Hi there! My name is Miss Courtney! I am a Tolland native and have known Miss Jessica since I
was little as I grew up down the street, also on Anthony Road, from the Sharon family. I graduated
from East Catholic High School in 2016, and am currently studying at Saint Anselm College in
Manchester, NH. I am studying elementary education, with hopes of being a 4th grade teacher,
and will graduate in May of 2020! At school, I am a member of the Education Society, captain of
the Dance Team, a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi national leadership society, work with the office
of Student Engagement and Leadership, and am a member of the Koinonia Society, a community
service group that serves the greater Manchester NH area.
I have been babysitting since the young age of 12, and got my first job at 16! I have worked with
the Tolland Family Resource Center and the Tolland Green Learning Center. I have worked with children of all age groups my whole career, ranging from 3-month-old babies to 13-year-olds. I also dedicate a lot of my time to the sweetest two girls that I have been nannying for the past 5 years, and am a dance teacher at Grossi Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Vernon, CT. As you can tell, I love working with children and teaching them! This is my third summer working at Little Farmers and I am so excited! I love spending the day with the children and teaching them all about the animals. I love learning about and caring for the animals, too. I love learning from the children as well and love their lively spirits and optimism about everything.
-Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and currently pursuing an associates in Early Chlldhood Education!
I have been enjoying working with children from pre-k to eighth grade for many years in public
schools, church, and scouts. For several years I worked as a literacy interventionist and love sharing
books with students and helping them connect with the story or bring curiosity to a nonfiction book.
There have been some twists and turns to get to Little Farmers. I was a business major in college
and worked in telecommunications for several years before staying home with my children. I
volunteered with children during that time and some of the most fun I had was coordinating craft
projects to support learning in religious education programs and scout camp. I love seeing how
children use art to think about the themes they’re learning about and watching where their
creativity takes them. After these experiences, I knew I wanted to work with children, so I earned
my master’s degree in elementary education from Westfield (MA) State University while working as a substitute teacher. I’m glad to be to working with our young learners to get them started toward all the opportunities that their educations will bring and having wonderful experiences along the way.
My children are now a journalist, a PhD student and a communications coordinator with a literacy nonprofit, leaving in their wake, among other things, a dwarf bunny named Mozzie, all kinds of sporting equipment and shelves of books. My husband and I also share the house with Gordon, a rescue dog of unknown breeds. Now that I’m no longer spending hours in a van-and don’t even need a van-I enjoy throwing balls for Gordon, reading, gardening, sewing, crocheting and trying out other crafts.
I’m excited to bring my experiences to Little Farmers and continue to learn with the staff and children.
I love to share my passion for learning and nature with young people through art and exploration. With a background in music, the arts and education, I am excited to join Little Farmers where I can bring my interests together!
I have a Bachelors and Masters in Music, and am currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Environmental Science. I've had many years of diverse experience teaching, from adult literacy, to private tutoring, to nonprofit outreach, to preschool education. I especially love the curiosity and creativity that young children bring to learning about their world.
I also love working and learning with animals, and look forward to sharing the joy that they bring with my friends at Little Farmers.
- Master's Degree - Several years of teaching experience - CPR/First aid trained
My love of children and animals started at a very early age. At age 10 I started babysitting and pet
sitting for neighbors. Later in life, my employment included milking cows at the UCONN dairy barn,
a veterinary technician at Bolton Veterinary Hospital, a riding instructor and counselor at SJ Riding
Camp and most recently a substitute teacher at Ashford School for grades PreK through 8th grade.
I have always been torn between having a career working with children or animals. I have seen the
many positive benefits that animals can have on children and have always wanted to combine my
two passions, not separate them. Being a preschool teacher at Little Farmers is an absolute dream
My education started At Nonnewaug High School in their vocational agricultural program. I
continued my education at The University of Connecticut and graduated in 1997 with a bachelor's
degree in Animal Science. Later, I did an internship in Australia where I was a student teacher at an
agricultural college. In January of 2020, the time had come to pursue my dream of teaching. I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
I am a mom to three children and love doing activities with my family. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy caring for and riding my 3 horses, daily walks with my dog- a bullmastiff named Penny, cooking, going to the movies and amusement park rides - especially roller coasters!
