Welcome to the Somerville Early Education Department. We are a department of the Somerville Public School dedicated to supporting early educators across the city. The Director of Early Education and the Instructional Coaches are available to work with teachers both in public schools and the range of early childhood programs that serve children and families across Somerville. We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to interesting, high quality learning experiences where they can play, learn, grow, and be part of the community.
Lisa P. Kuh, Ph.D.
Lisa P. Kuh, Ph.D. has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, and researcher. She is committed to supporting teachers, children, and families in providing quality places to learn, play, and grow. Prior to working in Somerville she was a university professor, worked in a university lab school as a teacher and curriculum coordinator, and was an adjunct at several colleges and universities. She also coordinates the Somerville-Lesley Early Childhood Internship Program, an accelerated master’s residency program.
Valerie Giltinan, M.Ed. is an Instructional Coach for Early childhood. Originally from Ireland she has worked in early education for over 20 years. She earned a Master’s degree in early childhood education from Lesley University with a focus on Creative Arts. Prior to Somerville she worked in center-based programs, social services, a parent coop and public schools in the Boston Metro area and in Ireland. Valerie is committed to creating accessible and engaging spaces for children to explore and learn.
Heidi Given, MA, is an Instructional Coach for Early Childhood, who has worked in early education for over 30 years. She has worked as a mentor teacher in a variety of school settings, including: public and charter schools, Head Start , center-based programs and a university lab school. Heidi is an adjunct early childhood education lecturer at Lesley University, as well as a founder and facilitator of the Early Childhood Professional Development Consortium. Her teaching stance is rooted in inclusive, anti-bias, and culturally responsive practices, which she skillfully embeds into her rigorous and child-centered curriculum and learning environments.
Paige Mahoney, MA, is an Instructional Coach for Early Childhood, who has experience in the field as a classroom teacher and administrator. She earned a Master's degree in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University with a focus in Early Education. Most of her experience is in a center-based program building relationships with families of young children in Somerville. Paige strives to work closely with teachers to maintain safe learning environments with accessible curriculum for all young children.