Director: Lavonne Taylor
Miss Lavonne has 11 years of experience as a preschool director and teacher in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and 7 years as the founder, owner and director of Forest Hill Nature Preschool. She has a B.S in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and a M.A. in Technology for Educators from Johns Hopkins University. She loves ice cream, but her passion is teaching children in a hands-on, nature-rich environment. She lives in Forest Hill with her family. She attends Bel Air United Methodist Church. She is grateful for the opportunity to follow God's direction in her life, for the beautiful landscape of Harford county, and for daily opportunities to be blessed by children. She is particularly blessed to be a part of a growing school community!
Assistant Director Preschool Program: Melissa Ayers
Miss Melissa has been working with children for over 10 years and as an administrator since 2019. She is preschool and infant- toddler certified and has her AA degree in Teaching. In her spare time she enjoys crafting and spending time with her family. She loves animals and nature!
Assistant Director Infant/Toddler Program: Valerie Hillenbrand
My name is Valerie. I have been in early childhood for over 30 years. I have worked as an administrator for several years at different centers along with being a twos teacher. Here at Forest Hill Nature Preschool I oversee the Infant and Toddler program making sure our littlest ones are well taken care of. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking anything outdoors in the summer.
The teaching staff at any school is the most critical element for the inspiration and success of the students. In recognition of the importance of attracting and retaining high quality teachers, we offer an attractive compensation package including: competitive salary, health benefits, paid sick and personal leave, wellness incentives, paid community service, paid vacation time after first year of employment, paid ongoing professional development, tuition discounts for children of staff members, and the opportunity to join an amazing group of people!
We are proud to have a fantastic staff joining us this year.
We are proud to have a fantastic staff joining us this year.
Hello, my name is Judy and I have been working with 4's for a little over 6 years. I am a firm believer that children learn more while having fun, which is why I like to incorporate music and dance into every lesson. I am CPR/First Aid certified and have my Medication Administration certificate. Every year I attend a variety of trainings with my daughter (the art teacher) to help bring new and fun ideas into the classroom. Throughout my years I have had the privilege of being a Girl Scout Leader, volunteer at a shelter and a partner with a Grandparents Support group which have helped me develop great communication and problem solving skills. I can not wait to have fun with your kids and listen to all of their stories.
My name is Samantha Parr. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and am planning to return to school to achieve my Bachelors Degree in this field. I have lots of background working with children including field placement experiences, one year of teaching experience and three years of experience working with children/ young adults with an Autism diagnosis. One of my passions is working with children and allowing them to explore their environment through play. Play is a huge component of learning! When not at work, I enjoy to spend time with my cousins and explore new places!
My name is Miss Larissa! I will be working the 4 year old class for the upcoming school year. I grew up in Brazil before migrating to The United States in 1996. I lived in New York City until I started a family here in Maryland. I am fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. I spend my free time with my two children. My oldest, Dennis, is four and my youngest, Victor, is three. We enjoy swimming, playing soccer, ice skating, and everything outdoors! I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with you!
Muchas Gracias, Hasta Luego!
Hi, I’m Miss Lauren. This is my fourth year working with children and my first year at FHNP. I’m very excited to be teaching in the 4 year-old program. I’m currently enrolled at Harford Community College to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Besides seeing the children become engaged with learning, my favorite thing about teaching is the relationships that are built between teacher and student. I strive for each student to feel safe, happy and loved.
Hi everyone! I’m Miss Nicholle! I moved here from PA about 3 years and have been teaching in a preschool setting for the past 5 years. I earned my Bachelors in Social Work at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and my 90 Hour Certification from HCC. I teach with Miss Jess in the 3A room and we love to have fun! I love to teach kids about nature and letting them explore it outside everyday! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy caring for my plants and spending time with my puppy and husband! firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Caland has been teaching at FHNP for three years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Towson University and has interned in many schools across Harford County, Maryland. She attends trainings each year to continue building her knowledge in education and bring new ideas into the classroom. Miss Caland has always had a love for children. She believes in creating opportunities for children to develop to their fullest potential while also creating a positive and loving environment that they feel comfortable and safe in. Miss Caland enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling to new places, and caring for her plants at home and in her classroom!
Miss Tierra grew up in Baltimore and is the oldest of 11 brothers and sisters. She has her 90 hr. certificate, her A.A. from MBCNS in biblical studies, and has worked with children for over 12 years as a nanny and at various daycare and preschools. Miss Terra is currently studying to get her certificate in yoga instruction and sports nutrition. She likes to spend time with friends and family, enjoys arts and crafts, and attending church. She has travelled to many states and even Canada for mission trips and is very involved with her church's youth program. This is Miss Tierra's first year at FHNP.
Hi! My name is Brooke Coleman and this is my first year here at FHNP! I am CPR, first aid, and medication administration certified. I love the color pink, sharks, and traveling. In my free time I enjoy kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beach. I look forward to working with your children and all the fun we will have!
Hello! I'm Regina Bond. I am new to FHNP, so far my new journey has been nothing but amazing--I love it! In the past, I've babysat both verbal and nonverbal children, and I've been a caregiver for adults with special needs. I have 3 kids of my own. I love being with my family and traveling. Let's go see the world!
Hi! I am Delanie and I am new to FHNP in the 2 year old room. I previously was at another daycare, also in the 2 year old room. I have also babysat for over 6 years. I have found working with children to be a very rewarding job and have enjoyed being a 2 year old teacher. In my free time, I enjoy riding horses and taking my dogs for walks.