Deborah L. Lauffer
Owner / Director / Infant-Toddler Teacher
It has been my lifelong passion to own and direct a child care center, work with children and their families and be a member of a small community such as Windham.
I began my career in early childhood education working as an aide at the YWCA preschool program in a suburb of Buffalo, NY when I was twenty years old. Shortly thereafter, I attended the University of New York at Buffalo and received a Certificate in Child Development and Learning. I took a few years off to have children and re-entered the profession teaching preschool. My director inspired me to continue my education and I graduated Suma Cum Laude from Hesser College with an Associate in Early Childhood Education. Subsequently, I taught Kindergarten and then was as a Lead Teacher in the toddler room for three corporate child care centers and one non-profit.
When my youngest child entered elementary school, I accepted a position as a paraprofessional at Broad Street School in Nashua where I 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 my twelve years at Broad Street, I attended Keene State College and received a Bachelor of Art in History.
My most recent position was a Resource and Referral Specialist with Rockingham Community Action Resource and Referral. As a member of the New Hampshire Resource and Referral Network, we: 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. My experience as part of the NHCCRR network is invaluable.
Assistant Director / Lead Preschool Teacher
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.