Team Members

NATURE'S PATHWAYS

at 2   NATURE ACADEMY

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OUR EDUCATORS
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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.

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!"

Kristen Lavoie

Kristen Lavoie

Chicks (Infant) 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."

Ryan Slate

Ryan Slate

Lambs (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"seeing the kids grow and shape their personalities!"

Jessie Duquette

Jessie Duquette

Calves (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"getting messy with art projects with the kids and seeing how much they grow in a short matter of time. It is a blessing to be a part of their learning!"

Liz Camire

Liz Camire

Alpacas (Preschool) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"connecting the children with nature and animals."

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."

Joleen Brahaney

Joleen Brahaney

Assistant Director, Pre-Elementary

Frogs (Prekindergarten) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

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

Cathy Richardson Brown

Cathy Richardson Brown

Chicks (Infant) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

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

Stephanie White

Stephanie White

Lambs (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."

Jennifer Rheaume

Jennifer Rheaume

Pre-Elementary 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!"

Chelsea Barbini

Chelsea Barbini

Frogs (Prekindergarten) 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."

Maddie Bollinger

Maddie Bollinger

After School Float

My favorite part of my job is...

"seeing the kids happy and having fun."

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!"

Laura Auger

Laura Auger

Lambs (Toddler) 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!"

Juliana Venman-Clay

Juliana Venman-Clay

Piglets (Toddler) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

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

Keishla Lopez

Keishla Lopez

Alpacas (Preschool) Teacher

My favorite part of my job is...

"the great sense of achievement I get from seeing my students develop and grow as individuals."

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."