Martina Albright | Director
I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Harvard College and my Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University. I am EEC Director II certified. After many years as a consulting psychologist to Apple Orchard, I assumed the Director role in 2015. Before joining Apple Orchard full time, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in child psychiatry. I began to shift my focus to early education and how to build foundational skills at this early age as a key way to foster healthy, happy lives. All three of my children attended Apple Orchard so I know the school as a parent, as well as an administrator. The natural environment and play are the best educational backdrop for skill development in early educational experiences. I live with my husband and three children and enjoy playing ice hockey, tennis, skiing and making raspberry jam with my family.
Diana (Dee) Bunstein | Business Director
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Young Children with Special Needs from Fitchburg State College. I also have a Masters in Early Intervention from Wheelock College. Before joining Apple Orchard in 2002, I spent 12 years directing child daycare programs. I wear several hats at Apple Orchard. I am an administrative assistant, Early Education & Care (EEC) Licensing Coordinator, and have been a Class III Teaching Assistant. I wake up each day looking forward to going to work. I live with my husband, two boys, both Apple Orchard alums, and our rescue dogs. We spend time with extended family, exploring outdoors, walking, swimming, and hiking. One of our favorite family places to visit is Martha’s Vineyard.
Sherry Landry | Classroom Director
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education from Tufts University. I began as a Sandwich Club teacher in 1984, and then in 1986 became a Class I Lead Teacher. In 2006, I assumed my current role as Classroom Director and have oversight over all age levels as well as Sandwich Club. I feel like Apple Orchard is a second home; it is a magical place and it is a joy to expose children to nature in such a unique environment. I feel a deep responsibility to provide the best possible educational foundation for all the students. Both of my children attended Apple Orchard and return as often as they can. I live with my husband and enjoy taking long walks with my dog, knitting, and sewing.
Diana Walcott | Admissions and Development Director
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Denison University and an EEC Teacher Certification. Upon graduating from college, I knew I wanted to work with children so I began working at The Park School, both as an intern in the Pre-Kindergarten, as well as in Admissions. In 1993, I was hired at Apple Orchard to assist in Class I and to lead Sandwich Club. I always wanted to work in admissions and development and in 1994 the opportunity arose. In my free time I love reading, watching movies, and walking on the beach.
Pre-Class I Teachers (2.9-year-olds)
Laurie DePinho | Lead Teacher
I am Director II Certified as well as Lead Teacher Certified for 0-8 years of age. At Apple Orchard since 1989, I was part of the original team that designed a program for our youngest students in Pre-Class I (2.9-3.5 years). I am a natural nurturer of children and their parents as they embark on this earliest stage of learning in a school setting. I work especially well with this age group because I am intuitive to their needs and believe my extensive experience has provided me with unparalleled expertise in these early developmental years. I love mud, worms and every sensory experience that the farm offers. When not at Apple Orchard, I enjoy time with my family in New Hampshire.
Dylan Lane | Assistant Teacher
I have a Bachelors Degree from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and am Early Education & Care (EEC) Teacher certified. I began at Apple Orchard in 2014 as the Assistant Teacher in Pre-Class I. I love working with young children and appreciate the opportunity to grow and learn along with them. It’s important to me that I make a difference and I believe I’m able to do that at Apple Orchard.
Class I Teachers (3-year-olds)
Heather Cedrone | Lead Teacher
I graduated from Lesley University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in Reading. I also have a Masters in Eduction in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley. I began teaching at Apple Orchard in 2000. I am an energetic teacher and I love working with children. I have two children of my own who have both experienced the wonder and joys of Apple Orchard. I enjoy exploring nature with my family, baking, hiking, campfires, walking beaches, and eating dark chocolate.
Ryan Bondell | Assistant Teacher
Born and raised in New York City, I moved to Boston after completing my undergraduate work in Psychology at Skidmore College. In addition to Psychology, I studied Sociology for which I earned admission into the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society for distinguished work. My study of groups and individuals has amalgamated in a nuanced understanding of people, and working with children has been a passionate way of applying what I’ve learned. Before joining Apple Orchard, I spent a season with the Urban Park Rangers of New York, whose primary mission is to reintroduce nature into the lives of urban dwellers. It was a wonderful and unique opportunity to show kids how to safely and appropriately enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Michelle Cusick | Lead Teacher
I graduated from Lesley University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I have been working at Apple Orchard since 2000 and am excited to teach children about the environment and nature. I love taking the children on adventures with our two goats and exploring the changing seasons on the farm. I have two dogs that I love to take on long hikes.
Noreen Casimir | Assistant Teacher
I have taught all age levels at Apple Orchard since 2004. I was born in Dominica, moved to Canada, then England, and finally to the United States in 1996. I have three grown children and take any opportunity to get home to my extended family in Canada and Dominica. My favorite pastime is walking, so being outside at Apple Orchard much of the time is perfect for me.
