Kim Snow, Program Director at Pinkham RoadKim Snow, Program Director at Pinkham Road 

Kim has been working in the field of Early Childhood since 1986.  She joined Growing Places in 2006 and has worked with children ages newborn to 6 at our organization.  After teaching in our Pre-K/K classroom and our Infant classroom previously, Kim became the Program Director in August 2014.  Kim looks forward to supporting teachers in fostering children’s development and guiding and supporting children as they learn to solve problems, relate to others and develop new skills. Kim is a passionate about allowing children to explore and learn the natural environment, she sees outdoor experiences as an extension of the classroom. Kim values establishing relationships with children, families and fellow staff. She understands how important it is that every member of the community feels valued and cared for.

Kim grew up in Rye, NH. She graduated from UNH, achieving a BS in Child/Family studies in 1988 and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 1996. Kim is a part of a close-knit family and lives in Berwick, Maine with her husband Steve and their two children Anna and William. Kim looks forward to family weekend getaways to Boston and lazy summer days at the lake. Working hard to raise happy, healthy children is a priority. Kim enjoys Yoga and tries to stay fit. Her guilty pleasure is ice cream. She loves her THREE cats and little dog. Staying at home with her family for a quiet night in is what she enjoys the most.

 

Lindsey FB picLindsey Colbath, Infant Teacher at Pinkham Road

Lindsey has worked in the field of early childhood education for the past five years. Before joining Growing Places in June 2015 she worked in a home center for two years as an after school teacher aid and for three years as a full time lead infant/toddler teacher. While in high school she participated in the teaching program for all four years and just recently received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Great Bay Community College. Lindsey plans on furthering her education to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education by attending Granite State College.
Lindsey feels her work with infants is indescribable! She is amazed at how much they grow and develop in such a short period of time. Watching them achieve milestones and knowing she helped them reach them is simply incredible.
When she is not working or going to school she thoroughly enjoys spending time outdoors camping, playing paintball, and spending the day on the lake, but her favorite thing to do is to spend time with family and friends.

 

 Katie GKatie Gray, Infant Teacher at Pinkham Road

Katie started working at Growing Places as a Teacher Aide in January 2015. When the lead infant teacher position opened, she knew this was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Working with infants has always been a passion for Katie and she quickly fell in love with Growing Places after her first week as a Teacher Aide.  Prior to working at Growing Places, she worked at a child care center for three years, and an after school program for four.  She is currently attending Great Bay Community College to receive an associates in Early Childhood Education.

Outside of work and school Katie loves to spend time with family and friends. She has two dogs that she absolutely adores, and really enjoys exploring new outdoor places with them.

 

 

Greta bio pic Greta Russell , Toddler Teacher at Pinkham Road

Greta will graduate from the University of New Hampshire in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Child Development. She has worked at Growing Places as a teacher aide since 2014. Before this, she had experience throughout her undergraduate years working with many children of all ages in a number of different educational settings; including being a  teacher-aide at a Montessori school, a one-on-one aide for children with varying needs, and an intern in a Nursery classroom.

Since joining the Growing Places team as a teacher aide in 2014, she immediately loved the positive learning environment the teachers created and knew she wanted to work as a teacher in this program one day. Greta loves the way young children explore their surroundings and are curious about learning.   Her passion for providing creative activities, implementing music and singing, and spending time playing alongside the children encourages her every single day to be the best teacher she can be!

Greta is from a small town in Connecticut right on the shoreline.  When home she spends most of her time at the ocean and on the Connecticut River. She also loves to spend time with friends, family, and her dogs!  In her free time she loves exploring new places to hike, doing yoga, and being outdoors as much as possible.

 

Julie Scadova, Toddler Teacher at Pinkham Road

Julie started at Growing Places in May 2012.  She has 7 years experience working with children of all ages, mainly with preschool and toddlers.  After being out of the child care field for 15 years, Julie is very excited to be working with children again.  She has been a Growing Places parent since 2007 and is happy to be a part of a team where everyone has such a positive attitude and works together to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment.   Julie has her teaching certificate from Granite State College and is currently taking courses in early childhood education at Great Bay Community College.

