UPK Teacher

Nicole Goulette

Nicole previously came to CECLC in May 2017 where she worked as the Lead Teacher in one of our toddler programs.  This is where Nicole realized her passion for working with children. 

Nicole left in 2018 in order to further her education.  In 2020 she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Early Childhood Education.

Nicole returned to CECLC in December 2020 to teach UPK.  She is dedicated to helping the children learn all the skills they will need for a successful start to Kindergarten.  

In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, camping, riding four wheelers and cuddling her cats, Monkey, Sebatian, Aurora, and Belle.


Infant Lead Teacher

Kristen Jones

Miss Kristen joined the CECLC team in 2018 with previous experience at a nearby center. She is kind-hearted and soft spoken, and the children already adore her!

​Kristen is eager to continue her work with young children at CECLC. She enjoys their unique personalities and she loves watching their growth and development!  She started out in the Preschool III/UPK program as an assistant where she was dedicated to helping the children with Kindergarten readiness skills and social-emotional growth, however in 2020 Kristen took the Lead Teacher position in our Infant II classroom.  


Toddler Lead Teacher

Lynn Raker

Miss Lynn is our Toddler 1 Lead Teacher.  Lynn, who has her Masters in Early Childhood Education, has over ten years of childcare experience and has been at CECLC since 2016.  Being soft spoken and her nurturing personality makes Lynn the perfect fit for our toddler program!  Lynn is dedicated to giving the children in her care an enriching program full of hands-on experiences, large motor exploration and outdoor time.  Not only does Lynn love working here, but loves that her children can attend our programs as well. 


Preschool Lead Teacher

Tammy LaVare

Miss Tammy has been an integral part of our Preschool program since 2005. She holds an AA in Human Services and completed her Nursing Assistant Certificate prior to working in childcare.

Miss Tammy is the Lead teacher in our Preschool I classroom working with our 3 year old kiddos.  Tammy runs an enriching program full of sensory play!  Miss Tammy loves playing on the playground and making messy art projects.

​Tammy also helps the Administration with office responsibilities and is a member of our Fundraising Committee.  She is a wealth of knowledge and always willing to help anyone in any capacity! 

When she is not working, Tammy can be found reading, knitting and traveling to see her favorite band, The Monkees!


Preschool Lead Teacher

Nikki Hallings

When Miss Nikki came to Creative in 2014, she took an assistant position working in our Toddler Program. After just a few short months, Nikki quickly learned she had found where her heart belonged and decided to make working in a childcare a career.  After earning her Child Development Credential in 2017, Nikki took the Lead role in her classroom. For the next couple of years Nikki continued to grow as a teacher and was able to build meaningful relationships with the children and families in her program, which made what came next difficult for her.  In 2019, Nikki was offered the opportunity to take a Lead position teaching 3 and 4 years old in Preschool 2.  Although it was a difficult decision and leaving her classroom was bittersweet, she knew it was time for a new adventure and happily accepted the new challenge.  Nikki continues to teach a well-rounded program with an emphasis on social/emotional health and ownership of ones feelings.  The children in her care are taught that it is OK to express your feelings and that it is OK for people to react differently to the same situations.  Encouraging individuality is also very important to Nikki. 

She has developed ways in her classroom to keep the children busy and learning while having fun.  It is not uncommon to find Miss Nikki and her class outdoors learning about nature or studying a certain type of bug which was found, nor is it uncommon to see her teaching about such things as inclines by sledding down the hill.  Nikki loves the natural inquisitiveness of children and will do anything in her power to encourage it. 

Nikki is married to her wonderful husband, ReoDaniel and they live in Palmyra where they spend their time spending time with friends and family.  Because Nikki loves learning new skills and dislikes being idle, she makes it a point to educate herself as much as possible and has even learned to sew and paint on glass!  


Preschool Lead Teacher

Erica Murray

Erica came to CECLC in October 2020 after earning a degree as an Occupational Therapist Assistant and completing field work in Early Intervention.  Her work in Early Intervention helped her realize a career in Early Childhood is where she needs to be.  When asked why childcare, Erica says "I enjoy watching the children be creative and engage in imaginative play.  I love encouraging sensory play and getting them to push their own limits in gross motor activities, however, my favorite part of working with children is all the hugs I get throughout the day!"

Erica grew up in a large family and she and her husband have four children of their own.  When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and their plethora of pets!  As a family they love camping trips, Disney vacations and doing arts and crafts together.


