Paige Chauncey

Teacher's Aide
Paige Chauncey graduated from Emmanuel College in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in history. Prior to being a teacher's aide, Paige worked at FaySummer Day Camp as a counselor and arts and crafts specialist. She also works as an ESL teacher at FaySummer's English Emmersion Program. Paige loves working with children and is interested in continuing her studies in education.

Lauren Cilley

Assistant Director of the Early Learning Center
Lauren Cilley has been working with young children for more than fifteen years. She taught Pre-K at Fay since the inception of the program for seven years before becoming the Program Coordinator for the Early Learning Center at Fay School. Previously, Lauren worked as a teacher and assistant to the director at Boston University’s Early Childhood Learning Laboratory. Lauren is passionate about early childhood education and play-based learning. She loves working with young children because of the excitement, sincerity, and innate curiosity that the children bring to school every day. Her favorite part of teaching at Fay is designing inquiry-based curricula around the children’s interests and finding creative ways to incorporate academic skill development. Lauren’s writing about teaching science to young children was featured in Marcia Edson’s book, Starting with Science. In 2015, Lauren completed a study tour of early childhood centers in Pistoia, Italy. In addition to working with Fay's youngest students, Lauren has been a dorm parent, led several clubs for Fay After School, and was a unit leader for FaySummer. She has lived in Massachusetts since 2003, but is originally from Philadelphia and remains a devoted Phillies fan.

Judith Daubney

Teacher's Aide
Judith Daubney has over 25 years of experience as a preschool lead teacher and previously taught at It’s My Turn Preschool in Upton and Milford Catholic Elementary School. She currently serves as teacher's aide in the Early Learning Center and is a substitute teacher throughout the ELC and Fay's Primary School. She is passionate about instilling a love of learning in every student, and she believes in helping each child to find his or her unique voice. She holds an associate degree in psychology from Newbury College with a concentration in early childhood development. She lives on a farm with her family in Upton, where she and her husband keep honey bees, raise chickens and guinea hens, and keep horses.

Christina Furtado

Assistant Teacher
Christina holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a camp counselor at FaySummer Day Camp since 2016, Christina has experience leading our youngest campers in daily camp activities including swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, rock wall climbing, and music. 

Mary Hupfer

Lead Teacher
Mary Hupfer has been an educator since 2001, when she graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor's degree in early childhood studies. Before joining Fay in 2017, she was employed by First Steps as a preschool teacher. She is currently pursuing a master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University in psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. Mary has a passion for teaching and working with children because they are so full of curiosity and wonder. She lives in Holliston with her husband Mike and her children Mikey and Macy.

Katie Knuppel

Director of the Early Learning Center
Katie Knuppel is Head of Primary School and Director of the Early Learning Center at Fay. She spent close to twenty years teaching in New York City independent schools, namely The Chapin School and The Buckley School, in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Before coming to Fay, Katie was the Assistant Director of Lower School at The Buckley School and is a graduate of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Emerging Leaders Institute. Katie's passion for early childhood and elementary education stems from her love of school as a child and her passion for creative, engaging curriculum. She adores the imagination and intelligence of young children, the ever-changing challenges of each school day, and the joy and laughter of students learning. She is an educational leader who believes collaboration and communication between students, families, faculty, and staff are the keys to a nurturing, dynamic educational program. She lives on the Fay campus with her family, including her husband, two children, and two dogs. Her daughter Kit attends Fay, and her son Rufus attends Groton School as a boarder.

Priscilla May

Lead Teacher
Priscilla has more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education. Prior to coming to Fay, she was a lead preschool teacher at First Steps Learning Center in Southborough. Priscilla enjoys the dynamic opportunities that teaching young children brings. As a pre-school teacher, she loves supporting each child in his or her own individual path and strives to give children the care and resources that they need for their independent growth. She is thankful to be part of the lives of young children who are so passionate and excited about the world around them.

Catherine Noke

Teacher's Aide and PM Care Co-Teacher
Catherine grew up in Galway, Ireland, and graduated from University College Galway with a bachelor's degree in sociology and political science. She has been an early childhood educator for the past eighteen years and is passionate about differentiation and empowering students by helping them develop strategies to harness their strengths and overcome challenges. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children, playing with her rescue dogs, Manny and Luna, and knitting.

Sara O'Toole

Lead Teacher
During her twenty-five years of teaching, Sara has worked as a PK3 teacher at Milford Catholic Elementary School, at Shining Star Early Childhood Center, in an inclusive public preschool setting, at her own in-home preschool, and as an assistant in the Hopkinton Public Schools. In addition to her role as a teacher, she is a mother of three children, Ben, Liam, and Riley. Sara and her family enjoy hiking trails and finding waterfalls during their free time.

Ruth Richardson

Teacher's Aide
Ruth is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College with an associate degree in early childhood education, and she is continuing her studies at Assumption College. Ruth comes from a large family, which has helped fuel her drive to work with young children and to inspire them to be creative, fun-loving, and inquisitive. Her favorite thing about teaching is asking questions and observing how children learn through play. Ruth is a self-taught artist, writer, and musician in her spare time, and she plays the violin and recorder.

Alli Rodenbush

Assistant Teacher
Allison joined Fay in 2018 as a Teacher’s Aide in the Early Learning Center and Fay After School Program Coordinator. Allison holds a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire.

Alex Sands

Assistant Teacher
Alex joined the Fay School community in 2017. Before coming to Fay, he worked with children ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school at different schools and centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Ireland. His favorite part about working with preschool children is watching them realize that they are capable and competent and can achieve anything they set their minds to! In his free time, he loves to watch and play soccer, ski, and read. He currently serves as a dorm parent in Fay's Steward Dorm and loves interacting on a daily basis with the youngest and oldest students at Fay.

The Early Learning Center at Fay School