Missouri Alice Williams
Missouri joined our Nursery and Pre-K team as a full time assistant support floater teacher on our team. She has an Equestrian background and has volunteered at Riding to the Top where she assisted children with Down Syndrome. She has a passion for music education, has classical voice training, and has worked in musical theater productions at Small Point Summer School. She recently worked as a substitute and floater teacher at Catherine Morrill Day Nursery and with St. Elizabeths Child Development Center in Portland since January 2016.
Nadia Graham joined our team and has worked as a part time assistant teacher with the toddler classrooms summer 2023! She is attending her undergraduate degree at USM where she is studying psychology. Nadia worked for many years as a babysitter and nanny for families in her neighborhood. She comes from a large family and has learned a lot about early childhood education as a volunteer at her mother’s childcare center. Nadia is passionate about creating change within her community and dedicating her future towards supporting children to grow and learn.
Welcome Maya Karlan who is joining our assistant teaching team fall 2023! Maya received her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 2023. Her experience includes working as an assistant teacher with 2–5-year-olds and working as a neighborhood babysitter for a local family, caring for their children ages 2-6 years old. She spent her summer working in the toddler and preschool classrooms at the Children’s Center. Maya has many passions including book mending, archeology, anything to do with science and believes strongly in being an advocate for social justice. She enjoys hiking and cooking and recently served as the kosher kitchen manager at the Pensby Center while at college. Maya is excited to be part of the JCA and preschool community!
Egypt Pooler returned to work part time as an assistant preschool teacher summer 2023! She worked in Nursery and PreK for 6 weeks previously during her student field work term last school year. Egypt received her BA from Bennington College and was a recent recipient of the Catherine Morrison Golden '55 P'80 Undergraduate Writing Fellowship for Poetry. Her experience includes working as a nanny, assistant ballet dance instructor with ages 2 and up, tutoring elementary online for Brooklyn New School, and serving as a guest dance instructor at Paths in 2021 under the tutelage of Lisa Hicks. Egypt worked as an assistant toddler and PreK teacher during 2018-2019 School year and was a summer camp counselor and K-2 lead teacher during summers at Breakwater School since 2017. She is excited to work at GFP this year!