Amanda Hochschartner has both a BA and MEd in Early Childhood Education. She believes that children learn best in an experiential environment, and that deeper learning comes when they learn within the context of their towns and neighborhoods. As a teacher she has worked in farm and garden, and field and forest settings. She has completed the Reggio Emilia training whereby children are encouraged to investigate their world through their senses and are empowered to take charge of their own learning. With Judy Kane she visited many Forest Kindergartens in Europe and co-wrote an article for Green Teacher Magazine about these programs. Amanda lives in Granby with her husband and young children.
Judy Kane retired after 42 years as a K-12 educator. In addition to teaching grades PreK – 12, she was Assistant Director for Curriculum Development and Student Affairs at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA, a school rich in farm, garden, field and forest learning opportunities. She is currently a school docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Judy grew up in Granby and will be moving back to her childhood home there in the future. For the upcoming school year, Judy will be taking on many roles behind the scenes. Some of these roles will include being GNP’s Educational Consultant, Admin Assistant, and Curriculum Specialist. Although she will not be involved in the day-to-day running of GNP in person, we hope to have her join us from time to time as she is able and her schedule permits. We are very grateful for all of the unseen work that she does for us!
Olivia Burke is a young creative individual with a passion for teaching children. Before taking time away for her daughter, she was pursuing a degree in early childhood education at Manchester Community College. Olivia has spent several years working with children, from infants to grade school age. She previously served as Director on Duty and Infant and Toddler Teacher at a local daycare. Her love for children comes from a desire to help young minds create and explore new ways to express themselves. As an artist, she is an expert at bringing imagination and fun into process oriented activities. She attended the Suffield High School agriscience program and is familiar with nature and wildlife. Olivia finds great value in spending time outdoors and believes in teaching young children the importance of taking care of our Earth.