GMCC Staff


Sally Avery

I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services and minor in Psychology. I worked as a home-based therapist/parent-aide for Southwestern community Services for thirteen years. I started at GMCC August 2010.

I love working with children because they are a clean slate and they want to learn. We make special marks on their slates that they remember forever. My favorite things are my family; three daughters and four grandchildren from ages 11-1 years old. My favorite pastime is running real slow, scrapbooking, and exploring the woods/trails. My husband, Kevin and I love to travel to San Diego and spend time with his family.

Kristina Bernard

I have my Associates in Early Childhood and my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I have been working with children for twenty years. I have been employed with Green Mountain Children’s Center since September 2014 where I work as a lead teacher and the program director in the infant/toddler building.

I work with children because I love to make a difference in their lives. I love to see them learn new things and grow each day. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with my family, participate in church activities, and making a difference in the lives of people.

Ashley Brougton

I graduated high school in 2007. While in high school I completed a two-year Human Services program at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, which included volunteer hours in early childhood, special needs and elderly. After graduating high school I started working at Green Mountain Children’s Center.

I moved to Arizona end of 2008 where I continued my career in Early Childhood Education as well as some college courses. In 2012 I moved back and started working back at GMCC. In 2014 I completed my CDA. I have also taken many early childhood education trainings over the years.

I love my job here at GMCC and I have learned and grown a lot in this field over the years. I love working with children, it has always been a passion of mine. I love to watch the children grow and learn. In my personal time I love to spend time with my two daughters, family and friends.

Corilynn Butterfield

I currently teach in Preschool Group 2 at the Hartford campus in the morning and I am site director of the Ottauquechee Afterschool Program. I have worked with children ranging in ages from birth to 18 for 19 years. I spent 12 of the 19 years working with children and young adults with disabilities. Working with these populations is such a rewarding job. It is amazing to see their faces when they have accomplished a new task, or finally discover their sense of self and figure out how independent they can be at their daily tasks.

I attend Community College of Vermont and will graduate with my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. My ultimate goal is to continue my education past that point and get my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my two children. When we are not at school concerts, musicals, cub scouts or at a sports event, we spend the remainder of our time traveling to different car shows showing our street rods.

Emma Cook

I have lived right here in White River Junction all of my life. I graduated from Hartford High School in 2008. I am currently attending CCV, working towards my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I’ve been working in childcare for 5 total years; I’ve been with GMCC for 1 ½ years as of January 2018.

I love working with the children and families in our community. I love their questions, seeing children learn and find what they are passionate about. When I’m not working I spend most of my time with my own daughter and our dog. We love to go fishing and in the summertime, we can also often be found at the local race tracks and classic car shows.

Devan DeStellano

I grew up in White River Junction, VT and attended school through the Hartford School district. I also attended two years at the Vocational Tech Center at Hartford High School, doing the Design and Illustration Media Arts class. I graduated from the Hartford School District in 2012.

I’m an organized, creative, spontaneous and a witty kind of person. My personal interests are photography, theatre, music, arts and crafts, decorating, and shopping. I spend a lot of my time going on random adventures all over Vermont and New Hampshire photographing new experiences I’ve never witnessed.

I have worked in childcare since 2014. I’ve been employed through Green Mountain Children’s Center since August of 2016 and have taken Early Childhood Education classes through the Community College of Vermont in White River Junction, VT.

Linda Gordon

Years ago, I had my own in-home childcare. Later on I went to work at the Lyme Day School in their food service program. Since then, I have spent most of my career in food service, working with children or developmentally disabled adults. I have always had a passion for children, and I love being a part of the children and staff’s lives at Green Mountain Children’s Center. Serving healthy meals and snacks helps the mind and body, and I appreciate each child for their special hugs and beautiful artwork I receive nearly every day!

I have lived in Orford, New Hampshire since 1992. I have belonged to the Lions Club, and still help them out from time to time. I still volunteer at my local church with baking and church suppers. I live with my husband and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, both of which are part of the GMCC family of kids.

