Our highly trained staff holds Degrees in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education, as well as Lead and Assistant Teacher certifications. All staff is certified in CPR and First Aid and participates in a minimum of 18 hours of professional development per year. We are committed to the professional development of our staff and encourage, and provide a means for, staff members to further their education by participating in courses, seminars and workshops. These educational growth opportunities allow us to stay current with early childhood education teaching practices and to provide quality programming for your children.
Position: Director/Lead Nursery and Pre-K Teacher
Education: I have a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire in early childhood. I am NH credentialed as a early childhood master teacher and early childhood administrator. I have taught in the early childhood field for over 20 years.
Children: 3 grown children and a grandchild
3 words to describe her: silly, playful and fun
Favorite children’s story: My favorite author is Jan Brett and I love all of her books, but The Hat is an all time favorite.
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: Pajama day! I also love all the stories the children tell me.
Why do you love working at Windham Co-op: I love the parent interaction and the developmental philosophy that we play to learn.
Position: I am the Business Manager at the Windham Co-op. I work closely with the Ex. Board, parents and teachers to make sure our school functions smoothly! I do all the paperwork, like paying bills, processing tuition payment, etc… I also work closely with the public school and other community groups!
Education: I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in English/ Writing Arts. I have been involved with the Windham Co-op since 1996. I started here as an Ex. Board member and then was hired to run the office when my twins went to first grade. Best job ever!
Children: I have 3 children and all are Windham Co-op graduates! One cool thing about our family is that my daughters are twins! Double the joy! Brian is 23 and Kelly and Alexis are 21. Now I feel old!
3 words to describe her: Most of the students here think either I am the Principal, the Door Opener, or the School Nurse!
Favorite Children’s book: Hooway for Wodney Wat
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: Lunch Bunch. It is a social time for the children and the time each day that I am in the classroom!
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: I love working at Windham Co-op for many reasons, but I think the biggest reason I love it here so much is that the Co-op is truly a community of people – students, parents, and teachers! I also love all the friends I’ve made here!
Position: Lead Nursery Teacher/Lunch Bunch/PEEP Assistant
Education: I began my education studying Early Childhood at Northern Essex Community College in 2012. I graduated with my Associates Degree in the year 2015.
I decided to further my education immediately following my graduation from Northern Essex. I currently am a full-time student at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.
Children: I have no children of my own; however, I am very lucky to be step parent to 3 amazing children. We have one 14 year old and twins who are 6. We love spending our weekends together as a family exploring new adventures. We enjoy creating experiences for our children that they will remember for a lifetime.
3 words kids use to describe you: fun, energetic, and loving
Favorite children’s book: The Hat
Favorite color: purple
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: My favorite activity at the Co-op is during project time. I feel that this is not only an amazing opportunity for the children to learn but for me to learn as well. It is during this time that I am able to really get to know each student in my class. I love watching the children create artwork that they are so proud to share with their families.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: My favorite part about working at the Co-op is the staff. Every staff member is so genuine and compassionate about teaching. We each bring something unique to the Co-op and it creates amazing opportunities to learn from each other and grow as professional teachers.
Position: Assistant Nursery Teacher
Education: I graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Psychology and Special Education. I have lived in Windham since 2005, and my son is a 2015 Co-op graduate.
Children: I have a 9 year old daughter, Darby and a 6 year old son, Declan
3 words to describe her: Silly, fun, creative
Favorite Children’s book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Daisy Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss
Favorite color: Black…which usually earns a few raised eyebrows, but to me it’s like a blank slate to fill with whatever your imagination comes up with!
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: I love all of the classroom parties and Spring Fling for the kids. To see them so excited is great! As strange as this sounds, I love the maintenance days too. I remember having some great laughs during maintenance days with the staff and parents.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: The staff members are always really positive, and the kids always seem so excited and happy.
Position: Assistant Teacher for Pre-K, Nursery and PEEP
Education: Graduated from UNH with a business degree. When the time came to go back to work, I wanted something more compatible with my children’s schedule. I always loved being in the classroom when my girls were at the co-op. I enjoyed working with the children. I found myself becoming more involved with the school, volunteering for various committees and finally joining the executive board. When an opening arose for a classroom teacher assistant, I knew it was where I wanted to work.
Children: 2 daughters. Both attended the Co-op.
3 words the kids would use to describe you: friendly, helpful and caring
Favorite Children’s book: We Eat Dinner in the Bathtub. It teaches children to think outside the box and that all families are different and that is ok.
