Miss Deanna

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Owner/Director/Head Teacher

Miss Jessica

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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

    -CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

          -STATE OF CT HEAD TEACHER CERTIFICATION

          -DIRECTOR CREDENTIAL - CHARTER OAK 

    -12 YEARS OF CHILD CARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

     ​-15 YEARS FARM ANIMAL EXPERIENCE & MANAGEMENT




 



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 single 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.

Miss Katie is pursuing a degree in Biochemisty and Molecular Biology at Gettysburg College.  She has always had a love of animals having cared for chickens, goats, ducks, bunnies, and more, and recently discovered her passion for working with children after tutoring with the PAL program in Manchester.  She loves helping children foster an excitement to learn new things as well as working with animals, and is ecstatic to be able to combine these two passions!  She hopes to help the children learn and care for farm animals the way she did in her childhood.

-MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

"As the second oldest and the only girl of 4 children, I have always been surrounded by kids, learning to care for others from a very young age. Over the years, I developed a love for children, and finally decided to put it to good use; since the age of 12, I have been babysitting and nannying for various friends and family.  I take pride in caring for children and providing a warm, welcoming, and happy environment for their learning and achievement. My experience spans across all ages, and I find tremendous joy in watching every child grow. Having the chance to work at Little Farmers only strengthens that joy. I currently study Psychology at Eastern CT State University, and will earn my Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2018. I earned my Associate’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2016."


-MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

-BACHELOR'S IN PROGRESS

MISS CAROLINA 


- MASTERS DEGREE

- SEVERAL YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- ADMINISTRATION OF MEDCIATION CERTIFIED 

Miss Jen

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-CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION CERTIFIED 
-STATE OF CT CERTIFIED HEAD TEACHER (In Progress)
-1 Year OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
-BACHELORS DEGREE
 

MISS RYANNE

MISS KATELYN

SUMMER TEACHERS

"I love working with kids and enjoy teaching. I have been working in daycares and nannying for families since 2011.  I moved to Connecticut from Michigan 2 years ago with my twin sister, Courtney. Since moving out here, we have loved traveling to Boston and getting to know the New England side. When I'm not working, I love hiking, camping, traveling, playing soccer and taking trips back home to Michigan. I am also a current student at UCONN."


​-BACHELOR'S IN PROGRESS

-MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

Miss Caitlin is going to be a sophomore at James Madison University in Virginia. There she is working towards her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics. She has had a passion for working with children ever since she took a child development course in high school where she gained knowledge and experience while helping teach a preschool class. In addition, she volunteered at Birch Grove Primary school in a kindergarten class her senior year. She and enjoys spending time outside and being active. 

-MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

"Hi, my name is Miss Jen. I currently attend Springfield College in Massachusetts.  I am currently studying business and education.  I have always loved being around kids, from working in the school system these past couple years, to babysitting friends and family.  I joined Little Farmers in the summer of 2016 and can't wait for another great year!"

​-MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED

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 

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!

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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." 

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​​Little Farmers

Child Care Center

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