Our Educators

Saplings & Birch Pod

Billie Jean Ackert

Billie Jean Ackert

Saplings

Kelly Chhun

Kelly Chhun

Saplings

Annie Peters

Birch

Stephanie Muñoz-Wells

Stephanie Muñoz Wells

Birch

Hannah Nichols

Hannah Nichols

Saplings & Birch

Sycamore & Willow Pod

Talia Bronson

Sycamore

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Sycamore

Felicia Blanchard

Willow

Ashley Eaton

Willow

Molly Watson

Molly Watson

Sycamore &Willow

Hickory & Evergreen Pod

Lucie Daley

Lucie Daley

Hickory

Karen Harrington

Karen Harrington

Hickory

Julee Jones

Julee Jones

Evergreen

Becky Wilder

Evergreen

Cecilia Rodridguez

Evergreen

Noah Clifford

Hickory & Evergreen

Maple & Aspen Pod

Hollie Labas

Maple

Christine Turrini

Maple

Lisa Pergament

Aspen

Abbey Grant

Aspen

Maggie Rubick

Maggie Rubick

Maple & Aspen

Additional Staff

Valerie Coulter

Kitchen Assistant

Jenna Caler

Substitute

Billie Jean Ackert

Billie Jean Ackert

Saplings

backert@northshiredayschool.org

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 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 and their dog Zoo.

Favorite Book Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate

Kelly Chhun

Kelly Chhun

Saplings

kchhun@northshiredayschool.org

Kelly has been working at NDS for over 20 years. She began working in our Pre-K classroom which at that time combined with our after school program at the end of the day. For the past 17 years, Kelly has been the Head Teacher in the Infant 1 Classroom. Kelly has her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has excellent skills in nurturing children and extensive knowledge regarding the care and early education of young children. Kelly is passionate about helping infants learn and grow by exploring the world around them. Kelly enjoys skiing, snowshoeing and bowling with her husband during the winter months. In the summer months, you will find her most weekends visiting family and relaxing on the coastline of CT at her family’s beach house, hiking or camping with her dog.

Favorite Book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate Peanut Butter

Annie Peters

Birch

apeters@northshiredayschool.org

My name is Annemarie Peters I typically go by Annie. I have my CDA. I enjoy taking classes and workshops about children and the field of early education. There are  always new things to learn and explore with the children in my care. I have worked at NDS for 19 years. Prior to coming to NDS, I was a live-in nanny for four years. I am married and have two children of my own. I am passionate about working with children. I enjoy infants and young toddlers because I am able to be a part of their significant milestones. From crawling to cruising, cruising to walking. From first words to actual conversations. Children grow so quickly in the early years and I am grateful to be a part of it and contribute in some way to their development. I believe partnerships with families play a key role in quality care and I am truly thankful to have the opportunity to work with you as we watch the children grow and learn together.

Favorite Book The Three Little Kittens and the Big Bad Dog by Annie's Daughter

Favorite Ice Cream Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk

Stephanie Muñoz-Wells

Stephanie Muñoz Wells

Birch

smunozwells@northshiredayschool.org

Stephanie is originally from Southern California, and has lived in Sunderland for the last 12 years. She has 13-year-old twin girls, and several nieces and nephews that are a big part of her daily life. Stephanie has spent the last 20 years working in special education in various forms. Most recently she worked for the BRSU at the Danby/Mt. Tabor Early Education Center and the MEMS afterschool program. She double majored in special education and elementary education, with a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is CPR and First Aid certified, CPI certified, and a member of the NEA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, watching sports (especially football – go Broncos!) and spending time with her large family.

Favorite Book Any book by Todd Parr

Favorite Ice Cream S'mores

Hannah Nichols

Hannah Nichols

Saplings & Birch

hnichols@northshiredayschool.org

Hannah is an alumni of Northshire Day School. She began her employment here as a Substitute Teacher and is currently a Teacher Assistant in the Infant 1 and Infant 2 classrooms. Hannah is completing the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Class. Hannah loves interacting with the children. In her free time, she enjoys reading books.

Favorite Book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Favorite Ice Cream Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food

Talia Bronson

Sycamore

tbronson@northshiredayschool.org

Talia attended NDS from 92-97. She graduated from Long Trail in 2009 and went straight to Philadelphia's Temple University where she studied Anthropology and Spanish. After volunteering for an after school program and in search of more adventure, she moved to Taiwan in 2014 to teach English as a second language. There her love for working with Young Learners blossomed. After touring SE Asia, Talia returned to Manchester to work with her parents at Bistro Henry. Ready for different kinds of adventures with her boyfriend Brock and his daughter Bentley, she is calling Manchester home for good. When not at school, you can find her at BBA's Latz dorm where she and Brock are dorm parents, enjoying the outdoors, reading, crafting a tasty cocktail, or getting bendy in a yoga class. She is so grateful to be a part of this team and community!