I am excited to combine my passion of working with children and animals and to share my experience and knowledge with the amazing staff and children at Little Farmers! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and their families and share in the joy of learning all about the animals. Not only will we learn and grow, but we will have so much fun together!
- BACHELOR'S DEGREE -CPR/FIRST AID TRAINED -MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED
- BACHELORS DEGREE ECSU - CLASS OF 2013 - CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED - STATE OF CT HEAD TEACHER CERTIFICATION - DIRECTOR CREDENTIAL - CHARTER OAK COLLEGE - 12 YEARS OF CHILD CARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - 15 YEARS FARM ANIMAL EXPERIENCE & MANAGEMENT
- BACHELORS DEGREE UCONN- CLASS OF 2017 - CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED - STATE OF CT HEAD TEACHER CERTIFICATION
My name is Lily and I'll be a senior at Tolland High School in the fall of 2019. I have been babysitting in the
neighborhood since I was 12, even helping a few local daycares when needed. I have also been a vacation
caretaker to dogs, rabbits, fish, a turtle and a collector of chicken eggs! I have been fortunate as part of my
Child Development class curriculum to be involved with the Creative Preschool Program at THS, in which
we were responsible in developing and instructing age appropriate lesson plans focused on fun and creative
I am a THS Peer Mentor, assisting with 8th grade Step-Up day and Freshmen Orientation prior to the start
of the school year. I have also assisted with the Tolland Little League Softball Pitcher/Catcher clinics in the
winter. I play Varsity Volleyball and Softball for the Tolland eagles, as well as play softball throughout the year
competitively with the CT Bombers. I love being outside playing softball, fishing kayaking, and going to the
beach. I do my best to promote a positive and can-do attitude. I nanny and babysit for a handful of Little Farmers families in addition to assisting as my schedule allows during the school year and working full time for Summer Camp! I look forward to meeting all your children!
At eleven years old, I started babysitting when I first became an aunt. I have two nieces and a nephew! You
could often find me snuggling them as babies, and as they have grown older, creating dance/singing routines,
baking cupcakes, and conducting mad science experiments. My goofy auntie side comes in handy to cheer up
any sad Little Farmers!
In high school, I volunteered in my niece's kindergarten classroom. That is when I first thought about teaching
preschool. In college, I volunteered at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, CT. Their hands-on teaching
and family involved approach to early learning perked my interest in lifespan development. In 2017, I
graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family
Studies. In 2018, I received my Head Teacher Certification from the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.
I have worked for Little Farmers Child Care Center for over two years and fell in love with the center on my first day. After receiving my Head Teacher Certification, I began planning the lessons and activities for the center. I have cherished creating valuable lessons and engaging learning experiences for the children who come through our doors. I love the excitement children have for new experiences and helping them cultivate that excitement into a lifelong love of learning, brings me great joy.
I am lucky I had a grade school teacher that has inspired me throughout my entire journey to where I am today. I learned many lessons from her as a student, and as the teacher I am today. As a preschool teacher, I strive to help your child develop a strong foundation for their future teachers to build upon.
I will leave you with a few fun facts about me! I love baking, reading, and crafting. Also, I worked as an ice cream scooper for five years at Fish Family Farm in Bolton, CT. There are twin cows named after me, Nattie and Tallie! I look forward to meeting you and your family! I am always around to answer questions at drop off and pick up.
* Miss Natalie overlooks all program operations, creates our curriculum and communicates with our families on a daily basis.
- MASTERS DEGREE - SEVERAL YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE - CPR/FIRST AID TRAINED - ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION CERTIFIED
- Graduating from Saint Anselem College -MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED
Upon employment, all teachers complete a background check by the Office of Early Childhood. Post-interview, teachers come in for a "working interview" so that we can observe their interactions with the children. I take great pride in all of our hard working teachers!
