Laurie, a professional in the field of Education for over 22 years joined the Northshire Day School Administrative Team in August 2017. Previously, Laurie was at Sunrise Family Resource Center where she served as the Early Care & Education Director and the Teen Parent Education Coordinator supporting families and children at Bennington’s Parent-Child Center. While there, she established the onsite comprehensive Teen Parent Education Program using the Learning Together Framework. Laurie’s experience also includes social work and home visiting, residential treatment care, school-age care and special education in the public school system. Laurie is dedicated to supporting teachers offering the highest quality care and learning experiences to young children. Laurie holds a B.A. in Psychology and Special Education and a M.A. in Education. She has a sincere interest in trauma-informed care, systems level change, family & child advocacy and leadership including supporting emerging leaders in the field of early childhood education. She is a 2016 graduate of the Snelling Center for Government Early Childhood Leadership Institute. She is a Level V Teacher, Step 3 Program Director and a Master Instructor through Northern Lights at CCV. She is a 2017 recipient of Let’s Grow Kids Early Childhood Action Hero Award. She is involved with many local, regional and state initiatives and sits on the VT State Early Learning and Development Committee.
Favorite Book Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
Favorite Ice Cream Coffee
Jane has been a resident of the Northshire area for over 20 years. She began her career in education back in 1988 here at the Northshire Day School, after graduating from Green Mountain College with a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science. After working the school age summer program at NDS, Jane continued her education at Castleton State College where she obtained her Masters in Education with a teaching license for early education and K-6th grade. This brought her back to NDS and she became the Director/Head Teacher for five years. Leaving NDS in 1995, Jane worked at Middletown Springs and Tinmouth Elementary schools, providing Title One reading services to children from K-6th grade. The year 2000 brought Jane back to NDS where she is currently the Curriculum Coordinator and Head Teacher. Jane is on the Bennington County Child Care Association Board of Directors. Jane is the 2018 recipient of the NDS You Make a Difference Early Educator Award. She enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her two children, Emma and Austin.
Favorite Book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle
Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate
Kelly was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Vermont in 2009. Prior to her move to Manchester, she attended Binghamton University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development. Before finding her passion in Early Education administration, Kelly worked in management in retail. In 2015, Kelly began as the Administrative Assistant at another Early Education center where she was able to expand her education in the field, develop leadership skills and broaden her experience in childcare business management. From 2018-2020, Kelly worked for Head Start as a family support worker/early education coordinator for the Northshire community. In this role, Kelly supported families, children, teachers and administration through family engagement, family goal setting, education, and school readiness support. Kelly along with her two children, Mason and Ryleigh, a dog named Sadie live in Manchester. She loves being a part of the Northshire Day School community as a family and as part of the administrative team.
Favorite Book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Favorite Ice Cream Butter Pecan
Jen comes to Northshire Day School excited to grow a strong development program. She has 10 years of experience in the admissions office at Hamden Hall Country Day School, where she also served on the Technology Committee and as Ski Club Mentor. Jen graduated from Burr and Burton Academy in 2006, earned a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University, and continues to be a lifelong learner. She holds a Professional Fundraising Certificate from Boston University. Jen enjoys forming connections with families, educators, and the local community. Jen lives with her family in Dorset.
Favorite Book Daniel Chooses to Be Kind by Rachel Kalban and Jason Fruchter
Favorite Ice Cream Cookie Dough
Tammy is married with three children. She has been cooking for the children of Northshire Day School for over 12 years. She loves introducing the children to exciting and healthy foods and making it for fun for them to try new foods. When she is not busy keeping our children and staff well-nourished, she enjoys waiting on your table at Gringo Jack’s.
Favorite Ice Cream
Saplings & Birch Pod
Billie Jean has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and has been employed at Northshire Day School for all of those years. For the past 17 years, Billie Jean has been in our Infant 1 / Sapling classroom. Billie Jean has a warm, caring personality and brings a wealth of knowledge revolving around early childhood education. Billie Jean has her CDA (Child Development Associate) and is CPR and First Aid certified. Before working at NDS, Billie Jean worked as an LNA (Licensed Nursing Assistant) for the Rutland Visiting Nurses Association and did private duty. When Billie Jean is not working and enjoying her time with infants, she enjoys spending her time outdoors, hiking, kayaking and especially camping with her boyfriend Chris. Billie Jean has a beautiful grown up daughter named Stephanie as well as 2 cats and a dog.
Favorite Book Little Blue Truck
Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough