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.
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 COLLEGE
- 12 YEARS OF CHILD CARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- 15 YEARS FARM ANIMAL EXPERIENCE & MANAGEMENT
"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.
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 second 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.
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!
- BACHELORS DEGREE UCONN- CLASS OF 2017
- CPR/FIRST AID/AED & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CERTIFIED
- STATE OF CT HEAD TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN PROGRESS
(School Year Part Time Teacher
& employed for summer camp)
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.
-SEVERAL YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING LITERACY INTERVENTION
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 MEDICATION CERTIFIED
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 learning.
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!
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