We at Children's Development Group are a diverse and trained team, from Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Behavioral Therapists, Special Education Teachers and classroom support staff! We are all working together with you to help your child succeed. Not only is our staff well-educated and experienced, they also have the passion and "heart" for making a difference with every child.
Everyone here is dedicated to our mission --
"TO SHAPE A CREATIVE AND FUN-FILLED LEARNING EXPERIENCE, WHERE TOLERANCE AND ACCEPTANCE ARE VALUED."
I am so proud of our staff, and how they go above and beyond every day to provide these services to the children in our classrooms and homes. Please learn about each one of us, below, all 'making the magic happen' for your children!
Margi Carter - Executive Director
Margi has worked in the field of early child development for 30 years. She has a passion for children and families that is evident in her "go above and beyond" attitude. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and School District Administrator. Although a self-proclaimed work-a-holic, Margi also enjoys hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful Adirondacks.
Regina Charron - Speech Language Pathologist
Regina is a Speech-Language Pathologist with CDG. She has a BS from Bryant University and a MS of Communication from the University of Vermont. Regina came to education through her son, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. She has worked with CDG since she was a graduate student. At that time, she fell in love with CDG, and it has been her passion ever since. Regina's personal mission is to help children and families navigate their personal education journey as she was helped.
Amy Van Gorp - Speech Language Pathologist
Amy grew up loving to care for and teach children. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders. Amy began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1999, and continues to provide therapy to children of various ages and grade levels. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, hiking, camping, gardening, painting, cooking and baking.
Kristen Hatch - Evaluating Physical Therapist
Kristen studied Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine at Russell Sage College. She lives in Westport and is an independent practicing PT who provides our physical therapy evaluations. Kristen has a private practice in Wadhams,
Val Alger - Classroom Support Staff
Tiffany Beane -Director of Special Services
Tiffany is a mom of 4. She has worked for CDG for 7 years, is a Registered Behavioral Technician, and is currently furthering her education in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Grand Canyon University.
Rachel Christiana - Speech Language Pathologist
Rachel is a Speech-Language Pathologist, a graduate of Plattsburgh State Univesity, and is a mom of 1. she has been with CDG since 2015 and is the lead teacher in our Lewis classroom since 2017.
Margi Ann Carter
Founder and Executive Director
Michelle Whitford - Special Education Teacher
Michelle has worked in the field of human services for 36+ years, including 30 years as a Certified Special Education Teacher. She has worked with students from preschool to graduating students. Michelle completed her masters in special education from The College of St. Rose. Michelle is married and has one son. She enjoys art including watercolors, beading crafts, photography and sewing. In her spare time, she also enjoys: boating (both kayak and motor), camping, gardening and spending time with her husband and two kitties, Wizard and Oz.
Thomasina Clarke - Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Thomassina is a Speech Therapist at Moriah Central School. Her love for working with children has led her to providing speech and special education services to young children with CDG. She loves living in the Adirondacks and spending time with her family and dog Charlie.
Alina Feller - Occupational Therapist Practitioner
Alina has been an Occupational Therapist Practitioner for the last 20 years. She started her career as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and returned to school to get a Master of Science in OT. Alina has primarily worked with children and their families in out-patient clinics, classrooms, and homes. She has lived in the North Country for the last 7 years and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, the outdoors, and gardening.
Jodi Drinkwine - Special Education Teacher
Jodi has her master’s in education and is a certified Special Education Teacher and Pre-K-6th Grade Regular Education Teacher. She has been teaching Special Education at Ticonderoga School District since 2001. She started working at Children’s Development Group in 2011. Her passion for Special Education started as a Senior when she did her Senior Project on special education. She enjoys gardening, being outdoors, especially Lake George with her family, friends, and animals.
Sharon Dorsett - Teacher's Assistant
Sharon is a proud mom of 3 girls. She has been a hairstylist for 28 years, a waitress for 2, and recently became a Teacher's Assistant for CDG within the last year. She looks forward to working with the children.
Joanna Knight - Classroom Support Staff
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Yvonne Bruno -
Yvonne is a mom of 2 and a grandmother of 2. She has worked with CDG since 2017. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and puzzles. Being with CDG has been such a rewarding experience for Yvonne, she enjoys working with the children and the staff.
Krystal Jaquish - Speech Language Pathologist
Krystal is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist providing services primarily to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, since 2015. She has been working with CDG for more than 12 years. Krystal is a mom of 1, and also has 2 energetic dogs. Krystal enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming, and camping. Her passion is to use play-based learning and parent training to help children and their families succeed.
Kevin Cooper - Occupational Therapist
Kevin has been an Occupational Therapist since 1986. He started working with children in college when he was an instructor for the Western New York Association for Learning Disabilities. Since then he has served in a variety of settings, but has always kept his passion for pediatrics.
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Karen Hachigian - Executive Assistant
Karen has worked in the childcare field for 25 years. She started as a Family Worker for Head Start, then was a Community Teacher in a special needs preschool classroom. She has been a lifetime resident of the Adirondacks, where she raised her 3 children, and recently is now a grandmother to a precious little granddaughter.
AnnMarie Munn - Special Education Teacher
AnneMarie is a Special Education Teacher (ages infant through age 7). She has been working in Special Education for 4 years, and has worked in Education for 15 years. She is the mom of a teenaged son, a dog, and a cat. AnnMarie loves being active outdoors, traveling, and being with friends and family.
Julie Van Der Ghinst -
Julie has her Masters Degree, with Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology. She has been in the field for over 12 years helping children from birth to 18 years old. She is passionate about helping and being a resource for the children and their families. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, hiking, walking, and swimming in the lake, and playing with their German Shepherd dogs. They are happily awaiting their first baby!
Linda Brown - Classroom Support Staff
Linda is a mom of 4, a grandmother of 5, and a great-grandmother of 5. She is a retired cosmetologist. Linda was born and raised in Reber, NY. She enjoys her family, raising chickens, gardening, dancing, and canning.
Val is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with Children's Development Group since December 2020. She an her husband live in Moriah, NY, with two fur babies Gunnar and Liesl. She attended University at Keiser University, with an AS in Occupational Therapy in 2015. The Adirondacks called her and she enjoys exploring our area and time with friends and family. She started work in the geriatric community before deciding to make a career change to pediatrics. She says: " I have fallen in love with both populations but thoroughly enjoy the kiddos I am blessed to work with."
Alexis Beyer - Teacher's Assistant
Alexis is a Teacher's Assistant in the Lewis Classroom. She is currently enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh to earn a degree in Special Education. She loves being outdoors - hiking, swimming, and traveling.
Lauren Jaquish - Classroom Support Staff
Lauren lives in Lewis with her fiance and 3 boys. She is new to the Lewis classroom and is very excited to begin this new journey with CDG. She has a passion for caring for children and animals. Lauren's favorite pastime is reading and she strives to make that a favorite for the children in the classroom.