GMCC Staff


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.

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.

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.



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 Loiselle

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.

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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.

Abbey Duford

I am currently a senior in the Exercise Science program at Lyndon State College. I am a certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I will be attending Franklin Peirce University in August of 2018 to achieve my Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.

I have been working with children through the school district since 2013. I started with the Peer Outreach program at Stevens High School, and in 2015 I was Employed by Green Mountain Children’s Center.

Besides working with children, I love to play with my dogs and go out for nature walks. I played sports in high school, but now find that most of my time is taken up by my studies. When working with children I like to implement sports and outdoor activities, as well as incorporating arts and crafts.

Amber Duford

I have 16 credits from the University of Hartford. I transferred to Keene State College and I am majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology.

I am passionate about children, because they never cease to amaze me. They teach me so much and they show me a new reason to enjoy life every day. I like playing soccer, basketball, and softball. I also enjoy painting.

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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