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We are proud of our highly qualified staff. At least one teacher in each room has a degree in early childhood education or a CDA. All of our staff continually participates in seminars and training to maintain and enhance their education, as well as to fulfill state requirement for licensed centers. All staff is CPR and First Aid Certified. Each classroom has at least one full time teacher. Our infant program and toddler rooms have three teachers. The preschools have two full time teachers depending on the number of children in attendance. Occasionally substitute teachers will work with us. Most have degrees in early childhood education, related fields, or are working to obtain a degree.

Our childcare and preschool teachers develop weekly activity plans and organize child-centered and child-initiated curricula using a thematic and developmentally appropriate approach. This type of approach enhances learning by allowing children to make connections among various experiences during a school day. Our themes are integrated into many of our activities through art, dramatic play, snacks, songs, and finger play.

Preschool Four

  • Kathy Jones startedat Apple Tree in Januray of 1998. Kathy has been our Co-Head Preschool Four Teacher since she began at Apple Tree. Kathy has her bachelors degree in Education. Kathy strengths include encouraging literacy and academics through play and observations.
  • Hailey Livingstone started at Apple Tree in May of 2008. Hailey started as an Assistant Teacher in our infant program and has worked in with the toddlers, bridge, preschool three and is currently a Co-Head Teacher in our Preschool Four program. Hailey has her Associates, CDA, and has completed the Child Care Apprenticeship Program. Hailey's strengths include encouraging fun and laughter through play and exploration while keeping an organized classroom environment.

Preschool Three

  • Josie Fogg started at Apple Tree in September of 2006. Josie has a bachelors in Early Education with a concentration in Art. Josie is working on obtaining her Teaching License. Josie started at Apple Tree as a Co-Head Teacher in our Toddler One program and is currently the Co-Head Teacher in our Bridge Program. Josie helped start the Bridge Program the Summer of 2009 and has been the lead teacher since. Josie's strengths include creating a fun and creative environment as well as an engaging and educational circle time.

Bridge Program

  • Kari Austin has worked at Apple Tree in the past and has recently come back to work in the Preschool Four program as the Assistant Teacher. Kari started back at Apple Tree in July of 2014. Kari's strengths include creativity and exploration through art and exploration.

Toddler One

  • Sherrie Therrien started at Apple Tree in November of 2013. Sherrie has her CDA and is currently working towards her AA in Early Education. Sherrie started at Apple Tree as an Assistant Teacher in our Infant Program and is currently the Head Teacher in our Toddler One Program. Sherrie's strengths include creativity and creating a nurturing and welcoming
  • Amber Patten started at Apple Tree in August of 2011. Amber has her CDA and is currently working towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education through the Apprenticeship Program. Amber started at Apple Tree as an Assistant Teacher in our Infant Program and has worked in both Toddler Classrooms. Amber is currently the Assistant Teacher in our Toddler One Program. Amber's strengths include thoughtful observations and classroom and environment organization skills.

Infants

  • Lisa Tabor started at Apple Tree in November of 2006. Lisa had her CDA. Lisa started with us as an Assistant Infant Teacher and has worked in both Toddler Programs, the Preschool Three and Four Classrooms and is currently the Assistant Teacher in our Infant Program. Lisa's strengths include creating a safe, clean and nurturing environment for the Infants to learn and explore.

Directors

  • Sonja Raymond started at Apple Tree in July of 2000. Sonja has her Bachlors Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education. Sonja started as the Co-Owner and Director and is currently the Sole Owner and Director. Sonja is a huge advocate and extremely active for Early Education and is currently a mentor for many programs state wide, helping them obtain Stars or become NAEYC Accredited.
  • Nicole Walker started at Apple Tree in July of 2003. Nicole has her CDA, Apprentiship Certificate, Level One, Two and Three Directorship Credentals as well as an Associates in Early Education. Nicole started with us as an Assistant Teacher in the Infant Program and has worked as the Head Teacher in the Toddler Two Program as well as the Preschool Three Classroom. Nicole is currently the Assistant Director. Nicole's strengths include baking with children, organization as well as communication skills for both children and adults.
  • Bill Minter started at Apple Tree in May of 2004. Bill received his BA in English from Amherst College, taught TEFL in the U.S. Peace Corps, and Middle School in Princeton, Curacao and Vermont. Bill is currently the Director of all School Age Programs including After School, Summer Camp, Vacation Camps and Special Programs. Bill's strengths include outdoor adventure and creating a fun filled program for a wide range of intersts, ages, and stages of development.

Substitutes

  • Mary Ann Hights started at Apple Tree in September of 2006. Mary Ann has her bachlors in Education. Mary Ann came to us from Stowe Elementary School where she worked as the Kindergarten Teacher for 30 years. Mary Ann has worked in all of our Programs and has also been an one to one aid for a couple of children. Mary Ann's strengths include a clear understanding of each child in her care. Mary Ann can always see the positive in all situations.
  • Kristel Ay started at Apple Tree in March of 2013. Kristel is working towards an Associates in environmental science with a focus on nuclear energy. Kristel has worked for us in all of our programs. Kristel’s strengths include calmness and flexibility.

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