Julie grew up in Madbury and has lived in New Hampshire all of her life.  She lives in Madbury with
her husband, Andrew and two children, Caleb and Sarah.  She enjoys doing outdoor actives with her family
such as walking, biking, swimming, camping and snowshoeing.

 

teach-Shane-KraftonShane Krafton, Preschool Teacher at Pinkham Road

Shane joined Growing Places in 2004 and worked as a Program Director until August 2014 when she wanted to work in the classroom again. She was a teacher/director of a child care program in Massachusetts for eight years previous to joining Growing Places. Shane has her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University.

Shane is a strong presence at Growing Places and views her position and work as nurturing and developing relationships: relationships with children, with co workers, with parents. She takes great satisfaction in working for an organization that is family oriented in all aspects. Shane knows that a high quality teaching staff is essential to caring for young children.

Shane enjoys spending time with her husband Matthew, daughters Samantha and Grace and son, Matthew. Their extended family is very close; full of adventure; and enjoy most things that involve the outdoors.

 

Lindsay Michel, Preschool Teacher at Pinkham Road

Lindsay has been working as a preschool teacher at Growing Places since 2005. Before joining the Growing Places team she attended Plymouth State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Welfare and Family Studies.

Lindsay embraces her work as a teacher and enjoys watching children explore and grow each day. She has formed many amazing relationships with children, families and coworkers.  Lindsay is excited that her son Colin has joined the Growing Places family and she will be able to watch him make relationships with friends and staff.  When not at work,  Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends at her camp at Milton Three Ponds during the warm summer days.

 

 

Kate A. Milne, PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Teacher at Pinkham Road
Kate has been working at Growing Places since 1988, and has a BA from UNH and an Early Childhood Certificate from the School of Lifelong Learning. Kate has held a number of different positions at Growing Places, including that of Preschool Teacher, PreK Teacher, Program Director, and Director of Personnel and Training.

To Kate, returning to the classroom after 15 years of administrative work feels like “coming home.” She enjoys establishing routines with children to help them feel safe and empowered. She loves the challenge of thinking on her feet about appropriate and respectful ways to handle the ups and downs of a day in PreK. It keeps her creative juices flowing! She feels that observing children engaged in the learning process is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.

In addition to working with children, Kate enjoys running, hiking, yoga, cycling, baking, reading and socializing with friends. Her three effervescent children keep her busy as well!  One of Kate’s favorite things to do is get together with extended family.

Kate feels that for more than 25 years, Growing Places has truly been a place that has allowed her to grow as a person and as a professional. She is grateful every day to have a job that is in sync with her personal philosophy about teaching and life.

 

Michelle-Guthrie Durham Childcare director of operations

Michelle Guthrie, PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Teacher at Pinkham Road

Michelle graduated from Plymouth State University in 1990 with a BA in Psychology/Child Development. She has worked for Growing Places since 1996, where she began as a Toddler Teacher. She soon moved into an administrative position, and worked as an Early Childhood Program Director and then Director of Operations for 18 years.  After many rewarding years in an administrative role, she decided she wanted to work directly with children again and began teaching in PreK in August 2014.

Very soon after joining Growing Places, Michelle knew in her heart that this is where she was meant to be.  She loves working for an organization whose value for children is so congruent with her own. She takes pride in creating an open and trusting environment for staff and families. Her strength is in helping to build a strong sense of community that is inclusive of diverse children, families and staff.

Michelle lives in Barrington with her husband Jim, their daughters Tallis and Marlow, and their 3 dogs – Chet, Zeke and Zuzella.   Both of Michelle’s girls have been in Growing Places programs since infancy. Although she would love to be at home with her children, she sees Growing Places as the next best thing – they have gotten so much from the nurturing, loving care, and enriching experiences that they have had. Michelle feels lucky to be working for an organization that supports children and families, while also valuing staff development and growth.