MARY JOHNSON CHILDREN'S CENTER
Hi! My name is Courtney also known as Coco to many! I live in Middlebury with my husband Jesse and our two kids Quinn (4 ½) and Hudson (1 ½). We have a dog named Kona, a cat named Sophie, a bunny named Buns, and chickens! My husband and I both grew up here in Addison County and knew this is where we wanted to start our family. In my free time I enjoy going for walks around our neighborhood, as well as going on hikes! I also really love food!
I have my Associates Degree in Early Education and have been working with infants and toddlers for 10 years! I came to Mary Johnson five years ago to help start there infant program. I am looking forward to another year getting to know the children and their families and having so much fun exploring curriculum that is child led. It’s the best, most rewarding job.
My name is Rosie and I have been working for Mary Johnson for three years. I started at the school age program and made my way here to be in a floating position and now starting my first year working in the infant/toddler classroom!
Outside of the classroom I love spending time with my family and friends, being outside, and drawing. I grew up in Ripton VT and now live in Shoreham with my significant other Maverick.
My name is Lisa Stewart I have been working at MJCC since April 2021. I live in Pittsford with My partner Luke and our cat Scout. I love to garden and preserve what we grow. I am an avid amateur photographer and fisher. Music is a big part of my life and while I don't play an instrument, or sing very well, I like to call myself a professional listener; I will listen to everything and anything I can get my hands on.
While in high school I worked in a preschool, then went on to work at Head Start in Brandon, and as a nanny. I took a break from working with children for a while to work as an in home caregiver. I spent several years taking care of a quadriplegic as well as working on his farm. That was always a lot of fun, I learned a lot about farming, taking care of somebody, and how to listen. I then went on to Hospice and palliative care for the elderly. For the past couple of years, I've been working at Killington Daycare at their ski school. I worked mostly with two and three year old’s, and I got to meet children from all over the world which was a real joy. I am so excited for the opportunity to work and learn from everyone here a MJCC.
In May of 2017, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BA in Environmental studies and a minor in Geology. That summer I lived with my dog on top of Hadley mountain. After a season as a Fire Tower Steward, I started working as an Environmental educator with nature’s classroom. This was a wonderful opportunity to work with students and staff in a collaborative, cohesive and innovative atmosphere. Other opportunities heightened my communication skills while offering me extensive experience working with people from all walks of life. I am confident that these experiences have allowed me to gain a depth of
knowledge about connecting to people, learning through play, and enriching our youth.
I am excited to be at MJCC as a staff member and happy to be an Early Educator at such a dynamic and supportive school.
Hi! My name is Wendy Chase and I live in Bristol with my family on our small farm. My husband Mike and I have been married for 19 years and together for 26 (high school sweethearts). We have 3 beautiful children, Natalie, 18 and enrolled at Norwich University, Avery 13, attending Mt Abe Union and Gavin 10 who is at Bristol Elementary. Our small farm consists of a horse, 2 goats, 15 chickens, a bunny, 2 cats and 2 giant dogs! Our family loves arts and crafts, camping, fishing, field hockey and Spartan Races.
Prior to COVID, I owned a licensed home child care program with the State of Vermont for 11 years. I am so very excited and thankful to have become part of MJCC and get to work with all of your kiddos!
I live in Pittsford with my husband David and our 3 children Luke, James and Fiona, all who have or are currently attending Mary Johnson. I enjoy taking nature walks, cooking, working with clay and exploring science. I have been working with children of varying ages for 15+ years. I have completed the VT Childcare apprenticeship program and continue to work towards my degree. I have been at Mary Johnson as a Narnian teacher since 2014. If you ask any child that has been in my classroom what Lisa does all day, the answer might be “She makes messes” and it would not be far from the truth. I cannot wait to spend another year here at MJCC (seriously!) and to continue to gain knowledge from my colleagues as well as getting to know all of my students and their families.
I am a native Vermonter and grew up nearby in Shelburne, VT. I recently moved to Monkton with my husband and our two children. Our daughter Sadie is in 1 st grade and our 4 year old son Charlie is a Thunder Dragon here at Mary Johnson. We also have a pug named Ginger and a cat named Figaro. I’ve been an Early Childhood Educator for the last 15 years and have been part of the Mary Johnson teaching community for the last five. I currently hold a Vermont teaching license and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at UVM in education with a major concentration in Psychology.
