Meet Our Team

Amanda is the Center Director at Full Heart Child Care. 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. She lives in Fairport with her husband and Goldendoodle named Jack! She has worked as a director of child care for almost 4 years but loves being with Full Heart because of the family atmosphere! 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, organizing things, playing with her puppy, and traveling!

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As a Lead Teacher in our infant program, Miss Marissa 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 has her CDA and is currently enrolling in classes for Early Childhood Education and Business Administration. She would like to be able to become invisible if she had a super power! In her free time, Marissa enjoys doing] yoga, online shopping, health and fitness activities, and snuggling with her Pomeranian named Jace!

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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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In June 2018, Miss Emily joined the Full Heart Infant team. She is currently a nursing student at Hartwick College. She enjoys reading, DIY projects, and spending time with her loved ones in her free time. She also speaks Spanish and loves playing with her dog, Lacey. If Emily had a super power, it would be to be able to speak and write in every language, so she could connect and converse with all people! Her favorite part of working with young children is seeing them figure out so many new things!

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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” of 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 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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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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Miss Colleen has been with the Full Heart Family since day one! She feels that her role at Full Heart is very fulfilling and she loves spending time with all the children, seeing them grow and learn, and learning a lot about early childhood development. At home, she has 2 dogs named Levi and Ava. Colleen has been married for 23 years and has a daughter who is in college. She loves walking, reading, and riding horses in her free time. Colleen would choose being able to fly as her super power!

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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 Erin is the Toddler 1 Teacher Assistant at Full Heart Child Care. She has been with the company since August 2017.   The children absolutely adore her for her bubbly and silly personality!   Erin would like to be invisible so that she can see how children are when there are no adults around. She enjoys playing basketball and softball, reading, movies, going out to eat, and date nights! She has a daughter and a furbaby named Dakota. She loves falling asleep with her daughter during thunderstorms. She enjoys cooking and playing X-Box with her boyfriend. Erin has a twin sister and two brothers who are twins as well! Erin loves the children at Full Heart and that all of the teachers work together for the good of the children!

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Miss Maya is a floater teacher assistant at Full Heart. She is great with every age group and loves how delightful everyone is to work with. 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, Rae, have a cat named Kalika Automata, who is very crazy, but whom they love very much! 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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Miss Rene’ joined the Full Heart team in February of 2018. She has several years of experience working with children under 5 years of age. She also has 3 daughters of her own, a Schnoodle named Cooper, and 2 cats named Sammy and Joey. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird-watching, and playing Euchre! At Full Heart, Rene’ loves how the children explore the world around them and embrace new experiences. She says that their laughter is contagious, and their energy has a positive effect on those around them! Rene’ loves the holidays and enjoys decorating Christmas cookies, Easter eggs, and carving pumpkins with her family!

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Miss Peenke joined our Full Heart family in May 2018. Currently attending Finger Lakes Community College with the hopes of becoming a teacher, she has been working with children, including her three younger siblings, for as long as she can remember. She would love to be able to fly from place to place if she was given a super power! In her spare time, she enjoys thrifting, traveling, and trying out new adventures. Peenke says “Working with kids brings out the kid in me. I enjoy connecting with them along with giving them guidance and comfort when needed.”

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Miss Stephanie is our Preschool Teacher Assistant. She joined the Full Heart team in June 2018 and her favorite part of working with children is getting to see them at their happiest moments. She is brand new to the Rochester area and is excited for this new city and career! In her free time, Stephanie likes to go hiking, do yoga, and travel!

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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 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.