John Farrington | Lead Teacher
I graduated from UMass Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I have been teaching at Apple Orchard since 1994. I love playing music with the children and I also play guitar and sing with my band, The Porter Squares. I enjoy photography, traveling, collecting musical instruments, and going for walks with my dog.
Linny Polo | Assistant Teacher
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bridgewater State University and joined Apple Orchard School in 2015. Before Apple Orchard I was a child care worker in a residential program and an Intensive Special Education Aide in the Brookline Public Schools for seven years. I am excited to be part of the Apple Orchard team. I spend as much time as I can with my nieces and nephews, love studying about butterflies, and enjoy arts and crafts projects.
Class II Teachers (4-year-olds)
Jeremy Aron | Lead Teacher
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Studies with a minor in Coaching from Plymouth State University. I also have a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. I started at Apple Orchard in 2000 as an Assistant Teacher. I left to complete my masters degree and returned as a Lead Teacher in 2007. I am passionate about all the animals on the farm, nature, sports, and teaching the children about all of these. Both at Apple Orchard and in the greater community, I run a program called Sportsjam that teaches young children about sports. I have over 20 years of experience coaching soccer, basketball, tennis, and baseball with students ranging from age three to Division 3 men’s college soccer. I enjoy hiking with my dog, playing basketball, and attempting to play golf!
Hayley Driscoll | Assistant Teacher
I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Expressive Arts at Lesley University. I am a graduate of Apple Orchard and began teaching as an assistant in 2012. I would like to stay at Apple Orchard for life! Working with children allows me to see the world clearly and given the rush and complexity of the world today, I believe this is a tremendous gift. I enjoy finding new and creative ways to make “beautiful messes” in the kitchen through cooking or art.
Laurie Goldsmith | Lead Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and hold a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College as well as a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock. I’ve worked at Apple Orchard since 1993. I have a passion for young children and the outdoors, and Apple Orchard satisfies both those interests. In addition to being a Lead Teacher in Class II, I teach music for Class II and Spanish in Sandwich Club. In my free time, you can find me rehearsing and performing with one of my three bands. I spend as much time as I can in Vermont hiking or relaxing by the fire with a good book.
Sabrina Mott | Co-Lead Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science from Wheelock College. I have worked with children of all ages in early childhood settings for more than twenty years. After graduating, I moved to California and had the opportunity to work and live in some pretty amazing places. I raised my three children in California and decided to come home to the Boston area in 2009. I love working at Apple Orchard. It is such a unique place in which children can develop their skills through their experiences on the farm and in nature. Whenever I can, I enjoy time with my family and, in my spare time, I enjoy singing, music, reading, cooking, and, whenever possible, traveling.
Kindergarten Teachers (5-6 year-olds)
Marilyn Walsh | Lead Teacher
I graduated from Emmanuel College and have a Masters in Education from University of Massachusetts. I taught for 30 years in the Boston Public Schools before joining Apple Orchard in 2008. I’ve always loved teaching and determining the best ways to reach young learners and getting to know a child’s particular personality traits. At Apple Orchard, I enjoy teaching through play. I believe there is almost nothing that adults hope, fear, worry about, do, or think about, that isn’t experienced, practiced, learned, or considered during children’s play. Apple Orchard is the ideal spot to introduce children to a lifetime of learning. I live with my husband and I have four grown sons and one grown daughter.
Kristina DeMichael| Assistant Teacher
After completing my Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Tampa, I moved to New York City. In NYC, I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education. While pursuing my graduate degree, I taught Pre-K at Bank Street’s School for Children. I am delighted to be a part of Apple Orchard—a community that fulfills all of my desires as an early childhood educator. I am passionate about supporting the whole child—social, emotional, intellectual, and physical. There is no better way to educate children than through play and open-ended interactions within their environment. Growing up on a dairy farm in Florida, I love spending time with animals and being outdoors, especially at the beach. However, I have grown to love sledding and building snowmen as well!
Grayson Kasdon | Teacher Floater
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. I started teaching at Apple Orchard upon graduation in 1995, I left briefly to care for my own children, and was welcomed back to teach in Class III several years later. I live with my husband and two daughters. We spend time with our dogs, playing outdoors, dancing, singing, exploring beaches, hiking, and running.
Caitlin Stahl-Hodgkins | Teacher Floater
Growing up in Maine, I have spent lots of time hiking, biking, camping, and running with friends and family. I love being outdoors! I recently graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I hold a Massachusetts license for teaching children preschool through second grade with and without disabilities and have an SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) Endorsement. I am incredibly passionate about working with young children and am dedicated to their growth, development, and happiness. I am enthused to learn from and work alongside the teachers at Apple Orchard as they support children in a truly one-of-a-kind learning environment.