Meet the KinderStart Team!

Hello, my name is Judy. I work as the Director of KinderStart. I have a 14 year old son, Keenan, a 27 year old daughter, Mandi, and a 6 year old grandson, Adam. I also have two bonus children Caden who is 12 and Mariah who is 16. I have been in the Early Childhood Education Field for over 30 years. I graduated from Champlain College with an AS degree in ECE and continued with courses through CCV and Union Institute. In 2017 I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I have also completed the Director's Credential for the State of VT. I am a STARs assessor for the STep Ahead Recognition System and also a Professional Development Specialist which allows me to do verification visits for students completing their CDA process. I also have training in Child Abuse and Neglect, and train staff in this area in compliance with ACT 1. Currently I am enrolled in a Masters of Science program in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership. I dabble a little at photography and enjoy being with children and learning all about their world- it keeps me young at heart!

Hello, my name is Mandi. I joined the KinderStart team in the fall of 2014. I am co-owner of KinderStart Preschool and act as the Program Director and Preschool Educator. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2005 and have worked with a variety of age groups and have gained ample experience in administrative positions. Throughout my professional development I had previously obtained my Child Development Associate Credential for Infants and Toddlers; completed the VT Child Care Apprenticeship program as a Child Development Specialist; as well as the beginning process for the Director’s Credential for the State of VT. In 2017 I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education; I am currently enrolled as a Masters of Science student in Human Services with a concentration on Organizational Management and Leadership and am participating in a peer review program to obtain my Teaching Licence with an Early Childhood Education endorsement. I appreciate a holistic approach to early education that honors the individual needs of children and provides them with experiences that support their development as well as engages their interests.

I believe community involvement is imperative in creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere for not only the children in my care but for the families as well. I am always exploring new resources and ideas to share! I adore working with children every day and seeing their smiling faces and I value the time I spend with other professionals in the field both assisting them in their growth and learning from them.

Hello, my name is Karin. I joined the KinderStart team in the Spring of 2015 and am currently the Preschool Educator. I have been working with children for over twenty years. I have completed the VT Child Care Apprenticeship Program as a Child Development Specialist and have many additional classes under my belt in Early Childhood Education. I have worked with a variety of age groups and administrative positions in the field of Early Education and I love a smaller setting with the KinderStart family!

Hello, my name is Sharon. I am the toddler educator here at KinderStart Preschool. I have experience with Yoga and love incorporating it into our daily routine. I have just enrolled in the Vermont Childcare Apprenticeship Program and I am looking forward to learning more about children and their development. I am excited to be a part of the KinderStart family!

Hello, my name is Mema. I worked previously at KinderStart Preschool as the food program coordinator, or as the children say "the chef"! Currently, I help out as an administrative assistant. I really enjoy seeing the children when I am at KinderStart Preschool and hearing all of their stories.

Hello, my name is Joy! I am a Teaching Assistant here at KinderStart Preschool and I help out in all of the classrooms! I love to have fun and joke with the children and I am learning a lot about child development. I look forward to seeing everyone everyday!