Co-Founder, Site Director
With over ten years of experience as an early childhood teacher, Shela brings joy and warmth to her teaching. She builds on each child’s unique strengths and interests while creating a strong sense of community. Her nurturing guidance began in 2007 at MGH Children's Center, where she taught children ages 3 through 14. In 2011 she started as an infant, toddler, and preschool teacher at Bright Horizons; in 2015, she managed a staff of 25 teachers as Interim Director. During that time, Shela also earned her Bachelor of Science in Child Studies from Lesley University with a specialization in Children with Special Needs. For the past four years, Shela has taught children with and without disabilities at a Cambridge public school and earned her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College of Education at Boston University. Shela’s love of nature is rooted in her childhood in the countryside of Haiti, playing and learning on the farm and in the forest with her four sisters. On weekends, you can find Shela singing at church services and spending time with her husband Kesnel, two-year-old son Jaeden, and baby Kesllah.