Andrea Burdick, Lead Teacher, Concord
I graduated from Keene State College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and a second major of Social Sciences. I’ve worked in many centers but my long term career goal has always been to become a facilitating teacher at a laboratory school. I never imagined I’d meet my goal so early in my career and end up being here for TEN YEARS!
I have a husband and two amazing children, Ensen (5) and Marlow (4). We have two fluffy cats named Lemon and Toofer. Among my top favorite pastimes are reading (I love non-fiction!), trail hikes, running, and singing. I also really enjoy learning new skills through home improvement projects. I recently bought an old house that I can deconstruct, reconstruct, paint, and decorate.
Sherry Krejckant, Assistant Teacher, Pembroke
I became a student intern at the Child and Family Development Center in 2011 and became an Assistant Teacher in 2012. I earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education here at NHTI in 2013 and was promoted to full time in 2015. I have plans to continue for my bachelor’s degree at SNHU and often dream of one day obtaining a master’s. I’m so excited to be working with children and my wonderful coworkers. I come to work with a giant smile because I know I’m so lucky to be involved in the life of these children. They make my weekends so long and boring in comparison.
During my free time I can be found spending a ridiculous amount of time reading and browsing Netflix for new series’ to waste my time watching. I recently bought a new home and am excited to get settled in and create a cozy space for the winter months.
Cheyanne Schwalbe, Assistant Teacher, Concord
I just earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education here at NHTI. After graduation I plan to higher my degree at a graduate school and minor in special education. During my first semester at NHTI I requested to be placed in the infant room for a new experience to challenge myself. I enjoyed watching them develop new life skills and wanted to continue my lab hours with the next age group up. Once I had been in the toddler room for a few weeks of my second semester I knew I wanted to continue working with that age group of children.
Working with children is such an amazing experience because you’re not only helping them learn but they also take part in teaching us. I love coming to work everyday knowing everyday is different and there's always a new adventure.
During my free time I enjoy spending it with my family. I have a very big family which keeps me busy whether its baseball games, dance recitals, or just having a relaxing day on the lake, they always keep me going.
Carissa Archibald, Teacher's Aide, Penacook
I am currently a student at NHTI where I’m working toward my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, specializing in children with special needs. I started observing in the toddler room each week and found my niche.
During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to camp and play beach volleyball.
Delaney Poirier, Clerk, Concord
When starting my journey here at NHTI I always dreamed of being able to be apart of the community of CFDC. I was hired in the infant room in the winter of 2015. I enjoyed my time learning and growing in that classroom but knew toddlers was the age I wanted to be with. I made the transition to the toddler classroom in the beginning of 2017 and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I am currently working towards an associates degree in Early Childhood Education at NHTI. After earning my degree, I plan to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree at 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. 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, you can find me adventuring in the outdoors and spending quality time with my friends and family.
Abigail Ferguson, Clerk, Concord
I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with a bachelor’s in linguistics. Previously I worked as an English teacher abroad in Korea. Teaching abroad taught me I loved teaching young children (specifically toddlers!), but I wanted to improve my knowledge and become a better teacher. I am now a student at NHTI working towards my goal of educating myself to be a better teacher. I am working towards obtaining my Early Childhood Education Certificate.
Outside of my studies and work, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my two dogs, and reading poetry.