Afternoon Teachers

Rachel Heak

Rachel Heak

Rachel is excited to return to the JCA after a student teaching semester there in 2011. She graduated in 2019 with her Bachelors Degree through the University of Maine at Farmington. She loves working with young toddlers because of how they continuously take in and learn about the world around them. Rachel has over 10 years experience working with young children, and is thankful for the opportunity to continue her work at the Goldman Family Preschool. In her free time Rachel enjoys reading, and spending time with her son, husband and two dogs.

Lauren Locke

Lauren is from South Portland, Maine. She earned her Associate's degree through Southern Maine Community College and is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree through the University of Maine at Farmington. Lauren is passionate about working with young children, and she brings her love of music and reading into all of the classrooms. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the JCA team because of the opportunity to make meaningful connections with the children and their families.


Taylor Hills

Taylor is from Portland, Maine. She is currently working toward her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Southern Maine Community College. She completed her first of three student-teaching requirements at the JCA this past spring. Taylor is excited to join the JCA team as an afternoon teacher. Outside of school, Taylor likes to go to beach at her family’s home, in Naples, during the summer. In the fall, she loves to go leaf peeping in New Hampshire. In the winter, she enjoys building snowmen and going sledding.