Director: Lavonne Taylor
Miss Lavonne has 11 years of experience as a preschool director and teacher in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and 5 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, where she sings in the choir. 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 as we embark on a new journey in our new location!
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.
Miss Carrie and Miss Emily
Miss Carrie is very excited to continue her adventure at Forest Hill Nature Preschool. Miss Carrie has been teaching in the 4s class at FHNP for the past 4 years. Before Forest Hill, Miss Carrie worked as a preschool teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School where she had taught three year old students. She is a graduate from Towson University where she earned a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. When she is not teaching, she loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, who will be in the 3s class this year!
Miss Emily has been working at FHNP since we opened in 2013. Miss Emily has taught in the aftercare program, in the 3s classroom, on our summer staff, and in the Art Studio. She is excited to be back in the classroom this year full time, and is looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing lots of familiar faces in the 4A Classroom!
From a young age, I always knew that I would become an Early Childhood professional. In 2010 I received my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Bates Technical College, immediately after I took on the role as program supervisor of Alice’s Precious Jewels Preschool located in Tacoma Washington, where I created and implemented curriculum for early learners to prosper from. I currently have 10 years’ experience working in the childcare/daycare setting caring for children from ages 6 weeks to 11 years old, but I most enjoy teaching and molding my preschoolers. As an Early childhood professional I take pride and joy in nurturing positivity, love, and education in our young children. As a teacher and caregiver I hold the responsibility of meeting every child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. With proper education, love, and dedication we all can help up bring our young children into a more positive generation of young adults.
Miss Bri has been working in our PM centers and aftercare groups since last year. Previously she worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children at the Arena Club for five years. Miss Bri is currently taking classes at Harford Community College to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education, and she is excited to be in the classroom this year with the four-year-olds. She loves to make preschool fun and exciting by planning great crafts and stories and by playing with the children inside and outside. She is exciting to be returning to FHNP this year.
Miss Kim is very excited to join the FHNP team in the 3/4s room. She attended Shippensburg University and graduated with her Bachelors degree in 2016. Her previous experience includes working in an Autistic Support classroom, being a Pre-K teacher, along with lots of other experience nannying for families, working with children in homework clubs and middle and high school girl groups. She enjoys teaching children and watching them grow and learn. She is truly looking forward to a fun year with the children and families!
Miss Jessica has wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. In high school she worked with the Mini Mustangs preschool program and after graduation, she took classes in Early Childhood Education at Harford Community College. Miss Jess has been working at FHNP since we opened in 2013. She has worked in both the 2s and 3s program, and is excited to be working with the 3s class for a second year in a row. Miss Jessica is happy to be doing a job she loves. She looks forward to learning and growing as a teacher, and to working with all of the fabulous children.
Miss Caland is excited to begin her first year teaching at FHNP. Miss Caland received her associate’s degree in early childhood education from Harford Community College in 2016. After, she attended Towson University and earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education in the Spring of 2018. Miss Caland has always had a love for children. She believes in creating opportunities for children to develop to their fullest potential and creating a positive and loving environment that they feel comfortable and safe in. Miss Caland looks forward to working with all the children and families!
Miss Nicholle grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Slippery Rock University where she completed her Social Work degree. She has been working with children for the past 8 years and has taught 3s for the past year at Unity Presbyterian Church in PA. Her favorite thing to do is go to the beach and explore new state parks. She will be a Lead Teacher in the PM centers and aftercare program for this coming school year! She is most excited to experience the nature aspect of the preschool and incorporate nature into her lessons!
Miss Christina has always loved working with children and is looking forward to working here at Forest Hill Nature Preschool for her first year. Christina has completed two years toward an early childhood education degree at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin where she logged many hours working at Kiddie Kampus in addition to participating on the soccer team and choir. Christina also brings hundreds of hours of volunteer service to children through her work in children’s clubs at her church where she is still actively serving in addition to working several summers at John Archer’s camp for children with special needs. Christina loves art, music, and outdoor activity and is excited to share those passions with the two-year old class!
Wild in the Woods: Miss Andrea
My name is Miss Andrea and I am the Environmental teacher at Forest Hill Nature Preschool. I am currently working toward my associates at Harford Community College in Early Childhood Education as well as personal hiking certifications. My goal at FHNP is to influence a generation of children to be loving and kind, not only to themselves and their peers, but to the Earth as well. I hope to help your child develop a love for science. I believe getting down and dirty is the best way to play, and a great way to learn. When your child attends Wild in the Woods, they will be challenged and engaged in the world that which surrounds them.