Staff Profiles

Karen Lamoureux. Executive Director

Karen Lamoureux joined Sophia’s Hearth as Executive Director in July. Karen brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership of services to children and families. She graduated from Boston College and New England College.  She has served as Vice President of Children’s services at Lutheran Social Services of NH and later as the Chief Executive Officer of Pace School in Pittsburgh PA.

Paula Sousa, Childcare Director

Paula Sousa, Childcare Director, rejoined the staff in fall 2020 returning the position she held from 2010-2015.  She was formerly a teacher at Calendula Gardens and the teaching director at Evergreen Garden.  Paula holds a M.S. in early childhood education from Lesley College, a M.S. in Waldorf early childhood education from Sunbridge College, a Birth to Three certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Early Childhood Teacher Education Program, and has studied the Pikler approach to early care with Anna Tardos (daughter of Emmi Pikler). She was born in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores and now lives in Keene, NH with her dear sons and dog Andre, Erik and and dog Suzette.  Outside of work, she enjoys balancing time with others and in solitude, landscape gardening, property management and rescuing neglected plants.

Michelle Brooks, Childcare Co-Director

Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Ana Maria College, a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley College and a Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate from Sunbridge College in NY. In addition, she has attended several weeks of training at Sophia’s Hearth. Before joining Sophia’s Hearth, Michelle worked at Hartsbrook School and the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene.

Mary "Bunny" Ballantine, Early Childhood Teacher

Bunny has been working with children for most of her adult life. She has taken courses at River Valley Community College and completed the Level 1 Teacher Education Program at Sophia’s Hearth. Prior to Sophia’s Hearth she worked at the Orchard School, and as an assistant at the Monadnock Waldorf School.

Laura Beatty, Early Childhood Teacher

Laura joined Sophia's Hearth in January 2017 and has filled in as a teacher in numerous classrooms. Most recently, she has joined the preschool classroom as a full-time teacher.

Isis Bennett, Early Childhood Teacher

Isis joined the staff in June 2020 and is a teacher in the preschool classroom.

Kim Chasse, Childcare Teacher

Andrea Farnsworth, Early Childhood Teacher

Andrea is a graduate from Keene State College and has been working with children for the past 13 years. She has been a lead infant teacher here in Keene and most recently worked at a local elementary school supporting children in the classroom. Andrea completed Sophia's Hearth Birth to Three Specialization in July 2018.

Margaret Foxweldon, Early Childhood Teacher

Margaret grew up in Buffalo, NY, went to college at Kent State University, and taught elementary school in Watertown, NY. She earned her MA in Reading Education from Syracuse University and has taught reading from elementary to high school level and even started a reading tutoring business.

For several years Margaret planned many Craft Fairs, events, and conferences for Monadnock
Waldorf School as well as teaching teaching handwork and subbing. She is happy supporting the work at Sophia’s Hearth, spending time preparing healthy meals and snacks, and being with the children.

Sofia Likhter, Childcare teacher

Susan White, Early Childhood Teacher

Susan has worked in education and administration for over 40 years. After co-creating and co-leading a Waldorf-inspired, early childhood home-school cooperative, she joined the faculty of the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA. She taught in both early childhood (Nursery and Parent & Child) and the grades programs. Following this, Susan was the school’s administrator for many years until a recent move to New Hampshire.  In March 2016 she attended the Pikler Institutes training in Florida. Susan completed Sophia's Hearth Birth to Seven certificate in July 2019. She and her husband Guy reside in Wilton. 

Cynthia Cote, Business Manager

Cynthia holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bentley University and a master’s degree in business administration from Plymouth State University. She has over 20 years experience in non-profit work including finance and management, budgeting, fundraising data management, project planning, and data analysis.

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