Favorite color: Red
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: Lunch Bunch. It is a time when the kids from different classes come together and interact for lunch. The conversations that happen between them are amazing. This is the time I get to know the child as they get to tell me a story or explain to me why or why not they do not like their lunch. They make new friends and learn new social situations and gain that much more independence. It is fun to hear their excitement in the morning class when they come into class and announce they get to stay for lunch bunch. It is often followed by lots of excited “me to’s” from the other children.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: I love the atmosphere at the Windham Co-op. My co-workers are wonderful. They love what they do and are excited about it. I continue to learn something new from each of them everyday. Of course, the other part of the school that I love is the children and getting to know their families. Not only do we get to know moms and dads but grandparents, aunties, uncles and caregivers too. It is our own little community. It is rewarding to watch a child grow. From conquering the potty and learning to play with friends to writing their name and putting on their own snow boots. It is great to be a part of all that and call it work all at the same time.
Position: Lead Pre-K Teacher and Assistant Teacher KEEP
Education: I am a graduate of Keene State College with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. I have had experience in early childhood education prior to my time at the Co-op. My children attended a Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten. I am also a graduate from The Windham Cooperative Kindergarten when it was located in the Searles School.
Children: A daughter Reilly who is 18 and a son Keaton who is 15.
3 words kids use to describe you: funny, silly, and creative.
Favorite children’s story: I love to read children’s books. I enjoy the illustrations and pictures. My favorite book is The Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. It has wonderful pictures and it is a great story.
Favorite color: I love bright colors, but I think red is my favorite.
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: There are many fun activities at the Co-op. I love the traditions we keep here. We have a parent orientation before school starts, our Fall Fair, The Halloween Parade, The Thanksgiving Feast, Caroling for the parents and families, The Spring Fling, and PreK Graduation and the Summer Camps.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: I love the children and their families. It is a real community here. I have made wonderful friendships. I will bump in to past families and we often laugh over the memories that they have made at the Co-op. I also love working with the teachers. We have a great staff here.
Position: Pre-K Assistance Teacher
Education: I have an Associate’s Degree in Travel Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Office Management, and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate with a Special Education focus. I ran a Home Daycare for 6 years years and most recently worked as an Instructional Assistant for the SAU 95.
Children: My husband Michael and I have 3 beautiful children, Melanie is 18, Matthew is 16, and Molly is 13.
3 words the kids use to describe you: Nice, silly, and little
Favorite children’s book: The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Favorite color: Red
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: I enjoy project time most, because I love seeing the children’s different learning styles.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: The co-op offers such a positive learning environment that the children arrive eager to learn each day. The staff at the co-op are wonderful to work with and are caring, dedicated and supportive. The family involvement at the co-op truly makes this program beneficial to all.
Position: Lead Pre-K and KEEP Teacher
Education: My first experience with the Co-op was when my daughter attended school here. After she left the Co-op I came to the school as an assistant for some children from the SAU. Later I was hired as an assistant teacher by the Co-op for the Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. A few years later I returned to school to get my Early Childhood Certificate. Several years later I became a lead teacher. I have a BS degree from the University of Lowell and an Early Childhood certificate from NHCTC.
Children: 3 sons and 1 daughter, all grown
3 words the kids use to describe you: silly, fun, and a good teacher
Favorite children’s book: Elmer the Elephant by David McKee
Favorite color: Raspberry
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: I love graduation. It is bittersweet. The children have come so far and we are so proud of them and yet we are so sad t see them move on. I love when they come back and visit so we can see how they have grown.
Why you love working at Windham Co-op: We have so much fun. The children always surprise us with funny stories and sweet surprises. The school feels like a big family and I still run into families from the past with fond memories of their time at the Co-op. It is a good feeling to be part of that and see the children grow each year.
Position: Assistant Teacher Pre-K, Lead Teacher PEEP program, Lead Teacher Literacy in Action program
Education: Keene State College – Duo degree in Elementary and Special Education
Children: 2 daughters Amanda is 13 and Jessica is 9
3 Words kids use to describe me: Happy, silly, and dramatic
Favorite children’s story: One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite activity at Windham Co-op: Halloween Parties and activities
Why you love working at Windham Co-op?: I love bonding with the children and seeing them learn new concepts. Seeing those little faces each morning is a highlight of my day. 🙂