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Lisa Shannon: Director 
Lisa comes to The Little House Next Door with over 18 years of early childhood development experience. She holds a Directors Credential, a National CDA Credential. Lisa has also taught classes to individuals seeking a CDA equivalency certificate.  She has been instrumental in designing and renovating day care centers, and enjoys the challenge of implementing and overseeing the development of new projects. Lisa's passion for the well being of children is always evident in every aspect in her management of The Little House Next Door. Lisa personally trains the staff to promote positve relationships not only with the children, but also with the parents. The curriculum she uses encourages the children to participate in activities that help develop creativity such as music, movement and art activities. The quality of the programs that she supervises and her skills at maintaining a positive and encouraging atmosphere are quite apparent by anyone visiting our center.

Elaina Heredia: Lead Teacher 
Elaina has 16 years experience as a lead teacher working with preschoolers and their families. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, graduating cum laude. Her teaching experiences with preschoolers includes developing weekly theme based lesson plans based on the High Scope curriculum. She is experienced in creating a safe environment in the classroom where children gain independence through making choices on their own. Elaina is an enthusiastic, patient, and caring teacher who is eager to help children grow and learn. She is always available to work with parents to set goals for thier children and review the childs progress.

Crystal Newkirk: Infant Teacher 
Crystal comes to The Little House Next Door with years of experience as a child care provider. She was a teachers assistant for many years at a Christian based child learning center. She holds many Childcare Training Certificates.   Crystal is very dedicated teacher.   She has a very caring manner and is excellent with the children.

Mary Kamine: Assistant Teacher
Mary comes to The Little House Next Door with over 10 years of experience working with preschoolers. She has taught three and four year olds and she is very dedicated to the children in her care.  Mary has two young boys of her own and her experience working with children and her creative ideas makes her a welcome addition to our center.

Abby comes to us with experience working with children of all ages from infant through school age.  She holds a CDA credential and has several of experience working in a childcare center.  Abby has a kind way with the children and does a great job keeping up with the high energy in this classroom.

OCTAVIA BROWN: Assistant Teacher
Octavia works primarily as an assistant in the one year old room.  She comes to us with 2 years of experience working in a childcare center and she has a very positive and loving approach with the children.

HEATHER JOHNS: Assistant Teacher
Heather has over 9 years of experience working with children of all ages from infant through school age.  She works mostly with the mixed group in the afternoon and she brings fun and energy to the afternoon program.

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