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. 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!
Amy has been a teacher at Appletree School since 2003. Growing up in Freeport, she spent many years working with children in the community and decided to focus on teaching in college graduating with an Early Childhood Degree.
Amy loves being part of the multi aged program that Appletree offers. She believes the multi aged classroom helps nurture childrens flexibility, Social emotional development and friendships. She also loves the philosophy of having the outdoor classroom accessible for children to explore in, create in and work in. The outdoor setting and natural environment at Appletree brings so much curiosity and wonder to young children.
Amy brings spanish into the daily
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.
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
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.
Louise brings a fresh and enthusiastic approach to anything she engages in. Her many diverse job and life adventures has helped to provide a hands on approach to learning. She has lived in Maine for the past seventeen years. Having lived in Baltimore, she worked for a school called the "Living Classroom Foundation". She was one of the lead educators for the program. Traditional Chesapeake bay boats are used as platforms to teach. She sailed away on her own boat where she ended up on Peaks Island. Worked as a carpenter for eight years for a local company on the island. At the end of that experience she decided she wanted to become professional care giver. Went on to received a CNA certificate and went to work as a traveling hospice aide. In between all this her experiences ranged from sailing on schooners, building a traditional sailing vessel called a Skipjack, cooking for a kayak company and working for a nursery school. She enjoys wearing many hats! For the past five years she and her husband have built a modern timber frame home. They are with pride that they have done all the work themselves.
Louise is thrilled to be involved with the Appletree school. Feels very fortunate to be part of a dynamic, energetic and creative team. The setting of the school is a natural fit for Louise. Exploring, listening and learning with the kids makes total sense for this year to come!
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.
Our child-centered program is built by our experienced teachers to fit ever-changing developmental, emotional, and academic needs of our students. We have the gift of an outdoor classroom and play area, as well as a bright and engaging indoor learning space. Our independent status invites creativity and joy into our curriculum, and allows us to focus on the arts and sciences, as well as literacy and math.
curriculum as well as mixing literacy with cooking and exploring recipes with our weekly "Cooking with a Book” day. She believes immersing children in rich learning experiences is important in early childhood. Amy lives in Portland with her husband Geoff and their 2 children Caleb and Chloe, who attended Appletree School through their preschool years.
Molly grew up in Buxton Maine, where she has lived most of her life. She recently moved to Portland a few years ago to attend school at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) located in South Portland, Maine. This spring, Molly will be graduating from SMCC with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Very early on, Molly discovered she had a strong passion for working with young children after growing up babysitting for her two younger brothers. After high school, she had an opportunity to nanny two children for a year. Molly always found young children to be a fun age group to teach and work with. She loves their curiosity and energy that the children bring into the classroom every day. She plans on furthering her education by entering into the University of Maine Farmington (UMF) Bachelor's Program in the fall for Early Childhood Education. She has taken a special interest in Appletree School, due to it’s strong focus on the outdoors and nature.
Molly loves adventures and constantly being outside. In her spare time she can be seen hiking, biking, camping, or kayaking around Maine. One of Molly's favorite places to camp each summer is Acadia National Park.