Meet Our Teachers
My name is Wendy Demers and I have worked in the Early Childhood field for over 27 years. I am excited to start my new adventure as Director of BVS. I received my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from NHTI and have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 4 credential. I enjoy watching the children learn, grow, and become more independent each day. I’m also thankful for the relationships I build with the families of the children in my care.
I have been married for 23 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 Cheryl McCarthy. I have been in childcare for over 30 years. I have taken care of and taught children from the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years old. I attended College for Life Long Learning and have thousands of hours in workshops, and I continue to add to them yearly. I have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 1 credential. I love what I do. There is nothing better than seeing the world through a child's eye, watching them grow and achieving their milestones and accomplishments.
My name is Amanda Shirley and I've worked in childcare for 20+ years with all age groups, but infants is my favorite. 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 infant teacher here at BVS! I love working with young children, watching them grow, learn, and building 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 Than Spence and you can find me teaching the infants in the Aspens Room. I have a B.S. in Early Childhood Development with a concentration in Birth to Grade 3, from Keene State College and have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 6 credential with an Infant & Toddler Level 2 endorsement. I have been working with young children since 2014 and have had the pleasure to teach children all the way from 6 weeks up to 8 years old, but infants and young toddlers are my favorite group. I love to see the world through their eyes and all of the curiosity they have for everything.
I joined BVS in September of 2021 and love to work here with this team. At home, I like to knit, sew, cook, bake, paint, act, and play D&D with my friends.
My name is Katelyn (Katie) Gray. I just recently joined BVS in November of 2021 and am so happy to be part of the team! You can find me in the PInes classroom. I have an Associates in Early Childhood Education, have earned an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 credential with an Infant & Toddler Level 1 endorsement, and have worked in the field for about ten years. Throughout my experience I have worked with children of all ages but more time spent with infants and toddlers (my favorite). In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors doing things like fishing, hiking, camping, and searching for sea glass on the beach. At home I live with my boyfriend River, and our 3 fur babies whom I love snuggling up with an watching Netflix or reading a good book!
Hello! My name is Sarah Masana. BVS is my first full-time job in a childcare setting, and I joined in January 2022. I've been doing part-time and volunteer childcare ranging from working with infants to preschoolers since I was a teenager, but being at BVS is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. I am working towards my bachelor's degree in psychology, along the way have taken classes on child psychology and education, and I have earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 1 credential. More than anything, I love watching children develop into the kind of people we all wish to be. In my free time I enjoy spending way too much time at the local library and exploring new places.
My name is Mellisa. Im so excited to be part of the BVS team! I received my bachelors degree and minor in psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2002 and have earned an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 2 credential with an Infant & Toddler Intermediate Level endorsement. For 27 years I have taught many children, ages birth through fifth grade. I love the Reggio curriculum, hands on learning, and the beauty of nature both in and out of the classroom! You will most likely find me ankle and elbow deep in mud with the kids, building with loose materials, or playing some sort of group game. I have a wonderful husband and two teenagers that keep my night life busy with sports and socializing. All of which I thoroughly enjoy every minute of. My favorite quote and motto to live by is "In a world where you can be anything, be kind".
My name is Tristan Lord. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, have been working in the field for 17 years and have earned an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 credential with an Infant & Toddler Level 1 endorsement. I have worked with all ages from infant to school age children. My favorite activities with the children are sensory and art. In my free time I love to read, play video games, watch movies and go to the beach. I'm so happy to have joined BVS!
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 the Willows Classroom. While I was in night school I spent all four years in the teaching program. During my time there I worked with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children! 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!
Hi! My name is Abby Jerome and I work in the Willows classroom. I joined the BVS family in March of 2022. I currently attend Saint Joseph's College of Maine in pursuit of a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. This is my first job in childcare and I couldn't be happier! In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, hanging out with friends, and playing sports.
Hello, my name is Lisa Dupree and you can find me in the Oak’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.
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.
I have worked with children for 21 years. I spent the first 19 years working at the lab school for NHTI. I worked both with preschoolers and mentoring new teachers. I also have earned an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 credential. I spent a year at head start before I moved to BVS. I enjoy working with children, doing experiments, activities, and just spending time with them. My hobbies are reading, sewing, painting, and hanging out with my cat.
Hi everyone! My name is Caroline Fuller and I work in the Redwoods Classroom. I joined BVS in May of 2022. I graduated from Keene State College with my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education with a Birth-Age 5 specialization. I have had many teaching opportunities with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. I find that every age group brings me joy but preschool has a special place in my heart.
A Quote that inspires me as a teacher: "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Ben Franklin
In my spare time you can find me spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, cooking, and hiking.
My name is Emma Wiley and I have always loved being around children of all ages. I have apprenticed 3-5 year olds at a previous dance studio and loved watching their energy ad knowledge i the class grow as the year went on. I love getting to know each and every child I get to meet and building a connection with them.
Outside of working and being with kids I love to bake (specifically cheesecake ad cookies), playing outside with my dogs Rosie and Guinness, and taking long rides with my family and friends.
Hi! My name is Amber aka "Ms. Amburger" as most of the kids would say!
I am currently a floating teacher at BVS - that means that I get to help teach all children as needed. This is my first year at BVS and I am honored to be a part of the team. I have also earned an Early Childhood Teacher Level 4 credential with an Infant & Toddler Level 1 endorsement. I am a mom of three and love working with children! I also love being creative, exploring and acting messy!
"Creative People are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play"
Ms. Sherry Cook
Mr. Chris Maintenance