Meet the Team
We have a group of teachers that are second to none! We love educating big minds in little bodies.
Lead Pre-School Teacher, Director
After growing up in Augusta, Katie attended the University of Maine at Farmington and graduated with a degree in Psychology. During her time in college, she worked at Childcare at Sugarloaf and in private care.
After graduation, she taught environmental education and lived and worked in Montana. When she returned to Maine, she spent time nannying and working at Outdoor Adventure Camp as the lead counselor, where she “lived in the outside safely and happily ever after!”
She spent many years being mentored by Marcia White and is thrilled to now be stepping into the role of director at Western Maine Center for Children.
When she's not at WMCFC, she can be found swimming in rivers, hiking with the dog, skiing, crocheting or baking cookies (with chocolate, of course)!
Lead Infant Teacher
Denise "Neecie" Bestwick
Denise started at Sugarloaf Employee childcare in November in 1985 and has been taking care of the babies of Carrabassett Valley ever since!
In her free time Denise can be found camping in the summer with her friends and family, traveling (especially to Alaska to visit her daughter) and drinking warm tea.
Infant/Toddler Teacher, Pre-School Teacher
Alyssa grew up in North Yarmouth but spent many of her weekends and summers in Carrabassett Valley. She attended Wheaton College, MA where she majored in Environmental Science.
During the summers, she worked in childcare at the YMCA and at the Audubon supporting conservation efforts and environmental outreach.
Upon graduating, Alyssa returned to Carrabassett Valley. She currently has the pleasure of spending her time between working in the Preschool and Infant and Toddler rooms here at Western Maine Center for Children, teaching skiing at Sugarloaf, and being a camp counselor at Outdoor Adventure Camp.
Infant / Toddler Teacher
Nancy lives in Wyman with her husband. They have three children and 12 grandchildren. She enjoys outdoor activities and loves to travel. She worked at Sugarloaf Childcare for five winters after retiring from nursing. This is her first time with WMCFC! She loves to take care of your children.
A longtime resident of Scarborough and weekender since 2009, Meredith and her husband, Larry, recently moved to Wyman full time.
In her free time, Meredith enjoys spending time with her young granddaughters, Ella and Nora.
Meredith has worked more than 30 years in Radiology and 4 years in the school department. She is now enjoying her new “fun” retirement job at WMCC and is so happy to finally call these beautiful mountains home.
Director Emeritus, Mentor, Childcare Expert, Founder
Marcia grew up in Augusta Maine, and started skiing at Sugarloaf in 1959. She moved to the Valley in 1974 after graduating from University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Psychology, focusing on Children and Child
Marcia was the Sugarloaf Child Care Center Director for 38 years, Children's Services Director for 22 years , and Outdoor
Adventure Camp Director for the Town of Carrabassett Valley for 22 years.
She and a fellow passionate group of parents founded WMCFC in 2007 to meet the child care needs of the local communities.
Marcia lives with her husband Steve in Wyman Township, have two children Isaac and Sadie, a son-in-law Lee, and now two
grandbabies, Ludo and Mabel. It is an honor to continue to be involved with our local families.
Allison has been at Western Maine for almost 2 years. Her journey started here when she decided to attend Kennebec Valley Community College majoring in early childhood education and WMCFC welcomed her to complete an internship here. She just graduated in May with an Associates Degree.
Allison has always loved working with kids, watching them learn and grow through new experiences and exploration.
Business Administrator (Part-time)
Lynn grew up in Winthrop, Maine, enjoying many weekends with her family at their camp in Stratton skiing Sugarloaf and snowmobiling.
In 2018 she and her husband, Steve, bought a home in Kingfield (a little farmhouse with a big heart and happy soul) and began giving it the TLC it desperately needed.
Lynn enjoys spending time with her adult children. grandchildren, and friends and playing outdoors... hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, & snowmobiling along with many other activities.
She is semi-retired from her family funeral home in Winthrop and is very happy to have discovered and joined WMCFC in October 2020.
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