Blue Room — Sue Treworgy/ Leads: Beverly Picarello and Christina Sciucco
Sue, a Burlington native, graduated with a BA in Education from Mount Saint Mary College and a Masters in Reading from Northeastern University. She obtained her Lead Teacher Certification through EEC. Sue has been with Mount Hope since 1989. She taught 1st Grade for five years, then 2nd for one year, before becoming a preschool teacher. She has been the Preschool Director at Mount Hope since 1991. Sue is passionate about teaching her students that they are special; God made them and loves them. She enjoys watching her students engage in learning through puppets, and stories.
Blue Room — Beverly Picarello
Bev started at MHCS as a volunteer and then pre-school assistant in 1992 with Mrs. Treworgy. She got her EEC certification from Middlesex Community College and have been co-teaching in the blue room for 5 years. “I have always loved working with preschoolers and watching their excitement when they come into class. I like to see their transformation from toddlers to preschoolers just loving to learn new things everyday in school. I get so excited when they realize they learned something new and tell their parents about it.” Bev’s favorite part of working is to be able to be in a Christian School environment. She loves to watch them grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. “I love that I can do devotions everyday with them (on their level), pray with them when Mommy or Daddy aren’t feeling well and to say a blessing before our meal time in school.” Bev has been married for 43 years, she has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. In her leisure time she enjoys helping people wherever there is a need, boating, snow skiing and vacationing anywhere with her family. “I feel blessed to be able to be at Mount Hope. It isn’t just a school it is a family where we all have the same goal.”
Blue Room — Christina Sciucco
In May, Christina received her Bachelors degree from Merrimack College in Early Childhood Education. She is now going for her Masters degree in Education at Cambridge College. Christina has a lot of experience in both preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Before coming to Mount Hope she worked in a public school in a classroom with young children who have special needs. Christina’s favorite thing about teaching is when a student has an “ah-ha!” moment and understands a topic that was giving them trouble. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her friends and family.
Yellow Room — Karen Sullivan
Karen attended Bunkerhill Community College and Middlesex Community College. She received her Lead Teacher Certification with the EEC and has been a lead Preschool teacher at Mount Hope since 2004. Karen loves circle time and teaching the children Bible stories. She enjoys walking and spending time with her husband and three daughters. Karen and her husband are active members at Mount Hope Christian Center. They love to be a part of both the school and the church community.
Pink Room — Joanne Kriger
Joanne graduated with an Early Childhood Education Associate Degree from Dean Jr. College, a Bachelors in Social Work from Wheelock College and Masters of Science in Administration from Boston University. She then received her EEC Lead Teacher Certification. She has worked at Mount Hope for 12 years: the first 8 as an assistant and the last 4 as a co-teacher in the blue room. Joanne loves working with the younger preschoolers as she believes that this age is so important for them to be able to form trust and bonding with teachers and peers. “Children who feel safe in their environment, will flourish and be ready for their next step.” Joanne lives in Burlington with her husband and three children.
Purple Room — Lee Pariseau
Lee originally came to Mount Hope as a parent and loved the way Mount Hope made learning fun in a nurturing environment. Lee received her lead teacher certification in 2016 and after being an assistant teacher at Mount Hope for 12 years is excited to step into the lead role. She has successfully completed several courses on teaching and assessing alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, phonic and fluency, reading with TLC seminars, and Lively Letters training. Her favorite part about teaching is to see her student’s progress and sense of self accomplishments throughout the year. Lee lives in Woburn with her husband and two children who both attended Mount Hope.
Green Room — Avis McClay
Avis graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with a degree in nursing. She first came to Mount Hope when her oldest daughter entered Kindergarten. At that time Avis volunteered in the classroom and was involved in the PTO. In 1994 she became an assistant teacher. She received her EEC teaching certification and began as a lead preschool teacher in 2006. Avis loves to teach to each child’s ability and enjoys the a-ha moments when a child applies what they have learned to solve a problem or develops a new skill. In her spare time she enjoys creative projects. Avis has been married for over 35 years, has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Orange Room — Marina Minasian
Prior to Marina coming to Mount Hope she worked in podiatric biomechanics specializing in custom fit orthotics after receiving a BS in pre-med from Northeastern University. She received her teaching certificate from EEC and has taught at Mount Hope since 2004. Marina is also the superintendent of Armenian School at St. James Church in Watertown. She is passionate about tying spiritual skills with cognitive skills and enjoys teaching science, literature and music. Marina enjoys being outdoors, playing piano, reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their three children, all of whom attended Mount Hope Christian School.
Red Room — Candy Kenton
Prior to coming to Mount Hope, Candy worked in a law firm after receiving an Associates Degree from Aquinas College. Later she attended Middlesex Community College and obtained her Lead Teacher Certification. Candy has taught at Mount Hope since 2004 and is passionate about teaching her students anything and everything. She loves to see their enthusiasm when they relate what they learn to the world around them! Candy lives in Woburn with her husband and their three children, two of whom attended Mount Hope. In the summer you can find her at the beach and taking walks with her dog.