Christine VanDerslice, Director
My name is Christine VanDerslice. I have been teaching in different settings for over 20 years. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor in Arts. I moved to the East Coast and taught preschool for twelve years in Connecticut. In 2003 I moved to New Hampshire with my husband and three children. I worked as a Health Educator at Exeter Hospital and became the Christian Education Director for Stratham Community Church. In July of 2016 I decided to return to the preschool setting and joined the SCLC team as the Director. When I am not working, or attending one of my children’s activities I enjoy running and reading.
Bev David, Assistant Director
My name is Bev David. I bring many years of experience in teaching, working with youth, administration, and program oversight. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. I was a core member of the preschool development committee that planned the opening of SCLC. I chaired and have actively participated in the school’s advisory board since it began in 2006. I joined the school’s staff full time in the spring of 2010 as the Assistant Director and preschool teacher. I live in Exeter with my husband Rob and have two grown children, Leah and Drew. I too am a member of the Stratham Community Church and also enjoy playing tennis, biking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Olivia Farrell. I have lived in the Seacoast area for many years, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy before earning a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 2010. I joined the SCLC family in January 2018, and I aim to foster creativity and inspire imagination in the classroom. Helping children to learn and explore through play is the most joyful experience, and I love every minute! When I am not at the school, I spend my free time reading, crafting, baking, dirt biking, and hiking with my husband, Jeff.
My name is Grace Dixon, and I am a lead preschool teacher at SCLC. In December of 2019, I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Reading. After graduating, I substitute taught at Noblesville Schools. In June of 2020, I moved all the way from Indiana to this great state of New Hampshire. My Husband and I enjoy walking our two huskies, bowling, and going to the movie theatre. I began working at Stratham Circle Learning Center in September of ’20 and I really enjoy working here! One of my goals as a preschool teacher is to build a strong/positive relationship with my preschool friends so that they can feel safe and learn a lot from me and the other teachers here at SCLC.
My name is Keri O’Shea. While studying at UNH to receive a Master’s Degree in Art Education, I had also been working with children for several years. As a college student, I began interning at SCLC in 2009 and after graduating in 2011, I ran the after-school program for many years. I am now head teacher in the Caterpillar classroom. I enjoy incorporating as much art and creativity as possible into my work with the children. I was also a member of SCLC’s advisory board from 2011 – 2018. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband JJ, our dog Sedona, and the rest of my family.
I moved to the East Coast in 2018 from Colorado. I have been working in childcare for 10 years. I’m currently enrolled in courses to further my Early Childhood Education credentials. I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. My husband and I live in Stratham with our four fish, where I like to cook and preserve foods that I grow in my garden. I’m a licensed Master Captain. I love to drive big boats and I love to travel the world, preferably somewhere with warm water! I am excited to be working here at SCLC!
I am married and have two daughters, Maiya and Ellie. I have many years of experience with children. I have taken and plan to continue taking classes and courses about early childhood education because working with children fills my heart with so much joy! I was a stay-at-home mom for 6 years while my children were very young. Spending time by the ocean is my favorite place to be. My hobbies include painting and crafting and spending time watching my children play sports like soccer, dance and football!
My name is Samantha Broyer. I’ve been teaching at SCLC since September 2019. I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and minors in both Education and Special Education. I’m currently enrolled in an online program at the University of New Hampshire, getting my Masters in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. During the winter and summer, I coach Girls Basketball at Sanborn Regional High School. I enjoy coaching basketball, taking my dog for walks, relaxing at the beach, boating with my family, and going up to my camp in Maine during the summer! My goal for my students is to make them feel safe and loved, and to help them explore and learn through play! I incorporate lots of activities and art projects in my classroom.
My name is Hayley Hitchmoth. I am a 2001 Hamilton College graduate where I studied Spanish and Literature. After traveling Central and South America as an assistant and translator for ING, I settled in Stratham where my husband and I quickly fell in love with the Seacoast and began our family. I became a yoga teacher in 2015 and began sharing yoga with children at SCLC while my daughter attended the school. In 2017 I became SCLC’s yoga teacher and fell in love with both children’s yoga and the whole SCLC community. Becoming more involved as an assistant teacher since 2020, I love enjoying both classroom and yoga time with the friends and integrating the two. In my free time you can generally find me outside somewhere – hiking, skiing, gardening, and just being with my husband, two girls and dog!
My name is Nicole Glenn. I have been working with young children since I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies, with an Early Childhood Development and Education concentration. I began my teaching career at Rye Country Day School, and over the years I have worked at various private preschools. I worked as a paraprofessional at Kensington Elementary School before I started at SCLC in 2012. I taught the Ladybugs and Honeybees, then I took some time off to be home with my girls. I returned to SCLC in 2021, and I’m so happy to be back in the Ladybug classroom. When I’m not with my Ladybug friends, I can be found spending time with my two daughters and my husband, teaching a fitness class, or taking care of my four dogs.