Our program is founded on the principle that children learn best through play. The day is complemented with a teacher-led circle time where children learn rhymes, sing songs, and participate in storytelling.
Our program fosters creativity, imagination, and literacy. Through developmentally-appropriate invitations to play, children learn:
HNS is a non-profit, parent-cooperative preschool for children ages three to five. Located in the heart of Hinesburg, we have been serving local families for over 35 years.
We emphasize a play-oriented approach to learning. We provide a supportive environment where preschoolers develop an awareness of themselves as individuals and as part of a community.
We offer two and three day enrollment options for families. Our program runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the school year. You choose the days your child will attend. All days are multi-aged.
HNS is recognized by the State of Vermont as a certified STARS (STep Ahead Recognition System) preschool. We are an Early Learning Partner with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union, Chittenden East Supervisory Union, and Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. Learn more about registration and how STARS can mean free preschool for your child.
Wendy brings many years experience as an educator, parent, businesswoman and past HNS parent and board member to our school.
Wendy’s Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from SUNY Potsdam translates into a classroom brimming with interesting and creative arts projects that integrate with ever-changing educational themes. Her years of experience with educating children include both preschool and school-age children at a number of different schools and daycare settings. Her breadth of experience also includes student teaching in art for K–12, the ELF program at Hinesburg Community School, and K–8 after-school programs.
Wendy’s children attended the Hinesburg Nursery School and gave her first-hand knowledge and experience in the philosophy of the school, allowing her to participate as a parent, a substitute teacher, and board member for six years. Wendy joined HNS as a teacher in 2006. We are very lucky to have had her teaching for fifteen years at HNS!
Wendy is also the owner/proprietor of the Blackberry Hill Bakery in Hinesburg, Vermont and resides here with her husband and children.
Becky’s mission as a teacher is to support the joyful development of the whole child through authentic, meaningful interactions, exploration, and plenty of unstructured play.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Russell Sage College, using her knowledge in this field to teach and treat people of all ages, from 2 – 92. She realized that what she loved most about the job was teaching, and returned to graduate school at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, VT, where she earned her Master’s in Education in 2002. After some time in elementary school classrooms, she spent several years as a stay-at-home mom with her two boys.
Becky and her family joined the HNS Family when her oldest son went to preschool, and she fell in love with the teachers, the philosophy, and the community. When her youngest son went to kindergarten, she began teaching in her own classroom at the Bellwether School and later helped to open a preschool at the Davis Studio, serving as teacher and director. With one more stop at another parent cooperative, Shelburne Nursery School, Becky is excited to return “home” to HNS.
She holds a Vermont Teaching license with endorsements in both early childhood and elementary education and is passionate about all things related to child-centered early childhood education.
Becky enjoys spending time with her family traveling and playing, but when she finds some time to herself she likes to read, run, hike, sew, and make music. She lives in Hinesburg with her husband, Dan, their two boys, Ethan and Owen, and their dog, Jetta.