Toddler Teacher, Director and Owner
It has been Ms. Markarian’s lifelong passion to own and direct a child care center, work with children and their families and become a member of a small community such as Windham.
Ms. Markarian began her career in early childhood education working as an aide at the YWCA preschool program in a suburb of Buffalo, NY when she was twenty years old. Shortly thereafter, she attended the University of New York at Buffalo and received a Certificate in Child Development and Learning. Ms. Markarian took a few years off to have children and then re-entered the profession teaching preschool. Her director inspired her to continue her education and she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Hesser College with an Associate in Early Childhood Education. Subsequently, she taught Kindergarten and then was as a Lead Teacher in the toddler room for three corporate child care centers and one non-profit center.
When Ms. Markarian’s youngest child entered elementary school, she accepted a position as a paraprofessional at Broad Street School in Nashua where she had the opportunity to work in a multi-age first/second grade classroom, experience the benefits of looping children and gain experience and knowledge as part of the special education team. During her twelve years at Broad Street, she attended Keene State College and received a Bachelor of Art in History.
Ms. Markarian’s most recent position was as a Resource and Referral Specialist with Rockingham Community Action Resource and Referral. As a member of the New Hampshire Resource and Referral Network, she provided families with education regarding quality childcare, maintained a data base of child care providers, provided families with child care referrals, trained and recruited child care providers, offered assistance and support to child care programs, provided current child care information to child care providers, programs and the community and advocated for quality childcare. Her experience as part of the NHCCRR network is invaluable.
Ms. Markarian is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She holds a New Hampshire Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 1 and Early Childhood Administrator Level 1 Credentials.
Kayleen Stolarz has been a resident of the town of Windham for 22 years. She recently graduated Cum Laude from Plymouth State University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also currently completed her teacher certification in New Hampshire. Her passion for teaching children started when taking classes at Salem High School in their preschool program. She found that it was truly an adventure being a part of children’s learning and growing. Kayleen completed her student teaching experience at Bristol Elementary School in a first grade classroom. When she is not inside the classroom, she enjoys working at a part time nanny position, spending time with family and friends, movies and skiing up north.
She is excited for her first year of teaching preschool at Green Sprouts. It is especially important to her that every child understands that they are unique, special, able to accomplish anything that they set their minds to achieve. She strives to provide a warm, secure learning environment, which encourages her students to love school, feel safe to express their creativity, and develop their natural curiosity for learning new things. Her hope is, as her students move on to kindergarten, that they will have grown academically, socially, and emotionally and are proud of who they are and what they can and will accomplish. She is so glad that her dream to becoming a teacher is finally a reality.
Ms. Stolarz is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She holds a New Hampshire Early Childhood Teacher Level 5 Credential.
Associate Preschool Teacher
My formal background working with children began three years ago, when I finally felt responsible and educated enough to care for other people’s children. I was a nanny for three children in Ithaca, NY for 2 and a half years. I cared for them full and part time based on their family needs, and spent alot of time engaging the children in games and play. My work in Ithaca along with my observations of a preschool center at Cornell helped me realize that being a preschool teacher would be a good fit for my personality and passions. I appreciate how children help me retain the wonder, curiosity, and creativity I felt in my early years, and I find that holding on to a wondering perspective makes me better at relating to children, and therefore a better teacher.
I believe a child’s work is their play. As a homeschooled child in Rochester, NY, I spent the majority of my childhood playing with my sister, my parents, and my friends. When children play they explore the world around them and practice putting their knowledge to use. Children learn social skills when playing with other children and develop skills traditionally thought of as academic by using them in play. I am excited about the opportunities I have at Green Sprouts to scaffold creative and constructive play, and also to observe children learning through play.
On the weekends, you might find me working at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, or spending time with my extended family in Exeter. I plan to continue taking Early Childhood Education classes in New Hampshire so that I can continue to better myself as an educator and as a (someday) parent.
Though I plan ongraduating with a major in Art, I’ve always thought about minoring in Early Childhood Education. I love working with kids, and can easily imagine myself teaching art to younger children. I’ve always thought that art was an import thing for kids to learn, not only because it’s my passion but because it’s helped me so much in my own life.
I recently graduated from Windham High School and recently have been accepted to NHTI. NHTI is a community college in Concord, NH that has an amazing Visual Arts program. I’m really excited to be attending NHTI, and cannot wait to further my talents in
drawing, painting, photography, etc. From there I hope to get my Associates Degree in Visual Arts and then move on to a college in Florida so that I can be near my family who’s moved there over the years.
I have two younger sisters, Ava who is seven years old and Chloe who is three. I’m also very lucky to have such supporting people in my life, who have helped me to be the person I am today.