Skilled Toddler Classroom – The Jungle Room (2 – 3 years)

Meet the teachers

Who am I, and who is in charge? Although the older, skilled toddlers are asserting their own control and independence, they still need a strong sense of security in order to explore the world with more purpose. Our program provides a nurturing, yet structured environment to promote language development, how to sort out feelings and communicate them in an appropriate manner. Sharing, developing friendships and a love for pretend play are also areas of focus.
Toilet-training is actively targeted with this age group. We will work with parents and families to provide support for each other to promote success on the road to being diaper free!
Our teachers provide parents with a daily report on each child’s activities throughout the day and pay special attention to ensure the parents feel informed as to how their child’s day went. We know it’s difficult to be away from your child but being able to discuss with them activities they have done earlier that day is a great way for you to connect with them!

Toddler Daily Guide: (Click Here)

What to bring for your skilled toddler:

We ask you to bring the following:
– bedding bag- crib sheet, blanket, small pillow and lovie (bag will be returned at the end of each week to be cleaned),
– clean changes of clothing (weather appropriate, 2 changes of clothing),
– diapers/pull-ups as needed,
– lunch in lunchbox with ice pack (If not participating in our Lunch Program)

Rachel Hunt
Lead Teacher – Toddlers

I’m thrilled to be here! I have over 20 years of experience working with children, in professional capacities such as gymnastics instructor, toddler and pre-school teacher, and many years as a nanny, and through volunteer work with homeless children. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Framingham State University with a degree in Psychology. My schooling, specifically the child psychology and development courses I took, and to a greater extent, my years of working with all different types of young children, have prepared me for my role here as Lead Teacher.

All children deserve the support and love they need to get the most out of life, and two-year-olds are excellent examples of pure, passionate emotion and inspiring curiosity, both of which can be nurtured with wonderful results. Kids at this age in particular need to explore, get dirty, and test the limits of their world. In conjunction with my wonderful fellow teachers, I aim to provide the structure and reassuring boundaries that 2-

Allison Violette
Co Teacher – Toddlers

I graduated from SMCC in 2016 with my Associates in Early Childhood Education. During school I worked at an in-home child care in Gorham with all ages. I am currently continuing my education at Kaplan University to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

I have spent the last 7 years working with toddlers and I absolutely love it!
I love building relationships with the children, co-workers, and families here at The Academy, along with watching the children explore and grow in a safe and fun environment!

Melanie Farrington
Co Teacher – Toddlers

I’ve lived in Maine my whole life and grew up in Portland with my mother, father and younger brother. After moving to Windham and graduating high school there,
I then went to SMCC for Liberal Studies.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with children and always helped out with the babies and children in my church ever since I was 12. I’ve had many years of babysitting experience and about a year of previous daycare experience where I worked with every age group. I’m excited to grow with the children and help them grow in their every day life!

Brielle Robinson
Co Teacher – Toddlers

I graduated from the UNE in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science. In the fall of 2018 I will enter in a program to complete my Master’s in Special Education/ General Education. I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, but fell in love with Maine while at school.

During the last four years I’ve worked in various settings with children including The America Reads America counts program, a residential marine science camp, recreational sports camp, and babysitting. I’ve enjoyed working in different settings with children that have shown my true passion for educating. I look forward to not only teaching young kids, but also providing them with safe and fun environment to grow in! I’m happy to be part of the teaching team with the skilled toddler group here at The Academy!