Belinda Torres

Hi, I’m Belinda. I first learned about the Playhouse when it moved to it’s current location. I had signed my two sons, Brantley and Kody up for summer camp. I loved this place the minute I walked in. It had such a great atmosphere and the teachers were wonderful with the children.
I worked in the nursing field for five years as an aid for geriatrics. Once I had my second son, Kody we decided I would stay home with them. In the fall of 2018, I was offered the wonderful opportunity to work aftercare for the Playhouse. Since I have started, I haven’t looked back. I couldn’t be happier to work with these young individuals. I love helping them learn and grow as I continue to learn and grow myself. Most of all I truly love working with your little ones.

Christina Davis

Hi! I am Christina. I began my experience at Woodland Playhouse during the 2014-15 school year when my oldest child, Isabelle, attended. I fell in love with the school, the atmosphere and the teachers and decided to enroll my son, Leonardo, as soon as he was old enough. When Grace approached me in 2016 about partnering, I was thrilled. I hold a BA in Childhood Education (B-6) with a concentration in English, and a MA in Childhood Education with a concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). I have spent years running a small, family owned business before creating Woodland Playhouse, LLC with Grace - an expansion of the original Woodland Playhouse. Upon Grace's leaving Woodland Playhouse in 2019, I took over the LLC on my own. As lead teacher and owner, I've worked hard to hold fast to the heart and spirit of the original Woodland Playhouse that I fell in love with as a parent. I love combining my natural entrepreneurial spirit and my love for children and teaching in a developmentally appropriate, experiential way -- playing, reading and exploring!

Michele Garner

Hi, I’m Michele. I first came to know the Woodland Playhouse Community in 2007 when my son, Jamison, was 2 ½ years old and brand new to pre-school. After Waylon, my second son started at WP, I found myself working at the school as a substitute teacher and photographer and helping with various art and community based projects. As my children “aged out” I went on to work as a Teacher’s Assistant at Onteora Central School District, primarily at Phoenicia Primary School. I became very involved at the Phoenicia school, serving as a volunteer Board member on the PTA for five years and producing and photographing the School Yearbook for three years. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join Grace and Kelly as a fulltime teacher in 2014 at Woodland Playhouse! Although my background is Visual arts and not teaching, I find working as a at Woodland Playhouse to be both rewarding and challenging. I love that we, as teachers, can get creative with the kids as we learn, explore and discover together. It is a privilege to work with your children.

Alisha Olive

Hi, my name is Alisha. I first heard of Woodland Playhouse through Christina. Christina and I have been friends since early years of SUNY Ulster back in 2007 and became fast friends. I loved hearing about what her daughter was learning. The playhouse clearly focused more on exploration and experience rather than using teacher-centered approach to learning.
A little about myself, I have two children; Arya (born Nov 2018) and Ryker (born July 2016). I hold my BS in Childhood Education and MS in special education and literacy. I am certified to teach public elementary school and special education. I
have held various jobs within the field from being a substitute teacher in districts like Saugerties, Catskill, Onteora, and Hudson as well as being a substitute here at the Woodland Playhouse (and working Summer camps since 2017), Boys and Girls Club counselor, preschool and toddler teacher at the YWCA of Ulster County, and preschool teacher of a self-contained class at Columbia County’s ARC (The Starting Place). I enjoy science and instilling wonder, creativity, and curiosity with all my students. I look forward to continuing my passion for teaching and learning here at the playhouse!

Jenny Ogg

Hello. My name is Jenny. I am excited to join Woodland Playhouse this year as both a teacher and a parent. While looking for programs for our daughter, Nola (age 3), my partner and I were instantly drawn to the learning community at WP. Prior to having Nola, I spent several years teaching 2- and 3-year-olds at Blue School, an independent school in Manhattan that focuses on fostering the innate curiosity and creativity children have. I received my B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development, with a concentration in Inequalities. I graduated from Bank Street College of Education, where I received my M.S. Ed. in Infant and Family Development, Early Intervention, and Early Childhood General and Special Education. I am passionate about creating a learning environment that encourages exploration and discovery, as well as supports each child in developing a strong sense of self.

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