Amanda McHugh

I grew up in Wilder, Vermont. I went to college at Community College of Vermont and got an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. From there I went on to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development from Union Institute and University. While there I began working on my Vermont teaching license.

I went on to join the Peer Review program to finish my license and am still working on it. I have worked for GMCC since 2009, with the exception of a short sabbatical where I explored other job options. I am passionate about teaching because I want to provide children with a warm, safe, nurturing environment that allows them to grow into happy, healthy adults with a passion for learning. In my free time I like to scrapbook, read, write and hang out with my kids.

Kaitlyn Moses

I began my career with Green Mountain Children’s Center in 2015, and am currently a teacher in one of the infant/toddler classrooms. I attend the Community College of Vermont where I am working towards my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In my personal time, I love spending time with my family, making art, reading and exploring new places.

I love working with children because you get to experience so many “first times” and be the first to witness those groundbreaking moments when they start crawling or taking those first steps. Nothing is more rewarding then being able to teach these kids and coach them as they learn to do stuff and watching them as they finally are brave enough to try it themselves. I learned a lot from working with children and about myself and it reinforced my decision to pursue a career in teaching.

Brandee Platt

During high school, I became interested in early childhood education while working for a YMCA after school program where I eventually was promoted to site director. Other experiences in education include being a special education paraprofessional, a toddler and preschool teacher and even a high school dance coach.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I began working at Green Mountain Children’s Center in October of 2011 as a preschool group 1 teacher. I am captivated by being a teacher and it is a rewarding career. Children have a magical way of making us laugh while learning and being creative in their everyday experiences.

My husband and I have a 5 year old son and a newborn daughter that attend the programs offered by GMCC. In my free time, I enjoy being with family and friends, cooking and dancing.

Mandy Tilloston

I graduated high school in June of 2005 and began working at GMCC. I have been working here for 13 years and I love it. I started out in the infant classroom and now have moved to working in the early preschool program. I have gained lots of knowledge in the years that I have been here. I am passionate about kids because they always have a way of making you laugh or smile. They are very loyal and loving towards their teachers.

In my personal time I love to go four-wheeling and go camping with family and friends. Love to spend time with family whenever I can. I have several hours of child care project training. I also have my CDA certification, and I’ve completed a 45-hour Fundamentals Course and I have taken some college courses. I also completed two years of Human Services Class at Riverbend and Career Technical Center which includes 120 volunteer hours in a child care setting.

Alliyah Whitcomb

I grew up in Hartland, Vermont and continue to live there. I am currently enrolled at the Community College of Vermont and have 9 credits towards my degree. I have been working at GMCC for a year now. I started part-time at an after-school program while in high school and moved up to full time after graduation. Before starting my career at GMCC, I was also interning at both the high school and at the middle school in English and reading. I’ve fallen in love with every age group I have worked with!

The reason I want to be a teacher is because ever since I was little I wanted to help people. I realize that the best way to help children is to support their discovery of who they are in their world. I believe good teachers will have a positive impact on a student’s life that will last a lifetime.

Some of my hobbies outside of work include art and reading. I also enjoy babysitting in my free time. I also enjoy spending time with my family every chance I get.


Yee-Wah Brabant

I have worked at Green Mountain Children’s Center for nearly 18 years. I have worked in a number of different positions, but most recently I am the Director of the Hartford After School Program and the Operations Manager at our main campus in Hartford. I am pursuing my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the Community College of Vermont. After I obtain my Degree in Early Childhood, I plan on taking accounting courses.

My daughter Annabelle went through all of the programs at GMCC; she started as an infant and finished with the after-school program where she is now a CIT. My son Parker is in the preschool classroom and also started as an infant.

Teaching young children is the hardest and most rewarding thing I have done. The way a child looks at you when they first learn to do something you have been trying to teach them is the best feeling in the world!

