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Lauren Locke

Lauren is from South Portland, Maine. She earned her Associate's degree through Southern Maine Community College and is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree through the University of Maine at Farmington. Lauren is passionate about working with young children, and she brings her love of music and reading into all of the classrooms. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the JCA team because of the opportunity to make meaningful connections with the children and their families.

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Emma Kepler

Emma has lived in Maine her whole life. She started volunteering at children’s camps in the local area and discovered her passion for teaching and helping others. She recently received her Social Work degree from SMCC in hopes of guiding and supporting children everywhere. Emma is thrilled to be a part of the JCA team!

Elise Richardson

Elise Richardson

Elise comes to us from Fryeburg, Maine. She has been an active volunteer with the Special Olympics in Orono, is a licensed and experienced swim instructor and lifeguard for children and has experience providing lessons and childcare for young children at local recreational programs, summer camp facilities, and in the home setting. Elise is currently working towards her bachelor's degree at the University of Southern Maine and a master’s track to becoming a special education teacher.