Get to know our practitioners who work directly with students in the Boston area.
Founder & Chief Learning Officer
25+ years of direct work with children.
After 25 years of successful real world, social and emotional teaching, employing innovative methods that sparked motivation and learning during real time play with peers, Erica developed techniques to train parents and educators to replicate these successes.
Subsequently, she developed the Learning Seeds organization to combine her most effective teaching practices with innovative technology, all focused on the goal of helping all children build positive social habits. It has proven to be singularly successful in helping children expand autonomy and build authentic social connections.
Expertly researched “use now” strategies and techniques foster rapid improvements in behavior and social skills. A focus on “proximity” motivates children with “free samples” of the social world, well before they are required to “pay” for them with the tough skills of sharing, listening, and compromising.
After receiving her degree from the University of Chicago and post graduate work at Northwestern University, Erica began developing these new, unique techniques, and her extensive work as consultant and professional development speaker has benefitted public and private schools, non-profit organizations, and parent groups.
Lead, Education Team
25 years of direct work with children.
Terri has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University.
She began her love of working with children and families with special needs at Boston College Campus as an undergraduate student while pursuing her BS in Biology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. It was the students at Campus School that inspired her to pursue her Master’s Degree at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Terri provides evaluation and treatment of pre-school and school aged children with developmental delays, and fine motor/handwriting delays, sensory processing difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders. She has worked with children and families in schools, homes, hospitals and outpatient clinics. She enjoys sharing the skills gained from these settings with families while striving to help improve children’s function and participation, and also making life a little easier for families.
Instructional Coach in Early Childhood Education, Education Team
15 years of direct work with children.
Nina has a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bilingual, Nina discovered her talent for communicating through and about teaching in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Valencia after receiving her BA in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. Realizing her desire to increase her impact as an educator, she returned to University for her MA, where she supervised undergraduate student placements in ESL work, followed by her work as an Education Coordinator and Instructional Coach. Nina provides support for parents and educators of young children, focusing on connections between home and school environments, mental and physical health service access, and social emotional learning. She supports children through this lens of seeing the whole child and creating a team around them.
Early Childhood Practitioner, Education Team
10 years of direct work with children.
Hannah graduated from Cornell College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has a background in early childhood and elementary education, as well as working with children and teens in youth groups, summer camps, and volunteering both locally and abroad. A skilled caregiver for families with young children, Hannah has special interests in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, specifically psychosocial development in children with ADHD and on the autism spectrum, as well as a special interest in trauma-informed care. A humanitarian at heart, Hannah is passionate about living authentically and intentionally, teaching empathy, self-advocacy, and accountability through a lens of mindfulness and radical compassion. She feels immense gratitude to be part of the work Learning Seeds is doing; celebrating the teachable moment with the next generation.
Education Software Liaison/STEM Pretend Lead, Education Team & Operations
10 years of direct work with children.
Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2014. After working in summer camps and after school programs during high school and college, Emily was inspired to study the role of community based programming in child development while receiving her masters degree. Emily has continued to work in after school, and camp programs full time, first as an AmeriCorps volunteer and then as an after school program director for the YMCA. Emily is skilled at facilitating STEM, arts, literature and healthy living programs. She is passionate about helping children discover their passions and make meaningful connections within their communities
12 years of direct work with children.
Jamie has a Master in Primary Education: Policy and Practice from the University College London. She began her career in education in museums with her BA in Art History and New Media Technology, then trained through the New Teacher Project with DC Teaching Fellows.
Internationally experienced as an educator and researcher, Jamie has focused her career on early childhood education, social emotional learning, and bilingual education. Jamie began her work with Learning Seeds as a Social Impact Fellow, and was previously engaged in managing research data, supporting our education practitioner researchers, our students and their families, and utilization of our research data. Jamie now is in a consulting role for Learning Seeds as she returns to in-person work with children.
Marri graduated from Boston University's Sargent College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. She is an experienced Medical Assistant in the greater Boston area, as well as a skillful caregiver for families with young children. Marri is a Master's candidate in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She began her work with Learning Seeds Inc. as a Social Impact Fellow, held the role of Lead Service Coordinator before transitioning to a consulting role while in grad school. Marri brings a healthcare lens to the team, and continues to fulfill her passion of working with young children at Learning Seeds.