School-Age Lead Teacher

Erin Price

Erin comes to CECLC with degrees in both Education and Counseling from Niagara University and a plethora of experience working with children.  Not only has Erin been watching children since the age of 13, she has also worked professionally within Newark CSD, Victor CSD, Lewiston Porter CSD, and Eastridge Senior High.  Teaching is her passion and she hopes to one day become a Kindergarten teacher, although she currently loves working in our Before and After School Program where she can help our kiddos learn and succeed.  

Erin comes from a large Italian family and was raised with many cousins.  When she is not at work, Erin is researching the Royal Family and spending time with her four-legged babies, Sadie and Kody.


School-Age Lead Teacher

Karen Tyler

Karen, came to us in 2014 with a plethora of childcare experience.  She has a Bachelor in Early Child Care Education and loves all age groups!  Karen has worked in every age group since joining our team and is currently overseeing the infant program while leading the School-Age II classroom!    

No matter what age group she works in, the children in her care are given an enriched program that promotes social, emotional and physical development.  

When Karen isn't busy here at work or at home raising her two boys, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and caring for animals.  


Infant Lead Teacher

Mary Carpenter

Miss Mary who has been working with children since the age of 16 joined the Creative family in 2004.  Mary who has been married to her best friend and soulmate for over 20 years is a mother to three and grandmother of three.  Her family has recently grown as she gained a daughter-in-law. 

Mary has a wide array of interests including collecting all things Native American, being outdoors, hiking, gardening and hosting family gatherings.  

When asked why she has made a career of working with children, Mary said "working with children just comes naturally to me.  I just absolutely love working with them.  I learned at a young age what my calling is." Mary couldn't be more right.  She is a natural and children are drawn to her mothering and protective nature.  She can confidently work with any age group but prefers to snuggle the babies. 

Mary is not only a favorite among her co-workers but of the families here as well! 


Infant Assistant Teacher

Lexie Jackson

Lexie joined the Creative team in December 2019 and has since demonstrated her genuine love of children on a daily basis.  Lexie's outgoing, friendly, yet silly personality makes her the perfect fit for our Toddler Program.  Lexie uses redirection, encouragement and developmentally appropriate techniques in the classroom and easily shrugs off the not-so-fun behaviors commonly known as "the terrible two's"   As she knows children learn best through play, Lexie engages the children in her classroom in hands-on, active play throughout the day while stressing the importance of gentle touches, kind words and taking turns while teaching empathy to the children in her care.  

When asked why she loves working with children, Lexie replied "I love working with children because every day is a new and exciting adventure!  Working with children is just wonderful!  I can't wait to see what each new day will bring!"

When Lexie is not at work, she can be found baking, hiking, watching movies or spending time with friends and family.


Infant Assistant Teacher

Julia Kuntz

Miss Julia joined the CECLC team in December 2020 as an Assistant Teacher in Infant 1 & 2! She grew up in a big family with lots of younger cousins and first developed a love of childcare through babysitting. Her favorite part of working with kids is encouraging their imagination and creativity through play.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends, and baking!


Toddler Assistant Teacher

Amber Taylor

Amber, who came to CECLC in February 2020, first developed a love for childcare through babysitting.  She loves being a support staff as this gives her the opportunity to work within all of the programs, giving her the opportunity to interact with all age groups.  Amber states it is rewarding to working with children of various ages as it is amazing to see the difference just a couple of months can make in the growth and development of a child.

​During her down time, Amber enjoys reading, kayaking and drawing.


Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mariah Johnson

Mariah, a Pal-Mac graduate, came to CECLC in July 2019.  She is the second of three children and was raised in a large extended family of younger cousins which she attributes to her love of children.  Although she loves all age groups, preschool is her favorite.  Mariah's outgoing demeanor, bubbly personality and friendliness make her the perfect fit for this age group.  She loves getting actively involved in the children's play, encourages them to try new activities and to begin developing self-help skills.  Mariah doesn't shy away from messy play but instead emerges herself into it, alongside the children in her program.  

Mariah hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse in a NICU, but until then, says she is happy spending her days playing with the kiddos in her program.

When she isn't at work, Mariah enjoys travelling and spending time with friends, family and her fiancé. 


Preschool Assistant Teacher

Sarah Mayo

Sarah is an enthusiastic member of our exceptional teaching team! She is currently working as the Assistant Teacher in the Preschool II classroom. She came to CECLC in 2017 with previous experience in childcare at 2 other centers. She has a passion for children.  Sarah says "working with them and watching them grow as individuals is very rewarding."  We are thrilled that she is able to share her talents with us.  

