HCS Staff


Kristy Howell was born and raised on the East End of Long Island, NY. She is a founding member of Harbor City School. In the summer of 2013 Kristy officially joined the staff as co-Director. She obtained her B.A. in Elementary Education from Northeastern University and went on to receive her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She has worked in a variety of Boston area preschools, most notably Cambridge-Ellis School. Kristy currently resides in East Boston with her husband Ed, and her three young children, Sienna, Brennan and Halle. In her spare time she enjoys photography, hanging out on the beach with her family and being “crafty”.

Meg Stanton brings 20 years’ experience in early childhood education. She is a founding member of Harbor City School. Meg holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont and Director II certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. She has worked as a head teacher at a private preschool in San Mateo, CA and as a teacher and administrator at Bright Horizons in Boston, MA. She enjoys living in East Boston with her husband, John and 2 children, Jack and Maggie.


Molly McDermott is a 2012 graduate from the University of Vermont. She is currently in graduate school at Wheelock College, working towards a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in early literacy. Molly is a certified teacher, Birth through grade 3, in the state of Vermont, and as a Toddler/Preschool teacher in Massachusetts. Molly is currently living in Beacon Hill and enjoys spending time with her family on Cape Cod during the summer months. She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and adventuring as much as possible. Molly also loves spicy food. She is excited to start her second year at Harbor City School!

Desiree Patten has been working with children of various ages, need levels and abilities in many different settings since graduating with her first of two bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2003. She has always gravitated towards preschool aged children, and enjoys being a part of the first years of education and development. Desiree’s goal is to have a positive impact on the way our Tugboats learn, grow and view learning. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and eating, reading and spending time with my husband, daughter and pets.