Peanuts Daycare

A leader in quality child care

Meet Our Staff


Linda and Fred Bachteler

Linda Bachteler-

Owner/Infant Teacher

Not only does she own the business, along with her husband Fred, but she is also the Infant Teacher. Together they raised a family of four children right here in Southampton and now have two grandchildren. She has attended both STCC &  Elms and really enjoys  working with young children. Her goal as a teacher and owner is to make this a great experience for all children and their families. 

Nicole Pagliaro -


Has been working at Peanuts since she was in High School. She first started as a Teacher's Aid in the Toddler classroom. She has since obtained her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bay Path University and most recently has become EEC Director I & II certified. She also has two children of her own.

Jennifer Lundrigan -

Infant Teacher

She returned to Peanuts in 2013 after working in the banking field for 10 years. She is Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher certified and is currently a teacher in the Infant room. Jenn also has four children of her own.

Mercedes Boutiette-

Infant Assistant

Has recently joined our team. She is working along-side Jenn as her assistant teacher in the infant classroom. Mercedes is currently attending Holyoke Community College to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education.


Mary Belcamino- 

 Joined us in 2013 after having been a stay at home mom to her four children. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Westfield State and ECE coursework through STCC. She is Infant/Toddler Lead teacher certified and works in our infant/toddler classroom.  

Becca Pederzani-

Teacher Infant Room:

Becca has joined us as our third Infant teacher. Becca worked in the early childhood field before having children of her own. She worked as a pharmacy technician for a while before coming back to the field. She has two daughters of her own who also attend the center.


Emily Laroche

Preschool Teacher:

 Emily is our new preschool teacher who works alongside her co-teacher, James. She previously worked at Big Y and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is excited to do many exciting activities with the children and help them learn while having lots of fun!

 Erica Levesque-

 Erica has been with us for many years. She took some time off for a while and has recently returned. Erica is working alongside Elissa in her toddler/preschool classroom in the mornings and also helps us with covering breaks.


Elissa Perrier-  

Toddler/Preschool Teacher

Elissa is a Teacher in our Toddler/Preschool classroom. She has recently returned to us after several years working for a family member's home daycare center. We have known Elissa since she started with us years ago, while in high school. We love her silliness and enthusiasm and are so excited to have her back!

Kayla Moore- 

Kayla is a Teacher in the Toddler-Preschool classroom with Emily K. She has been with us since she was in high school. Kayla is currently pursuing a degree in Early Education at Bay Path University and has two sons of her own.  

Emily Kiefer- 

Emily is working as an assistant teacher alongside Kayla in our toddler-preschool classroom. She has previously worked with children and at the YMCA and various Camps. Emily is pursuing a degree in Early Ed. 


Mindy Talbot-

Mindy is also a Teacher in our toddler classroom with Cassie.  She joined us in September of 2016 and has many years of experience in the childcare field. She also has two sons of her own.


Megan Morrisette -

 Megan is working as an assistant teacher alongside Elissa in toddler-preschool in addition to the infant classroom in the afternoon. She is currently attending HCC.


Bridgette Sullivan- 

 Bridgette is has recently joined us as our morning teacher in the preschool classroom as well as covering our breaks. Bridgette has taken many education courses and has a Master's Degree in communication. She is pursuing a full degree in Education now. Bridgette also has a young son of her own. 


 Emily Cabana-

Toddler Assistant 

She works as an afternoon assistant teacher in our toddler and toddler preschool classrooms. Emily currently attends Easthampton High School.

Cassie Crouch- 

She is an assistant teacher in our toddler classroom working alongside Mindy. 

James Lundrigan- 

He is an assistant teacher in our Preschool classroom working alongside Emily L. 

Aleah Sutter- 

She has just joined us as an assistant teacher in our toddler and toddler-preschool classrooms. Aleah currently attends Smith Vocational High School.