Erika Neal began her career teaching infants, toddlers and preschoolers at a nationally accredited early childhood program in Augusta. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine. In her career, she has provided developmental therapy for children with special needs and consultation to other early childhood teachers around special education and challenging behaviors. She has been teaching Pre-K in this partnership since 2010. She lives with her husband and many animals on a small farm in Salem Township.
Angie Casavant earned her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from University of Maine at Presque Isle. She has worked in education for many years and has been at the Mallett Pre-K since the fall of 2014. She has an extensive background in Special Education particularly working with children with challenging behavior. Angie enjoys being active outside and she lives in Farmington with her family and 2 dogs.
Jubilee Bailey earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington where she majored in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. She has worked for the Head Start program since 1998. In that time she has been a teacher, home visitor, and lead teacher. With her background in Head Start, Jubilee brings with her a wealth of experience related to child development, using a holistic approach to working with children and families, as well as collaborating with community resources. She lives in Jay with her husband and their daughter.
Wendy Oakley began her career as an art teacher and taught 4th grade while working toward a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She was head teacher and director of the UMF Nursery School for many years, teaching classes at UMF in Literacy and Early Childhood Education. After 5 years as an Early Literacy Specialist, she returned 4 years ago to the world of Early Childhood at Mallett School. She lives with her husband by a lake in Mt. Vernon. They have 2 grown sons.
Sara Spear began exploring early childhood education directly after high school. She owned and operated her own childcare center for four years before working for Head Start as a preschool teacher for the last twenty years. She was the first to be a nationally accredited home visiting/preschool program in the state. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. She holds an Early Literacy Certification and is continuing her education in the early childhood and special education field. She resides in Farmington with her husband and two daughters.
Rebecca Hutchinson is the Ed Tech in the Pre-K room shared by Mrs. Spear and Mrs. Oakley. She gained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College. She has been teaching in preschool rooms for a total of five years, including a small learning center she co-owned in Dixfield. Rebecca lives in Carthage with her husband and two young boys.