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Favorite Ice Cream

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Sycamore

nnichols@northshiredayschool.org

Nicole was born and raised here in Vermont. She has been with Northshire Day School for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of Burr & Burton Seminary and continued her education at the Community College of Vermont. Nicole has her Child Development Associate Credential and her Level III Teacher Associate Certificate. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends especially her two children Hannah and Lucas who are both Northshire Day School alumni.

Favorite Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Favorite Ice Cream Coffee

Felicia Blanchard

Willow

fblanchard@northshiredayschool.org

Felicia was born and raised in Vermont. She started providing care in family’s homes when she was 15 and fell in love with children. She did an internship at Northshire Day School when I was a senior in high school and had a great time volunteering at NDS. She went to Colby Sawyer College and received her Associates in Arts. Currently she is attending Northern Vermont University to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, play with her dog, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Favorite Book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Favorite Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip

Ashley Eaton

Willow

aeaton@northshiredayschool.org

Now this is a story all about how. Ashley got into teaching and where she is now. Graduated from CCV with an associate’s degree. The mama of two daughters sweet as can be. In Manchester VT born and raised. Crafting is how Ashley spends most of her days. Getting out relaxing, temperature is cool, and reading bedtime stories is her favorite rule. When Ashley started NDS she was five years-old. Then an employee sending one of her own. Got a daughter named Willow and one named Fern. She’s our multi-classroom teacher. You’ll see her everywhere. (Music by Fresh Prince of Bel Air / Lyrics by Ashley Eaton)

Favorite Book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Favorite Ice Cream Sweet Cream

Molly Watson

Molly Watson

Sycamore & Willow

mwatson@northshiredayschool.org

Molly has been with NDS for 5 years. She began her career as a substitute teacher and then she was hired on in Preschool as a Co-teacher. In April, 2018 Molly became the lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom. In September of 2020, Molly chose to step away from her classroom duties to focus on TS Gold evaluations, ASQ training evaluations, and fulfilling scheduling requirements in the toddler wing. Molly earned her A.A. degree in early childhood education from Dean College. She then went on to pursue and complete her B.A. degree in sociology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Molly worked in a home childcare setting throughout her high school and college years. Toddlers may be Molly’s home room but she has established many relationships throughout the building as she interacts with all the children and gets to know more families. Molly is CPR and First Aid certified.

Favorite Book Baby Beluga by Raffi

Favorite Ice Cream Vienna Mocha Chunk

Lucie Daley

Lucie Daley

Hickory

ldaley@northshiredayschool.org

Lucie has lived in Vermont for the last 17 years, and can truly say Vermont is her home now. She is married and has a daughter Emma and a playful pup named Maxx. She has obtained an AA in Early Childhood Education from CCV and a BS in Early Childhood Education with licensure from Northern Vermont University. Lucie is CPR and First Aid certified. Lucie strongly believes that incorporating outdoor learning and staying connected with nature leads to a happy and well balanced child. She has taken many workshops and classes to deepen her knowledge on many areas of child development. In her free time Lucie loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, running, hiking, swimming, skiing or snowshoeing. She also loves to travel and explore new places and cultures, and enjoys reading a good book.

Favorite Book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran 

Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate

Karen Harrington

Karen Harrington

Hickory

kharrington@northshiredayschool.org

Karen has been working in childcare in the Northshire area since 2013, She started at Northshire Day School in 2015 working in the Senior Toddler classroom. She brings her love of outdoor learning to the classroom with her passion for environmental science, which she studied at Plymouth State University. Currently, Karen is enrolled in the TEACH program to achieve an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and will accomplish a Level 2 teaching assistant certification in August 2020. Karen believes play and exploration of the natural world brings children great spur of the moment learning experiences, promotes creativity, and provides a sense of wonder. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing with her family. 

Favorite Book Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip

Julee Jones

Julee Jones

Evergreen

jjones@northshiredayschool.org

Julee has worked at Northshire Day School for 17 years. For 16 years, she was a floater for all age groups. In September 2017, she moved to a Preschool position and this past summer she moved into a Teacher Assistant position in Senior Toddlers. She has completed the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Class at CCV and she wants to advance in the field of early childhood. Julee loves working with children and especially enjoys circle time and reading to children. In her spare time, Julee enjoys spending time with her daughter, Justine, going on hikes and walking her dog, Pepper.