Samantha Packard

I grew up in White River Junction, and also attended GMCC when I was younger. After finishing high school in Hartford I moved to Maine where I graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Psychology. After graduating I worked for a non-profit as a Behavioral Health Professional specialized in working with children before eventually coming back home to Vermont.

I have been employed with Green Mountain since August 2017 where I am a floater in the mornings and then work at the Hartford After School Program at DBS. Being able to witness the milestones each child has and knowing that you will be able to follow along as they grow and develop their personalities is extremely rewarding.

I reflect on the memories I have as a child and fondly remember some of the teachers that made a difference in my life just by helping to cultivate me into who I am today, and it is those teachers and those memories that made me want to pursue a career in childcare.


Hannah Atti

Hannah started working in childcare in September of 2015 at La Petite Creche in Hanover, NH as a toddler teacher. She spent the next year gaining knowledge about the world of Early Childhood as it grew into a desire to teach children as a career.

In September of 2016 Hannah accepted a job at Green Mountain Children’s Center as an infant/toddler teacher. She quickly enrolled in The Fundamental program taught by Ms. Lori Harris. After completing that she did the required steps to gain her Level 1 on the Northern Lights Career Ladder. In September of 2017, she enrolled at CCV for her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Hannah is a mom of two preschool-aged children and she spends her free time creating memories and adventures with them.

Paige Lambert

Paige started her professional education career in 2014 after graduating from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Her first position out of school was as the Before and After School Program Director at Cornish Elementary School in NH. She started working for GMCC the following summer as a floating camp counselor in Claremont, NH. At the start of the 2015 school year, Paige took a 1:1 Special Education Paraprofessional position at Charlestown Primary School in NH where she stayed for two school years before joining GMCC full time as the current Extended Day Preschool Director in Hartford, VT. Before graduating from college and starting her formal education career, Paige had been working with children on and off since the age of 14.

“I am passionate about working with children because of the way they perceive the world around them. Every day is a different adventure and a new chance to discover. Children have a unique ability to remind us about qualities we may have ignored over time, such as using our imaginations or finding the joys in learning something new. There’s no job in this world I’d rather be doing than working in early childhood education.”


Brittany Adams

I have been working in Early Childhood since 2004. I started working at Green Mountain in Hartford in 2006, and just recently started at the Claremont location where I am currently a co-lead teacher in the Early Preschool Classroom.

I received my Level 2 Certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2011, and am currently finishing up classes to complete my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education through River Valley Community College.

One of the greatest joys of teaching is seeing the children grow and develop and learn new skills. Being able to be there with them to acknowledge and celebrate all of their accomplishments is very rewarding and makes every day worthwhile!

Tracey Bundy

I have been working in the early childhood field for 22 years. I have my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and just recently received my Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 from the NH DHHS Child Development Bureau.

I am currently working in an infant/toddler classroom at the Claremont facility. I have been with Green Mountain Children’s Center since 2010. The best part of my job is to see the children grow and become individuals.

Laura Chase

I began my career with Green Mountain Children’s Center in 2011. I switched from our Hartford campus to the Claremont campus in 2013. I am currently a teacher in one of our Infant/Toddler classrooms.

I am close to earning my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and have 21 credits in Early Childhood Education through Community College of Vermont. In 2017, I received an Early Childhood Teacher Level 4 Credential from the NH DHHS Child Development Bureau.

Working with children has always been an interest of mine. I began my experience in the field working as a Paraprofessional in the intensive needs program at State Street School in Windsor, Vermont and as a Community Outreach Specialist through Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) in Hartford, Vermont. After working with school-aged children for a couple years, I decided my passion was specifically in the early childhood field which lead me to Green Mountain Children’s Center.

I get great satisfaction from getting to know each child in my classroom and helping them to grow to their full potential. I appreciate how close-knit our Claremont campus is – making it possible to maintain relationships with children after they age out of our classroom. There is a sense of community here which makes each day more enjoyable.

