The teaching faculty at the Heartworks, Renaissance, and Endeavour Schools have earned a certification in early or elementary education and/or have comparable educational training and experience. Throughout the year, teachers and directors participate in professional development programs, both on and off-site, aimed at expanding and improving their teaching skills and enhancing the mission of our Schools. We are dedicated to providing a program based on quality and consistency in all of the schools. All of our faculty and staff are asked to embrace a heartful and peaceful approach with children and to uphold the philosophies of the school.
Danielle has had many roles at the Heartworks and Renaissance Schools over the past since joining us in 1999. Danielle graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education. After graduating, she worked at the Institute of Natural Science developing their summer curriculum. Later she was hired at Shelburne Farms where she worked in the farmyard as a farm educator. Her passion for the environment and children led her to the Heartworks and Renaissance Schools. Danielle began as an Assistant Teacher in a two year old classroom at Heartworks. She later taught Pre-kindergarten and spent 13 years teaching Kindergarten before becoming Assistant Director. As the Director, Danielle is excited to continue the traditions that make Renaissance a special place for children to learn and grow. When Danielle is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, camping, biking, swimming as well as spending time playing in her many flower gardens, baking and crafting.
French Teacher, Librarian, and Classroom Support
Being born in Northern Africa, growing up in France, and with grandparents from Spain and Italy, Caroline has always been surrounded by many languages and cultures. She earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie NY, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Pace University in Pleasantville NY. Throughout her studies in math, science and computer programming, Caroline pursued her strong interest in foreign languages and participated in the accelerated Spanish and English programs in high school, and took Japanese in college. Caroline was very active in her children’s education. She hosted a weekly bilingual playgroup during their preschool years, then, from Kindergarten to Fifth grade, she taught them to read and write in French following the curriculum developed by the National Department of Education of France for French families abroad. Caroline also volunteered in her children’s Kindergarten classrooms for several years, well after they had moved on! Outside of school, Caroline volunteers at the Huntington Public Library, and occasionally works with a teenager with autism. She enjoys reading, swimming in the lake and sewing, often participating in creating costumes for Renaissance performances as well as for The Very Merry Theater and Burlington High School. Caroline has three children. Alexander recently moved back to Vermont to attend college and is working with the Heartworks, Renaissance and Endeavour Schools. Mattison is attending Reed College in Oregon. Leena recently graduated from High School and is planning for a year in Europe. Caroline has been with us since 2003.
Lauren graduated from The University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and holds a teaching license in Vermont. She did her student teacher for a year in a Kindergarten class. She has also been a camp counselor teaching a range of ages. Before joining Renaissance in 2016, Lauren worked as a preschool teacher in a classroom of three through five year olds where she enjoyed creating her students’ first learning moments through emergent curriculum. There was a time when Lauren thought she would be a Marine Biologist yet the pull towards education became evident when working on a senior project in Kindergarten and First Grades in high school. Lauren also shares that her father is a very influential person in her life who she looks up to and admires as a profession educator - a former Science Teacher - and believes he is a huge reason why she wanted to be a teacher. Lauren has a deep love for animals and brings this passion to her classroom. As an adult she joined an Earth Watch expedition studying the behaviors of dolphins in the Amvrakikos Gulf in Greece. In her free time Lauren enjoys cooking, running, and being outdoors with her new yellow lab, Colby. Lauren is looking forward to bringing her passion for teaching and learning into her Kindergarten classroom. Lauren attended a prestigious private school Pre-k through 8th grade in Manchester, MA called Brookwood. Because of this she is so glad to work in an independent school for making the experience special and rewarding for each and every child.
Melissa St. Amand
First Grade Teacher
Melissa joined the Renaissance School in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of New England and has held teaching licensure in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Florida. She has held positions working with students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. This experience gives her a breadth of knowledge about child development across grade levels. Prior to teaching at Renaissance, Melissa worked at a rural private school in Florida teaching First Grade. In addition to teaching, she had an active role mapping the curriculum and helping the school to achieve accreditation status from two regional accrediting bodies. She enjoys being outdoors and connects her student’s learning to their environment whenever possible. In addition to her passion for teaching, Melissa has a strong desire to help animals in need. She has rescued several pets of her own and continues to be an advocate for homeless pets. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading novels, baking, and taking her two dogs for a walk.
