Staff

Who’s Who at ONE Arts Community School Colchester

Sam Lyons (she/her) Director of Colchester & Superintendent of ONE Arts Schools

I am a CT native who fell in love with Vermont when I came up here to attend Champlain College. That was 10 years ago and I have not looked back. I have my VT teaching license for infants through 6th grade. Though my passion in teaching has always been with the younger years. I believe that early education is very important for children’s growth and development. I strongly believe in emergent curriculum as children are active learners in their environment and what they are learning about should be based on their questions and interests. As director, I hope to create a center that is a safe and welcoming space for the community we create together.

Infant Room

Holly Courage (she/her)
Infant & Assistant Director

My name is Holly. I moved to Vermont in 2016 to get my children settled in one place throughout their education.  In my free time I enjoy hiking with my dog, cooking, house projects, and spending time with my family. Before moving to Vermont I operated a FCC home childcare center on a military base. Since moving to Vermont I have worked at a drop-in care facility, and then I was a teacher at Heartworks. I am currently attending classes at CCV to get my Early Childhood Education degree. I believe that children learn and grow at their own pace. By providing the children with a loving, developmentally appropriate environment that fosters their growth, they will reach their full potential. I am excited to continue my early childhood education career in a program that involves and supports their community.  

Abby Adams (she/her)
Infant

My name is Abby and I am happy to be a part of the growing community of ONE Arts community! I was born and raised here in Vermont and I love it. I have been in the childcare field for fifteen years. I received my Childcare/Human Services certificate from Center Of Technology Essex and have an associates degree in Visual Arts. In my free time, I love creating art, gardening, traveling, camping, kayaking, biking and spending time with my pets.

Young Toddler Room

Hello! My name is Meagan and I am excited to work in the younger toddler room this year! A bit about me: I live in Swanton Village with my husband, Owen, my 12 yr old son Jesse and my 2 1/2 yr old daughter Lilly, and our two very hyper dogs, Robin and Boomer. We love going on drives, going to the playground and watching Disney movies together! I have my associates in Early Education and have worked in various centers over the years as well as in the Swanton and Highgate school systems. Although I have worked with all ages from birth up through grade 5 my favorite age to work with are 2-3 year olds. My hope is to be a familiar face to your children as we learn, grow, and have fun over the school year. Hope to meet you all soon! 

Hello everyone, my name is Sabrina Allain. My son (Oliver) is in the YT room. We are very excited to join this community! I love kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with my son. I am a 3rd-degree black belt in Taekwondo. I have my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and another associate’s in liberal arts. I have been working with children since I was 12 years old! I was born and raised in Franklin, Vermont. I have traveled around and lived in Colorado, Texas, and South Carolina, and now am back in Vermont. The reason I choose to work with kids is so I can give them the best early childhood education experience possible. This profession is extremely rewarding and I love the relationships we get to build along the way. 

Hello everyone! I’m Maddie and I’m in the YT classroom. I’m very excited to be a part of this community! I love to be outside and enjoy the sun, I also love working on race cars on weekends and traveling the new england area as well as Canada with our racing family! I was born in Hartford Connecticut but moved up to Vermont when I was 6 years old and have loved it here ever since. I’m currently enrolled at the Community College of Vermont on the Montpelier campus for nursing and hope to work up to getting my LPN(Licensed Practical Nurse). I started working in the child care field because I love working with kids and learning new things about childhood development, I also have many years of child care experience with babysitting my younger siblings and younger cousins from ages newborn to 16-17. My goal is to be an amazing part of these children’s lives and to create great memories that these kids can look back on later in life while helping them have a good childhood education! I’m so glad to be a part of this community and have an opportunity to learn and teach at the same time.

Older Toddler Room

Laci Stanhope (she/her)
Older Toddler

Hi, I’m Laci! I am so happy to be a part of the One Arts Community! I graduated from Castleton University in May of 2020 with a bachelor’s in MDS. I’m a big believer that children learn the most through play. I believe it helps them learn about the world around them, develops their social and cognitive skills, and also helps them gain self-confidence all while having fun! Mission statement -To treat students as individuals and to meet their intellectual and emotional needs. I want to help inspire students to develop self-confidence that they can carry with them for years to come.

Hi there! My name is Jasmine and I’ve worked in childcare for several years and have a child myself. My daughter Emila is in the YT classroom. I love making crafts and finding DIY projects to do at home and at school. My favorite hobbies are hiking and especially anything to do with water. like going to the beach to build sandcastles or paddleboarding. I’m so looking forward to becoming an awesome role model for all of my new friends.

Bonnie Thomas (she/her)
Older Toddler

Hello! My name is Bonnie, and I am so happy to be a part of the One Arts family! I graduated from Castleton with my degree and MDS, and I am currently trying to go back to school for art. I’m a firm believer in having equity in the school and classroom. I love to bring laughter, art, and music into the classroom! 

Preschool Room

Julia Cornell (she/her)
Preschool

Hi, I’m Julia! It has been a pleasure to be a part of the growing ONE Arts community team since the day we first opened our doors back in August of 2021. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I have lived and worked in various positions within the field of community arts and education in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and now Vermont. In 2019, I graduated from Lesley University where I received my degree in expressive arts therapy; a holistic counseling psychology degree that focuses on incorporating music, drama, dance, creative writing, and visual arts into the field of healing. I have been a musician for my entire life and am passionate about sharing the transformative power of music and the arts with children and families. Having been fortunate enough to grow up in a household full of warmth and laughter, I believe that early childhood education should reflect that same welcoming sense of warmth and provide a safe space for children to learn, grow, and explore the world around them. When I am not spending time with my littlest friends, I love writing and performing music of my own, traveling, swimming and hiking, and visiting with my family and friends.

Bella Clary (she/her)
Preschool

Hi there! My name is Bella and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a recent UVM graduate and studied studio art and psychology. I have a passion for the arts and enjoy drawing and painting in my free time. I also have a love for stuffies/stuffed animals which I collect (especially frogs!). Some of my favorite activities are going on hikes, gardening, and taking my cat Remi for walks in my neighborhood. Over the summer, I helped out at the ONE Arts summer program where we created pinatas, collages, puppets, and so much more! I am so excited to be a part of this program and look forward to not only teaching but also learning from all of you. 

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