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
Started working in toddler room July 2007
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. I look forward to buying an old house that I can deconstruct, reconstruct, paint, and decorate.
My husband Lee and I just welcomed our second baby, Marlow into our lives. She and her brother Ensen are truly a joy. They have helped me become an even better teacher to young children. They give me a whole new perspective.
Bonnie Morin, Assistant Teacher
Started working at CFDC June 2005 and has worked in all rooms throughout the years
I have worked at the Child and Family Development Center for 9 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 28 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
Observation Student in toddler room September 2010-December 2010
Started working in toddler room January 2011
I have been a student intern at the Child and Family Development Center since 2011 and became an Assistant Teacher in 2012. I earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education here at NHTI in 2013. I have plans to continue for my bachelor’s degree at SNHU and often dream of one day obtaining a master’s. 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.
Hillary Picknell, Teacher's Aide
Practicum Student January 2014-May 2014
Started working in toddler room March 2014
I started the early childhood education degree program in the fall of 2011 and after a lot of hard work am graduating in the spring of 2014. I had observed in the toddler room during my first semester in the program then switched to the infant room during that spring semester. I really enjoyed both experiences and was so lucky when my practicum got switched to the toddler room here. Becoming a part of the toddler room team has been absolutely amazing and I am so happy to be here! I am planning on going to Granite State College in the fall of 2014 to earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
I really enjoy working with toddlers because they are so curious and adventurous. They are really wonderful and I really love coming to work now, first job ever that that has happened! I feel like I learn as much from them that they learn from me, it is great!
My interests outside of working are quite varied. I really love to spend time outside whenever possible, especially during the beautiful weather. I grew up around a lot of lakes and mountains so hiking and swimming are at the top of my fun list. I also really enjoy reading and hanging out with my family and friends and my pets!
Emma Heath, Clerk
Observation student in toddler room January 2014- May 2014
Started working in toddler room March 2014
I have been a student observer at the Child Family Development Center since 2013 and am currently in the Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities program here at NHTI. I plan to graduate with an associate’s degree in May 2015 and continue my education, completing a bachelor’s degree at SNHU in the future and specializing in a disability field.
I was drawn into a career working with children because of how much I enjoy watching them learn and grow. When I am not working with the children in the toddler room, I nanny for a family with two toddler girls; toddlers are my kind of people! I am so grateful to be a part of the CFDC staff and thoroughly enjoy spending my days here in the toddler room!
I have many interests including watching movies, listening to music, and taking part in anything outdoors, especially hiking and skiing at my family’s house up north! I spend most of my weekends there with my family enjoying the mountains.