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Meet the Staff!

Andrea Sambrook, Director of Annette’s Preschool

Andrea is the Director of Annette’s Preschool, and brings several decades of experience as a child development specialist, advocate and researcher with toddlers and young families. In her former role as Director of Research and Education at Gesell Institute, Andrea developed training programs for parents and teachers and oversaw a nationwide study which documented the ages and stages of child development in 3-6 year old children.

Andrea has coordinated multiple community based projects in Chicago and Boston focused on preventive intervention with preschool children at risk for developmental delay. She believes that early childhood educators can be especially effective at promoting early home/school connections by supporting families and using meaningful curriculum in the classroom. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wellesley College and a Masters of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University. Andrea is a Master Instructor with Northern Lights, is a community organizer, a textile artist, and an advocate for children’s environmental health and safety. Andrea enjoys playing the flute, hiking with the family dog, Aspen, and is the ringleader for family games of Apples to Apples with her husband, Andy and their two children, Bennett and Will.

Victoria Ward

Victoria is the Director of Business and New Programs, bringing over 8 years of experience in Early Childhood Education to our Annette's community. Victoria has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Sustainable Land Use, Planning and Design. She excelled as an administrator for the country’s largest Early Care and Education program and we look forward to having her become an integral part of all the dynamic initiatives happening here at Annette’s. She is looking forward to getting to know all of our families and providing them with high quality care and education!

Maeghan Booska, Assistant Director of the Preschool

Maeghan is the Team Leader for the Preschool Team and is passionate about early education and especially emergent curriculum. Maeghan holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont, and has more than a decade of experience teaching children birth to five. She lives in Monkton with her husband and young son.

Kate Bourneuf

Kate graduated college from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in western MA in 2011 and moved to Boston where she spent several years working with toddlers and preschoolers and studying early childhood education which is where she has found her passion. Kate enjoys the arts through crocheting and likes to stay active by hiking and doing spin classes as well as spending time with her niece and nephew, Owen and Olivia.

Lauren Bull

Lauren Bull

Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree in English & Women's Studies from Hope College, and continued her creative pursuits with a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Texas State University. She discovered her love of teaching while in graduate school, and for the past five years has taught first-year writing courses at the college-level and creative writing workshops to school-age children in her community. Lauren is excited for this transition to early education; she has always loved children, especially their uninhibited imaginations and inquisitiveness. She has over 10 years of childcare experience and is passionate about inclusive curriculum, storytelling, and nurturing curiosity. She looks forward to sharing her creative background with the students and staff at Annette's and continuing to grow as an educator.

Hailing most recently from Austin, Texas, Lauren has lived in Taiwan, Michigan, Oregon, India, and now Vermont! She lives in Winooski with her wife and goofy dog, and loves exploring the outdoors, reading, traveling, and learning new things.

Karyn Burns

Karyn graduated from Castleton University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a double major in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender's Studies. Karyn grew up in her mom's home child care program with an eagerness to help her take care of the children from the age of five! She has over 5 years of childcare experience and has a passion to consistently help, teach, and learn. Karyn has a strong focus on social and emotional awareness and progression with young children. She enjoys being outdoors, playing with her pup, and singing with her ukulele; which she looks forward to sharing with the classroom.

Raven Casey

Raven has been working with children for a decade, but specifically with preschoolers for about 4 years. She loves the reciprocal relationship that is built through the care taking, teaching and learning alongside young children. Raven graduated from SUNY-New Paltz in 2017 and has a teaching license with endorsements in both early childhood education and elementary education as well. Outside of the classroom, Raven likes to make things—a good soup, handmade cards, candles and non-toxic options for the home. She has been practicing yoga regularly for about 8 years and she teaches yoga to children and adults. Mindfulness is a key practice for her and she finds value in sharing it with children. Raven also enjoys hiking, swimming, and playing with her pet rabbit, Phoenix.

Tessa Cole

Tessa has 5 years of experience working with children 0-12, and is passionate about the ages from Birth to Three. Tessa completed the Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program and is working on finishing her Associate's degree in Early Childhood. Tessa enjoys hiking with her dog Tabor, as well as fishing and watching sports. Tessa is a hands on teacher and enjoys exploring lots of sensory activities and allowing children take the lead through their interests!