Child Care Center LLC
-MASTER’S DEGREE -SEVERAL YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING LITERACY INTERVENTION -MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED
2 Anthony Rd
"I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Speech,
Language and Hearing Sciences. I love being able to help people and working with children is a
passion of mine.
Most recently I have been a volunteer at Natchaug Elementary School in the Speech Classroom for
over a year now and I have also volunteered at two other schools in Baltimore from 2014-2016. I
have worked with children ages 5-12. One of my highlights was being able to spend time at a school
for children with speech and hearing disabilities. I loved being able to see the progress the children
made in the classroom. Seeing a child’s growth first hand really cemented my passion for continuing to work with children in the future.
I have two little dogs at home, Bella and Lily. I love being able to spend time with them. I have always loved how animals can bring out wonderful qualities in people. I am looking forward to working at Little Farmers with the talented staff of teachers. I am most excited to get to know all of the students as we work together in this unique preschool program to foster a great learning environment.
Miss Deanna has a BA in psychology from UMASS Amherst, a MA in Elementary Education and an MA in Child
and Developmental Psychology, both from UCONN. She has been an at-home mom with her 3 children - 25 year
old identical twin daughters, and an 18 year old son. She also loves being "Auntie Dee" to her 7 nieces and nephews
and has 3 dogs at home!
She has always enjoyed working with children, starting with babysitting when she was 12. She worked with
preschoolers in college, serving as a Community Residence counselor at a group home for developmentally delayed
children and teens, student taught second graders in Ashford, and served as the 4 year old teacher at Mount Olive
Daycare Programs in Hartford. She has also volunteered in several roles with children, including the Teen Mom
Mentor Program at Rockville Hospital, and teaching Sunday school, running her church nursery program, and
acting as a Sunday School Superindendant.
"I really enjoy working with preschoolers. I have loved being home with my own children, and feel that I can offer the perspective of an experienced mom and teacher. I've seen the stages and experienced the joys and challenges of young children. Although my MA is in elementary education, when I worked at Mt Olive, I realized that the little ones were my real interest- they are so lively and active, creative and loving. I'm excited to learn and grow along with the children and staff here at Little Farmers! -Miss Deanna
At the age of 16, I became the youngest person hired at the Tolland Family Resource Center. Just
weeks into the job, I realized how much I enjoyed working with both children and parents alike. I quickly
became a one-on-one to majority of the special needs children enrolled in the program, which continued
for several years following the beginning of my employment. I worked with children ages 3-12, bouncing
between the primary and elementary schools.
Meanwhile, my father began creating a Mobile Petting Zoo Service. While working full time at the FRC
during the week, I became fully involved in our Petting Zoo's weekend operations. By the time I was 20
years old, I was on the road driving our 36 ft trailer to 3-5 schools in a day with the help of an employee. I successfully introduced thousands of CT children to our farm animals at daycares, birthday parties, festivals and more in our eight years of operation! My passion for animals developed at a very young age, however, little did I know that working with children would be an even more rewarding path.
After high school, I attended Saint Joseph College while continuing to run the Mobile Petting Zoo. I created programs that met the needs of each client throughout the years. While pursuing my education and becoming more knowledgeable of the business industry, I felt that a more consistent and educational program could be established where I could work with both children and animals on a daily basis without having travel across the state. After purchasing the property where Little Farmers is now located, my father and I spent two years reconstructing the 1810 structure into what is now a beautiful licensed child care center. Just a walk next door, the children get to visit the Sharon Family Farm every other week for barn lessons and animal interaction. My passion for working with children and animals together has grown tremendously! Nothing is more rewarding at the end of the day than walking away from your job knowing that not only did you make an impact on a child, but you (unknowingly in their eyes) taught them responsibility. I have finally pursued my dream of operating my own preschool program! Little Farmers opened July 2015. Thank you for considering my program for your child's education!