Who We Are


Tim Frazier, Interim Executive Director

Tim Frazier, the recently retired Southampton Intermediate School principal and a current trustee on the Springs Board of Education, has stepped in as the Executive Director of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center. Tim has a wide variety of educational experiences, including a stint teaching in the Peace Corps, working and teaching at a childcare center in Greely, Colorado, teaching elementary school in Virginia and as an elementary assistant principal, middle school assistant principal and elementary principal before he moved to the East End. His academic background is in elementary education (B.S.) and educational administration (M.S.). Along his educational journey, he has graduate work in outdoor education and doctoral work in educational leadership. Tim has always been a strong advocate for early childhood literacy. Literacy is a key factor in developing the foundation for future success for all young children and enhancing their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development during this most critical period (K-5) of human growth.

Katy Graves, Executive Director

Katy is on medical leave as the Chief Operating Officer of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center. You can reach out to her directly at katygraves@ewecc.org

Susan Wright, Program Director

Susan joins us from a record-breaking brief retirement from Southampton School District where she was Assistant Principal for the past 14 years in the Elementary, Intermediate and High School. She brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience over many years, including her time as a Special Education Teacher in Bayside Queens, and as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University teaching courses such as Educational Interventions for Young Students with Disabilities. Susan was the recipient of the Administrator of the Year: Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2020. She will work in partnership with Tim in updating the Center curriculum and ensuring that we maintain the high-quality, research-based programming for children ages 18 months to 5 years old.

Joan Overlock
Director of Development

Joan is responsible for marketing and fundraising. As a private, not-for-profit organization, more than 50% of the annual budget is funded through donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Joan’s early background is in marketing and advertising. She is the co-founder of goodcircle.org development@ewecc.org

Claire Hopkins
Assistant to Directors


Mary Carter
Kitchen manager

Mary is the person behind two meals and two snacks daily, year round for the children of the Center. Mary has been a part of the program since 1987 when it still resided at its former location on Cedar Street. You can find her every day until 12:30 in the kitchen that bears her name.


Pre-K Teachers

Sandy McLaughlin

Sandy got her Masters of Education at Long Island University Southampton in 2002. After student teaching at Southampton Elementary Ms. Sandy was a teaching assistant at Quogue elementary from 2002-2003. She has been a lead teacher at The Center since 2003.

Jacqueline Bates

Jacqueline got her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Susquehanna University. She is certified in Early childhood Education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. Miss Bates has worked in the East Hampton School District as a substitute for three years.

3K Teachers

Marisol Guerrero

Marisol earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College. She is currently completing her Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in Early Childhood Education. She has been working at The Center since 2007.

Luisa Rauscher-Monroy

Luisa studied Modern Languages in Bogota, Colombia before moving to the United States. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Bilingual Education from SUNY Old Westbury. She has been teaching at The Center since 2013.

Toddler Teachers

Amanda Dext

Amanda holds a Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. She has been a teacher at The Center since 2016.

Rebecca Sales

Rebecca studied Deaf Education at Barton College. She holds a Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. She began working at The Center in March 2019.

Teaching Assistants

Fabiola Sandoval – room 1
Nancy Chimborazo – room 2
Maria Chavez – room 3
Melissa Anderson – room 4
Linda Bonaccorso – room 4
Yolonda Coste – room 6
Arely Castillo – room 7
Daysi Jimenez – float
Nicole Payne – float
Milly Meija

Board of Directors

Ruth Ann McSpadden
Mark Butler
Barbara Edwards
John Graham
Chris Hansen
Adrienne Kitaeff
Nancy McCaffrey (Emeritus)
Laurie Malman
Ken Quay
Eleanor Whitmore (Emeritus)
Mariah Whitmore
Fran Ziemniak

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