Meet Our Dynamic Staff

Child Care Director, Marina Blanusa

Marina Blanusa

My name is Marina and I am the Daycare Director of Greenwood Children’s Center.  I have been in the childcare field for over 20 years.  I started my career at Greenwood Children’s Center as an infant teacher and became the Director in 2014.  I graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts; I am also EEC Director 1 and 2 qualified. My goal is to provide an environment where your children are safe in our care and are able to learn and grow at their own pace. I believe that building long lasting, trusting relationships with the children and their families is the cornerstone for success of our program. I love watching the children grow and learn each day and am always amazed at their growth and independence as they transition throughout the program. With two grown daughters of my own, I have experienced first-hand how precious these early childhood years are, and how quickly they go by and I look forward to making them memorable ones for you and your children. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, boating, traveling with my husband, and visiting my daughters.  

PreK 4 & 5 Lead Teacher, Carly Bennett

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Hi, My name is Carly!! I have been working at Greenwood for the past 20 years; I am an EEC qualified Lead Teacher and recently became Director 1 qualified! After 20 years as the Toddler Teacher, I am so excited to start a new chapter as a Pre-K 4’s & 5’s room teacher! Over the past 20 years it has been my pleasure watching the children in the community learn, play and grow, I am looking forward to welcoming back some of my old friends and meeting all of the new friends in the program! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two very busy children Andrew 10, Madelyn 5 and my husband Jeff. I am excited to welcome you all to Greenwood.

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PreK 4 & 5 Lead Teacher, Shaylee Geier

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Hi, my name is Shaylee and I am a teacher in the Pre-K 4’s & 5’s room! In addition to being an EEC qualified Lead Teacher, I also graduated from Westfield State with a BA, in Elementary Ed. This is my first year as a teacher in the Daycare Program but I have worked for Greenwood for the past 8 years as an After School Group Leader, Lifeguard, and Pool Manager in addition to a Daycare Sub for the past 3 years. I also enjoyed attending Greenwood Camp as a kid! I love working at Greenwood and I am so excited for this upcoming year and look forward to teaching the children! In my free time, I like to listen to music, hangout with friends and work as a hostess at the 99!

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PreK 3 & 4 Lead Teacher, Ashley Hassett

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Hi, my name is Ashley! I have been working at Greenwood for 11 years, I am an EEC qualified Lead Teacher and I am the preschool 3’s & 4’s room teacher! I came to Greenwood Daycare and After School Programs as a child, I love giving the children the home away from home experience and environment I had when I was a child here! I have a 1-year-old daughter and love spending time with her exploring new places on our free time! To me, being a teacher is the most rewarding experience and I love getting to see the children grow and learn each day!

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Toddler Teacher, Leah Griswold

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My name is Leah; I am an EEC qualified Teacher and am the Toddler Teacher. I have been in the childcare field since 2010. I started my career in childcare as a nanny, camp counselor and from there I transitioned into the role of daycare teacher in 2019. I love working in an environment where I can not only learn from the children, but also build a relationship with their families. I love to snowboard, do arts and crafts and relax at my lake house in the summer. I can’t wait to meet your little ones and grow with one another.

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Toddler Teacher, Shameka Drummer

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My name is Shameka. I am an EEC qualified Teacher and am the Toddler Teacher. I have been working in childcare since 2014. I am new to Greenwood Children’s Center and I am looking forward to growing within the program and building rewarding relationships with the families. I am a mom of two boys and am very family oriented. I love to travel, watch action, drama, and romance movies. I am a huge Hallmark fan! I am looking forward to working with your children and building a relationship and learning with them! 

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Infant Lead Teacher, Talia Emery

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Hi, my name is Talia! I have been working at Greenwood for 3 years. I am an EEC qualified Lead Teacher and I am the infant teacher.  Being the infant teacher is one of the most rewarding things, I love getting to see these sweet children learn so many new things every day.  On the weekends and during my free time, I have been lucky enough to spend extra time with some of my kiddos by babysitting!  I love spending time with my family and friends, or just taking a day to relax and watch movies all day! I can’t wait to meet all of you and your children and build long lasting relationships!

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