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 Woodland Playhouse as a parent in 2007 when my son, Jamison, was 2 ½ years old and Woodland Playhouse had just opened! After my second son, Waylon started attending Woodland Playhouse, I found myself working at the school as a substitute teacher and photographer often helping with various art and WP community based projects. As my children “aged out” I went on to work as a Teacher’s Assistant at OCS (Onteora Central School District) primarily at Phoenicia Elementary. I soon became very involved with Phoenicia Elementary. I volunteered as a parent and eventually served as Correspondence Secretary on the PTA Board for 5 years. Additionally I produced & contributed photography to the "Phoenicia Elementary School Yearbook" for three years. In 2014, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity of returning to  Woodland Playhouse as a full time teacher. I've discovered through the years  that I love working, teaching and learning with kids! I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to be creative with your children in an environment that promotes, community based learning as individuals and the space to explore a diverse curriculum, very often through nature and "hands on" experiences. It is an honor and privilege to work with your children.

Alisha Olive

Hi, my name is Alisha. I first heard of Woodland Playhouse through Christina. Christina and I met in our first classes at 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 a teacher-centered approach to learning. A little about myself: I have two children; Arya (born Nov 2018) and Ryker (born July 2016). I hold a BS in Childhood Education and an 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!

Danny Rice

I’m Danny. I graduated from Onteora and went to SUNY Ulster for a degree in business, but I found that I prefer working with children. I started working with children at Shandaken Rec when I was 18 years old. I continue to work at Shandaken Rec each summer. For about four years, I also worked at Belleayre Mountain in the drop off child care center, but have chosen to work at Woodland Playhouse exclusively during the winter months. I've been a part of Woodland Playhouse since 2017. I love working with children and helping them learn, grow, and succeed. 

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5575 Route 28 ~ Phoenicia NY, 12464