Child Care Center LLC
Miss Carolina joined Little Farmers' team in January 2016. Miss Carolina traveled to the United States from Columbia. She has been a certified teacher since 2007. She studied at the University of Caldas in Manizales. She then continued on to get her Masters Degree in Human Development and Education. She worked as a Spanish teacher at a Catholic school with children ages 3-7. She also worked as a group director for the school.
Miss Carolina has a warm demeanor, welcoming every child into her care. She exhibits a great sense of pride in her work and enjoys watching the development of each child. Miss Carolina is bilingual and teaches our preschoolers Spanish. She is able to communicate with families who use Spanish as their first language.
-CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION CERTIFIED
-STATE OF CT CERTIFIED HEAD TEACHER IN PROGRESS
-TEN+ YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
-MASTERS DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
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
- MASTERS DEGREE
- SEVERAL YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICTION CERTIFIED
In 2016 Miss Jen graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in California, where she got her Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. She then became a 7th grade teacher in New Britain, CT for the start of the next school year, during which time she taught math, history, Latin, religion, and grammar. In that same year she was also a part-time nanny for two brothers, ages 5 and 9, in West Hartford. She joined Little Farmers in June 2017.
"My passion is helping young children learn and grow up in a caring, nurturing environment. I have had this passion since I was young, as I am the second oldest of five children and have spent much of my life babysitting my younger siblings, friends, and neighbors. My whole life has been centered around children, and it has all been such a fulfilling experience for me."
-CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION CERTIFIED
-STATE OF CT CERTIFIED HEAD TEACHER (In Progress)
-1 Year OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
In 2017, I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. I was fascinated with the tremendous amounts of development that occurs during early childhood as well as later stages of life. To bring these interests together I aspire to create intergenerational programs with children, older adults, and maybe animals too!
I am known as "auntie" to two nieces, 11 and 2 years old, and a nephew, 5 years old. I like to do fun educational activities with them such as baking, crafts, and science experiments! I also have volunteered at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester and at Bolton Center School in a Kindergarten classroom. I love the excitement children have for learning and helping them cultivate that excitement into a lifelong love of learning brings me great joy.
I have worked at Fish Family Farm Creamery and Dairy in Bolton for 3 years. I love seeing how their Jersey cows inspire children, adults, and families to learn more about farming. I hope to contribute my growing knowledge of milking and dairy processing to the program!
At the age of 16, I became the youngest person ever 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 soon 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.
Meanwhile, my father began creating a Mobile Petting Zoo Service. After 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 this 36 ft trailer to 3-5 schools in a day with the help of an employee. 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. After 8 years of introducing the public to my farm animals, I felt that a more steady and educational program could be established where I could work with both children and animals on a daily basis.
After purchasing the property where the center is now located, my father and I spent two years reconstructing the 1810 structure into what is now a beautiful licensed child care center with a detached indoor post and beam barn. 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.
Now, with 8 years of experience of child/animal education under my belt, I have finally pursued my dream of operating my own preschool program. Little Farmers opened July 2015.
Consider allowing your children to be part of this unique program where they will take part in learning how to clean, maintain, groom and care for a number of traditional farm animals in addition to the preschool framework the state provides.
I am the owner, director and head teacher of this center. Please email or call with any questions. -Jessica Sharon
- BACHELORS DEGREE ECSU - CLASS OF 2013
- MBA in Progress
- 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
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