Susan Perry started as the Director of CBE ELC on July 1, 2016.
Susan was born in Troy, New York, and lived in New York, Michigan, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Illinois before moving to Stow, Massachusetts, in 1983. She and her husband, Ross, raised their 3 children, James, Catherine and Edward in Stow.
Susan returned to teaching in 1988 as a substitute teacher in the public schools of Stow and a local preschool. She enrolled in a Masters in Counseling program at UMass Boston that year.
In the fall of 1990, Susan and her teaching friend, Nancy, opened Steppingstones School. The school offered preschool and kindergarten programs for children 2.9–7 years of age for 26 years. Susan was a teacher in the pre-kindergarten classroom and shared the director responsibilities for the first years. As the program grew to enroll over 80 children and a staff of 12, she became the full time director/owner. Steppingstones created their own unique developmentally appropriate curriculum that provided endless opportunities for children to explore and learn while playing. She also initiated a partnership with the Stow Council on Aging to bring senior citizens to the school as guests in the classrooms. In the last four years, she organized and chaired a Golf Classic fundraiser to help support the school.
Susan was a charter member of the Nashoba District Community Partnership for Children and served as co-chair several times. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, PTO Chairman, COA volunteer, religious education teacher and member of the Stow Community Chest for many years.
Susan attended St. Lawrence University, receiving her BA degree with a French major, with dual enrollment at the State University of New York–Potsdam to acquire certification in Preschool, Kindergarten–6 grade.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, 6 grandchildren (4 who are identical twin sisters!) and extended family and friends. Lake Winnipesaukee, and beaches on Cape Cod, Florida and the Bahamas, are all favorite destinations.
Susan is excited to start a new journey in her career in early childhood education at CBE ELC. After 26 years of owning and operating Steppingstones School, the transition to CBE ELC offers a similar sized program within a very warm and supportive community that is so important to her. She looks forward to learning and working with the children, families and staff this year.