Staff

Holli Boise

I was born at Porter Hospital and have lived in Middlebury most of my life. I have two daughters, Samantha and Tiffany. Tiffany and her daughter Haylee live with me, along with four cats, one dog, one fish, and a rabbit. Samantha lives with her husband Erin and their son, Liam. I believe that children are the greatest treasure anyone can be given. Being a mother has been a special journey, which in just the last few years has been enriched even more because now I am a grandmother to two wonderful grandchildren.

Growing up I always had the desire to care for and nurture others. I cared for a lot of children during my teenage years providing child care. As my high school graduation drew near I wasn’t sure if I wanted to care for animals by becoming a vet or veterinarian technician or go into a Human Services field. I decided that even though I love animals, it was people that I wanted to make a meaningful connection with. It was while I was taking classes, specifically my work experience class at Community College of Vermont that I discovered my true passion was teaching young children. I went on to receive not only my Associates Degree in Human Services but more importantly my Associates in Early Childhood Education.

I started out as a paraprofessional for the EEE at Mary Hogan School part-time but was soon hired as a Child Care teacher for Vermont Adult Learning Child Care. This was a five star, NAEYC Accredited program which I remained a teacher at for eight years until the program closed due to lack of funding. I was lucky enough to be hired as the Center Teacher at CSCC which is another great program for children. I have since transitioned into a full-time teacher role and have worked with all the different age groups at the center. My plan is to continue my education and get my Bachelor’s Degree. “A child is like a flower in that as he or she grows, a beautiful bloom will unfold and each one is unique.”

Kara Bradford

Hi, I’m Kara Bradford. I live in Addison with my husband Charles, nine-year-old son Cole, our dog, cat, chickens and ducks! I love spending time outside working in the garden, hiking, riding our side by side and fishing. When the weather keeps me indoors, I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, and watching movies with my family.

I received my A.A. in Liberal Studies from CCV in 2014. I will complete my Bachelor Degree program in May with a B.A. in Professional Studies and a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Northern Vermont University.

I have had many roles working with children. I have been a baby sitter, a substitute teacher, a co-teacher for preschool aged children, a literacy and math teacher for first and second grade students and a humane educator at the local humane society. I also have an administrative background managing offices and bookkeeping. I’m excited to join both of my skill sets at CSCC!

Yari Candelaria-Rodriguez

I am a native of Puerto Rico and my first language is Spanish. In 1998, I graduated from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In the summer of 1999 I moved to Vermont and started working with families and children. In May of 2014 I graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. My husband Andrew, my daughter Maisie, and I live in Waltham and we enjoy gardening, going for walks, and spending time with family.

Amanda Cousineau

Hi, I’m Amanda. I was born in Middlebury, VT and was raised in New Haven, VT. I grew up in a big family. I have 4 siblings, Jamie, KC, Joshua, and Brian. When I was younger, my mother had her own home childcare. When I was old enough I would help her out with simple things like feeding the babies and putting them to sleep. I graduated from Mt. Abe Union High School in 2015 and I completed 2 years of Human Services at the Hannaford Career Center. When I was at the Hannaford Career Center, I did my internship at College Street Children’s Center. In the February of this year, I completed the Apprenticeship Program. This program is a 2 year program, finishing with 6 college classes along with 4,000 hours. I want to continue my education and obtain an associate’s degree and eventually a bachelor’s degree in early education. In my spare time I enjoy taking dance classes (contemporary and ballet), knitting, getting together with my friends, and going for walks.

Sandi Devoid

Hi, my name is Sandi DeVoid. I have been working with young children birth to 5 for over 30 years. I have my Masters degree in Education and a VT State Teaching license early childhood education endorsement.
I now live in Bridport on an Island in Lake Champlain. I grew up in in New Haven, VT and have been living in VT most of my life.
Outside of childcare I enjoy reading, computers, a good movie and relaxing with friends.
I am very happy to join College Street Childcare and look forward to lots of fun, laughs, and learning. 

Sam Forand

Hi! My name is Samantha. I live in Starksboro with my son Logan and partner Eric. I grew in a busy family as a little girl My dad owned his own trucking business so my siblings and I were always taking turns going on road trips with him. My mom was working multiple jobs when I was little. Throughout my childhood, my parents always made time for our sports events. That being said, family is super important to me. Family has always come first, especially now that I have started my own family. I have been part of College Street since 2017. I started of as the Center Teacher and worked my way up to become a classroom teacher. I’m currently in the Infant Room with my son Logan and all of his friends. My goal at College Street is not only to teach children creativity and fun but also teach them and show them love. I cannot wait to spend another year as a family with College Street!

Mary Hitchcock

My name is Mary Hitchcock. I was born and raised here in Middlebury, VT, but currently live in Chittenden with my husband and our son Eugene. I’ve been working with children for many years. I graduated in 2010 from Castleton University. I played four successful years on the Women’s Basketball Team & studied Mathematics and Elementary Education. Before starting at C.S.C.C, I taught in kindergarten at Mary Hogan Elementary School for seven years.

Augusta Moore

Hi, my name is Augusta Moore. I was born in Middlebury Vermont and was raised in Boynton Beach Florida. I moved to Vermont 20 years ago to be closer to my family. I have 3 sons, Austen is 22 years old, Seth is 19 years old, and Elijah is 13 years old. I live in Bridport with my family. I have worked in a childcare setting off and on since I moved north. I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and experience in many different roles as a teacher/provider of children. My favorite part about working with children is being a part of their exploration of their world.

Amethyst Peaslee

I have worked in the field of early care and education for 30 years and have a BA in Art Education from Johnson State College and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from UVM. Before coming to College St., I worked for 17 years as the Resource Development Specialist for Child Care Services at Mary Johnson Children’s Center, providing professional development and consultations for early childhood professionals in Addison County. Previous to working at MJCC, I was a preschool teacher at UVM’s Campus Children’s School, and before that, Ben and Jerry’s Children’s Center.

I was born in Hartford, CT, and raised in Avon, CT but consider myself a Vermonter at heart, since my maternal grandfather was born and raised in Bomoseen, VT, before moving to Hartford CT; I have lived in VT for 42 years.

In my time off, I enjoy taking sunset walks, gardening, singing, dancing, practicing qi gong, doing art projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Perrotte

My name is Sarah Perrotte. I have worked at College Street Children’s Center since August of 2005. I became interested in working at CSCC while working next door at the St. Mary’s summer school program.  I have always been drawn towards toddlers and infants for their amazing curiosity and initiative to explore the world in new ways. I currently have my Associates in Early Childhood Education and am working on pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education Endorsement but would somehow like to redirect that towards Occupational Therapy.