 Sarah lives locally, and she loves that CECLC is so close to home!  In her spare time she loves spending time at her family cabin, spending time with friends and family and taking her dog, Luna, to the dog park for puppy play dates.   


Hannah McKee

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Miss Hannah is part of the Preschool I and II team!

​She is enjoying her first position in a childcare center, after spending several years babysitting for local families.

​Hannah loves baking and is excited to do some kitchen projects with her class. She spent 2 years working as a baker previously.

​Outside of work, Hannah enjoys traveling with family!


Amanda Denosky

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Amanda, a mother of three, came to CECLC in February 2021.With over 10 years experience, she knows what it takes to be a care provider.  She is calm and patient, yet knows how to command a classroom by using developmentally appropriate techniques.  Amanda takes advantage of the teachable moments and keeps the children engaged by tuning into their likes and interests.  Amanda is always involved in whatever the children are doing, whether it be a learning activity, 

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys travelling, baking, being outdoors but most of all, spending time with her own children!


Margaret Smith

School-Age Assistant Teacher

Margaret came to Creative in May of 2019 after moving back to the area from Kansas.  Margaret lives in Palmyra with her husband, Dale, of 34 years and enjoys spoiling her pets Dozer and Zoe, spending time outdoors and working on her rat rod.  Margret is a proud mother of two children and has been blessed with 2 grandsons and twin grand-daughters. 

She is a favorite among the children and staff here at CECLC!  Margaret has spent time in all of our programs, however, primarily assists in our School-Age programs.  She loves to get involved in the children's play and engages in hands-on activities with the children.  Don't be surprised if you see her playing kickball on the hill or elbow deep in a sensory bin!  

​Margaret is an integral part of CECLC and we love having her share her experiences with us!  


Killey Hallings

Support Staff

Miss Killey has been with the CECLC family since 2013. She found her love for working with children while babysitting her 2 nephews. Killey comes from a large family with six siblings. She and two of her brothers are triplets!

Killey, a support staff, is happy to help out wherever she is needed.  She has worked as a long term substitute in our classrooms, has helped with assisting the Associate Director with office responsibilities and is able to cover for our Nutritional Coordinator when needed.  She is flexible, dedicated and meticulous.  

In her free time, she likes to read and work on 3D puzzles. She has also recently taken up long-boarding!  Killey says "I love working here and playing with the kids. It brings a smile to my heart every day!"


Erica Smyth

Support Staff

Miss Erica, a Palmyra resident, joined the Creative family in 2018 as a Support Staff.  She comes to us with a Bachelors Degree from Alfred University.  

Erica has proven herself as a versatile teacher, she has gained experience in all of our programs and loves being able to spend time in all of the classrooms.  

When Erica isn't at work she is spending time with her family.  She has a special bond with her youngest nephew and her kitty Obi. 

On her down time Erica spends time working on writing a fictional book as creative writing is her passion!  


Support Staff

Danika Ritz

Danika, a Newark graduate, came to CECLC in February 2020.  Although Danika loved working with Dementia patients at Newark Manor, and is enrolled in the nursing program at FLCC, she plans to change her major to Early Childhood Education as her passion is to work with children.  Her mother ran an in-home day care where Danika learned how rewarding a job in childcare can be.  When asked why she loves working with children, she exclaimed "Preschoolers are full of personality.  I love it!"  She is a natural when it comes to working with the children enrolled here at CECLC.  She gets involved in their play, is quick to cuddle a sad child and has no problem getting silly!  Anyone who witnesses Danika interacting with children will see she is genuine and truly loves the children in her care.

Danika is currently working as a support staff where she can spend time in each of our programs.  While she loves all of the age groups, she is particularly fond of our Kindergartners and gets excited when asked to work in that program.  

Her sweet, quiet disposition draws the children to her and has helped her create bonds with the children in her care. 

When Danika is not at work, she is spending time with friends and family.


Support Staff

Jeanette Hogle

Jeanette, a mother of two and grandmother, joined the Creative team with a plethora of childcare experience.  She has not only worked for the Webster CSD as a student aide and as an in-home childcare teacher for over 20 years, she also worked for Children's Continuous Care for 7 years in all of their programs and served as their Nutritional Coordinator.  Jeanette is overtly patient, compassionate and well versed in the needs of children.  

Jeanette loves helping others.  She has worked as a Home Health Aid for the Elderly and volunteered for community blood drives.  

Jeanette is one of our support staff and also helps Miss Luiza in our kitchen.


