Meet the Executive Director and Assistant Director

Janas Mercer
Janas Mercer: Executive Director
I am the Executive Director at Canterbury Children’s Center. I have been a part of the Canterbury Children’s Center family since 1986. Through the years I have worked in many different positions: afternoon aide, morning teacher and most recently, Assistant Director. I was born and raised in Wakefield and this is where I am raising my two daughters, Sandra and Lauren, along with my husband. I am Director II certified through the state of Massachusetts and have a degree in early Childhood Education and a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. It has been a joy and pleasure working here over the years and watching so many children grow. Welcome, if you are a new family and welcome back to those returning! I look forward to a wonderful school year.

Alicia McKennon
Alicia Carrier
I am the Assistant Director at Canterbury . I started at Canterbury Children’s Center in 1996 as an aide in the afternoon. I graduated from Wakefield High in 1999 with my Teacher’s Certificate through the Early Childhood Education Class. I briefly left Canterbury in 2002 to work at Mulberry in North Reading as a morning teacher, but returned to Canterbury in 2005 because I missed working at the school. I have been taking courses at North Shore Community College and Salem State to further my degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and learn every day as they help me grow and learn too.