Paige Chauncey

Assistant Teacher
Paige Chauncey graduated from Emmanuel College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Paige loves working with children and has been working at Fay since 2014. Before becoming an Assistant Teacher in the ELC, she has worked as a counselor and arts & crafts specialist at Fay Summer, an ESL teacher at Fay’s English Immersion program, and a teacher’s aide in the ELC. She is looking into continuing her studies in education. During her freetime, she loves walking her dogs Maple and Lucy, cooking, exercising and hanging out with friends and family.

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.

Matthew Graham

Teacher's Aide
Matthew Graham joins the Fay community after working as an ABA in Massachusetts. Matthew also has experience as a behavioral technician. He holds a BA in Psychology from Iona College, where he graduated in 2018.

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.

Taylor MacPherson

Assistant Teacher
Taylor MacPherson graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Taylor is currently completing her master's degree in elementary education at Northeastern University; she will graduate in December 2020. Throughout her time at Northeastern, Taylor has been given the opportunity to work at multiple schools located in and around the Boston area. She has been working at Fay School since 2014. Before joining the ELC she worked as a camp counselor at Fay Summer and has been a dorm parent in Fay's residential life program for the past two years. In her free time, she loves traveling to new places and practicing photography.

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.

Ellen Pepper

Teacher's Aide
Ellen Pepper started working at Fay in August 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/psychology from UMASS Amherst. She also holds an associate’s degree in occupational therapy. Prior to joining the Fay community, she worked in Newton in their integrated Pre-K program. She has worked in several schools in Massachusetts with children in grades Pre-K through middle school.

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.

Katie Sullivan

Teacher's Aide
Katie Sullivan was a Pre-K teacher at Immaculate Conception School for two years. She has been in the early childhood field for twenty years. She loves to see excitement in the children’s eyes when they learn something new. Katie is also the mother of two girls Kaylie and Allyson.

The Early Learning Center at Fay School