Sarah Doyle, Director
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Forest Friends preschool program. My family and I are long-time farm supporters and volunteers.
I’ve been an educator since 1998. My first job was as a Lead Teacher at Spruce Street Nursery School in Boston. For many years, I taught middle and high school students; for nearly a decade, I have been teaching undergraduate and graduate students (I still adjunct for Lesley University). I’ve also trained many teachers as they’ve journeyed through their own teaching practicum and field placements. I have a Masters in Education (MEd) and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS).
Outside of a career in education, I’m an avid runner, biker, and yogi. My family (and our pets) spend as much time outside as we can. We also love to travel; with extended family spread around the country, we cannot wait to start visiting everyone when we are safe to do so again.”
Megan Recupero, Teacher (both sessions)
“In my heart, I think I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I taught 3rd grade for 11 years before I had my two sons. After I became a mom, I spent a few years teaching STEM and robotics classes to preschool- 3rd graders in afterschool and enrichment programs. I also joined Tinkergarten and taught parent/child classes in Menotomy Rocks Park for over 5 years. I spent the last year teaching at Wright-Locke Farm in the preschool and elementary education programs. I love teaching outside and being a witness to the joy and wonder children experience from spending time in nature. I’m excited to explore Wright-Locke Farm and Whipple Hill with the Forest Friends this year!”
Rachel Curtin, Teacher (Monday/Wednesday)
Rachel comes to Forest Friends as a long-time educator having worked at elementary schools in Berkeley, CA, San Lorenzo, CA, and Somerville, MA. She holds a M.A. in Education from Mills College in Oakland, as well as elementary teaching licenses in California and Massachusetts. Rachel has worked as a first-grade classroom teacher, reading specialist, and English Language Development teacher. She has a special interest in building and supporting inclusive learning communities and working with students to develop mindfulness and empathy.
Originally from New Hampshire, Rachel lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 14 years before returning home to New England. Working with preschool groups at Wright-Locke and Lexington Community Farm last year, Rachel discovered a passion for the educational possibilities teaching outdoors. Rachel lives in Arlington with her husband and two young children.
Lauren Winterer, Teacher (Tuesday/Thursday)
Lauren Winterer is an avid outdoorswoman. She has a BS in Natural Resources Management and Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Conservation and Fisheries & Wildlife Management, and an MS in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in Biology. She has over 10 years in nature-based / outdoor education and has worked at Wright-Locke Farm leading program-based lessons this past year.
She is a Winchester mom of two little girls. She has a deep connection and appreciation for the natural world and has dedicated her life to teaching others how they too can have the same love and respect for our planet. Lauren loves singing, dancing, and playing. She believes that the best way to teach children is to play and explore in the outdoors.