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie served as a volunteer teacher in the Dominican Republic and spent two summers as an AmeriCorps member at two different children’s organizations (DREAM and the Mary Johnson Children’s Center) serving as a mentor to low-income youth in rural areas of Vermont. Maggie holds a B.A. in English and Anthropology from the University of Vermont. She studied in Brighton, England at the University of Sussex and has traveled to Paris and Budapest, Hungary. Maggie has a deep passion for public service, early childhood education and is beginning coursework toward her Master’s degree in Education and teacher’s license at UVM.

Jessica Houriet

Jess has been a Vermont educator for nearly a decade. She has worked with children of all ages, but recently has a focus on children ages birth to five. She is in the last stage of receiving her Vermont Childcare Apprenticeship certification and while enrolled in the program she has taken classes that focus on classroom leadership and child-led curriculum and development, which aligns with the mission at Annette's. Fun fact: Ms. Jess likes to spend her spare time exercising and crafting on the couch with her cats!

Lindsay LePage

Lindsay has been a member of the Annette's Preschool staff since the summer of 2002. In that time, Lindsay has worked with the Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and School Age Programs. Lindsay received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2005. Lindsay lives in Essex Jct. with her husband, Matthew and daughter, Alexis.

Gwen Maffia

Gwen is a native of New York with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in NYC. She loves being able to work in all of our classrooms helping out, as well as spending time with her husband and pets in her new home state of Vermont!

Katie McKenny

Katie brings a warm smile, a welcome lap and an inquiry-based approach that truly supports learning in our toddler class. Katie holds a Bachelor's degree in English from St. Michael's College, with a concentration in Education. She has taught preschoolers in Ireland and has also worked as a nanny in addition to her professional experience in retail. Katie paints kindness rocks in her spare time and gives them away to brighten her community.

Rhonda Morrow

Rhonda has been working here at Annette's for five years now in the Infant/Toddler Program! Prior to her employment here, Rhonda worked at the Play & Learn Center in Lancaster, New Hampshire for five years where she helped with ages from 6 weeks to 8 years! During this time, Rhonda enrolled in two lengthy courses on Infant & Toddler Development and Health, Safety, and Nutrition. Rhonda's expertise and experience have been such a valuable asset to our Birth to Three program where she has connected with each and every child. Rhonda lives in Bristol with her daughter, April.

Angela Poppy

Angela is passionate about eco-healthy living, and supporting early language development in infants and toddlers. Angela has taught at Annette’s Preschool for over 14 years and holds her CDA, which is a nationally recognized credential for Early Childhood Educators. Angela will complete her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2016. Angela lives in Bristol with her 3 children.

Cheryl Rayner

Cheryl is returning to Vermont after a number of years working with children K-5 in community-based educational programs. Cheryl has a degree in fine arts and experience developing and organizing school age after school and summer programs.

Sadie Shackett

Sadie has spent many years caring for people of all ages! She has worked with children in a variety of capacities and dedicated her personal learning class to Early Childhood Development. Sadie has been a nanny, led farm programs for 7th and 8th graders, and volunteered as a cheer leading coach for the Special Olympics. She is trained as a Licensed Nursing Assistant and has spent time working with and caring for the elderly. She enjoys theater and is a member of both the National Arts Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Sadie is an avid animal lover and enjoys being with her dog and rabbit.

Joanna Spotts

Joanna grew up in Michigan where she earned her BA in Education from Saginaw Valley State University, and holds a VT Teaching License with an Early Education Endorsement. She earned her MA in curriculum and instruction at Lake Superior State University. Joanna loves to embed sign language in her daily teaching and conversations with children and adults! She lived in Maine and Alaska before coming to Vermont with her husband, young son and family dog! Joanna enjoys running in the (very!) early morning, is training for a marathon and enjoys crochet and sewing.

Maria Tenney-Lawyer

Maria received her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in 2005 and holds a Vermont State Teaching License and Early Education Endorsement. Maria works with our preschool program and oversees our Health and Safety and Emergency Response Planning initiatives. She is passionate about literacy development and leads Annette's community collaboration by intalling regular Storywalks on trails in our town. Maria lives in Huntington with her husband, daughter and dog, Cabella.

Beverly Tucker

Beverly is a long time Hinesburg resident who is retired following her career in banking. Bev enjoys helping out the preschool in our Birth to Three classrooms and the little ones love her read alouds and happy disposition. Bev is always willing to lend a helping hand.

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