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Favorite Ice Cream

Becky Wilder

Evergreen

bwilder@northshiredayschool.org

Becky was born and raised in Vermont. She is married and has two dogs. She has been with Northshire Day School since September 1990 and for the majority of the time has been the lead Preschool teacher. She graduated from Burr & Burton Seminary and went on to continue her education at CCV. She has obtained her Child Development Associate Credential and her Level III Teacher Associate Certificate. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. She frequently participates in professional development continuing to further her knowledge. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with family and friends. She likes having cookouts, campfires, going on scenic drives, and spending time by the water where she finds her relaxation and peace.

Favorite Book Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae 

Favorite Ice Cream Butter Pecan/Maple Walnut

Noah Clifford

Hickory & Evergreen

nclifford@northshiredayschool.org

Noah is a student pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Social Work who started working with children on a trip to South Carolina providing support to families living in poverty. He continues to be a proud ‘big brother’ to several young folks there. Noah has spent several years volunteering with the Kindergarten students at his Alma mater, Cambridge Central School. He enjoys talking cars and true crime podcasts and loves to hike or go for a run in his free time.

Favorite Book Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Favorite Ice Cream Strawberry

Cecilia Rodridguez

Evergreen

crodridguez@northshiredayschool.org

Cecilia is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Vermont in 2000. Her passion for working with children began in California where she studied Early Childhood Development at Citrus College. From there, she's worked as a teacher in child development centers in California and Vermont. She is also fluent in Spanish. She was a Spanish teacher for the Rutland County Parent - Child Center and a Substitute Spanish Teacher for Burr & Burton Academy. She

has also worked as a Spanish tutor at Castleton State College and as an English teacher in

El Salvador (Central America). In 2008, she partnered with Project El Salvador, a culture and language immersion program in El Salvador for Castleton State College students, to help raise funds for a local Salvadoran elementary school.  Most recently, she was a dorm parent at

Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. She's excited to be a part of the Manchester and Northshire Day School community.In her free time, she enjoys walking, coloring, and reading. She is happily married for 35 years and has 3 wonderful children. 

Favorite Book "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch

Favorite Ice Cream Chunky Monkey by Ben and Jerry's

Noah Clifford

Hickory & Evergreen

nclifford@northshiredayschool.org

Noah is a student pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Social Work who started working with children on a trip to South Carolina providing support to families living in poverty. He continues to be a proud ‘big brother’ to several young folks there. Noah has spent several years volunteering with the Kindergarten students at his Alma mater, Cambridge Central School. He enjoys talking cars and true crime podcasts and loves to hike or go for a run in his free time.

Favorite Book Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Favorite Ice Cream Strawberry

Karen Harrington

Karen Harrington

Hickory

kharrington@northshiredayschool.org

Karen has been working in childcare in the Northshire area since 2013, She started at Northshire Day School in 2015 working in the Senior Toddler classroom. She brings her love of outdoor learning to the classroom with her passion for environmental science, which she studied at Plymouth State University. Currently, Karen is enrolled in the TEACH program to achieve an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and will accomplish a Level 2 teaching assistant certification in August 2020. Karen believes play and exploration of the natural world brings children great spur of the moment learning experiences, promotes creativity, and provides a sense of wonder. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing with her family. 

Favorite Book Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip

Karen Harrington

Karen Harrington

Hickory

kharrington@northshiredayschool.org

Karen has been working in childcare in the Northshire area since 2013, She started at Northshire Day School in 2015 working in the Senior Toddler classroom. She brings her love of outdoor learning to the classroom with her passion for environmental science, which she studied at Plymouth State University. Currently, Karen is enrolled in the TEACH program to achieve an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and will accomplish a Level 2 teaching assistant certification in August 2020. Karen believes play and exploration of the natural world brings children great spur of the moment learning experiences, promotes creativity, and provides a sense of wonder. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing with her family. 

Favorite Book Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip

Julee Jones

Julee Jones

Evergreen

jjones@northshiredayschool.org

Julee has worked at Northshire Day School for 17 years. For 16 years, she was a floater for all age groups. In September 2017, she moved to a Preschool position and this past summer she moved into a Teacher Assistant position in Senior Toddlers. She has completed the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Class at CCV and she wants to advance in the field of early childhood. Julee loves working with children and especially enjoys circle time and reading to children. In her spare time, Julee enjoys spending time with her daughter, Justine, going on hikes and walking her dog, Pepper.

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Favorite Ice Cream

Hollie Labas

Maple

hlabas@northshiredayschool.org

Hollie is originally from Upstate New York. She has spent the last 14 years supporting her husband while he was in the U.S. Army. They settled in Vermont a year ago upon his retirement. Hollie has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She enjoys sharing in the joys and wonderment of the learning process. Hollie has worked with children in many capacities including driving a school bus and operating her own home childcare. She enjoys reading, traveling, crafting, camping, hiking and spending time with her three sons; Johnathon, Gabriel and Elias.

