Director

Cynthia Itoka, DirectorThe director of the program, Cynthia Itoka, has over 20 years of childcare experience. Cynthia has a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and is Director II qualified.

Cynthia has held the position of Director for over 14 years and has worked as a Director with the City of Cambridge Preschool Programs for 7 years. She is available as a resource to parents in navigating Kindergarten choice in the City of Cambridge in particular and locating services for children with developmental concerns.

Cynthia enjoys working closely with her staff in the classroom whereby she is able to impart her vast knowledge of Early Childhood Education. She meets regularly with her staff to develop age-appropriate curriculum for the children they serve.

Cynthia is also a registered Music and Movement Teacher, plays the guitar and enjoys interacting with the children. She is a mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

The Teachers

Infant Classrooms
Luz Rodriguez is our Infant I Co-Teacher. Luz has over 20 years of experience of which nearly 5 years has been at Two Little Owls Schoolhouse. She especially loves working with babies and is Infant/Toddler certified. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Luz has three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her beautiful grandson.

Ghenet Abrha is our Infant I Co-Teacher. Ghenet began her career in childcare at Two Little Owls Schoolhouse, first as an Infant Teacher Assistant and then a Infant/Toddler certified Teacher. Ghenet is fluent in English and Amharic.

Cynthia Figueroa is our Infant II Co-Teacher. Cynthia has over 14 years of experience in childcare and is a EEC certified Infant/Toddler and Preschool. She enjoys working specifically with the Infant age group.  Cynthia is fluent in English and Spanish.

Lisa Weedon is our Infant II Co-Teacher. Lisa began her childcare career as an Infant II Teacher Assistant and is now Infant/Toddler certified. Lisa is currently working on her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bunker Hill Community College. She is fluent English and Proficient in Portuguese.

Toddler Classroom
Jean Morrison is our Toddler I Co-Teacher. Jean has a Bachelor’s Degree from Simmons College and comes to us with over 2 years of early childhood experience.

Giovanna Tenorio is our Toddler I Co-Teacher. Giovanna began her career in childcare at Two Little Owls Schoolhouse, first as an Infant and Toddler Teacher Assistant and then a Infant/Toddler certified Teacher for over a year. Giovanna is fluent in English and Spanish.

Miriam Brizuela is our Toddler II Co-Teacher. Miriam has been working with children for the past 20 years with nearly 3 years at Two Little Owls Schoolhouse. Miriam enjoys spending time with her children. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Amy Weedon is our Toddler II Co-Teacher. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and is a certified Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher. Amy has more than 2 years of experience working with young children and is Infant/Toddler and Preschool certified. Amy is also fluent in English and Proficient in Portuguese.

Preschool Classroom
Lena Nguyen is our Preschool Co-Teacher. Lena has over a year of experience teaching the Preschool age group initially as a Teacher Assistant in Pre-Kindergarten at Two Little Owls  and now a Teacher in the Preschool classroom for over 2.5 years. Lena is working towards her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bunker Hill Community College. Lena is fluent in English and Vietnamese.

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
Yashanna Roberts is our Pre-Kindergarten Co-Teacher. Yashanna holds Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Early Childhood Education from Cambridge College. She has more than 5 years of experience teaching toddler and preschool aged children.

Kellsie Peters is our Pre-Kindergarten Co-Teacher and has over a 2 years of experience teaching toddlers and preschool aged children. Kellsie is Infant/Toddler and Preschool certified.

French Program
Jessica Gurwicz is our French Immersion (Les Petits Frenchies) teacher. Jessica is a native of France, is fluent in English and a graduate of the University of Rouen. Jessica is Infant/Toddler and Preschool certified and has more than 4 years of experience teaching French to young children. She is also a mother who is committed to diversity and sharing her experiences through language.

Qualifications

At Two Little Owls Schoolhouse, we are proud to say we have taken great care in hiring fully qualified and certified teachers for every classroom. All teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Teachers are also required to have a full background check from Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) as well as evidence of a medical physical examination and up to date vaccinations. They also hold proper evidence of First Aid and CPR training, which is renewed each year.

Teaching candidates will go through a formal interview process, where they will be invited to show teaching portfolios and any other relevant evidence of curriculum development. They will then be invited back for a working interview with the Director. We will then check references and make each candidate a formal offer at that time.

Two Little Owls Schoolhouse is committed to offering each teacher an attractive benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, sick days, 401K, short-term disability and T Passes.