LAURA WINTER - Owner/Founder: Laura is the owner and founder of Small World Preschool and Child Care Center. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Education, she has an extensive background in the field of early education and care and is Director I, Director II, Preschool and Infant/Toddler certified. After leaving the corporate world in 1980, she began working in a variety of preschool and camp settings, followed by ten years of running a family child care program while raising her own five children. Small World opened in 1994 and continues to serve children throughout the community.
Laura is an active and involved member of her town serving on a variety of town boards, committees and councils. She has been advocating for children and their families since 1978.
HOLLY RAPPE - Program Director and Lead Teacher: Holly has been a life-long resident of Western Massachusetts. She began working at Small World Preschool and Child Care Center in 2004 as a lead teacher and became program director in 2009. Holly is also a student working toward her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling and, most importantly, spending time with her 14 year old daughter Kali, 5-year old son Riley, and 2 year old son Sammy.
LISA KENNEDY - Lisa Kennedy has been employed as lead teacher of Small World Preschool since 2013. Her entire career has been spent working exclusively with preschool age children because she feels a special connection to them and enjoys fostering their academic, emotional, and social abilities. Lisa views her strength as an educator as her ability to understand each child's individual needs and abilities.
ASHLEE FOUNTAIN - Ashlee Fountain began working for Small World Preschool in 2017. She is working on her future plan of obtaining her degree in Early Childhood Development. Ashlee loves working with children, laughing with them, exploring new areas of development, and spending time with her own family.