The toddler program accommodates fourteen children from 18 months to 3 years old. The environment is set up to encourage newly developed motor skills, increasing vocabulary and independence, and social competence.
Toddler Room Staff
Andrea Burdick, Lead Toddler Teacher
I graduated from Keene State College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and a second major of social sciences. I’ve worked in many centers but my long term career goal has always been to become a facilitating teacher at a laboratory school. I never imagined I’d meet my goal so early in my career. I’m truly blessed to be here. I love everything about working in a professional child care program. I hope that I can help make the lab school experience as positive for the NHTI students as it was for me. I think I’d also eventually like to earn a master’s degree.
I have approximately a billion interests! Among my top pastimes are cooking (new, fancy, ethnic) meals, reading (I love non-fiction!), shopping (for rugs, pillows, bedding, dishes, house stuff!), and singing! I also really enjoy painting but not art – walls! Painting walls is one of my favorite chores.
My husband Lee and I just welcomed our first baby, Ensen into our lives! He is truly a joy. Ensen has helped me become an even better teacher to young children. He helps me have a whole new perspective!
Bonnie Morin, Assistant Teacher
I have worked at the Child and Family Development Center for six years. I started as a toddler teacher where I stayed for a year before becoming a preschool teacher for four years. I even had an opportunity to work in the infant classroom before returning to the toddler classroom. People ask me what my favorite age is and I honestly like every age group I have worked with! I am passionate about my work with children and look forward to coming to work every day.
I have a husband, Mark, of 27 years, and two daughters. Abbie, 21, recently earned a degree in theater from Plymouth State College; and Jocelyn, 19, is majoring in international community development at the University of Vermont. I also have two dogs: Stanley and Harley.
My interests outside of my work include gardening, yoga, cooking and music. I sing in our local community choir and you will often hear me singing around the classroom.
Sherry Krejckant, Assistant Teacher
I have been a student intern at the Child and Family Development Center since 2011 and attend NHTI where I’m currently working towards my associate’s degree, graduating in 2013. I have plans to continue for my bachelor’s degree at SNHU and often dream of one day obtaining my masters. I’m so excited to be working with children and my wonderful coworkers. I come to work with a giant smile because I know I’m so lucky to be involved in the life of these children. They make my weekends so long and boring in comparison.
During my free time I can be found spending a ridiculous amount of time painting my nails, scrapbooking, cuddling with my cats, or browsing the internet. I’ve recently found a love for the outdoors and enjoy doing new things and exploring new places.
Harley Smith, Student Intern
I am currently a student at NHTI in the Early Childhood Education major and I am in the middle of my second year. I am planning on finishing this program in the spring of 2013 but will then continue for one more semester for general studies. I grew up in Hopkinton with my mom, my dad, and my three older sisters.
Ever since I could remember I have wanted to work with children, but was not completely sure on how to do so until I came here. I came with the intentions of working with elementary education but soon realized my passion for early childhood! I have observed in the infant and toddler rooms here at the CFDC and now am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with the toddlers. It has been an exciting and interesting experience so far, I am still amazed every day by the things I learn from the children. I can’t wait to see what else it will bring me!
I am still figuring out what I would like to do in my future but one goal that I have is to be a children’s librarian since I love books and know how important they are to children! My interests include reading, spending time outside, spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy hanging out with my animals and recently found out how important naps can be!