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.
Dani has worked in the education field since 2006, and is thrilled to join the Heartworks family in 2018! A native Vermonter, Dani studied Elementary Special Education at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She worked in that field until moving to Chicago, where she ventured into the world of Early Childhood Education. Dani taught a private preschool for a small group of children with severe food allergies and spent many years as an infant teacher and then a Director of an early childhood program. Dani is also a trained birth doula. Following the birth of her second child, Dani moved with her husband and two sons back to Vermont to be near family, and had the opportunity to spend time at home raising the boys. Dani enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family!
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!
Kayla received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University and has been working in educational field since 2011. Before joining Heartworks 2018, she taught in a private preschool in Addison County working with children 18 months through three years of age. Kayla especially loves being with young children and helping them learn and grow through hands on experiences and with an open heart. Outside of being with the children, she enjoys spending time with her nephew, painting and enjoying the outdoors.
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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!
Sandra has been with Heartworks since 2011. She attended the University of Arizona and moved to Vermont in 2005. Working with children has been a lifelong dream. She has mostly worked as an assistant teacher in the two year old classroom, but has also done some subbing. She enjoys seeing the children grow throughout their years at Heartworks. In her spare time Sandra enjoys movies, meditation, hiking and time with her family.
Katy graduated from Champlain College with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Before joining the Heartworks community in the summer of 2018, she worked with children ages six weeks through ten year olds, including in a childcare, preschool, Kindergarten, and Fifth Grade classroom. In her free time, Katy enjoys playing soccer, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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.
Maisy graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY with a degree in Music Education. She has been working with children from six weeks to school age starting with early childhood care in high school. She has taught everything from General Music to being a First Grade assistant teacher. Maisy is very excited to be teaching at Heartworks and to call Vermont her home. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2018, she lived in Virginia working as a music teacher for students from ages 18 months up to 18 years old. Outside the classroom Maisy enjoys playing her instruments, reading and spending time outdoors.
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!
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.