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Nature's Pathways
OUR EDUCATORS

Nature’s Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy provides each child with developmentally-appropriate care, attention, and instruction. Some of our team members come highly credentialed in their respective focuses; others are parents or grandparents with decades of experience in caring for children. What they all have in common is a commitment to providing a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment for your child to learn and grow. Our staff embraces our unique pedagogy, which centers around emergent curriculum, ample outdoor education, and play-based learning. They each take pride in getting to know both the children and their families and we support a culture of open communication at all times. Together, our educators create an environment that is ideal for your child’s growth and development.

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Jillian Towne

Jillian Towne

Director of Early Childhood Education

My favorite part of my job is...

"that, as they say, 'it takes a village,' and I get to be a part of that village for so many families. Now my own daughter gets to be a part of our village too!"

Laura Auger

Laura Auger

Chicks (Infant) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"that I get to care for such young children and knowing that I will have some part in shaping their future. It is a very rewarding experience. I love getting to know their parents and siblings and cherish the time each child spends in my classroom!"

Amanda Weiss

Amanda Weiss

Piglets (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"getting to introduce new and unique experiences to the children to create a lasting impression and spark new ideas and imagination. I love to make up songs, be silly and helping bring out the children's individuality in a fun way!"

Stephanie White

Stephanie White

Calves (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"watching children play. It is so rewarding to see their imaginations at work, to see the wonder on their faces when they do something for the first time, and to watch them make new friends. Their joy and laughter is contagious."

Tracy Quinn

Tracy Quinn

Preschool Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"seeing the creativity and imagination spark in these kids because of my background in art. Their personalities are infectious and everyday they find a new way to make me laugh!"

Cathy Richardson Brown

Cathy Richardson Brown

Floating Assistant Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"sharing my music and farming background with the children."

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Administrative Assistant

My favorite part of my job is...

"getting to greet families and make special connections with children of all ages!"

Joleen Brahaney

Joleen Brahaney

Assistant Director, Pre-Elementary

Prekindergarten Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"that every day is different and we get frequent opportunities to explore the trails."

Margo Dery

Margo Dery

Chicks (Infant) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"forming relationships with the children and their families. I love hearing about a new milestone that was reached, or what fun activities the families did during the weekend. It makes me happy knowing I get to be a part of their lives, no matter how big or small that impact may be."

Isabella Guyotte

Isabella Guyotte

Piglets (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"being able to share nature with our little ones. Watching them explore in nature, interact with the animals and see their faces light up with excitement is very rewarding! They are capable of a lot at this young age and are super troopers on the hiking trails!"

Kristen Lavoie

Kristen Lavoie

Preschool Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"that, as a mom, I understand how important it is to have someone you trust to care for, nurture, and love your baby when you cannot be there. My daily goal is to give parents the peace of mind that their child is safe and getting the best care possible."

Jennifer Rheaume

Jennifer Rheaume

Prekindergarten Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"the energy level of young children. I also really enjoy watching them explore, play, and learn about their world!"

Ryan Slate

Ryan Slate

Pre-Elementary After School Leader

My favorite part of my job is...

"seeing the kids grow and shape their personalities!"

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Administrative Assistant

My favorite part of my job is...

"being part of a family-oriented community that nurtures a child’s life, as well as that point of contact that welcomes and cheers parents on during the PM shift homestretch!"

Amber Labrecque

Amber Labrecque

Assistant Director, Infants/Toddler

Calves (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"watching the children explore and grow into their little personalities. I love reading stories with them and singing silly songs!"

Maddie Bollinger

Maddie Bollinger

Lambs (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"seeing the kids happy and having fun."

Juliana Venman-Clay

Juliana Venman-Clay

Calves (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"that children unlock the door to our imaginations, reminding us that anything is possible."

Chelsea Barbini

Chelsea Barbini

Preschool Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"being able to explore the outdoors with the children. I love watching their responses to new things and watching them become engaged with their surroundings."

Jennifer Slate

Jennifer Slate

Interim-Kindergarten Teacher

Camp Lovewell Director

My favorite part of my job is...

"inspiring children to believe in themselves. When I was a child, I had a teacher that made me feel like I mattered and that I could do anything. I love having the opportunity to do that for my students."

Jacy Mikenas

Jacy Mikenas

Pre-Elementary After School Leader

My favorite part of my job is...

"forming relationships with the children! I love to see how excited they are to work with you when they enjoy your company or even to visit you when they aren't in your group anymore."

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