meet tessa dearborn

Hello! My name is Tessa Dearborn and I am incredibly excited to be joining the Congregational Church of Middlebury community and the team at Red Clover Children's Center! As a native Vermonter and resident of Addison County, I understand the importance of a connected community and the amazing things a group of like-minded, caring community members can achieve.

When I learned about RCCC and its mission to contribute to early education in Middlebury and the surrounding areas, I was moved and eager to learn more. This mission connects both my professional passion and my values in giving to the greater good! I am honored and so grateful for the opportunity to join as the Director and be able to contribute to a cause and community that I believe so strongly in.

I have been in early childhood education for over a decade and understand the immensely important role it plays in the well-being of children and families. I am so excited to be part of bringing more high-quality care and education to the youngest learners in our community and to lead a team of educators who are valued and respected for the critical work that they do. In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Dan, and our daughter, Millie. We love being outside and staying busy enjoying all the wonderful things our little state has to offer! 

I look forward to building relationships within this community, and connecting with you all as RCCC continues to bloom! 

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