Support Staff

Sathe Hitchner

Sathe originally joined the CECLC team in October 2014 as support staff.  In March 2015, Sathe left to serve in the United States Air Force.  After completing his six year obligation, he returned to CECLC as a support staff.  Sathe is also a Full-time student enrolled at Penn State working on his BA in Psychology.  His goal is to become a clinical psychologist!  

Sathe is full of energy and loves being involved in the children's activities.  He has quickly become a favorite among many of the children!  His genuine love for children is apparent in his interactions with them!


Cortney Phillips

Toddler Assistant

Courtney joined the CECLC team in May 2021.  She attended Finger Lakes Community College to and became a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA). While she enjoyed caring for people she always felt she was stalling from the career she had always dreamed of, a teacher!  Her plan is to start college classes in early childhood education as soon as possible! 


Courtney has six years of childcare experience with her own children  in addition to years of babysitting for friends and family.


She says she loves working with children because they have amazing imaginations and make you have a different perspective on life. 


She also feels the most import thing a child can learn 

is self confidence because if they believe in themselves they can do anything!


Outside of work she enjoys going on adventures with her children, anything Art related or baking fun treats she finds on Pinterest. 


David Hetherington

School-Age Assistant

David earned a Bachelors in Childhood Education and Special Education from Elmira College in 2020.  He has lots of experience working with children with special needs and loves to help children understand that they are unique and that quality is what makes them special.  He learned at an early age that working with children is what he wanted to do and that remains his passion still today.  

Painting, drawing, gaming and spending time with friends are among David's hobbies!  Those hobbies carry through in the classroom as he loves to inspire the children to express themselves through art media and encourages their creativity!

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Shannon Adams

Toddler Assistant

Shannon joined our Toddler team in May 2020!  She has a genuine love for children and feels the most rewarding part of working with children is seeing them reach milestones and challenge themselves.  She first began working with children by volunteering at her Church Day Care and in 2018 she became a personal nanny for a special needs child whom she cared for until joining our team!  

Shannon's love of children is evident in every interaction she has with them and they are drawn to her sweet, perky personality!

When Shannon isn't working with our toddlers, she is probably on an hiking adventure, snuggled up with a good book or playing with her own little girl.



Brittany Boudrieau

Brittany joined our team in February 2019!  Although this is Brittany's first experience in a childcare setting, Brittany comes to us with a plethora of babysitting experience.  Brittany's outgoing, bubbly personality draws the children to her.  She loves getting messy and involved in the children's play.  

​After working as a Support Staff for year, Brittany decided to explore other career opportunities, however, because she loved her experience as a childcare provider, she remains on staff as a substitute!

​While here fulltime, Brittany spent her days assisting in various classrooms which  helped her gain more knowledge while building bonds with all of the children here at CECLC.  Brittany loves to help her co-teachers and quickly volunteers to help with programming events throughout the center!

​When Brittany isn't working one of her two jobs, she loves spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoys hiking, cheering and shop therapy! 



Barb Taylor

Barbara joined the Creative family in January 2020.  She has worked for the Marion Central School District for many years in a variety of roles including cafeteria aid, custodian, classroom support, as well as being heavily involved with the PTO. She currently works full time as the assistant cook at the Marion Elementary School.  

Barb works as a classroom substitute and says she has loved getting to know all of the children.  

When Barb isn't busy at work she enjoys reading, scrap booking, photography, watching HGTV and spending time with her daughters. 


Foster Grandparent

Nancy Winski

Grandma Nancy has been a Foster Grandparent volunteer at CECLC since 2011.

 Nancy has made herself right at home in our Preschool 1 classroom, working alongside our 3 year olds! She really enjoys helping them transition from toddlerhood into "big kids".

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Foster Grandparent

Nancy Roets

Grandma Nancy came to Creative Environment in January 2020.  She grew up in Marion, however, has lived in Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California.  In 2000 she earned her B.A with a major in History and a minor in Women's Studies from Cal State San Marcos, California.  While in San Diego, she spent five years working for a child care agency called the "Golden Granny's" who provided child care for families on vacation.  Nancy moved back to the area in 2006. 

She is excited to be part of the CECLC team and has enjoyed every moment of the transition from being a "Golden Granny" to being Grandma Nancy!"  We love that Grandma jumps feet first into all of the children's activities.  She assists the children during center time in the classroom, gets involved in their large motor play and never turns down a game of tag!  

We love having Nancy here, she has quickly acclimated herself and has become part of our family!