Meet Our Team

Amanda Hellebush has served as Executive Director at Full Heart Child Care since opening in May 2017. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and a master’s degree in Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. She taught 3rd and 4th grade for several years in Hamburg, NY before moving to the Rochester area in 2014. She resides in Brighton with her husband and Goldendoodle, Jack! She has worked in the early childhood industry for almost 7 years and loves being part of the Full Heart family because of the family atmosphere! She prides herself on knowing each and every one of the families and children in the program. She truly believes that when a child is loved, supported, and respected, they are able to live their best life! Amanda is a multi-tasker so if she had a super-power it would be to clone herself! In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and dog, traveling, reading, and gardening.

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Miss Krista joined the Full Heart Infant team in September 2018. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology along with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the oldest of three children and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family when she is not seeking out treasures at thrift stores! She loves doing crafty things as well. She relocated to Rochester about three years ago from New Jersey. She thinks that being a teacher is like having a super power. She is able to juggle lots of tasks at once, and with ease! Krista’s favorite part about teaching young children is watching them grow and reach different milestones!

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Miss Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with infants and young children for over 20 years. She loves doing art projects with the babies and snuggling them all day! She would love to be able to travel wherever she would like to go and have lots of worldly experiences. In her free time, Sylvia enjoys gardening!

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Miss Natalya is the afternoon teacher assistant in our infant program! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She is married with three children ranging in age from 2 to 7 years old and also has a cat named Puffy. She has been with Full Heart since October 2017 and loves being able to talk with families at pick-up about what their child has done that day. She enjoys creating experiences that are memorable for children and families and especially loves all the cuddles she gets in the infant room!

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Miss Tara joined the Full Heart team in August 2018 as an Infant Teacher Assistant. As the mother of 3 children aged 5-13, she has always enjoyed working with children. Her days are full of adventure with her children and her hobbies, which include hiking, bowling, and crocheting. Tara loves the energy that young children have and being able to put a smile on their faces. She treats the children in her care just as she treats her own- with understanding and patience.

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Miss Natalie has worked for Full Heart since the center opened in May of 2017. She has a college education in Early Childhood Psychology and is known for exploring the “whys and hows” child development. Originally from Corning, she has lived and taught early childhood in Alexandria, Virginia and in Rochester for almost 12 years total! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, playing rugby, listening to music, working out, and doing art activities. If she could have any super power, Natalie would like to be able to read minds! Natalie loves the great relationships she has formed with children, families, and coworkers at Full Heart!

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Miss Ciara joined the Full Heart team in September 2018. She has her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree at Brockport. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband, a dog, and two cats) and friends when she is not at school or work. If she could have a super power, Miss Ciara would want to be able to read minds. Her favorite part of working with children is watching them grow and learn new things.

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Miss Sarah is the Toddler 2 Lead Teacher. Sarah holds a associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Sarah was born in Michigan and moved to Rochester with her husband Matt in May of 2017. She joined the Full Heart team shortly after that in July 2017. She also relates to children who have allergies or food intolerances as she has Celiac Disease and can’t eat wheat, oats, barley, and rye! Sarah enjoys brush lettering and photography in her free time. She loves seeing her children’s smiling faces each day. Watching them grow and learn how to do things independently is what she loves most about working with toddlers at Full Heart.

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Miss Betsy joined the Full Heart Family in November 2017 and has roles as both a curriculum support professional and Preschool co-teacher. She has a degree from SUNY Geneseo in Early Childhood Education and has several years teaching toddlers and preschool aged children. Betsy lives in Perinton with her partner, young daughter, and 4 cats! She would like to be able to teleport herself anywhere in the world at any given time! Betsy is grateful for the trust that parents put in teachers and is thankful that she gets to help shape their future! She loves that everyone she encounters at Full Heart is friendly, genuine, loving, and helpful!

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FHCC Team Web Laura Dingy

Miss Laura joined the Full Heart family in September 2019 as our Preschool Teacher Assistant. She is married and has two children, one of whom also works at Full Heart! She loves helping out with extra curricular activities as well, especially incorporating nature play and loose parts in our gross motor spaces. She has been working with children for about 20 years and loves seeing them grow and learn. Miss Laura is known for her great snuggles and bonds with all of the children in her care and LOVES checking in on the babies too.

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Miss Beverly is extremely excited to be joining the Full Heart team as the Pre-K Lead Teacher! Beverly holds a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts and a Child Developmental Associate. She has over 6 years of experience teaching Pre-K in a classroom setting as well as 2 years of experience working with Monroe County’s 4-H program both in classroom and off-site settings. When Beverly is not in the classroom, she loves to work both onstage and off with many local theaters, lounge around the house with her cats, and read! If she could have a superpower, Miss Bev would love to be able to understand and converse with animals!

