cambridge-Ellis School, becoming a mother myself, as an instructor and then pediatric sleep consultant for Isis Parenting, and most recently as an independent pediatric sleep consultant.
My six year old son and three year old daughter have also taught me so much about the intense joys and challenges of parenting, and I’ve developed a passion for helping other parents navigate these early years. I am excited to join The Loved Child in offering support to children and their parents!
Kim Jason is an educator and artist with eight years of teaching experience. While living in California, she taught visual and digital art to students in grades K-8, and served as the Arts Coordinator to an arts-focused public school. In this role, she designed and implemented school-wide arts programming in the visual and performing arts, and helped train classroom teachers with the integration of the arts into traditional subject matter curricula. Prior to teaching public school, Kim taught preschool and prekindergarten. She received a M.A.T. in Art Education from Tufts University, in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a B.A. in Architectural Studies and Spanish from Tufts. Kim recently returned to the east coast from California with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
Kelly J. Hartman
Kelly has been a CPR and First Aid instructor since August 2004. She has both certifications as an instructor through the American Heart Association and The American Red Cross. In 2006, she began Landmark CPR Services LLC and works as an instructor traveling to offices in order to certify their staff. Her background includes attending Syracuse University and Emerson College as well Lesley University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has taught in a variety of settings and really enjoys using her teaching skills to reach out to all types of learners. She feels it is very rewarding to be able to teach people life-saving skills. Kelly also enjoys running, being outside and spending time with her wonderful family.
Jenny Mitchell has been working with young children for many years. She is certified by the EEC to be a lead toddler teacher as well as a lead preschool teacher and has worked as a preschool and toddler teacher in both Spain and the United States. Jenny holds a BA in Psychology and is a candidate for an MA in Early Childhood and the Creative Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge. She believes that the ideal early childhood environment is one where young children can explore using open-ended materials. As a parent and educator, Jenny enjoys reading up on new and different philosophies about raising and educating children. “Young children have a lot to teach us. Sometimes we can learn so much if we take time, sit back and allow them to explore without interfering in their inquiry process.”
Alexis Hinchey Davis
My mission is to provide judgement-free guidance to families in need of effective behavior management for children. Using a strengths-based perspective, I help parents choose the right tools to fit their needs and the needs of their children with the goal of preserving, restoring, or rebuilding positive relationships. On paper, I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College; in practice, I have applied training experience in a wide range of settings including acute residential treatment centers, hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. For over 10 years, I have guided pediatricians in the care of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues through the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project at Tufts Medical Center. During my tenure there, I was introduced to Incredible Years and Triple P—two key evidenced-based curricula that form the basis for my consulting practice. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with people in diverse contexts and have served a wide variety of populations, which makes me confident that I can help families find the appropriate techniques and approaches for their individual needs. On a personal level, I am now challenged to “practice what I preach,” in the evolution of my relationships my own two young boys.