Tracy Phillips, Lead Teacher
For most of my professional life I have been teaching in one way or another but my passion has always been working with children. I love the opportunities each day brings to empower children to learn and grow, follow their interests and unique learning styles.
I earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education from NHTI (Phi Theta Kappa); and worked at the Child and Family Development Center for four years before spending a year in a local charter elementary school as an aid and reading teacher. I returned to CFDC when they opened the kindergarten room in July 2015.
Outside of the center, I enjoy cooking, hiking, working with the PowerKnights (my local high school robotics team) and participating in living history events. My husband and I share our home with two fluffy cats.
Ashley Pierce, Assistant Teacher
This childcare center is no stranger to me as while working toward my degree at NHTI, I completed observation hours at the center. Since then, I knew this is where I wanted to build my career as an educator.
I’m a New Hampshire native, born in Concord, raised in Hillsboro, and currently living in Deering. It’s where I dug in my roots to care for my 6-year old nephew and my rescue dog.
Before I began my journey as an educator, I was a licensing and background investigator for Lincoln Financial group, and in 2007 I joined the United States Army (active duty). While in the military I had the opportunity to train as an Airborne and Air Assault Soldier. I was stationed at Fort Bragg, S.C., and Fort Carson, CO. During the course of my military career I deployed to Iraq for 15 months, and Afghanistan for 11 months. It was through a unique opportunity that my unit and I experienced which started my interest in being an educator. I truly enjoyed my time serving and it has allowed me to create a network of friends I call family.
When I am not in the classroom I enjoy hiking, gardening, camping, and spending time with my family. I am also pursing the option to join the United States Army Reserves. I am a firm believer in taking each experience as it comes, and allowing each experience to teach and help me grow as a person. I am an open book and welcome any and all forms of communication with families and children. I look forward to integrating myself at the CFDC and getting to know all our families and children.