Pre-K Program

Emphasizing skills for Kindergarten readiness.

Program Resources

All-school resources:
  • 2019-2020 Calendar
  • 2019-2020 Handbook

  • pre-k News info

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      Congratulations Graduating Families and To Returning Families We WILL SEE YOU in THE FALL!

      We would like to take this Opportunity to Thank All the Current and Graduating Learning Garden Families!
      We have been so very fortunate to have explored the larger part of the year together and even though it ended in a way we did not expect, we remained connected and positive!
      You are truly a wonderful "BUNCH" and we Wish you Graduates all the best in Kindergarten!!
      To Our returning Families! We know next year will be a little different, but what will be the same is the continued nurturing and support between Teachers, Children and Families!
      We remain dedicated to helping these Lovely Little ones Thrive and Grow in a safe environment!
      See you in the Fall! Fondly, All the Learning Garden Teachers!

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    Hanna Schneider is Co-Director of the Learning Garden, and is Lead Teacher in the Preschool Program. Hanna graduated with a BS from Wheelock College where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Theatre Arts with a museum education focus. Hanna is Massachusetts Lead Teacher certified and Director certified. She has been teaching nursery school since 1988; 9 years with the Beacon Hill Nursery School in Boston and since 2003, in the Preschool Program at the Learning Garden. She enjoyed working with Bobbi Tyng for many years and is thrilled to be the Lead teacher of the preschool and Co- Director.

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    Brenda Halliday graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Needs. She is Massachusetts Lead Teacher and Director certified and has been teaching preschool since 1977. She helped start the Learning Garden Preschool in 1983 and continues to be the Pre-Kindergarten Program Lead Teacher as well as a Co-Director at the Learning Garden.

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    Pam Smith graduated from Bentley College with a BS in Management. She has been office manager at The Learning Garden since 1993. She is Massachusetts Teacher certified and works in the Childcare Program in the afternoon.

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    Brenda Donlon graduated from Emerson College with a BS in History and Communication. She has been a Teacher in the Preschool Program at The Learning Garden since 2006, after being a substitute teacher for several years. Brenda is Teacher Certified by EEC.

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    Sandy Fields graduated from Wheelock College with a BS in Early Childhood Education and before teaching preschool, she taught first grade for two years in Medway, MA. Sandy is Massachusetts Lead Teacher certified and for the past 23 years has been the Childcare Lead Teacher at The Learning Garden.

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    Jennifer Gaeta graduated from the University of Hartford with a B.S in Sociology. She started teaching at The Learning Garden in 2010 and teaches in the Pre-K Program. Jen is Teacher Certified by EEC, and is Lead Teacher Mondays and Fridays.

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    Mari Pickard graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in Psychology and Education. After graduating Mari taught kindergarten in South Korea for a year, and then had the opportunity to travel around Asia. Upon returning to the U.S. she worked with AmeriCorps for Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Cape. Mari was a substitute last year at The Learning Garden and is now working in the Pre-Kindergarten program on Mondays and Fridays.

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    Melanie Langdon-Amerault attended the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island. She ran the playgroup for the Harwich Early Childhood Council and worked with different playgroups in surrounding towns. She is now a teacher in the PreSchool Program starting September 2014.

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    Lisa Squire graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A in Elementary Education. She has been a teacher at The Learning Garden since 2013 in the Pre-K Program.

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    Liz barlow grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but has made the Lower Cape her home for the past 27 years. She has two children, Carrine, a senior at Ithaca College, and Grant, a sophomore at Paul Smith's College. Both alums of the Learning Garden!

    Liz has a Liberal Arts college background. She studied: Animal Biology, Natural Science and Women's Literature at New England College in Henniker, NH, Applied Sciences at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and Human Biolog, Horticulture, and Fiber Arts/Textile Design at the University of Iowa.

    Her interests include gardenting, holiday floral design, reading and knitting.

    She spends part of her summers in the Southern Adirondack area in upstate N.Y., where she enjoys kayaking, swimming, and gathering with friends for game nights.

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