Eco-Healthy Childcare

Staff

Deborah Lauffer

Deborah L. Lauffer

Owner / Director / Infant-Toddler Teacher

It has been my lifelong passion to own and direct a child care center, work with children and their families and be a member of a small community such as Windham.

I began my career in early childhood education working as an aide at the YWCA preschool program in a suburb of Buffalo, NY when I was twenty years old. Shortly thereafter, I attended the University of New York at Buffalo and received a Certificate in Child Development and Learning. I took a few years off to have children and re-entered the profession teaching preschool. My director inspired me to continue my education and I graduated Suma Cum Laude from Hesser College with an Associate in Early Childhood Education. Subsequently, I taught Kindergarten and then was as a Lead Teacher in the toddler room for three corporate child care centers and one non-profit.

When my youngest child entered elementary school, I accepted a position as a paraprofessional at Broad Street School in Nashua where I had the opportunity to work in a multi-age first/second grade classroom, experience the benefits of looping children and gain experience and knowledge as part of the special education team. During my twelve years at Broad Street, I attended Keene State College and received a Bachelor of Art in History.

My most recent position was a Resource and Referral Specialist with Rockingham Community Action Resource and Referral. As a member of the New Hampshire Resource and Referral Network, we: provided families with education regarding quality childcare, maintained a data base of child care providers, provided families with child care referrals, trained and recruited child care providers, offered assistance and support to child care programs, provided current child care information to child care providers, programs and the community and advocated for quality childcare. My experience as part of the NHCCRR network is invaluable.

Kayleen Stolarz

Kayleen Wenzel

Assistant Director / Lead Preschool Teacher

I have been teaching at Green Sprouts since October 2011. I graduated Cum Laude from Plymouth State University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. My passion for teaching children started when taking classes at Salem High School in their preschool program. I found that it was truly an adventure being a part of children’s learning and growing. I completed my student teaching experience at Bristol Elementary School in a first-grade classroom.

When I am not inside the classroom, I enjoy time with my family and friends, skiing up north, taking my dog for a hike, spending time at the beach and anything connected to outdoor activities. Working at Green Sprouts is a special opportunity that allows me to express my teaching strategies. It is especially important to me that every child understand that they are unique, special and able to accomplish anything that they set their minds to achieve. Here at Green Sprouts we value independence. Every day I strive to provide a warm, secure learning environment, which encourages all students to love school, feel safe to express their creativity, and develop their natural curiosity for learning new things. My hope is, as my students move on to kindergarten, that they will have grown academically, socially, and emotionally. I want them to be proud of who they are and what they can and will accomplish.

Less is more

Less talking more observing
Less clutter more minimalistic
Less intervening more focus
Less teacher initiated, more child initiated
Less praise, more encouragement
Less interruption, more concentration
It has been my observation over the years that children who have too many things have a harder time playing peacefully and learning to share than children who have less.

— Hammond, Ruth Anne. Respecting Babies: a New Look to Magda Gerber’s Approach. Zero to Three.
Washington, DC. 2009