The Learning Place Preschool Team

Highly Qualified

Passionate and dedicated, The Learning Place Preschool teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the growth and development of each child that attends our Preschool.  We work hard to foster a love for learning with the ultimate goal of creating a community of life-long learners.

Erin Greer

STEM Teacher & Curriculum Leader

Enrichment Program Coordinator 

Ms. Erin is a mother of two Learning Place Preschool graduates.  She brings a unique excitement to our program through her love for math, engineering and science.

  • Bachelors degree - Structural engineering, Brown University

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program- Math and Physics

  • Certified children's yoga instructor 

  • Toddler program coordinator

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction 

  • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience

  • CPR and First Aid Certified 

Amy Sayles

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Ms. Amy is a mother of three young children. She is a Girl Scout leader and very involved in her children's' sports and activities.    Amy has a positive influence on children and specializes in modifying activities to accommodate each child's individual needs and engaging each little learner in a meaningful way.  

  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing

  • Certified children's yoga instructor

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction 

Bethany Zimnoch

Lead Teacher, Owner, and Director

 

Ms. Bethany is a mother of four school-age children. She has been the single owner of the Learning Learning Place Preschool for over twenty years. She is passionate about inspiring teachers, working with families, and giving children a strong foundation for future success.   

 

  • Owner & Head Teacher

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and English 

  • Early Childhood Education Certification (Pre K - Grade 2)

  • Elementary Education Certification (Grades 1-6)

  • CPR & First Aid Certifications 

  • 30+ years of experience working with young children 

  • Active Member of the National Association of the Education for Young Children

  • Certified children's yoga instructor 

  • Handwriting Instruction Specialist - Handwriting Without Tears curriculum 

  • Completed specialized Mathematics Thier Way curriculum training 

Lisa Baccala

Pre-K Lead Teacher / Kindergarten Readiness Specialist

Curriculum Coordinator

Health & Nutrition Specialist

Ms. Lisa is a mother of two Learning Place Preschool graduates. She is dedicated to curriculum development and professional development advising. In her free time, she teaches water aerobics and enjoys fitness and the outdoors.  She has been teaching at our preschool for more than 12 years.  

  • Pre-K Teacher with specialized training in kindergarten readiness 

  • Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Elementary Education Certification (Grade 1 - 6)

  • Rhode Island Early Learning Standards - Level 2 Certification 

  • CPR & First Aid Certified 

  • Certified aerobics instructor 

  • Certified children's yoga instructor

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction  

  • 20+ years experience working with young children 

Brenda Tassoni

Earth Conservation and Environmental Studies Curriculum Leader

Ms. Brenda is a mother of twin Learning Place Preschool graduates that now attend Rochester Institute of Technology.  She loves nature and shares her vast knowledge about animals, gardening, our environment, recycling and composting with our students.  

  • Associate Teacher/ Associates Degree

  • Rhode Island Early Learning Standards - Level 1 Certification 

  • ‚ÄčSpecialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction 

  • CPR & First Aid Certified

  • 15+ years experience with young children

Cheryl Dickinson

Enrichment Teacher

Literature and Language Specialist 

 

Ms. Sherry is a retired teacher and newly published author.  She enjoys storytelling at local libraries and children's events.  She has a beautiful way of sharing her love of storytelling, drama, and bookmaking with the students in our program. 

  • Bachelors Degree in Education

  • RI certification in Early Childhood Education

  • Associates degree in Liberal Arts

  • CPR and First Aid certificate

  • Published Children's Author

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