Dear Parents,

We are extremely grateful for every family that joins us here at SHED.

Although we strive to be light hearted, we do not take our roles as educators lightly and are honored that you continue to choose us year after year.

Here at SHED we are most dedicated to fostering a child’s natural curiosity to help discover their own unique interests, talents and nature.

Creating the space for this to occur takes the well orchestrated efforts of our devoted educators and the tremendous support of our families.

As in nature, absolutely nothing exists by itself and we are so grateful you choose to be a part of our community and help us exist as we do.

If you are a parent currently considering a program for your son or daughter, we thank you for considering SHED and realize that this process can be daunting and overwhelming. We hope that you will reach out with any questions or come by for a tour of our program, so that we may offer some guidance to you during this whole process.

On behalf of the entire SHED staff,

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy

At the heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the child.
Reggio believes that a child’s natural curiosity should be what drives the learning and that an educator’s job is to facilitate activities that help the child explore their natural interests and also to observe how the child learns.

At SHED, Reggio Emilia inspired means:

  • We see your child as competent, curious, and creative.
  • Our learning takes place through relationships
  • Expression occurs through multiple languages.
  • Questions and interests guide the learning.
  • Documentation helps us reflect and advance.

Our Campus

In Reggio, the environment is the Third Teacher. Our home on the stunning campus of Phillips Academy gives your child a pastoral setting in which to learn and explore.

Nature based learning is an integral part of our curriculum and is an essential part of your child’s experience here at SHED Children’s Campus. Your child experiences New England seasons in all their glory and has the unique opportunity to explore the distinct enjoyments and lessons offered by the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

We have 15 organic gardens in which your child farms, plays, and learns. We have trees to climb, woods to explore, hills to sled. SHED Children’s Campus gives your child two acres of nature to enjoy all year.

Campus Video Tour

Watch our video tour to gain first hand insights from our Executive Director and Educators, some Board members and parents, and our Reggio Emilia inspired programming. Like what you see?

Call us at 978-684-5055 or use the form below the video to schedule a visit.

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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement & mystery of the world we live in."

Meet Our Incredible Staff

Our team of hardworking, caring and dedicated individuals are what make our organization and our programs so incredible.

Most of our educators have personally gone to Reggio Emilia, Italy, where the teaching style originated. To experience firsthand the intrinsic subtleties that exists within a city where the Reggio philosophy is practiced at every school and throughout the entire community, is a learning that transcends any reading and has significantly shifted each teacher to show up in a whole new way, as passionate and purpose driven educators.

Our educators are constantly and consistently practicing what we preach as they themselves take trainings, lead workshops and attend events that will help them explore new ideas, discover new techniques and expand their interests so that they may continue to grow into more expansive educators.

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman


Favorite Quote:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love - then make that day count.
- Steve Maraboli

Linda Shottes Bouchard

Executive Director

Favorite Quote:

When you laugh you change & when you change the whole world changes around you.
- Dr Madan Kataria

Dina Hurley


Favorite Quote:

Ask yourself what makes you come alive & then go & do that.
- Howard Thurman

Karen Ulbin


Favorite Quote:

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.
- Kid President

Shana Hall



Favorite Quote:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love - then make that day count.
- Steve Maraboli

Julie Poley

Sustainability & Nutrition

Favorite Quote:

Live life to the fullest & focus on the positive.

Emily Melo

Monarch | Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Maybe that’s enlightenment enough, to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of snug clarity.

Joel Greer


Favorite Quote:

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Morgan Weichert

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Pray for surf.

John Gerety

O.K. (Older Kids) Coordinator

Favorite Quote:

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

Elke Crawford

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.

Jessica Bourdelais

Springboard Educator

Favorite Quote:

What we learn becomes a part of who we are.

Ann Nims

Monarch Educator

Favorite Quote:

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius & it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous that be absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe

Maddy Curley

Kid’s Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing in the game.

Maddy Crateau

Monarch | Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

Hannah Vincent

Kid’s Club | Movement Educator

Favorite Quote:

Be who you are & say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter & those who matter don’t mind.
- Dr. Suess

Claire Giampa

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

What a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.

Emma Curley

Monarch | Kid’s Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries & hornets

Nicole Pelletier

Springboard | Forest Educator

Favorite Quote:

"Writing is an underestimated art, you are painting colorful images in people's minds by using words of black and white."

Juleysis Marrero

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

What is done in love is done well.

Letty Lopez

Kid’s Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. - John Rohn

Kayleigh Crocker

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons, from within. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Mason Stauffer

Kid’s Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Let them be little, because they're only that way for a little while.

Dan Peikin

Kid’s Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles. - Winnie the Pooh

Carly Gillis

Front Desk Greeter

Favorite Quote:

Not all those who wander, are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Joanna Robie

Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

We delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it went through to achieve that beauty.

Sheila Begley

Springboard | Kid's Club Educator

Favorite Quote:

Be who you are, say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Suess

Mia Blum

Kid’s Club Educator

Our Nonprofit

SHED Children’s Campus is an independent, nationally recognized nonprofit offering Reggio Emilia inspired programs for children and youth ages 2.5 to 15 years.

Our nonprofit directly benefits our staff, our programs, and our families. Every dollar we make or raise we roll back into our program, creating more robust programming, updating our facility to offer nurturing spaces for our kids, and to support our scholarship fund.

Your donation will directly benefit the lives and experiences of the children here at SHED.


The 495 Podcast

SHED Children’s Campus Executive Director, Linda Shottes Bouchard is interviewed by The 495 Podcast. 

Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine

‘Growing Mindfully’ March 20, 2020

Executive Director Linda Shottes Bouchard is interviewed by Merrimack Valley Magazine.  The article explores one of our five pillars, mindfulness, and the importance it has in how children learn and grow. 


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The Mother Connection

We are so happy to be partnering with and sharing our space with Mother’s Connection.

The Mother Connection (TMC) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. TMC is a fun, supportive, and educational community resource for families in the Merrimack Valley offering numerous resources including weekly drop-in playgroups for all different ages (newborn – toddler), playgroup match-ups, family-oriented themed monthly outings, seasonal parties, educational parenting workshops, community outreach programs, monthly mom’s nights outs, discounted event and venue tickets, and more.

Would you like to partner with us? We’d love to hear more! Please send us a message below!

Career Opportunities

Do you love children as much as we do? We are always looking for staff to join our team, and we’d love to hear from you!