Creative Beginnings Childcare Center

245 Gorham Road Scarborough, ME 04074

(207) 883-0881 

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Meet Our Staff

Kate Fusselman/Assistant Director

Grew up in Freeport, Maine and Graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts in May of 2007. She started her teaching career as a first-grade teacher for the Bonney Eagle School District for 4  years. She started on our team back in November of 2014 with a positive attitude that has stuck with her since the start. Kate started her journey with us in our toddler classroom as the lead teacher. She then looped with her group of toddlers through 4 years of there development! She just said goodbye to her group of soon to be kindergartners, a bittersweet moment for sure! She
is a hard-working, energetic, passionate teacher how thrives off challenges, big and small. We are excited to say that Kate has been promoted to Assistant Director, where she will get to oversee all classrooms! We are looking forward to many more years with Miss Kate :)

Kate Fusselman

Vanessa Bryand/Lead Preschool Teacher

Grew up in Chicago, IL and moved to New York in 2010 to attend college. Vanessa started out earning her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Childhood Education from Dutchess Community College in New York. She then went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Childhood Education birth-6 with a concentration in Spanish from State University of New York at New Paltz. Vanessa traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador to volunteer in an Orphanage for a month while in college and is fluent in Spanish! She worked at a Bi-lingual school in their Toddler and Preschool classrooms! Vanessa is the most positive, motivating and upbeat teacher! She is patient, kind, supportive, understanding and loving to all the children, parents and her fellow teachers. We are so very lucky to have her spirit be a part of our Creative Beginnings Family and look forward to many more years to come.

Vanessa Bryand/Lead Teacher

Brianna George/PreschoolTeacher

Grew up in Fremont, NH, and earned her Bachelors of Arts in English: Writing from Keene State College in Keene, NH, in 2017! Brianna moved to Maine in September, bought a house with her boyfriend and started working here at Creative Beginnings! We feel blessed that she joined our family when she did! She came into our program like a breath of fresh air willing to learn and put her teaching skills to good use! She is a hardworking, compassionate, and patient teacher. All great qualities for working with 2-3 year-old children! Brianna and Vanessa make a wonderful team and plan to move with the Wee-Preschool kiddos when they move up to the preschool room in the fall! We look forward to having Brianna as a part of our family for many years to come.


Infant Room Teachers

Nicole Frost/Infant Teacher

Grew up in Buxton, Maine and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in 2008. She spent 2 years of High School in an Early Childhood Program through the Vocational School in Westbrook. Nicole was hired to join our team as an afternoon part-time floater back in September of 2008 and has been with us ever since! Her little guy, Logan is in Kindergarten and Little Miss Baylee is in our Wee Preschool Classroom! Not only does Nicole’s work with young children come naturally, she has an ease about her that is so warm and comforting. Nicole has worked in every room we offer and shines no matter what we throw her way! She is optimistic, enthusiastic, and always in a good mood! We are lucky to have shared coming up on 10 wonderful years with Nicole and her family and we look forward to many more!

Nicole Frost

Ashley Brown/Infant Teacher

Grew up in Standish, Maine and graduated from Brunswick High School in 2005. Ashley received her Certification as a Behavior Health Professional and has taken courses in Early Childhood Education over the years. She has two beautiful daughters and Snowflake the Duck!! Yes, Ashley is the famous duck mom! Ashley’s love for children extends to her generosity and giving heart through being a Foster Parent for the State of Maine. Ashley and her husband Mike open their house to children in our state in need! She is beyond caring, sensitive and dedicated to giving the children in the Infant room the most love and support she can give them! We are beyond thrilled to have her as a part of the Creative Beginnings family!


Manuela Dos Pasos/Infant Teacher

Grew up in Falmouth/Cumberland and graduated from Greely High school in 1989. She became a
momma for the first time in 1996 and has 4 Beautiful children! She has a small Photography
business called Manuela Dos Pasos Photography! You can find her and check our her work on her
facebook page! She is incredible  Over the years she has worked caring for the elderly and also
in a few children canters! Manuela has been a part of our team for going on 4 years now!
She is the most loving, caring, supportive, strong and sensitive teacher! Manuela comes to work each day ready for anything and always has a smile on her face. We are lucky to have Manuela as a teacher in our Infant Room  and look forward to many more years with her as a part of the Creative Beginnings family!!


Wee Preschool Room Teachers

Alicia McBrady/Lead Wee Preschool Teacher

Grew up right here in Scarborough, Maine, and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education with k-3 certification in May of 2007. Alicia became part of our Creative Beginnings family back in August of 2007. She is a very hard working, organized, loving and amazingly creative teacher in our program. Alicia has a natural love for children and we are proud of the impact she has made on all the families past and present. Alicia has a daughter, Haylee Rose, in the 1st grade and her little guy, Spencer, is in the 3- year-old group with Miss Anne and Molly! We are very lucky to have had Alicia as a part of our family for 11 years now and look forward to many more.


Gretchen Kamszik/Wee Preschool Teacher

Grew up in South Portland, Maine, and graduated from South Portland High School in 1992. She has worked for us now since June 2009 and has brought so much warmth and joy into the classrooms. She has worked in all the rooms over the years and has grown in each room. She is the first teacher to start a dance party or sing a silly song to bring the group together! Her bubbly personality and the ability to make the children feel safe loved and comfortable are just some of the things we love most about Gretchen. She comes to work ready for whatever the day may throw her way and we are thankful she has been a part of our family for almost 10 years!


Megan Collins/Infant Teacher

Grew up in Farmington, Maine, and graduated from Hussen College with a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2012. Megan has some great experience working with children through being a personal Nanny for a family in North Dakota as well as experience in a center-based childcare. She has an upbeat and happy attitude and we are excited to see what she will bring to our family! Her son Finnian is in our Wee Preschool classroom! We are excited to get to know Megan and Finnian and happily welcome them to our family!


Pre-K Room Teachers

Molly Mooney/Pre-K Teacher

Grew up in Grey New Gloucester, Maine and graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Relations. We hired Molly to join our team at the beginnings of January 2016! Molly started with the young 2-year-olds in the preschool classroom back in 2016. She has remained with the same group of children throughout her 3 years here at Creative Beginnings and will continue on with them for their last year in our pre-k program! Anne and Molly have been together for 2 years now and are a power team for sure! You can tell Molly has a passion for working with young children through her creative and fun teaching style. We are super lucky to have her as a part of our Creative Beginnings family!

Molly Mooney

Anne Shepard/Pre-K Teacher

Grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Medway High School, Medway MA in 2003. She went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature, minor in Teaching Education from Wellesley College in 2007. From fall 2005-Spring 2006 she studied abroad in Cork City Ireland at the University College Cork. In the fall of 2008 until the spring of 2016, Anne was hired as a first grade teacher at Calvin Coolidge Elementary in Shrewsbury MA. While teaching the first-grade Anne received her Masters in Education literacy curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University! Anne and her Fiancée Jeff made the move to Maine in the Summer of 2016 and she has been with us ever since! We feel extremely fortunate to have such an amazing teacher on our team! She brings laughter, love and years and years of experience in the education field. Her passion shows in her day to day work and love for children! We hope to spend many more years with Miss Anne at Creative Beginnings :)

Anne Shepard

Room Playroom
Play Mat Kids
Setting Setting
Cribs Room
Exit Image Kitchen
Toddler room Toddler Setting
Work Room Desk Area