Early Education Staff

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to caring for and educating children within the DAP philosphy.  With over 70 combined years of early childhood education experience, it is rare that our staff encounters a situation that they have not had prior experience with.  Our core staff have each been with us over 15 years which provides a continuity, familiarity and comfort that benefits both the children and their families.

Summer Staff

Many of our early education staff join us for the summer program.  Along with local public school teachers and junior staff positions filled by local students, we offer a mix of high energy friendly staff and caring experience in the classrooms.   Interested in joining our summer staff?  Contact us.

Janet Hosmer Head Teacher A Westbrook CT native, Mrs. Hosmer has been a Red Barn teacher for over three decades!  Janet is our resident naturalist loving all things outdoors.  Her personal collections of treasures are always a favorite in the classroom.  Being a parent to two sons, (both Red Barn alumni) a grandparent to two grandchildren, combined with her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Mitchell College, Mrs. Hosmer is well versed with the needs of young children and child development.  Mrs. Hosmer spends her school year in the Gray Barn and her summers in the Little Barn.

Janet Hosmer

Head Teacher

A Westbrook CT native, Mrs. Hosmer has been a Red Barn teacher for over three decades!  Janet is our resident naturalist loving all things outdoors.  Her personal collections of treasures are always a favorite in the classroom.  Being a parent to two sons, (both Red Barn alumni) a grandparent to two grandchildren, combined with her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Mitchell College, Mrs. Hosmer is well versed with the needs of young children and child development.  Mrs. Hosmer spends her school year in the Gray Barn and her summers in the Little Barn.

Kristen Hines Head Teacher Mrs. Hines provides an energy level that rivals the Little Barn children she works with! In her two decades of teaching at Red Barn, Kristen's creativity, thoughtfulness, and seemingly endless patience, provides a fun and engaging environment for the children each and every day.  She carries a B.S. in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston and previously taught the ABC program for kindergartners in West Hartford. Kristen is a mom to three boys (all Red Barn alumn), a dog a cat, and a few beloved chickens who occasionally make guest appearances at Red Barn.

Kristen Hines

Head Teacher

Mrs. Hines provides an energy level that rivals the Little Barn children she works with! In her two decades of teaching at Red Barn, Kristen's creativity, thoughtfulness, and seemingly endless patience, provides a fun and engaging environment for the children each and every day.  She carries a B.S. in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston and previously taught the ABC program for kindergartners in West Hartford. Kristen is a mom to three boys (all Red Barn alumn), a dog a cat, and a few beloved chickens who occasionally make guest appearances at Red Barn.

 
Mary Dobson Teacher Mary is one of our more versatile teachers, bouncing between Little and Gray Barns for the early education program and occasionally helping out during the summer.  A Madison CT native, Mary has been with Red Barn for over a decade. Both of Mary's children are proud Red Barn graduates.  Mrs. Dobson uses her naturally calm and nurturing approach to guide children through their day.  She specializes in helping children gain comfort and confidence which is especially important in the first weeks of school.  Mary holds a B.S. from Assumption College.

Mary Dobson

Teacher

Mary is one of our more versatile teachers, bouncing between Little and Gray Barns for the early education program and occasionally helping out during the summer.  A Madison CT native, Mary has been with Red Barn for over a decade. Both of Mary's children are proud Red Barn graduates.  Mrs. Dobson uses her naturally calm and nurturing approach to guide children through their day.  She specializes in helping children gain comfort and confidence which is especially important in the first weeks of school.  Mary holds a B.S. from Assumption College.

 
Andrea Travisano Teacher Andrea first came to Red Barn as a parent participating with her twin girls in the Bunny program.  Mrs. Travisano embraced our hands-on learning philosophy and gracefully demonstrated meeting each child's individual needs when parenting her twins.  Andrea uses her B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Teaching from Sacred Heart University to lead the Bunnies program.  Andrea previously taught 2nd and 3rd grade and was awarded teacher of the year from Alfred E. Burr Elementary School in Hartford CT.  Mrs. Travisano strives to create a positive learning environment for all her students.

Andrea Travisano

Teacher

Andrea first came to Red Barn as a parent participating with her twin girls in the Bunny program.  Mrs. Travisano embraced our hands-on learning philosophy and gracefully demonstrated meeting each child's individual needs when parenting her twins.  Andrea uses her B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Teaching from Sacred Heart University to lead the Bunnies program.  Andrea previously taught 2nd and 3rd grade and was awarded teacher of the year from Alfred E. Burr Elementary School in Hartford CT.  Mrs. Travisano strives to create a positive learning environment for all her students.

 
Buttercup Support / Emotional Buttercup joined our staff in 2014 arriving as a "miniature" Lion Mane Angora bunny.  She has far outgrown her miniature status since then with all the love she receives.  She is always happy to great the children on their way into school and happily accepts carrots, lettuce and dandelion flowers.  Buttercup is part of a long bunny tradition at the school and is always willing to help when needed.

Buttercup

Support / Emotional

Buttercup joined our staff in 2014 arriving as a "miniature" Lion Mane Angora bunny.  She has far outgrown her miniature status since then with all the love she receives.  She is always happy to great the children on their way into school and happily accepts carrots, lettuce and dandelion flowers.  Buttercup is part of a long bunny tradition at the school and is always willing to help when needed.

Amity Vece   Teacher Amity is a Clinton CT native and parent to two Red Barn alumni.  She initially joined our program as a college student during the summer program and returned in 2015 to join the team bringing a love of children and a welcome energy to the program.  A jack of all trades and a lover all things science, Amity dives into each day prepared yet flexible and is an asset to each classroom and all members of the teaching team.  She holds her B.A. in Child Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and is pursuing her degree in child development.

Amity Vece  

Teacher

Amity is a Clinton CT native and parent to two Red Barn alumni.  She initially joined our program as a college student during the summer program and returned in 2015 to join the team bringing a love of children and a welcome energy to the program.  A jack of all trades and a lover all things science, Amity dives into each day prepared yet flexible and is an asset to each classroom and all members of the teaching team.  She holds her B.A. in Child Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and is pursuing her degree in child development.

 
Deborah Oliveira After Care Mrs. "O" joined out staff in 2016.  With extensive experience working with both preschool and school age children, Mrs. Oliveira has a varied resume in many areas of education. She has worked in a high-needs pre-K program as an assistant teacher, maintained state mandated requirements for early education programs, supervised lunch and recess for children ages 3-18. She is a proud mother of her son Jason, a marine science honors student at Roger Williams University.      

Deborah Oliveira

After Care

Mrs. "O" joined out staff in 2016.  With extensive experience working with both preschool and school age children, Mrs. Oliveira has a varied resume in many areas of education. She has worked in a high-needs pre-K program as an assistant teacher, maintained state mandated requirements for early education programs, supervised lunch and recess for children ages 3-18. She is a proud mother of her son Jason, a marine science honors student at Roger Williams University.