The teachers at Appletree School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine favor an experiential, hands-on approach to teaching preschool, believing that this is the best way to meet the needs of body, mind and spirit. Read our teacher profiles below.

Pamela grew up on a family run dairy farm in Kittery, Maine. She often shares stories of life growing up in a Swedish family of 9 children; 7 brothers and 1 sister. Pam learned early on how the head, heart and hand together help to form the whole child. These values and early lessons are present each day in Pam’s teaching approach. Her happy childhood memories help to supply her with a fountain of energy and joy that bubbles continuously.

As a child care provider and a teacher since 1988, Pam finds a constant supply of fun in educational things to do at Appletree School and nearby in the community. Pamela's deep farming roots are an integral part of Appletree School. In the greater Portland area, she has been involved with 4-H and is involved with Cape Farm Alliance (CFA). Her ingenuity and resourcefulness are coupled with a sense of play and enthusiasm which she brings to her hospice work through VNA Home Health and Hospice.

She and her husband, Peter, are proud parents of 2 grown daughters, Isabel and Elsa, and enjoy spending time in downeast Maine when they are not in Cape Elizabeth. Pamela enjoys time spent with her family, and she is so proud of Appletree School!

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Amy grew up in Freeport where she lived with her parents and her brother and sister. She spent many years mentoring and working in different summer camps for young children, and in college decided to focus on teaching children. She graduated with her degree in Early Childhood Education, has been working in the education field for several years in both public and private schools, and has been at Appletree for over ten years. Amy loves being a part of Appletree School and really enjoys seeing the development and socialization of young children. She loves the flexibility of a multi-aged program, and feels that the children learn and prosper from each other in that environment. Amy loves the “outdoor classroom” that Appletree has to offer and loves bringing the outdoors inside.

Amy is also the Spanish teacher at Appletree, and feels that exposing children to a second language and culture is important at a young age. Amy lives in Portland with her husband, Geoff, son, Caleb, and daughter, Chloe. She loves taking walks with her family and spending time near the ocean.

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Carrie has over 25 years of early childhood experience. Starting her career at The Children’s Museum, Carrie continued her work at The University of Southern Maine and University of New England as both Head Teacher and college instructor to student teachers. Carrie has taught in a variety of settings from the Head Start classroom to Parent Cooperatives, most recently as Program Director at the Children’s Nursery School in Portland.

Carrie is part of a local group of educators who share a common interest in the Reggio Emilia approach (PARC: Portland Area Reggio Collaboration). Through monthly study group and yearly retreats and conferences, Carrie is both a teacher and a student. Carrie works with children and families in the spirit of the "Reggio" Way, respecting and nurturing their interests. She listens, reflects and uses the environment as a tool for teaching and lengthening a child's natural curiosity.

Carrie believes Appletree School is the ideal school for both the teacher and young children. It is here that children will be surrounded by beauty and new experiences. The physical setting naturally peaks the imagination and wonder in Maine seasons and love of the outdoors. The outdoor educational environment is important to Carrie. She plans to foster the love of nature, learning and building healthy character and relationships with young children. Carrie has two grown children, Zoe and Hans.

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Laisee grew up the oldest of five sisters in Cape Elizabeth. She received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, where she also played Division I field hockey. Her past experience includes working at Octagon, the global sports marketing agency, where she served for five years as the Senior Client Manager for Michael Phelps, the World Champion swimmer. Subsequently, she became Director of the Michael Phelps Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages children to be healthy and active.

Laisee has always been passionate about working with children, and considers education the greatest gift one can give a young person. Over the years she has taken leaves from her professional career to work with children at the Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand, the Rift Valley Children’s Village in Tanzania, and Ocean Academy, a nonprofit high school in Belize. Laisee currently serves on the Board of The Girls Foundation of Tanzania, which provides educational support for bright girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their education.