Michelle Davis

I have been working as a preschool teacher for over 20 years. I currently live in Springfield, VT with husband and have 2 adult children.

I began my career as an assistant teacher working with preschoolers ages 3-5. Then I earned my CDA certificate and became lead teacher, working with children with special needs in the school district. Soon after that, I worked my way up to become program and assistant director for 2 different centers each in Vermont and New Hampshire. Since then, I have been a lead teacher at Green Mountain Children’s Center for 3 years.

I am passionate about working with children because I believe that every child deserves a healthy and nurturing environment, where they can grow cognitively, emotionally, and physically. It is my mission to inspire children to inquire, create and explore. I believe that every child is gifted and it is my honor to help each child recognize and utilize these gifts.

Michelle DeWitt

I live in Claremont, NH, with my husband Mike of 26 years and my two full grown boys, Patrick and Cody.  I have been working for White Mountain Children’s Center (now known as GMCC) beginning in 2006. Before accepting a full-time floater position at GMCC in November 2013, I worked at Head Start for 15 years.

After graduating from high school in Conway, NH, I continued my education at the Claremont VoTech and Granite State College. I have worked with children for a total of 24 years.  I enjoy working with children of all ages.

Jeremy Irish

I started working in the ECE field in 2009 when I joined the staff at a preschool that focused on children with special needs. I have also worked as a paraprofessional at Bluff Elementary School, as part of the Claremont school district. I joined the team at GMCC Claremont in June 2017.

I have continued my education at River Valley Community College where I have taken a variety of courses before focusing on the Early Childhood Education field. The thing I love most about working with young children is watching the ” Aha” moments when they learn something new.

Debbie Leonard

I’ve been an Infant/Toddler teacher at GMCC since 2010. I attended River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH, where I graduated with a Level 2 Certificate in Early Childhood Education. In 2017, I received an Early Childhood Teacher Level 4 Credential.

What I love most about this age group is the amount of growth and the milestones children reach before moving on to the next group. There is so much growth in the first three years of life, and I really love being able to nurture and help the children in my care along this path. I have 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, as well as two adult children of my own.

Christy Louiselle

I began working for GMCC in 1998, just days after I graduated from Plymouth State College with a BS in Early Childhood Studies. I began working at the Hartford campus as a floater, then a preschool teacher and eventually I become the preschool coordinator. In 2006, GMCC took over operations of an existing child care center in Claremont and I was promoted to director. I have been working in Claremont ever since.

I am a lifelong resident of Claremont and love that I am able to work in my community. I care about the children and families in Claremont and participate in community projects focused on early childhood and social and emotional development. I enjoy the variety my job offers: supervising, mentoring and training staff to be the best that they can be, helping children learn and grow in a great environment and working with families as they trust us to nurture and care for their children each day.

Michelle McGuire

I’ve lived in New Hampshire for 25 years. I have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild. I started in Early Childhood when I was in high school by attending NOCOP (North Orange County Occupation Program) where I received my certificate to enter this field. I began my career working in Early Childhood Education in 1983. I earned 15 E.C.E credits at a local college and I gained valuable skills and knowledge in the centers that I worked for. I began working for GMCC in 2004. I have enjoyed my time of service nurturing the growth and development of all Green Mountain families and look forward to many more!

Ashley Richner

I have been an Infant/Toddler teacher here at GMCC Claremont since 2014, and I was an afterschool teacher’s assistance for GMCC in 2010 while I was in high school.

I graduated from River Valley Community College with my Level 2 Certificate in Early Childhood Education in May 2014. I also just received my Level 4 Early Childhood Teaching Credential from the NH DHHS Child Development Bureau.

I enjoy being with children and seeing their curiosity as they explore and learn new things each and every day. I have known since I was very young that I wanted to work with children. I am very passionate about Early Childhood Education; it is the building blocks of these children’s futures.

