Amee Borys has been an educator since 1997 and has taught at every level from preschool to fifth grade. She has served Earthplace in many ways including summer camp counselor, classroom teacher, and as the assistant director of the Earthplace Preschool before becoming the current director. Amee is also the Earthplace Summer Camp co-director and is the creator of the After School Enrichment Program. Additionally, Amee is an Earthplace member. Her two children, who graduated from the preschool program, remain connected to Earthplace by participating in volunteer efforts, programs, and summer camp. Earthplace has a special place in her life as a parent and as an educator.
My name is Ursula Allen and I am an assistant teacher in the Blue Jays class this year. For the past 5 years, I have worked at Earthplace in our 3’s program. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and English. I have been a Westport resident for over twenty years. I am married with a son and daughter in Staples High School. My favorite childhood memory would be growing up in a wonderful family neighborhood with many friends playing outdoors all day long.
Hello, my name is Mr. Marcus. I am an assistant teacher here, at Earthplace. Some of my fondest and most inspiring memories as a child are of my school’s annual field days. I remember the joy of being outside and being active. I was able to experience camaraderie and learn lessons of cooperation and teamwork, which I hope to pass on to a new generation. My philosophy is to educate, entertain, and encourage.
My name is Ms. Amanda and I’ve been working at Earthplace since the summer of 2018. I have my undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. I’ve recently completed my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Bridgeport. Working at Earthplace is a perfect merger of the two things I’m so passionate about; Education and the Environment.
I have fond memories of taking nature walks with my father when I was a child.
My name is Whitney Cusa and I am the assistant teacher for the Blue Jays class this year. I have been a substitute teacher here at Earthplace for the last two years. I’m a lifelong resident of Westport and have raised 4 children with my Husband. My youngest is now at Staples High School and was an Earthplace graduate. I was a volunteer at Westport EMS for more than 20 years and have a passion for helping others.
I started working at Earthplace in January of 2019 after graduating from the University of South Carolina where I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education.
I would have to say my favorite childhood memory is probably all the time I spent as a student here at Earthplace! I was in the two’s, three’s, and four’s programs way back when. To this day I remember how much fun I had playing and exploring all around this amazing school!
Hello! My name is Kristyn and I have been working in the Chickadees since 2015. I have a B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Special Education.
My favorite childhood memory is when my grandfather would have my four brothers and me pile in the wheelbarrow and he would take us for rides around his yard.
My name is Rob and I am the Lead Teacher in the Little Wreckers Preschool that is housed in Staples High School. I have been a preschool teacher at Earthplace for 13 years and this is my third year with the Little Wreckers. I have an AS in Early Childhood Education and a BS in Graphic Design. I am currently working on getting my Masters’s degree in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University. I believe that teaching the skills of wonder, discovery, and exploration creates an unforgettable learning experience for children. I am also the proud parent of an Earthplace Preschool graduate, Class of 2009, who inspired me to become an early childhood educator.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are riding my bike with friends to the candy store, playing neighborhood whiffle ball games in the street, and going to Yankee games with my dad and family.
I’ve been at Earthplace for seven years. I have an A.S. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Child Studies, Infant/Toddler Care Credential, CT Director’s Credential, Early Childhood Teaching Credential for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool, CT Certified Head Teacher, and CT Certified Youth Camp Director.
My favorite childhood memory was going to Vermont with my family and staying in my godfather’s cabin in the woods.
I am the assistant teacher on MWF’s in the Meadowlarks classroom. I have received my CDA and Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. I first came to Earthplace when my two sons attended preschool which inspired me to become an early childhood educator.
My favorite childhood memories are family vacations and spending summers with my friends playing outdoor games and riding bikes in our neighborhood.