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The Learning Place Preschool Team

Highly Qualified

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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.

  • Bachelors degree - Structural engineering, Brown University

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program- Math and Physics

  • Children's yoga instructor / Deep Play for Kids Certification  

  • Toddler program coordinator

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction 

  • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience

  • CPR and First Aid Certified 

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Amy Sayles

Office Assistant & Preschool Assistant Teacher
Ms. Amy is a mother of three young children. She is a Girl Scout leader, Little League coach and is 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

  • Children's yoga instructor / Deep Play for Kids Certification

  • CPR and First Aid Certifications

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction 

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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 


Brenda Tassoni

Preschool Teacher
Earth Conservation and Environmental Studies Curriculum Leader

Ms. Brenda is a mother of twin Learning Place Preschool graduates that are now  graduates of 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 

  • Specialized curriculum training from Learning Without Tears for Handwriting Instruction

  • CPR & First Aid Certified

  • 15+ years experience working with young children


Erin Carey Dodd

Preschool Teacher

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.

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