Amy Waltz: Director/Founder
Creating a space for children and their families/caregivers to come, play and learn together has been a long held dream for Amy. She is thrilled that with the help of numerous committed individuals and the community, this dream is becoming a reality! She hopes that Imagine will offer a family friendly space where people of every age and background enjoy gathering.
Amy has been working with children most of her life, including professional work for more than 30 years. Her studies in early education and science inspired her to found Waltzing Bear: Early Arts & Science Education in 1988 to offer an intimate family child care setting with distinct advantages for children.
She has a passion for: working with children; procuring art; offering training, networking and sharing resources with educators and families; participating in all forms of art (dance, puppetry, visual arts, music, singing, storytelling etc.) and making learning a hands-on, fun time. Her enjoyment of the natural world has lead to a desire to support sustainable living choices.
Amy is delighted to have Imagine evolve amidst such a wonderful community in Cambridge and the Greater Boston area!
Jarrett Melendez: Programming & Marketing Director
Jarrett has worked as a programming developer for comic book conventions throughout the country for more than 7 years. This includes drawing and illustration workshops, voice acting demonstrations, comic creator workshops, and panels on every facet of the comic book and film industries.
He hopes to transfer this programming experience to his work at Imagine by developing fun, interactive programs for children of all ages. Jarrett also speaks fairly fluent Japanese, and hopes to garner enough interest in a Japanese Language Playgroup so he can help others develop their language skills while continuing his own education.
Jarrett is passionate about language, comics, travel and helping develop young minds.
Stephanie Paone: "Professor" of Play
Stephanie has a 30 year background in Early Education and Care, including classroom teaching and program administration. She has studied the field of Human Development extensively, and thoroughly enjoys building relationships with children, families and caregivers.
You may find Stephanie gathering children and adults for songs and games at Circle Time, or she may invite you to the kitchen area to explore Art and Sensory Play activities. Developing a love of reading is pure joy for her; please ask her to read your child's favorite stories aloud!
Sharing learning experiences through images and narrative is time well spent, and so Stephanie is often taking photos and creating displays to highlight the talents and interests of our visitors.
When not at work, Stephanie enjoys laughing with family, spending time in the woods or at the ocean, and driving.