Hillary Winot

I have been working in the early childhood field since 2010. I have been with Green Mountain since 2013. I graduated from River Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. This past year I received an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 and an Infant & Toddler Intermediate Level Credential from the NH DHHS Child Development Bureau.

I am currently co-lead teacher in the early preschool classroom at our Claremont location. Being able to watch each child learn and grow at their own pace is one of the greatest highlights of being an educator. Seeing the expressions on their faces as they have mastered something new is what makes the often chaotic day absolutely rewarding!

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Brooke Bonneau

I have been working with children for over four years. I am currently working with elementary school kids. I am passionate about working with children because I have realized that they can teach us as much as we teach them. I am also passionate about working with children because it is so rewarding, as we put many smiles on their face they put many on ours.
Currently, I am living in Claremont, NH. I have plans to pursue a career in nursing when I graduate from high school in 2019. My family consists of my Mom and Dad, and my brother Logan. My personal interests include playing sports; I am a three-sport athlete. I play soccer, basketball, and I run track. I also enjoy working with the community, in the summer I help coach young kids for soccer.
I also am a part of the Peer Outreach program at Stevens High School, which is like a buddy system. I go to all of the elementary schools once to twice a week and visit with the same students depending on the day!

Tanner Brown

I was born in Claremont and still live here with my family. I’m a sophomore at Stevens High School and am involved in multiple clubs and sports. Ever since I started high school, the sports I play have given me many opportunities to help teach young kids to play them as well.

Smart start basketball and soccer is one of my favorite things to do and I always look forward to them. Smart start isn’t the only experience I have with kids, for 3+ years now I have babysat for family and friends and thoroughly enjoy it. Being able to watch kids grow and learn new things is one of the reasons I love working with kids. In the future I hope to continue working with children as a pediatric nurse.

Alexis Ferland

I started working at GMCC’s Camp Energy during the summer of 2017. I worked primarily with the first and second graders. However, I did work in all groups ages K-5th. I joined the afterschool program and became a Site Director at the Disnard Program.

I work as a Paraprofessional for Disnard during the day and then at GMCC’s after school program. I enjoy interacting with kids all the time, especially when they are using their imaginations.

Carrie Harn

I have visited 18 different countries and lived in two different countries and states.

I taught first grade for 6 years and second grade for 2 years in Asia. I moved back to the states and subbed in every grade K-12th, specials and self-contained rooms. I taught third grade in Vermont for a year and then worked in the New Hampshire School system for four years.

I have worked for GMCC as a Site Director for six years; after three years I became the coordinator for the summer camps and after-school programs.  I love my job and don’t really consider it work. I feel that building relationships with the children in my care is essential. I build relationships with the children out of trust and respect for them as a person.

Brittany Leahy

I have been working with children and families for over 8 years. For the past 5 years, I have worked in first grade at Bluff Elementary school. I have been a Site Director at Green Mountain Children Center since 2015 at the after school and summer camp programs.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/General Special Education. I am also First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

I love working with children for the “ah-ha” moments. I also love when children just show you unconditional love no matter what is going on.

I was born and raised in Claremont, where I currently still live with my boyfriend Robert and his daughter. When I am not working with children, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, reading, painting, and spending time with my friends and family.

James Mason

Most of the kids think I’m a big teddy bear. I am 6 foot 4 and I like playing all kinds of games with the children. I started volunteering at GMCC with Camp Energy when I was 14. When I turned 16 I was hired and I am now 18. I enjoy the time I spend with the children and helping them in the afterschool programs and Camp Energy. I try to be open-minded and friendly with all children and want to be a good example for them.

I am currently in 12th grade and will graduate in June of 2018. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do after school, but working with children is definitely something I am going to consider. I live in Claremont with my mom and three brothers. My love for the children comes from my mom. She is a bus driver and growing up I would ride the bus with her and enjoyed spending time with the children.

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