Meet our Staff


Jen Montgomery-Rice, M.ED., Owner and Education Director

 Jen holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (K-9) from UMASS Lowell and a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Jen has been a store manager, licensed day care provider and classroom teacher for many years. In addition, Jen serves as a volunteer trainer for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. Jen has two adult children and one grandchild.





Jennifer Vachon, Center Director


Jen holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Machias. Jen has worked in the field of early childhood education for 12 years as a teacher and center director . She has one young child, Abby. 






Lisa Janicki, Preschool Manager



Lisa is approaching her 10th year here at Parkside. She was the Pre-K teacher for her first seven and a half years, and the last two and a half she has spent as the preschool director. She has two grown children and a grandson. 





Lynna Austin, Infant/Toddler Manager

Lynna is married with three daughters. She has taken care of children since she was thirteen, and she loves it. Lynna is always looking forward to learning and growing with Parkside children. 









Allison Rocque, Human Resources/Office Manager


Allison has worked at Parkside for 3 years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in child developement and family relations from the University of Maine at Orono. While Allison is not at Parkside, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing crafts. 






Lead Teachers

We are a full-time team including a education director, center director, preschool manager, infant/toddler manager, lead teachers, teachers and assistants.