Carrie Dupell, Lead Infant Teacher, Canterbury
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, Concord
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.
Ross Ewing, Clerk, Manchester
I am a 2014 NHTI Early Childhood alumni, and am excited to start my professional teaching career in the infant room where I hope to contribute my perspectives and experiences to the classroom. I graduated from Plymouth State University in May of 2016 earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies; and recently worked as the program director at a summer camp in Meredith, Wanakee. Camping and outdoor experiences can play a vital role in the development and growth for children of all ages, and I am a determined advocate for the positive experiences that high quality summer camps can provide.
I have passion for teaching children of all ages, and my teaching philosophy centers around how education should adapt to the needs of children, and not the other way around. As I have always wanted to work at the center, I look forward to working with all of the children, families, and being a part of the CFDC and NHTI community again. 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.
Vanessa Lacey, Teacher Aide, Pembroke
I am currently attending NHTI for my associate degree in early child education and plan to transfer to SNHU to expand my education. Starting in 2014 I was an observation student at the Child and Family Development Center, where I had the opportunity to observe in the toddler, infant and kindergarten classrooms before being hired as an infant room teacher in 2015. After transitioning between rooms where needed, I found my home back in the infant room in 2017. I loved watching children grow and helping them reach their developmental milestones.
In my free time I enjoy running, spending time with my dog, and playing outside. I love the outdoors everywhere from tubing down the river to snowboarding on the mountains.
Stephanie Couture, Clerk, Manchester
I’ve always loved working with children! I started helping out in the nursery at my church and was soon helping at the vacation bible school during the summer. Through my experiences, I was driven to learn more about early childhood development.
In May of 2017, I earned an associates degree in early childhood education from NHTI; and am currently working toward a bachelor’s degree at Granite State College. When I graduate I hope to have a degree in early childhood education including a pre-kindergarten through grade 3 teaching certificate.
When I am not working with children I love to practice cheerleading, watch sports and be outdoors with my friends and family.
Genavieve Oliveria, Clerk, Laconia
I have always found working with children to be very rewarding. After caring for younger siblings, being a nanny for two families, and working at a summer camp, I decided to take classes at NHTI to study early childhood education. When observing the children, teachers, and carefully structured environment at the center, I noticed the thoughtful approach to the nurturing and guidance involved in making this place so wonderful.
As a current student and new member of the infant room team, I’m learning how to be a better teacher every day. From learning to be increasingly patient in the classroom, to learning how to reflect on my own professional growth.
When I’m not with the infants, you can find me outside playing in nature. I’m an avid hiker and love to be on the lake. During the winter months, I share my love for skiing as an instructor of young children at Gunstock Mountain.