Jennifer Macdonald - Director/Founder, Multi-Age Teacher
Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Heart Centered Multi-Age and Nature Preschool. Jennifer Started Heart Centered Multi-Age in the fall of 2011. It was her desire to bring quality, nature based learning to the children of the Newfound Area.
Jennifer received her BS in Education with a Special Education certificate and a BA in History from Keene State College. Jennifer has continue her own educational journey at Antioch University, in their Nature Based Early Childhood Education department. During the last 17 years Jennifer has taught in various public and private school settings. Her experience has confirmed her beliefs that each child can and will learn at the developmentally appropriate times. She understands the importance of nurturing the whole child as they employ all of their senses in learning through thematic and interdisciplinary studies.
Meghan Kaiser - Multi-Age teaching Assistant
Meghan Kaiser graduated from Plymouth State University with a BS in Psychology. While at PSU she met her startlingly devoted husband, Ron. After graduation Meghan’s internship led to a full time position as a Child Developmental Counselor at The Hunter School in Rumney, NH, a school that specializes in a nature based approach to learning. Ron and Meghan started their family 5 year ago when their loving son William arrived. She has stayed home learning from William for the majority of 5 years. Ron, William and Meghan explore the world together as much as possible. When Meghan isn’t camping with the family or snuggling up watching a movie with them you’ll find her hopelessly hunting for a local yard sale.
Jenne Walker - nature based education consultant
Jenne Walker graduated from North Country Community College in 1999 with an Associate's of Science in Wilderness Recreation Leadership. After graduation she started working for the USDA Forest Service on the White Mountain National Forest in many seasonal roles including Wilderness Ranger, Visitor Interpretive Services, and Youth Conservation Coordinator over a span of eight years. While working for the Forest Service, Jenne finished her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Education.
Since 2008, Jenne has worked for the Squam Lakes Association as their Director of Education, creating a variety of educational programs for youth and adults spanning watershed and environmental related topics. Jenne lives on the Walker Farm in Alexandria, NH with her husband and two children. As an avid outdoors person, Jenne believes in the careful use of nature and passing on to her children and those around her, a desire to understand and live in harmony with the land.
Allie Savage - Nature Preschool Teacher
Allie received her Bachelor of Science from Plymouth State University. Her reverence for the outdoors met inspiration when she started sharing her passion for wild places with children as a guide for organizations in New Hampshire and abroad. Her experience in environmental science has led her to places as near as Squam Lake and as far as California, where she loved watching young learners thrive in the outdoors. Her love of nature has been strengthened by learning outdoors with children. Allie has spent the past three years in New Hampshire teaching in a mixed age classroom at a nature based elementary school in Plymouth.
Angela Belmonte-preschool assistant
Angela joined the Heart Centered Multi-Age team in the spring of 2018 after moving to Alexandria with her family from Weymouth Massachusetts. Angela's family has always summered on the Lake and it has been a dream of Angela and her husband Matt to someday make the Newfound Area their permanent home.
Angela holds her Early Childhood Certificate and has experience working with children in daycare, preschool, and after school settings.