Sarah Henry, Director
I have been an employee of the Child and Family Studies Department at NHTI since 2011, teaching early childhood education courses, advising students, overseeing degree and certificate programs, and managing grants, all while working collaboratively with the teachers and staff of the CFDC. It is with excitement and pleasure that I now take on the role of director of the CFDC. With a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in early childhood special education, both from UNH, I have had the opportunity to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings for more than 15 years. I toured the CFDC in 2011 as a parent when applying for my position in the Child and Family Studies Department and I knew I had found my home.
Being in the college lab school setting is a rewarding experience as an early childhood professional. Seeing the best practices that ECE textbooks describe being carried out during daily interactions and routines in an organic way is refreshing and energizing. The professionalism of the teachers and staff at the CFDC astounds me daily. I look forward to my conversations with the people I work with because we all have a common goal: working together to meet the individual needs of the children in our care. We take our leadership roles in the field very seriously and I am proud to be a part of their team and to represent them as their director in the greater NHTI community and beyond.
When I am not fulfilling my role as director, I spend time with my husband and sons and our extended families. We enjoy traveling to new places every year, visiting museums, reading lots of books, listening to audiobooks, and playing with Legos! I also teach fitness classes, and enjoy cooking and eating vegetarian cuisine.
Lori Warner, Assistant Director & Curriculum Coordinator, Contoocook
I have worked for the CFDC since the day we opened back in 2001 progressing from assistant teacher in the preschool classroom, to lead teacher in the preschool classroom, to my current roles of assistant director and curriculum coordinator. I graduated from NHTI in 1999 with an associate’s degree in early childhood education, Phi Theta Kappa, and received the President’s Award for Excellence. Currently, I take coursework each semester as I work toward a bachelor’s degree in ECE through Granite State College.
My passion is facilitating children’s learning, ages 0 through 5, through experiential education. My classroom goals are to co-inquire and reflect with the teachers about their observations of children in their play; to help them create meaningful and relevant experiences for children that are integrated, on-going and evolving; to model for and support teachers in making children’s learning visible. Coaching and mentoring college students is an awesome responsibility and one that potentially affects countless children and families. I feel honored to be a part of this inspiring community.
At home, I am the office manager for my husband’s small and local business of 26 years, Warner Construction Company. Although we are empty-nesters, my husband and I enjoy cruising on our Harley, gardening, and spending lots of time with our close-knit and ever-growing family.
Cameron Hamel, Program Assistant, Gilmanton
I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from New England College with a minor in education in 1999. After working for the Concord Monitor for eight years and with Including Samuel, I found my home at the Child and Family Development Center in 2009.
My favorite part of each day is getting to greet the families, children and staff. I love helping out in classrooms, getting lost in paperwork, and organizing everything!
Outside of the center I work part time as an assistant for a before- and after-school program in Gilmanton. I spend as much time as possible with friends and family including my son, Patrick, our cat, Beastie. I have a weakness for sweet tea and anything mint; and love reading, walking, the outdoors, and singing to the radio. After trying worm composting for a few years, I transitioned into vegetable gardens and love to share the bounty!