Heartworks Shelburne Building C
The teaching faculty at the Heartworks, Renaissance, and Endeavour Schools have earned a certification in early or elementary education and/or have comparable educational training and experience. Throughout the year, teachers and directors participate in professional development programs, both on and off-site, aimed at expanding and improving their teaching skills and enhancing the mission of our Schools. We are dedicated to providing a program based on quality and consistency in all of the schools. All of our faculty and staff are asked to embrace a heartful and peaceful approach with children and to uphold the philosophies of the school.
Leiann has been a part of the Heartworks Preschools since moving to Vermont in 2004. She joined the school as an assistant in the two year old classroom in Shelburne and has enjoyed teaching all of the children from age three to Pre-K. Her first love has always been working with infants and toddlers and was able to realize this dream when Heartworks opened a second preschool in Shelburne that serves those younger children. Leiann graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development and holds an Early Childhood Professional Educator’s license in Vermont. She lives in Colchester with her son, Lucas, and enjoys reading, painting and exploring all the wonders that Vermont has to offer with her son.
Meg graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in Child Development. Before joining Heartworks in 2014, she had worked with children for many years, through mentoring, babysitting, nannying, family centers, and after school programs. Outside of school Meg enjoys painting, skiing, and hiking with her dog.
Kaylie grew up in Chittenden County and has lived in Vermont her entire life. She graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has had various roles in the past three years in a variety of school settings including alternative and public schools working with all ages of student. In her spare time Kaylie enjoys camping, playing with her dog, Birkenstock, DIY projects and being outside.
Marina graduated from Milton High School in 2012. Before starting at Heartworks in 2014, she had been working with children from 6 months to 8 years old. She assisted with the daily care of children at a home childcare center and was also a personal care assistant for a young boy with medical needs. Marina enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and playing various sports.
Anne graduated from Saint Lawrence University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a secondary focus in Sociology. Prior to joining us in 2014, Anne had been working with young children through different mediums since 2007; serving as a teacher, a soccer coach, a gymnastics coach, and a mentor. Anne is currently in the process of attaining her Early Childhood Education teaching license through the peer review process. When she not in the classroom, Anne enjoys spending time on a soccer field, playing with her two dogs, or dancing and cartwheeling around the house and yard!
Jacey has lived in Vermont for over a decade and grew up as the eldest of seven children. As a big sister, being around children has always been a major part of her life. She has worked with children of many different ages in varying settings across Chittenden County, including five years at a private school working with Grades Pre-k through 8th. She is a firm believer in helping nurture a child's natural creativity and curiosity. In college she focused on the importance and benefits of integrating the arts into a child's education. When she is not working with children, Jacey enjoys all things creative. She dabbles in photography, graphic design, painting, jewelry making, and more. She also helps out the Lyric Theatre Company backstage building sets for their various productions. Jacey has been a part of the Heartworks community since 2015.
Before starting at Heartworks in 2016, Liz had been working with children since 1997, serving as a teacher, a sports coach, an after school coordinator and a mentor. She graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and earned her Master's Degree in Literacy.
Liz moved to Burlington two years ago and loves exploring Vermont. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, biking and traveling.
Amanda graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Sociology. She had been working with children of various ages, primarily as a camp counselor, teaching everything from arts and crafts to sports before joining Heartworks in 2015. She hopes to one day become a certified school counselor. Outside the classroom Amanda enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her cat, Tabby!
Nikki graduated from Milton High School in 2008 and is currently taking classes at Community College of Vermont related to Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the Heartworks community in 2014, Nikki assisted in a preschool classroom in the morning and taught in the afternoon. She has been working with children in varied settings since 2006. Outside of school she enjoys reading and spending as much time as possible outside with her two children. A fun fact about Nikki, she is a certified phlebotomist!
Before joining us in 2016, Cara graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. During her time at Champlain College she worked in a variety of different classrooms as a student intern all around Chittenden County, and even abroad in Dublin, Ireland! She realized her passion for teaching while mentoring elementary students during her high school years. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Vermont for college and, after falling in love with all of the beauty Vermont has to offer, has been living here since. She enjoys hiking, yoga, art, and music. She is a big fan of nature and creative expression. She loves to bring her passions into the classroom, as well as explore the student’s interests to create and active learning environment of exploration and discovery.
Lizzy has over 30 years of teaching experience both in the public and private sectors. She holds Elementary Education Licenses in Massachusetts and Vermont. The span of her teaching career has included working with young children from infancy all the way up through second graders. In 2012, Lizzy received the Southeast Supervisory Union’s Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, reading and spending lots of time with her precious granddaughter, Ella.
Suzanne J. Howard
Suzanne has over 20 years of experience in the private financial sector and over 22 years in the Admissions office of Greenwich Country Day School retiring in June 2015 as Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid. Suzanne holds an undergraduate degree from Miami School of Fashion and earned numerous financial licenses while working in the private sector. Suzanne moved to Vermont from Connecticut in spring of 2015 and enjoys traveling, needlepoint and spending time with her grandchildren.