My name is Madison Little and I currently live in Lincoln where I was born and raised. Outside of work I competitively ride my horse Diesel in Gymkhanas, barrel races and rodeos. I enjoy trail riding with my dog Cinch, my mom Katie and her dog Spur. Some things I enjoy are training my dog how to alert me when my blood sugar is low/high, training my horse along with other people's horses and dogs.
I started off by just watching friends and families children as a summer job and that's when the love of working with kids started. I have currently been working with kids for about 7 years. I have my certification in Fundamentals for Early Childhood as well as a number of certifications in Better Kid Care. My plan is to work on getting more certifications in the age groups I’m working with to help better myself and my education in Early Education. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work at such an amazing center with great people and kids!
Hi, my name is Sue and I am a teacher in the Dawn Treader classroom. I have worked at Mary Johnson for over half of my life, which is over 30 years! I hold a CDA (Child Development Associate certificate).
I live in Salisbury and have been for many years. I have 4 adult children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I also have 3 cats whom I adore. I spend my free time visiting my family, cleaning my house, loving up my cats and watching movies on Netflix.
My name is Audrey Ells-Payne. I was born and raised in Vermont. Vermont’s culture, values, environment, and education system have kept me here to raise my own child. I have been working with children all of my adult life, primarily in elementary schools. A large focus of my experience lies in behavior intervention and trauma informed care. While pregnant with my daughter I completed a post baccalaureate program and obtained my teaching license. I have always found the most joy and reward in early intervention and decided to join the MJCC community. The child-centered, relationship-driven, and outdoor focused program is a great fit for both myself and my daughter. When not at school I enjoy being outdoors, music, gardening, reading, and creative construction and craft projects.
My name is Morgan and I live in Middlebury with my partner Jared and our daughter Brynley. Brynley is a Caspian at MJCC and absolutely loves her time here at school. I have been in childcare and the caretaking field for the past 10 years, taking care of children birth to elderly that also have diversified needs. I started at MJCC in October of 2020 and I am very excited to be with the DawnTreaders!
I am so grateful to be a part of the Mary Johnson Community. I returned to Mary Johnson in 2019 after several years of supporting families in different capacities both here in Vermont and in Texas. I have loved working with children and families for the past 22 years. I have worked with the Department of Children and Families here in Vermont and worked at a large center just off Fort Hood military base in Texas; both of these experiences truly help me to expand my ability to support children and families. I am also proud to share that I am a two time recipient of the Terri Lynn Lokoff National Teaching Award, I received the award in 2016 and in 2022.
My husband Mike and I live with our children here in Addison County. I'm a mother of four, I have an 18-year-old daughter Jocelyn, a 14-year-old son Jonathan, a 4-year-old son Oakley and 1-year-old daughter Amelia. I grew up in a large, diverse family where I am the oldest of eight children, six of which are adopted from all over the United States. My experiences with my siblings is what sparked my interest in becoming an early educator many years ago.
As a lifelong learner I am passionate about understanding and supporting the prevention of early childhood trauma and supporting our communityIn building resilience and safety for children and families.I enjoy exploring the natural world with children, as well as supporting children in scaffolding their experiences and expressing themselves through various art mediums.
I live in New Haven where I was born and raised and come from a close- knit large family. I enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends. I love to travel and have been to many countries outside the U.S. I graduated from Mt. Abraham Union in 2018 and attended the Obrien Aveda institute where I obtained my cosmetology license. For the past several years I worked for the Mary Johnson afterschool program and then joined Mary Johnson Children’s Center in 2021.
I was raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. My interests include music, food, giant soap bubbles and working on electronics. I studied film at the School of Visual Arts and studied audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research, both in Manhattan.
Having treasured my time in Vermont as a child, I moved to this area, landing in Burlington in 1996. I now live in beautiful South Starksboro!
Since volunteering and working at the VNA Family Room in 2001, I’ve worked in a variety of educational settings with children from infants to school age, including almost every year since then at Camp Common Ground in Starksboro.
I’ve been here at MJCC since 2017, and a few years before that as a sub. I have taken and continue to take many Early Childhood Education classes in addition to keeping current in CPR/First Aid.
It is a gift to have an opportunity to change human lives for the better while having fun, not to mention getting a chance to practice so many different skills all the while. How incredible! I am honored to take care of these amazing children and work with some amazing teachers as well!