|Katie Kern: Administrative Assistant
In 2019, Katie and her husband enrolled their son at VGNS. Katie has been a
member of First Congregational Church her entire life. She has been a Sunday
school teacher for several years and also previously taught preschool. Even
though she has her Head Teacher certificate, Associate's of Science, and Early
Childhood Education Certificate, we asked her to apply for the Administrative
position because it's a good fit. Katie joined the staff in March 2020. Her duties
include, collecting tuition payments, distributing and collecting all paperwork,
Lending Library and Scholastic Book Club coordinator and many other projects
throughout the year. (Katie is our all around get it done person!) Katie also subs in
the classrooms when needed.
Meet our staff
Shannon Knudsen: Director
Shannon became director of VGNS during the summer of 2017. For 17 years She
enjoyed being an early childhood classroom teacher. She has her Bachelor's of
Science in Early Childhood Education, Head Teacher Certificate, Director's Credentials,
and has many hours of professional development workshops and seminars. Shannon
began her college career at the University of Cincinnati, took classes at Albertus
Magnus, and received her degree from Charter Oak State College. Shannon is
originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but moved to Connecticut in 2002 with her husband and
two daughters. She loves to help in the classroom whenever needed.
Linda Poirier: Teacher Assistant, Apple Blossom 4's
Linda joined the staff of Village Green in September of 2012. Linda started at
VGNS as a parent and volunteered many hours while her 2 children attended,
helping in the classroom, chairing events such as the Annual School Dance,
and lending her wonderful artistic abilities to classroom projects. Prior to Village
Green, Linda has 8 years experience working in the field of early childhood
education, that include preparing and executing lessons, organizing a classroom
and working with parents to ensure their child had a positive school experience.
Linda has also attended several Early Childhood Workshops to expand her
Tina Michaud: 3's & 4's Head Teacher, Apple Blossom Room
Tina Michaud has lived in Southington with her family since 2004. She
attended Eastern CT ST University and received a BA Degree in child
psychology. Tina earned her elementary teaching certificate at Central
CT State University. She has taught both preschool and kindergarten.
After Tina had her girls she took time off to be home with them and now
she is happy to be teaching again. She has years of volunteering
experience from helping kids with academics in the classroom to running
the drama club. Tina has been teaching at VGNS since 2018.
Ashely Hummel: Teacher Assistant, Bluebird Room 3's
Ashley became connected to Village Green as a parent in 2018 when
she and her husband decided to send their eldest child here. Before
VGNS, Ashley had 9 years of experience in preschool classrooms.
She has her Associate's Degree from Southern Connecticut State
University and she is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in
Early Childhood Education. Ashley also brings her love of yoga (has
completed her 200 hour teacher training), bicycling and Harry Potter!
*Teachers and Assistants are certified in:
Administration of Medication
Administration of Emergency Injectable Medication
Angelica Wernicki: Teacher Assistant Apple Blossom 3’s
Angelica has been working with young children since she was a mother’s
helper at the age of 12. She has experience working in other wonderful
preschools but we are so happy she has joined our family at VGNS. Angelica
is a graduate of Goodwin College with her associates in Health and Natural
Sciences. She majored in Occupational Therapy and worked in the field for
several years before realizing she really wanted to continue her work with
preschool children. She loves the outdoors, cooking, singing, and spending
time with her family.
Rose-Marie Lebron: Teacher Assistant Bluebird 4’s
Village Green is happy to welcome Rose to our Bluebird 4's class. Rose comes to
us after working at the YMCA in Plainville for the past three years. Due to COVID,
her job ended at the Y but we are thankful to have her enthusiasm and gently spirit
on our team. Rose loves animals and the outdoors. She also loves to travel and
we're looking forward to hearing about her adventures!