Katelyn Dennis, Executive Director
Katelyn graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Music Performance. She continued on to receive her Masters from Cambridge College in Higher Education, Counseling.
Most recently Katelyn served as Executive Director to Nurture & Nature Children’s Center in Newfields for almost five years, where she was introduced to the non-profit sector. Before her years in early childhood, Katelyn worked as a Corporate trainer for an advertising company. After five years as a trainer, she yearned to go back to her education roots and has truly found her passion in leading early childhood organizations.
Katelyn resides on the seacoast with her husband Larry, step son Louden and her two girls Klaira & Everly. As the Executive Director of Great Bay Kids’ Company and also a parent, Katelyn is professionally and personally committed to the schools Agency and mission. Katelyn, Klaira & Everly are delighted to be a part of the Great Bay Kids’ family and team.”Great Bay Kids’ Company is like no other, it is truly an inspiring place to be!”
Bekah Kistler, Program Director, Exeter Center
Programs for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years
Bekah came to Great Bay Kids’ Company in 2014 as the Program Director at the Exeter location. Previously, Bekah has worked in a variety of early childhood education settings including in-home care, large corporate centers and smaller, family-owned centers. She has taught in infant and toddler classrooms, lead a large school through the NAEYC Accreditation process and in 2012 she coordinated the start-up of a brand new center.
Bekah attended Manchester Community College and earned her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education as she worked in the field as a young teacher. She decided to return to school in 2010 and attended Granite State College for her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She holds a credential through the NH Child Development Bureau as an Early Childhood Master Teacher, Level 2; Early Childhood Master Professional with an Endorsement of Individual Mentor and a Program Consultant; Early Childhood Administrator, Level 3 with an Infant and Toddler Endorsement of Advanced Level.
Bekah’s work is to advocate for the best interest of the young child and she continues to strive daily towards creating high quality standards in early education. She has been inspired by the Reggio Emelia philosophy of teaching and enjoys spending time in the classrooms to learn from the children when she is able to take time away from the daily running of the center. She also has a passion for creating and executing training programs for teachers and staff.
In her free time, you can find her busy with her family including attending sporting events for her 3 children. You may also find her roller skating, spending time outside gardening, hiking or camping and trying out new healthy recipes.
Audra attended Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts to major in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While at Endicott Audra completed internships in first, second and sixth grade as well as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs.
Audra started as the Lead Toddler Teacher here at Great Bay Kids’ Company in September of 1998. She knew that the children and families come first at Great Bay Kids’ Company. In 1999, Audra took on the role as Program Director of the Newmarket Center. In 2004, Audra left Great Bay Kids’ Company to continue her education and to start a family of her own.
In 2007, Audra, now the mother of a little girl and a resident of Newmarket, chose to come back to the place she knows and loves very dearly. She returned as Toddler Teacher and again moved into the role of Program Director. Audra is responsible for the everyday running of the center, she assures that the classrooms run smoothly and that all the children are cared for, happy and safe. Her favorite role is communicating and building healthy relationships with the families.
Tara Stone graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education including a minor in the content area of science. Tara completed her internship at Barrington Elementary School in a 2nd grade classroom in December 2007 and in early 2008 she obtained her New Hampshire K-8 Teaching Certificate. In January 2008, she was offered a Para Educator position. During her time in the Barrington School District Tara was a Para Educator in the SNAPS program, a 2nd and 3rd grade summer school teacher as well as taught science for Barrington’s enrichment program after school.
In 2011 Tara was looking for a change that would fulfill her as a teacher and also bring her love of early childhood education to the forefront of her career. Tara began at Great Bay Kids’ Company as the Duckling’s Infant Assistant and it was not long until Tara opened the Pups Classroom as a Young Toddler Teacher. From there she helped transition the Pups to a two year old toddler curriculum and absolutely loved teaching toddlers. When the opportunity arose to become the Pease Great Bay Kids’ Company Assistant Director in January 2015 Tara thought this would be a great opportunity to grow in the field of early childhood education. She has been thrilled to have had so many amazing adventures at Great Bay Kids’ Company and is eager for many more to come.
Tara is very excited to fulfill her Co-Program Director duties and is committed to providing a diverse atmosphere that allows Great bay Kids’ Company to have an enriching learning environment that delivers support to children, families, and staff alike. Tara lives with her husband, Derek, in Newmarket, New Hampshire and enjoys scrap-booking, reading, and going to concerts whenever possible. She also loves going to Zumba classes, Pilates, camping, and making memories in her spare time.
Holly Davis, Co-Program Director, Pease Center
Programs for Children 6 weeks – 12 years
Holly graduated Wheelock College in Boston MA with a BS in Human Growth and Development with a concentration in Elementary Education and a specialty in Special Needs. She did many of her practicums with the inner city kids of Dorchester and Roxbury where she learned to build great relationships with the children and their families.
As much as she loved Boston and the diversity it thrives on, Exeter will always be home for her. She graduated from Exeter High school and now resides in Newfields NH with her husband and three children. They are a family on the move. From busy time at the lake wake boarding, tubing, knee boarding and water skiing to tearing up the slopes in the winter. They love being active but most of all spending that time with family and friends.
She is beyond excited to be continuing her career at Great Bay Kids’ Company in her new role as the Co-Director at the Pease Center. Previously she was the Program Director for the Exeter Center for 13 years and is very happy to be back where her heart has always been and always will be. She is looking forward to getting to know the staff and the families at the Pease Center and build a great community.
Emily Graduated from the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire receiving an associate’s degree in Community Service and Leadership. Emily continued to obtain her bachelors degree in Special education and self-advocacy from Granite State College. She continued on to receive her Masters Degree from Franklin Peirce University in Special Education specializing in behavioral disabilities.
Emily worked at Melmark New England in Andover Massachusetts for nine years, in varying positions raging from a supervisor in a residential home to a lead classroom teacher. Most recently Emily was the Vocational Services Manager. During her time at Melmark New England was able to work with students with autism and to learn ways to modify their teaching and develop programs to fit their individual needs. Emily learned how to be an effective supervisor through feedback, reinforcement and training.
In Emily’s free time you can find her spending time with her family at home or at the beach. Emily is excited to begin her new career at Great Bay Kids’ Company. She is excited to learn and practice education in early childhood education. Emily’s office is located in the Exeter Site.