Kevin Cox has been happily working here for almost five years now. He runs the Minecraft classes, helps in Smash Brothers and Animal Crossing, and is assisting in Dungeons and Dragons as a dwarf that sounds like a Scottish pirate. He is exceptionally grateful to have the online community to interact with, as it keeps him sane... relatively speaking. "The one time I want to find a pun, I find none. Maybe a pun about a nun? No, nun of the above."
My name is Jay, I have a degree in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke College ('20), and I've been working as a program assistant at Whole Children for 2 years! I teach a lot of fun, interest based classes like Minecraft, Anime & Manga, Art, and Cooking. One of my favorite things about Whole Children is the depth of experience and knowledge every teacher brings to the table, as well as the ability for our students to learn from a neurodiverse team. I love the work I do here, and the opportunities I have to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Sam Gregoire has been teaching at Whole Children and Milestones for three years. In the building, she teaches Superhero fan club, WWE club, and Cooking. Online she teaches Science Experiments and Self-Advocacy. "Working from home can be difficult, but getting to teach and see everyone on Zoom makes it so much better!"
Chris Harper is the Milestones Day Program manager as well as a teacher in some Whole Children classes. She has been with Whole Children for ten years. When she’s not playing with The Friendship Band she can be found riding her bike or in the garden. “I love working at Whole Children for so many reasons but the staff and students are definitely at the top of the list!”
Eddy Hougen has worked as a program assistant and teacher at Milestones and Whole Children for going on four years. Eddy has loved all the variety of life skills and enrichment classes he has been part of, such as Self-Advocacy, Music, Theater, Photography, and Dance Movement Therapy. Eddy plays bass and sings with The Friendship Band (Whole Children's gigging rock band), and deeply appreciates all opportunities for participants of Milestones and Whole Children to interact and make connections with the greater community. Eddy lives with his wife Sarah, a physical therapist, and two daughters, in Florence, MA.
My name is Kendall Jansen and for this upcoming session, I will be involved in the fitness calls and the party games class on Fridays! I have been at Whole Children coming up on 5 years now! I am a senior at Bucknell University majoring in education with a specialization in student support services. Whole Children has a special place in my heart because it led me to figure out what I wanted to study in college! My favorite part about Whole Children is that we are able to empower participants to explore new challenges or dive deeper into their current interests!
Amanda Kent is a teacher and volunteer coordinator that has been with Whole Children for more than 10 years. You can find her in social classes that cover a variety of different hobbies and interests such as Pokémon, Anime, Minecraft, Animal Crossing, and Smash Brothers. Amanda also has a black belt in an Indonesian martial art called Silat, and assists her husband in teaching these classes as well. In “You can kind of already tell what I do in my spare time by the classes that I teach. I love this place, it’s never a dull moment!”
Liana Marks, Teacher and Program Assistant III, has been with Whole Children and Milestones for five years. She teaches Art and Boundaries & Relationships but you might also see her helping out at the dances and plays. “I feel so lucky to be working at a place that helps others build friendships, relationships and community. The amazing students and staff are what make this place so unique and special. When you walk in, you’ll feel it!”
"I’m Brian! I started volunteering at Whole Children more than 10 years ago and my love for this amazing community grows bigger every day. You’ll find me jamming on guitar with the Friendship Band, growing and learning in Men’s Group, and helping students discover who they are in our many wonderful Whole Selves classes. I love Whole Children!"
Jenna Perna-Elias has been working at Milestones for almost three years. Online, she currently teaches Self-Advocacy and Science Experiments. “I feel very lucky to be able to stay connected with students over Zoom. Seeing everyone on there makes my day!”
Shelby started as an intern at Milestones and Whole Children and is now coming up on two years of being a program assistant for Whole Children. She has helped with Ball Blitz, Cooking, Minecraft, Morning Movement & Play, and PVTA Excursions. "I love being at the ICC, but I especially love having the opportunity to go offsite with the students! I enjoy visiting new places in Northampton, Hadley or Amherst with the students and seeing them become comfortable taking public transportation."
Amanda, Teacher and Program Assistant II, has been teaching at Whole Children and Milestones going on four years. She has been involved in a variety of classes from Boundaries and Relationships, Civics, Superhero Club, Harry Potter Club, Cooking and Theater, among other fun things. "There really is no place like Whole Children. I feel so lucky to be apart of this wonderful community of students, staff, and family. Even from a distance, the students make working here feel special and exciting!"
Nick Vogt has been a Milestones and Whole Children teacher since July 2019. He is one of the Dungeon Masters for the Whole Children D&D class, and leads the Dance Movement class. Nick makes appearances helping out in a handful of other classes including Theater and Boundaries & Relationships.