Second Grade Teacher
Jocelyn Rogers graduated from UVM, with a BS in Elementary Education, holds a Level II teaching license and has over 25 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career in a public school in South Burlington where she taught Second Grade for six years and Third Grade for one year. She then left the classroom for a period of time to be at home with her two young daughters, and also started a home-based child care program. In 2007, she returned to the classroom to teach at Renaissance, and taught Grades K-2nd, for six years. In 2013, Jocelyn made the tough decision to leave the classroom to pursue her own tutoring business, a life-long dream. For three years she successfully operated Educational Opportunities with Jocelyn Rogers, her own educational consulting and tutoring business, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with families and students in Grades 1st-8th. In 2016, Jocelyn was thrilled to return to Renaissance to teach Second Grade and once again be a part of the Heartworks/Renaissance/Endeavour community.
Outside of school, Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her family and pets, being outdoors, reading, and crafting. Jocelyn also has a passion for music and loves being a performing member of the Burlington Taiko Group, a Japanese-style drumming ensemble.
Third Grade Teacher
Theanna has been an educator since 2010. She obtained an Associate in Arts degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She also holds an Elementary Education License in Vermont. Theanna has experience teaching in Kindergarten, Fourth Grade, as well as long term subbing in a Fifth Grade classroom. Theanna grew up in the rural town of Georgia, Vermont where an emphasis on community and outdoor exploration were present. Having such a passionate community of parents, teachers, and students alike allowed for her to appreciate education and made her want to become a part of the learning process as an adult. While at UVM, Theanna minored in both Studio Arts and Environmental Studies. This passion for artistic expression and the outdoors is reflected in her classroom environment and curriculum implementation. She has been with Heartworks since 2015, working as a Pre-kindergarten Teacher and deeply appreciates the schools values and philosophy. Feeling the pull to teach again in the Elementary setting, she was excited about moving to Renaissance in 2016 to teach the Third Grade. Theanna enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and their two daughters.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Shannon joined Renaissance in 2015 after moving to Vermont from her native Alexandria, Virginia. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington and is in the process of receiving a Vermont Teaching License. In addition to North Carolina, Shannon has taught in Ecuador, Belize, and Virginia. Shannon’s elementary classroom experience ranges from First through Fourth Grade. Additionally, she has taught English as a Second Language to students from Kindergarten through adulthood. Shannon brings her passion for mindful, nature-based education to the Renaissance School. Shannon’s love of nature drew her to Vermont, where in her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, knitting, and reading.
Spanish Teacher and Classroom Support
Marcela was born and raised in Colombia and has taught and volunteered in various learning environments in our community that involve Spanish tutoring, Hands on Nature, Destination Imagination, Emergent Readers and Zumba Kids®. She did her undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to starting a family, Marcela worked at IBM for seven years as a Supply Chain Capacity Planner. She enjoys staying active and spending time with her family. She loves photography, graphic design and learning new crafts in her free time.
K-8 Music and Drama Teacher
Randal Pierce’s first experience with professional teaching was the development of a jazz performance program for the Gailer School at the site of what is now the Endeavor Middle School. Since then, Randal has studied at Oberlin and at McGill University where he holds a degree in piano performance. On accordion and piano, Randal has performed with symphony orchestras, major international theater companies, chamber groups, avant-garde jazz ensembles, and festival headlining Eastern-European folk groups while premiering new music around Canada and the US. As a music educator and director, he has worked for the Flynn, Vermont Stage Company, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Lost Nation Theater, BCA and the University of Vermont. Randal has taught privately and in several school settings and is thrilled to be a part of the Renaissance and Endeavor community.
Nicole began working at Heartworks in January of 2014. In the fall of 2015, she began teaching art at Endeavour, while still working at Heartworks in the morning. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University. She is an accomplished artist and has much experience integrating her talents into her work with children. Her favorite forms of art are drawing and wood carving. Nicole is also an outdoor enthusiast, seeking adventure in rock climbing, biking and hiking.