The original Jamaica Plain school is a fabulous space, designed and built especially for Pine Village.
We are located in St John’s Episcopal Church, in the grand neighborhood of Sumner Hill, set high atop a green grassy knoll amidst the historic and grand Victorian homes of JP. Our school boasts bright, sunny classrooms as well as a large parish hall perfect for indoor play and our annual festivities. We also have a fenced in playground on site equipped with all the goodies preschoolers LOVE.
Jannia Brunson-Perez is relatively new to Pine Village – she joined us in April 2013 – but she has been working in the early childhood field for over sixteen years. Jannia received her Bachelor’s in Educational Studies from Salem State College in 1996. Shortly after graduation, she started teaching at a childcare center in Cambridge, where she worked for ten years. She started in a toddler classroom and then worked in a preschool and Pre-K classroom. After a few years, she was promoted to center director. Before coming to Pine Village, she worked at Catholic Charities, first position in a preschool classroom where she assisted them in becoming NAYEC accredited. From there she went on to supervise childcare homes where she offered support in curriculum, maintaining EEC regulations, and a multitude of other support. Her most recent work with Catholic Charities was with children and families involved with the Department of Children and Families. In this position she offered support to both families and child care providers, and helped with community resources if and when needed.
Jannia is committed to working with young children and their families. She truly believes that providing young children with a quality early childhood experience is very important to their growth and development. A nurturing environment where teachers provide an array of learning experiences and foster the home/school connection can also make for a valuable early childhood experience. She is excited to work at Pine Village Preschool and use her skills and experience to create new and exciting opportunities for teachers and families.
Of Costa Rican and Puerto Rican decent, Jannia grew up in Chelsea, Mass. She attended school in Chelsea and high school in Wakefield. She and her husband are proud parents of three wonderful boys (ages 21, 17, and 12). She also has a beautiful 3-year-old granddaughter. On most weekends you will see Jannia and her husband attending one or two of the boy’s basketball or football games.