Katie Lugg, Lead Preschool Teacher
I have worked at the Child and Family Development Center since 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in child development from Southern NH University. My favorite things about working with young children are watching them reach a developmental milestone for the first time. My classroom passions are reading stories, helping children learn to draw their ideas, building with blocks and conducting science experiments.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, taking my dog for walks and running for exercise. I love attending baseball games; my favorite team is the Fisher Cats! I also enjoy shopping and spending time with my family.
Stephanie Ring, Teacher Assistant
I have been working with children for 15 years. I have spent time with all ages and simply love watching them grow and learn new skills. When I first started working at the Child and Family Development Center I was a toddler teacher for three years then made the move to the preschool room and love it!
I am currently attending NHTI working towards my associate degree in early childhood education. In my spare time I love boating, hiking, spending time with family and friends and spending lots of time with the love of my life, my two-year old female boxer named Stella.
Aimee Gangel, Teacher Aide
Teaching is a second career for me and I am so excited to be working with young children! I am working towards an associate degree in early childhood education.
I’ve worked with infants and toddlers at the center and have always wanted to work with preschoolers as my teaching passion is through art. Any subject that sparks the children’s interests can be connected to and expanded with an art invitation, giving the learning that is taking place yet another dimension. I believe exposing young children to great works of art can inspire and encourage them to respond to what they see, as well as help them to appreciate that there are many ways of noticing and interpreting the world.
In my spare time I draw, paint with watercolors and create mixed media-collages and often sell my work through several juried fine art venues. I especially enjoy crafting handmade toys and creating one-of-a-kind activities for my young students! Music is also an important part of my life; I am currently learning to play Celtic fiddle and the banjo. I have resided in Contoocook for 20 years with my husband, Chuck, in a turn-of-the-century Victorian farmhouse we have renovated. We have two grown children and one granddaughter. I love nature, the changing seasons and the scenic beauty of New Hampshire, which inspires much of my artwork.
Vanessa Lacey, Teacher Aide
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. Although I loved working in the infant classroom, I knew I wanted to be with older children as I love watching them 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.