Favorite Book A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee? by Chris Van Dusen

Favorite Ice Cream Black Raspberry

Christine Turrini

Maple

cturrini@northshiredayschool.org

Christine is originally from Western Massachusetts and has relocated to Vermont to pursue an exciting new chapter in her life upon accepting the Preschool position at NDS. Christine graduated from UCONN in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and NaturalResources. In May 2020 she graduated with her Masters in Early Child Education fromWestfield State University. Prior to taking the preschool position at NDS she spent the last three years working as a classroom assistant for the Kindergarten and 1 st grade in the public school system of her hometown in Longmeadow, MA. Christine is an advocate of including social emotional learning and nature-based learning into the curriculum. She believes the act of learning is a journey that never stops and her biggest hope is to instill a love and need for it in her preschoolers. In her free time, you can find her outdoors in every season. She loves to hike, ski, bike, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Favorite Book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Favorite Ice Cream Raspberry Chocolate Chip

Lisa Pergament

Aspen

lpergament@northshiredayschool.org

Lisa is a Midwestern transplant loving life in these green hills of Vermont. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry. After graduating, she took a job as a chemist in a food safety lab, where she worked for the next

7 years. Upon having her first child in 2007, Lisa decided to become a stay-at-home Mom and spent the next 9 years focused on caring and providing enrichment for her 3 wonderful children. Lisa’s love for children and learning led her to re-enter the work force in early childhood education. After two years working at a local center she enrolled in an accelerated 2 year Bachelor degree program. She recently graduated from Northern Vermont University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (birth - age 5) and has attained her goal of becoming a licensed educator with the state of Vermont. She believes that her role as a teacher is as a caring guide, walking with her students on their learning journey, giving support and assurance where needed. Her teaching philosophy is based in child directed learning through play, and she is looking forward to fostering the love of learning in each child

in her care, as a foundation for future success in life. Lisa loves spending quality time with her large blended family. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, camping, snowboarding, seeing music, and caring for her small backyard farm. When not outside she enjoys crafting, reading, and puzzles.

Favorite Book Billy and Blaze; A Boy and His Horse by C.W. Anderson

Favorite Ice Cream Butter Pecan

Abbey Grant

Aspen

agrant@northshiredayschool.org

Abbey has always loved working with children, and is excited to join the NDS team! She graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in English and Psychology, with a focus on developmental psychology. After graduating, Abbey became EEC certified and worked as a Toddler 2 teacher in Massachusetts. She recently moved back to Vermont, where she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and reading.

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Favorite Ice Cream

Maggie Rubick

Maggie Rubick

Maple & Aspen

mrubick@northshiredayschool.org

Maggie is a licensed early childhood educator and advocate who is passionate about lifelong learning. Her professional interests include nature-based education, promoting healthy development through responsive caregiving, and providing high-quality early learning experiences. As an educator, her approach is child-driven and family-centered: children’s unique interests and strengths guide curriculum development and teaching practices, while reciprocal relationships with families create a connected classroom community. Outside of her work in the classroom, she engages in advocacy and leadership through work with the NDS Farm to School Committee and through other community and state-level organizations. As a graduate student, she is focusing on human development and early childhood research. Some day she hopes to make an even greater positive impact on our Early Childhood System through research, adult instruction, and advocacy. In her free time, she finds relaxation through running, reading, and caring for our school garden.

Favorite Book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Favorite Ice Cream Chocolate

Valerie Coulter

Kitchen Staff

vcoulter@northshiredayschool.org

Valerie was born and raised in Vermont and is a NDS graduate from 2001. She graduated from BBA in 2014 and moved to NYC to be professionally trained in Musical Theater. She is a licensed makeup artist, specializing in regular and SFX makeup. She is currently, continuing her education online to get her BA in English Language & Literature. Education is important to her and when she’s not studying there’s no place she rather be than helping serve food to the kids, learning something new from them everyday.

Favorite Book

Favorite Ice Cream

Jenna Caler

Substitute Educator

jcaler@northshiredayschool.org

Jenna attended NDS from 2003-2006 and even did an internship through her high school her junior year in 2015. She started working in 2017 to do a long term subbing for a coworker's family leave. She is attending CCV online and working towards her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Jenna has been working with children by either babysitting or internships through school for 10 years now. She enjoys spending time with her three dogs and weekends at her grandparents lake house.

Favorite Book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Favorite Ice Cream Vanilla with Oreos

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