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!”
Jeanne graduated from Central Maine Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. While finishing her degree, she worked at Clover Preschool in Auburn, Maine. After completing her degree, she moved on to work at another center for five years. She then moved to New Hampshire in 2011 which is when Jeanne began working as a Koala teacher at Great Bay Kids’ Pease Center. In April 2017, Jeanne moved to the Newmarket Center as a Senior Educational Lead Teacher.
Jeanne was married to her husband, Brian in September 2015. They welcomed their daughter, Adrianna in November 2016. During her free time, Jeanne enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, camping or going out on the boat in the summer!
Jeanne is very excited to take on this new role as co-director! She is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with the families and work with the staff of the Newmarket center!
Savannah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She continued to receive her master’s degree in Elementary Education. While at UNH, Savannah completed internships in kindergarten and first grade. In 2019 Savannah obtained her Beginning Educator Certificate: Elementary Education K-6.
Savannah has always been passionate about Newmarket and has loved living in this town her whole life. She graduated from Newmarket High School and just bought her first home in Newmarket with her fiancé. During her free time, you can find her spending time with her family, walking with her dogs, at the gym, doing yoga or frequenting different restaurants in town.
Savannah started with Great Bay Kids’ Company in 2016 as a Puffin Teacher and then shifted to a Chickadee Teacher when there was a need. Savannah is very excited to step into the role as Co-Director at the Newmarket Center. She has been given different opportunities for a variety of career paths but has never been able to leave for long as Newmarket GBK holds her heart. Savannah cannot wait to continue building relationships with the children and their 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 Scarito, Program Director, Exeter Programs
Programs for Children 6 weeks – 13 years old
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.
Jesse Bird graduated from Bates College in 1993 with a BA in English. She continued her education at Stratham Vocational Technical College with coursework in Early Childhood Education. She began her career with Great Bay Kids’ in 1993 with the Newmarket School Age program and then moved to the Exeter Center in 1995 and found her forever home. Jesse began working in the Cricket Pre-K classroom that year and remained a Cricket until May of 2021 when she became the Interim Assistant Director of the Exeter Center. She has enjoyed building strong relationships with all of our families and staff during this time.
In her free time Jesse enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking and watching sports. March Madness is one of her favorite times of the year.