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FHCC Team Web Marissa Lagares

Miss Marissa has worked with Full Heart since the center opened in May of 2017. She loves working at Full Heart Child Care because of how invested all the teachers are in the well-being and education of the children. She feels that working in such a great environment makes teachers excited to go to work each day and give the kids your all! Marissa is currently enrolling in classes for Business Administration. She would like to be able to become invisible if she had a superpower! In her free time, Marissa enjoys doing yoga, online shopping and health and fitness activities.

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Miss Taylor has worked at Full Heart since January 2018.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from SUNY ESF and is currently enrolled in a master’s program for Education at SUNY Brockport. When she is not working at Full Heart, she enjoys spending time with her friends, working at the barn, riding horses, reading, drawing, and doing lots of homework! She loves animals and would like to be able to converse with them if she had a super power. She enjoys that everyone she encounters at Full Heart is constantly and consistently positive and supportive.

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Miss Maya is a toddler teacher assistant at Full Heart. Even though she is great with every age group, toddler’s have her heart! She comes to Full Heart each day with a smile on her face. Maya has an associate’s degree in studio arts and enjoys painting, doing digital art, playing music, and playing video games in her free time. Her and her fiancé, Rowan, have two cats named Kalika Automata and Pinecone Petronella! Maya thinks it would be really awesome to be able to stop time because then she would have as much time as she needed to do or learn whatever she wanted!

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FHCC Team Web Carin Ash

Miss Carin started at Full Heart as a Teacher Assistant in February 2019. Carin lives with her very funny husband of 24 years and has two college-aged sons, Oliver and Henry! She attended Bennington College and RIT. In her free time, Carin enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, more cooking, and cooking while traveling! If she had a super power, she would love to have the power to heal others. Children are Carin’s favorite people. They have only learned to be kind and are honest! She is so excited to join our team and soak up all the snuggles from the children!

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Miss Elese is a floating teacher assistant at Full Heart and has worked at the center since June 2017! Elese is studying earth science at SUNY Brockport. When she is not working or in school, she enjoys being outside in the sunshine and spending time with her friends and family. Elese enjoys traveling and would love to be able to go anywhere in the world with just a snap of a finger. Elese loves being able to put a smile on the children’s faces and watching them grow up and becoming individuals!

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FHCC Team Web Andrea Schleber

Miss Andrea joined the Full Heart Family in March 2019. She came to Full Heart with several years working with infants, toddlers, preschool, PreK, and school age children, along with experience as a substitute teacher and special education teacher aide. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and studied liberal arts and psychology as well. She is very artistic and enjoys drawing, painting, sculpting, and weaving. Most recently, she has been exploring beyond the world of color and has added multiple instruments to explore. In her free time, Andrea spends time with her daughter, fiance’, cat, and green-cheeked conure (bird). Together, they enjoy camping in the summer, learning musical instruments, riding, baking, and art. If she had a superpower, Andrea would like to heal broken hearts. She believes that everyone’s individuality is their superpower! Andrea loves the importance of connections with children and embracing and igniting their creativity and curiosity. She is exceptional at helping children to manage their emotions through self expression and mindfulness. Andrea is excited to share her love of art, nature, and music with the children here at Full Heart.

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Mr. Justin came to Full Heart in August 2019 hoping to be a great influence for the children in his care. He graduated early from High School and currently lives in Rochester with four roommates. In his free time, he enjoys doing lighting for plays and musicals, singing, and playing guitar. Justin has two younger sisters as well.

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FHCC Team Web Nina Tavolino

Miss Nina has been with Full Heart Child Care since June of 2017. She opens the building each morning with a smile on her face. She loves getting to work with all of the children in the center. She witnesses so many milestones and that just make her day! She has been working with children for over 15 years and has a 4-year-old daughter who she spends most of her time with! She enjoys working out, roller blading, and spending time with her family and friends when she is not at Full Heart!

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Miss Julia joined the Full Heart team in January 2019 as a floating teacher assistant. She is the daughter of our wonderful preschool teacher assistant, Laura! Julia enjoys spending time with her dog, Tobey, reading, camping, and photography when she isn’t loving on the littles at Full Heart. She recently graduated from East Ridge High School. Her favorite part of working with children here at Full Heart is how much they make her laugh with their stories and all of the dance parties!

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Miss Madie joined the Full Heart team of teachers in August 2019. She has an 8-year-old of her own and three furbabies too! She has two cats and a Husky named Jack! If Miss Madie had a superpower, it would be to fly so that she could visit her family who lives far away anytime she wants! She loves dancing, acting, and running in her free time! She likes being a part of children’s lives so that they can become good adults too!

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Miss Lana started at Full Heart in September of 2017. She is responsible for making breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack each day. She also makes and decorates beautiful, delicious cupcakes for each child’s birthday! Lana has three children and a pet fish! She enjoys photography, decorating cakes, and fishing in her free time. She loves to see the children smiling and happy after eating a great lunch each day.