Faculty Bios

Karen attended the University of Southern Maine where she received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

After receiving her degree, Karen began a family and worked at L.L. Bean. It was here that she was able to put her teaching skills to use by training thousands of seasonal phone representatives customer service skills both in telephone order entry and customer inquiry skills as well as the associated computer systems.

At the point when her 2 youngest children were in preschool, Karen recognized the need for an early childhood program that embraced and celebrated the varied learning styles of children and helped prepare them for the educational climate of the 21st century...and so Tender Years Learning Center was born.

Karen’s love for nature and the outdoors is incorporated in the curriculum at Tender Years where children are provided many opportunities to actively engage with nature. We learn about and with things often over looked in our own backyards and provide the children with many opportunities to experience the world at their feet.

It is Karen's belief that all children must be regarded as individual learners, capable of thinking, learning, and doing in their own time and in their own way. A child's ability to be a self-motivated learner hinges upon the belief in oneself and one's abilities. It is Karen's goal to have each child leave Tender Years and move on to kindergarten feeling confident in him/herself and in what he/she knows.

  • B. S. Elementary Education from University of Southern Maine (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Maine Roads to Quality Leadership Institutes I, II, III (90 hours)
  • State of Maine Teaching certification
  • Continuing education studies in preschool learning and development. (40 hours per year)
  • Member Phi Sigma Iota, (International Foreign Language honor society)
  • Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional
  • Professional Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Liz is a resident of Yarmouth where she lives with her husband Mike and their three children ages 12, 15 and 16.  Liz joins Tender Years as lead teacher in the 3-4 year old class with experience in several NAEYC accredited programs throughout her career as a teacher.  She holds dual degrees in education and child psychology from Pine Manor College. Liz is passionate about early childhood education, literacy and children in general. Liz has taught kindergarten, prekindergarten, preschool and transitional preschool.

Liz has been fortunate to be a stay-at-home mother for much of the past 16 years and has enjoyed every moment of her time with her children.  Once her children began school, Liz volunteered in her children's classrooms, has been a Girl Scout Leader and a Cub Scout Leader too. Her love for children and passion for teaching complement our school well. Liz is an amateur photographer and enjoys genealogy, history and equestrian sports as well as camping, biking and hiking.

  • B. S. Psychology Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • State of Massachusetts Teaching certification
  • Continuing education studies in early childhood literacy, preschool learning and development. (40 hours per year)
  • Maine Roads to Quality Level Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional
  • Professional Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Kristi attended Bryant College in Rhode Island where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After receiving her degree, Kristi worked at the American Red Cross where she worked in Community Outreach Programs which often involved working with children in classroom settings.

While raising her family, Kristi spent countless hours volunteering in a local preschool during the six years before her own three children went off to public school. It was only a month after her youngest began kindergarten that her need to be among children in a preschool setting brought her to Tender Years Learning Center in 2012.

Kristi has an additional decade of volunteering experience in the elementary classrooms of MSAD#51 and five years volunteering with the Girls Scouts of Maine. She is currently serving as Troop Leader for girls 5-8 years old.

Kristi believes that it's a privilege to witness and nurture the growth and education of each individual child through curiosity, creativity and play and feels honored to be a witness to their growth and development. She enthusiastic teaches in the 4-5 classroom.

She lives with her husband and three children in Cumberland. In her free time Kristi enjoys gardening and spending time adventuring and exploring the outdoors with family and friends.

  • Member Maine Roads to Quality Center Based Professional
  • Professional Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Continuing education studies in preschool learning and development. (40 hours per year)
  • Currently pursuing a C.D.A credential through the Council for Professional Recognition

Olivia graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5 years) in 2014. Her love of teaching began when she was just a child, always wanting to help teach her peers and others. She has always loved to learn new ideas and concepts, and to share them with others. Olivia has had a wide range of experiences in early childhood settings, and brings fresh new ideas to our center.

Olivia has a passion and enthusiasm for nature and protecting the environment we live in. She believes that it is fundamental to teach children through nature and give them opportunities to learn from their environment. Also Olivia believes that children are individual learners and that each child learns at their own pace. She knows how to create a learning environment and lesson plans that will accommodate every type of learning style and developmental stage.

Olivia continues to further her education in early childhood and continuing education studies in preschool learning and development. She is a wonderful asset to Tender Years. Children under her guidance leave Tender Years inspired and confident in his/her abilities and prepared for kindergarten.

  • Member Maine Roads to Quality Center Based Professional
  • Professional Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Continuing education studies in preschool learning and development. (40 hours per year)