Heartworks Stowe Staff
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.
Carrie has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and also attended Montana State University originally in their Architecture Program. She has been a School Director for three years prior to joining Heartworks in 2018 covering ages six weeks through 12 year olds. Carrie has experience working with preschool age children including at a Montessori School teaching in a multi-age preschool classroom that also integrated students with special needs from Grades Kindergarten through Third Grade. She also ran her own early education program for four years.
Her passion for education and working with young children is evident. She was invited to speak on an international Early Childhood Education Podcast; she created a student-led, small farm-focused entrepreneurial program to teach core areas of development; she founded a children’s reading program at Montana State University, she has been a Gymnastics Instructor, as well as serving as a Board Member on a local NAEYC affiliate school. In addition, she has been a child mentor in a program that was a Thousand Points of Light recipient, a Presidential recognition award; volunteered as a tutor at an at-risk Elementary School; and was a camp counselor for a couple of years working with campers in 5th through 12th grade.
She enjoys traveling and grew up in Texas. She also has lived in Italy, Montana, Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma. Montana is where she lived most of her adult life and where she truly called home before arriving in Vermont; Vermont reminds her of Montana in all the best ways; she felt instantly at home in Stowe. In her spare time she enjoys swimming and biking with her family. She also loves to swing dance. One of her favorite pleasures in life is to read literature, by female Southern writers, late into the evening.
Megan has been an early educator since 2004. She has worked with children ages ranging from birth to 10. Megan has an Early Childhood Specialist Certificate and is currently working to complete her degree at CCV. Prior to joining the Heartworks team in 2016, Megan worked in both the early childhood setting for a few years and was a private Nanny for three boys. Megan enjoys creating art, exploring nature, and spending time with her two year old son. She is excited to be a part of the Heartworks team!
Britta moved to Vermont in 2012 and joined Heartworks in 2015. She started teaching in 2007 while living in Alaska. She is passionate about early education, and is inspired every time she sees a child learn something new, whether it's in the classroom or on the playground. She enjoys skiing (both downhill and cross-country) snowshoeing, swimming at the Reservoir and spending time at her family camp in Maine. No matter the season, you will find her exploring the woods with her husband and their dog.
Support Teacher Shance began her experience in Early Childhood Education during High School as a volunteer at her local Preschool and Elementary School. She began to develop her passion for being a part of children's’ daily learning and development while working one-on-one with students through the Jumpstart Program, assisting them in improving reading skills. From there, she enrolled in Early Childhood Education Courses while continuing to work in preschool settings and graduated from Queen’s College with a Bachelor in Arts degree in Theatre. She will begin pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education after getting more settled into her new Vermont home. Before joining the Heartworks’ family in 2018, Shanece worked the previous seven years at a private school where she led the afterschool program, serving children ages three to five. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering as a choreographer and dance instructor for her church’s children’s group.
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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. Their youngest is a senior at UVM and the oldest lives in Portland, Oregon. Jayne’s current hobby is learning the techniques of stand up comedy.
Coordinator of Professional Development; Drama, 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.