Carrie Dupell, Lead Infant Teacher
I believe that children have a natural curiosity to learn and explore their world. By observing the children in my care and being an active participant in their learning, I am able to make every day a new adventure! The sense of community between families, teachers and students at the CFDC makes it feel like home.
I have been working with young children since 1994 in a variety of environments. Earning my associate’s degree in early childhood education at NHTI, I came to the Child and Family Development Center when it opened in November of 2001. The CFDC provides teachers the opportunity to try new ideas and provoke children’s learning, helping them to reach their potential.
When I am not learning alongside children and college students at CFDC, you will find me with my own family. My son and daughter have taught me how important it is to take the time to slow down and see everything as if it were a first. So that we never miss the little things life brings us. Some of our favorite things to do together are being creative with art materials, going on adventures around our yard, building sand castles at the beach or enjoying a warm day out on our boat.
Kristen Smith, Assistant Teacher
Being a teacher has been my dream since I was a young girl and I have learned more than I could ever imagine as I have followed this dream. I have worked in child care with young children for many years, infants up to preschool, earning my associate’s degree in early childhood education from NHTI.
During my time as a student NHTI I learned so much about children, teaching and myself. Through my student teaching experience I not only found a center that respected children and their learning, but the age that really was the pull at my heart. I knew then that this was where I wanted to be, and have been with the Child and Family Development Center since 2009. I love the idea that I will never stop learning and each day brings something new and exciting.
When I am not with children, I enjoy spending time with my husband. We are very active and love being on the lake with our jet ski; taking our dog, Brontie, for walks; or just being outside.
Delaney Poirier, Clerk
I have been a student intern at the Child and Family Development Center since the fall of 2015 where I observed in the toddler room before being hired as a clerk in the infant room in the winter of 2015. I am currently working towards an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at NHTI and have one more year until I earn my degree. After earning my degree I plan to continue my education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University.
While here, I couldn’t help but fall in love with not only the children but the staff! I look forward to coming to work everyday and feel so lucky to be able to be apart of the life and growth of the children in the infant room. Watching them grow and learn and being able to be apart of these stages in there lives brings so much joy to me.
When not working with the children in the infant room, I nanny for a family with a three-year-old and a six-year-old. In my free time you can find me adventuring in the outdoors and spending quality time with my friends and family.
Ross Ewing, Infant Teacher / Childcare Aide
As an alumni of multiple college lab school programs, I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to help educate future generations of teachers. I feel that student involvement in our classroom is what makes NHTI’s Early Childhood program one of the best. Creating a community of collaboration between children, families, staff, and students is what differentiates us from other centers. Working within our community, we pull from everyone’s shared and individual experiences to shape all of our understandings. Through this collaboration, we work through challenges that help improve our ability to best meet the needs of children and their families, while providing excellent hands-on experiences for students.
I earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from NHTI in May 2014 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Prek-3rd grade NH teaching certification from Plymouth State University in May 2016. Having experience teaching children all the way through 3rd grade informs my work with the infants in our care in a substantial way. Seeing how a good foundation affects our youngest learners in the short term as well as how it impacts the long term cannot be understated. Getting to work with children at such a young age to build their self-confidence and to provide experiences that are based off their curiosity is an amazing opportunity. I’m always excited to work with families to provide the best quality of care for every child that comes into our classroom.
Outside of the CFDC, I enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction novels, exploring the outdoors of scenic New Hampshire, and volunteering in my community. Currently, I am a board member for the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children (NHAEYC) where I help advocate for the highest quality of care and education for children in the state I love most, New Hampshire.