Our Team

Our educators are trained professionals chosen for their dedication to young children. They respect and love working with children, helping them to grow and adjust to the various stages of their lives. Our main focus is on your child’s self-esteem, as a solid foundation for his/her development. Positive reinforcement, praise and recognition are encouraged. Developing a positive self-image that your child carries through life is an important goal for us in the Learning Tree. We believe that through caring, listening, sharing, understanding and loving, we can enhance your child’s self-esteem so that he/she may look at the world and see endless possibilities and face every new challenge with excitement and confidence. Preparing your child to succeed in school is at the core of our child care curriculum.
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Maura Dinnegan -

Owner & Founder of The Learning Tree Preschool

I am the Executive Director and Owner of The Learning Tree Preschool in West Roxbury.

I started my career in child care after graduating AMI Montessori College in Dublin, Ireland. My passion for child development, learning and teaching led me to open my own Preschool in 2000 and I haven’t looked back.

I believe that play is a child's most important work, and I strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. It is through play that children learn the most during their preschool years. I believe educators should equip all children with a love of learning and the ability to continue to learn.  If we can do this, children will continue to learn and want to learn long after they have left our classroom. We are proud of our teachers at The Learning Tree Preschool, not only do they possess a wealth of experience, but they are also incredibly committed to our school. Together with this team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.


Tina Merner

My name is Tina Merner and I am the director of The Learning Tree Preschool. 

My career and love of teaching children began very early. In high school I worked as an aide in a local preschool. There I gained a deeper motivation to pursue a career teaching young children.  I enrolled in the early childhood program at MassBay Community College. I put into practice all I had been taught gaining more experience and wisdom as the years past. Every day was filled with new challenges and much excitement as I watched my students mature both socially and intellectually. Later I had the opportunity to take over the preschool where I was working.

I ran a very fulfilling and successful school for twelve years. After taking some time off I returned to teaching. For the last eight years I have nurtured, motivated and educated my students watching them succeed and mature. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child.

If you would like more information about our program in West Roxbury, please contact me on directorwestroxbury@thelearningtrees.net