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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey there, my name is Ms. Morgan and I have had the privilege and honor to have worked with and encourage infants to school-aged children for the better part of a decade now; and what a blessing it has been. We as adults not only remember our childhood experiences, but our very thoughts, actions, and even our characters are greatly shaped by them. I believe everything we say and do as adults in the lives of children brings forth fruit in its season; this is why teaching holds such an important place in my heart.
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.
As an early childhood professional, I believe in preparing and educating a workforce that is knowledgeable, curious, and passionate about their future. My time in higher education solidified for me that my place is in the classroom training future and current teachers. Influencing those who will impact future generations is my driving force. Understanding the adult learner and new trends in higher education such as distance learning, asynchronous classrooms, mobile technology, and Universal Design for Learning are expanding the opportunities for students to engage successfully in the learning process. My experiences in higher education to date have allowed me to participate and even contribute to this new learning experience. Beyond the college classroom, teachers who subscribe to the role of life long learners are eager, and in need of practical and tangible support. Interactive and engaging professional development and coaching enhance their practice and continue to promote higher quality experiences for the children in their care.
I consider myself a leader and advocate for children and families. I strive to motivate our profession to take on the challenge of providing high-quality experiences for all children. Through advocacy and participation in community efforts that support children and families, I model the role early childhood professionals have in making change happen and creating awareness of best practices.