Meet Our Teachers
My name is Wendy Demers, and I have worked in the Early Childhood field for over 29 years. BVS has been my home for six of them! I have earned an Early Childhood Professional Credential Level 3, Early Childhood Administrator Credential Level 1, and Early Childhood Credential Development Specialist Mentor Credential. In the Winter of 2024, I will graduate with my B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I’m thankful for the relationships I build with the families of the children in my care.
I have been married for 24 years and have two beautiful children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, attending concerts, going to the beach, and being up in the mountains.
Executive Director & Owner
Our fierce leader shares 41 years of experience in Reggio Inspired Programs. She created BVS in 2005. While with leading her pack at BVS, Donna is also on The Barrington Town Planning Board and is a leader in the Barrington Community. She spends every waking minute at BVS to ensure quality for her families and teachers. Donna puts her heart and soul into everything she does including her love for kids and teaching.
My name is Cassandra, most call me “Ms Cass”, and I am so excited to start my journey at BVS! I have been married for 14 years and have two wonderful teenage children, who keep my nights and weekends very busy!! I have ALWAYS loved children, but my true passion is with infants and toddlers. I began my journey in early childhood when I was 14, volunteering in an infant room, babysitting for parents and families, and eventually working as an assistant teacher in a variety of childcare settings. I earned my Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, from UNH in 2009, and went to work in the community providing Early Intervention services, as a Speech Language Pathologist. During that time, the role of family dynamics, culture, and connection to a child’s development became high interests of mine.
I spend my free time with my family and our pets, our friends and their kids, and going to any body of water and soaking up the sun. I also like to read books, go for walks, watch true crime and documentaries, eat good food and sweets, shop, and a new one, travel! I had the privilege of staying home with my kids while they were young, but I am so happy to be back! KIDS IS WHERE IT’S AT!!
Hello, my name is Tristan Lord. I have my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been in the childcare field for 16 years. I married an amazing man, have a cat named Boo, and two guinea pigs named Tucker and Baby Bear. My favorite things to do in my spare time are reading, writing, coloring, shopping, going to the beach, and playing video games. I have worked with all ages, from infants up to school age children. I love to read, sing songs, and dance with the children.
My name is Amanda Shirley and I've worked in childcare for 20+ years with all age groups. I have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 3 credential with an Infant & Toddler Foundational Level 1 endorsement and attended school at NHTI in Concord. I have also received a certificate in medical coding as well. I am so excited to be a lead teacher here at BVS! I love working with young children, watching them grow, learn, and build positive relationships with them and their families.
In my spare time, I love spending time with friends and family, especially my little nieces and nephews! I love being outdoors, hiking, going to the beach, traveling, and floating out on the lake.
My name is Lindsey Knight! I am new to working in childcare and have been working in the field since 2022. I am a mother and have worked as a nanny throughout high school. I have been enlisted with the Air National Guard since 2015 and plan to continue my military career for years to come! I have an Associate's Degree in criminal justice and will be graduation from UNNH with my Bachelor's by the end of 2024. I studied Early Childhood Education for about two years and have learned so much, but have switched back to Criminal Justice. I love working with children: watching them grow, explore, and develop their own personalities. The safety and education of our youth are two of my top priorities. "I believe children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside." - Whitney Houston
In my free time I love to travel and explore. Being in the military I've had the privilege of traveling all over the country and even the world. I think it's important to show my son what a big world this is and all the amazing sights and opportunities that there are out there.
My name is Lisa Bringhurst and I've worked in the Early Childhood Field for 17 years. I'm working on my Associate's Degree at Granite State College and am in the process of transferring to NHTI. I have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 2 Credential. I am excited to start my new journey at BVS, getting to share my love of nature and deepen my understanding of Reggio-Inspired curriculum. I love children and watching them grow.
In my free time, I like to go to the races during the summer months. I like to go camping, spend time outside, and spend time with my family: I'll go to the races with my dad, shopping with my mom, and spend time at home with my son. I also enjoy those days where I lie on the couch with a comfy blanket and watch a good movie. I love animals and have 2 cats who I adore and love cuddling and playing with.
Hello, my name is Lisa Dupree and you can find me in the Redwood’s classroom. I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, have earned an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 3 endorsement, and have been working with children for over 25 years. I am also Mom to 2 boys. I feel so fortunate to be a part of teaching children every day. I love seeing the world through their eyes, sharing my joy of learning with them, and helping them to build foundational skills that will enable them to be kind, confident, and successful as lifelong learners. I have been working at BVS since August 2020 and am thrilled to be a part of the BVS team. In my spare time, I like spending time with my family, hiking, taking road trips, writing, and baking.
Hi, I’m Miss. Anna and I’ve been at BVS for a little over two years. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Adventure Therapy in 2019 from Unity College and have continued to work with challenging kiddos inside and outside of the classroom in outdoor settings ever since. I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to Direct the BVS Summer Camp in 2021. I’ve earned my New Hampshire Afterschool Direct Service Level Six Credential, New Hampshire Early Childhood Educator Level One Credential, and my Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certificate. I also look forward to expanding my knowledge as a teacher in future trainings and classes outside of BVS. Along with working with some amazing kiddos, my passions include traveling and exploring the great outdoors in the United States and beyond; I’ve recently finished a circumnavigation of the continent of Australia with my fiancé!
I truly believe and live by the quotes “Adventure is out there” and “The wilderness must be explored”.
My name is Amie Hurd and I have recently started my journey in child care at BVS. I am a proud mother of two beautiful children. I have a degree in Culinary Arts, however after having my second child I was looking for a different career path. After looking into BVS I decided this would be a wonderful place not only for my children to attend but for me to work and learn more about the Reggio program. To me, the Reggio way of teaching and learning is the best form of education for children.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and being outdoors either running, hiking or spending the day at the beach.
& Classroom Float
Hello! My name is Courtney Whitehouse. I have worked at BVS since July of 2019 and have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 4 credential. You can find me in any classroom because as a "float" I help out where needed.. While I was in high school I spent all four years in the teaching program. During my time there I worked with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children! I also graduated with my Associates Degree from Great Bay in 2023. I knew I wanted to be a teacher and am so happy to be a part of the BVS Team!
In my spare time I love to go to concerts, visit the beach, and spend time outdoors. I love going four wheeling, mudding, and camping!
My name is Val Ross and I recently joined the BVS team. I have 30 years of parenting our 7 children and homeschooling them. My husband and I joined the empty nester club last year and now full-time spoil our two dogs and chickens. I have enjoyed working in law enforcement, retail and as a midwife assistant at home births. We recently moved to New Hampshire from Pennsylvania and moved from Idaho in 2020. As soon as I met Donna and toured the BVS center I knew this was a special place that I would have felt great enrolling my own kids or future grandkids. Outside of work I love to cook, read, paddle board and go on long road trips with my husband.
Ms. Amanda in Redwoods
Miss Lauren in Willows
Miss Jordyn as Floater
Miss Madyson as Floater