Heartworks Shelburne Staff, Building B

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.

Ashley McKinley

School Director
Ashley has been a part of Heartworks community since 2007. Prior to being named Director at Heartworks Shelburne she taught the four-year old class at Heartworks Burlington and served as a mentor teacher. Before moving to Vermont and joining the Heartworks community she taught at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT where she was born and raised. At Greenwich Country Day she coached middle and upper school field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse and taught Pre-Kindergarten. Ashley graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY with a Bachelor in Arts. She earned a CDA in 2008 and Step 1 of her Director's Credential in 2016, and in 2017 she earned her Vermont Early Childhood and Afterschool Program Director Credential Step 2. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughters. 

Joanna May

Music Teacher
Joanna has been singing and making music for most of her 47 years as a performer and teacher, and for hospice clients in our community as a singer/director with the VNA's Noyana Singers. 

Joanna studied voice at Indiana University and received a Vermont teaching license and Master's degree in Integrating the Arts into Education from St. Michael's College. She's a certified Music Together teacher and center director. Her most recent musical endeavor was a week-long workshop learning to lead Bobby McFerrin-inspired Circle Songs. She joined Heartworks in 2015.

Joanna is the mom of 2 music-loving boys (ages 11 & 13).  Joanna's best musical influences were her parents, whose love of music made for a lot of singing in the car!

Jayne Methot-Walker

Support and STEAM Art Teacher
Jayne has a degree in Art Education and a B.S. from UVM in Animal Science.  She has worked as a certified Art Educator in Vermont for over twenty years.  She lives in Grand Isle with her retired husband.  They are both active members of Lyric Theatre in Burlington, and have two daughters.  One is a senior at UVM and the oldest lives in Portland, Oregon.  Jayne’s current hobby is learning the techniques of stand up comedy.



Heather Benton

Coordinator of Professional Development, STEAM and Substitute Teacher
Heather joined the Heartworks family in 2012. She is licensed by the State of Vermont in Early Education, and is certified to teach through the third grade level. A native Vermonter, she attended the University of Vermont and earned a B.A. in psychology. Heather resides in Essex Junction and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, crafting and serving as a Deacon in her church.