Meet Our New RE Director!

First Parish is pleased to announce that Michelle Cote has been appointed to the position of Director of Religious Education. Prior to becoming Director of Religious Exploration at First Parish of Sudbury, Michelle served for 14 years as Director of Religious Education at First Parish of Stow & Acton and taught at the elementary level, both as a literacy specialist and special educator. In addition, she has worked as a life coach and advocate for adults with developmental and cognitive challenges.  

Cote believes that all children and youth should be seen, heard, and valued. One of her favorite quotes is Marcus Samuelson’s African saying:  “I want to believe that I am here to teach one, and more than that there is one here who is meant to teach me. And if we each one, teach one, we will make a difference.”

She is eager to begin the year and create a vibrant, active, welcoming Religious Education Program that makes a difference in the lives of children and families.

The Religious Exploration Program at First Parish is an exploratory process that offers many programs for children and teens. It focuses on teaching young people how to make moral and ethical life decisions in an accepting environment without fear or judgment.