Ross Ewing, Director
I have been an employee of the Child and Family Development Center since August of 2016. It is an honor to serve as the Director of the Child and Family Development Center, which provided me the foundation of knowledge and the skills I needed to be a high-quality teacher. I started as a part time Teaching Assistant in the Infant Room in 2016 and was promoted to a full-time Child-Care Aide in the Infant Room in 2017. I have been serving as Director since June of 2019. I earned my associate degree in Early Childhood Education from NHTI in 2014, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a PreK-3rd Grade Teaching Certification form Plymouth State University which I completed in 2016. Having a background working in both child care and public-school settings gives me a unique perspective on our program's structure and how we can best support children as they transition through each classroom and eventually on to grade school. I am constantly amazed by our staff’s ability to create emergent curriculum that engages children in their interests while also creating in-depth learning experiences.
A large part of our program’s offering is our work with the early childhood education students at NHTI. The fact that we get to help educate and train the educators of tomorrow is a humbling process. I can speak to the value of the experience that lab students get from our program because I have been through it myself. I have fond memories of coming for my observation hours as a student, and recall those learning experiences vividly today. I value the enormous effort the staff, college professors, and administrators expend in order to coordinate such a high-quality hands-on learning experience for the lab students.
When I am not teaching, I love being outdoors, playing guitar, singing, and reading. Music has played a significant role in my educational experience growing up, and I love to provide moments to explore music with children. I also volunteer for the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, and I also sit on the governing board and serve as Secretary for the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children (NHAEYC).
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 have multiple part time jobs helping neighbors, the local public school and friends. I spend as much time as possible with friends and family including my son, Patrick. I have a weakness for sweet tea and anything mint; and love reading, walking, the outdoors, and singing to the radio.