Our staff includes three instructors, each with extensive training and experience in working with both young children and high school students. It is under the direction of the instructors that the student teachers at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.

The individualized attention that our staff of instructors and student teachers offer is just one of the many benefits of participating in our preschool program.

Lisa Oxford

Ms. Oxford’s 25 years of experience in Early Education include private preschool, elementary education, and full-day child care. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Lesley University and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

Dina Taylor

Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education, Health) from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s of Education from American International College. Her certifications include an Initial License in Early Childhood pre-K – 2nd (with and without disabilities) and Chapter 74 Early Education and Care.

Before joining the Children’s Center staff in the fall of 2014, Ms. Taylor worked as a special education tutor, a second grade teacher, and a kindergarten teacher. She also was the owner, director, and teacher of a fitness center that offered fun physical activities for families.

Michelle Tilden

Ms. Tilden has been at Tri-County since 2002. Prior to that, she owned her own center on Cape Cod. Her center was the first in the town to achieve the prestigious program accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Michelle was also a validator and national presenter for NAEYC. She utilizes the knowledge she gained from her experiences in her daily work with young children, families and high school students.

The Students

Through in-depth academic studies in child growth and development, Early Education students gain a solid understanding of the early childhood years and a working knowledge of children in this critical stage of their development. Students also receive CPR and First Aid training and certification.

Students work directly with preschool children within the on-campus facility as well as participate in a field-site placement practicum in the community to acquire skills and confidence in teaching.

Children’s Center families are given the opportunity to interact with students in the Early Education Program during several events throughout the year.