Meet the RoxWes Team
Our teachers work diligently to align the standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments within and across the preschool years through 3rd grade in order to bridge the early (PK) and elementary (1st-3rd) education experiences. This supports our children in learning the skills they require to succeed in school and in life. The standards, curriculum, instruction and assessments focus on social competence and self-discipline as well as academic skills. This quality of education has an enormous impact on a child’s lifelong learning and positively contributes to their health and development with a greater readiness for success in school and in life.
Robin Levin, preschool director
Robin is a graduate of Lesley University and is Director II qualified through the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Department. Robin has over 25 years of Early Childhood Education Experience. Robin’s primary goal as Director is to ensure that every child is provided a learning environment that is rich in language, autonomy, creative expression, diversity, and social emotional wellness. Empowerment has always been her compass, to guide both staff and children to feel and be their best.
Denise Simmons, Teacher 3’s & 4’s
Denise attended Brandeis University where she studied Sociology and completed her education certification through Bunker Hill Community College, Wheelock College, and Urban College. Denise is certified by the Mass Department of Early Education and Care and has devoted 20 years to Roxbury Weston Programs. Her 3 children are Roxbury Weston alumni.
Faith Rand, head teacher 4’s & 5’s
Faith graduated from Wheelock College with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Young Children with Special Needs. She is a certified teacher by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Faith has 20 years of classroom experience, and has been involved in farm and nature based education for over 30 years. She is a Weston native and her daughter is a Roxbury Weston alumna.
Robert Jones, Substitute Teacher
Robert received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cambridge College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Roehampton University in London. Robert comes to us with over 14 years of experience working with children. Part of his experience has been reading to our children monthly. Along with continuing to be a “Special Reader”, Robert’s position will also serve as Substitute to provide support to our teaching team when needed. We are very excited to have him as an addition to our Roxbury Weston Family.
Barbara Doty, Assistant Teacher
Barbara has joined our team with over 25 years of early childhood teaching experience in both public and private programs. Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in education and has her Lead Teacher certification through the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Department. We are very excited to have Barbara as an additional support to our teaching team and children.
Kelly Kirmelewicz, head teacher 3’s & 4’s
Kelly graduated from Salem State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified teacher with the Mass Department of Early Education and Care. Kelly has been teaching at Roxbury Weston for three years and her children are Roxbury Weston alumni. She is a Weston resident and enjoys reading, and walking her dog when she isn’t busy teaching and being a mom.
Takara Klugman, teacher 4’s & 5’s
Takara is a resident of Roxbury, raised in a family of early educators. Takara has been a care-taker and teacher of young children for the past decade. Takara has her teacher certification through the Massachusetts Early Education and Care department. Takara is deeply committed to the safety and empowerment of all young children. She embraces the methodology of emergent learning as well as cultivating empathy and wonder through connections with the natural world!