Toddler Classroom – The Farm Room (1 – 2 years)
The mobile toddler learns to propel themselves to explore the environment when they feel secure. Our teachers guide and gently direct our toddlers to explore their surroundings through positive and comforting interactions, activities, and fun play-time. Even at this early age, our toddlers in the one year old room participate in “circle time” and love the fun songs, dances, books and activities involved! They love playing in their sensory table, creating fun works of art, working on puzzles, and acting silly throughout the day with their friends and teachers!
A daily report on each child’s activities is given to parents to ensure they are informed as to how their child’s day went. We know it’s difficult to be away from your child but being able to sing their favorite songs they have done earlier that day is a great way for parents to feel included.
What to bring for your infant:
The Academy provides a pack-n-play or nap mat for each child, breakfast and afternoon snack.
We ask you to bring the following:
– bedding bag- crib sheet, blanket and lovie (bag will be returned at the end of each week to be cleaned),
– clean changes of clothing (weather appropriate, 2-3 changes of clothing),
– diapers and wipes
– pacifier (as needed)
– lunch in lunchbox with ice pack (If not participating in our Lunch Program)
Lead Teacher – Toddlers
I grew up on the north shore of Massachusetts and moved to Maine in order to pursue my love for art at Maine College of Art. My true passion, however, is working with children.
I grew up in a large family and since a young age I have known that I want to work with children. Previously, I have worked as a behavioral specialist for children with autism and as a nanny. I have loved being a part of The Academy team and playing with your little ones since 2016!
I was born and raised in Maine, after my gap year post-graduation I moved to Florida for a year with my family. I started school at Florida Southwestern where I majored in Primary Education and I am continuing my educational journey at USM!
My love for education and kiddos sprouted from my mother who has been an elementary school teacher for 25 years, so I was always teaching my barbies! During my year in Florida I discovered the field of Early Childhood Education, where I worked at an early learning center and fell in love. Building relationships with the children is honestly the best part of the job!
I love the special bonds I’ve created with the families and children here at The Academy!
I grew up in western Maine with my parents, both of whom are high school teachers. I’m an only child with a ton of cousins whom I adore. I went to college at Castleton University in VT and earned a BA in Theater, but my love for little ones never went away!
I have always loved being with young children and my family even jokes that I help raise my cousins. Previously, I have worked in different jobs settings, including being a nanny, and event coordinating. While in college I was able to work with middle schoolers and elementary school aged students to show kids how fun theater can be! I’m so excited to be a part of The Academy team and to spend my days with your babies!
I’m a full time teacher with our toddler classroom but I am also teaching Theater class to the preschoolers and really enjoy helping create a love for the arts!