Christie Finnegan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and a Minor in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston. She is an experienced childcare professional and mother of two who has a passionate understanding for children. She is a former preschool teacher as well as a skilled art instructor who loves introducing young children to all different forms of art. Christie incorporates different forms of painting, cooking, hand-building with clay and upcycling projects to the classroom, giving children opportunities to express their individual creative side.
Elizabeth Cutaia has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Long Island University and her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix. She has over 12 years of experience teaching and caring for young children. From being a former preschool teacher, to a nanny, to a mother of two, she has acquired a great deal of knowledge on how to successfully implement lessons that teach the whole child and foster a love for learning.
Sarah Hogg has her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and has over 25 years' experience working with children in a variety of educational settings. She has taught preschool , was a director of a children's center and worked in elementary schools as a substitute teacher and extra-care provider for children with learning disabilities. Most recently, she homeschooled her two teenage daughters for their elementary years, and owns a dance studio where she gets to combine her two passions: children and dance. With her wide ranging experiences, Sarah will create a loving and supportive atmosphere for our preschoolers to thrive.
Aimee is a holistic health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her mission and passion is to help individuals improve their health in a simple and attainable way. She works with clients to help them gain energy, eat cleaner, and to integrate simple healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Barbara Shelton grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Long Island University in 1970 with a BA in Elementary Education. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education in 1975 and became a certified reading specialist in 1992. She taught first grade for one year, second grade for 5 years, co-directed and taught preschool for 7 years and was the reading specialist at the East Quogue Elementary School for 11 years.
Since retiring in 2009, Miss Barbara loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga and dancing, and teaching the wonderful children at Creative Minds Preschool.
When Alice and Therease first met at Belle Hall Elementary School, they discovered they were both yoga and health enthusiasts. While deepening their own personal yoga practice, they earned the Children's Yoga Teacher Certification and began teaching yoga at their school. Their approach is to make it fun, while teaching the three B's of yoga: Brain (focus), Boday (postures), Breath (relaxation and energizing techniques). They believe in the power of yoga to promote health, peace, confidence, and joy. They bring this belief and commitment to their kids' yoga program, Little Yoga Sprouts of Charleston.
Tom Noren is an active performer and educator who has made the Charleston area his home since 2005. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and children.
He is founder and director of the Childbloom Guitar program in Mount Pleasant, the music teacher at Creative Minds Preschool, and the choir assistant at The Cooper School. He is also a partner artist with Engaging Creative Minds.
Tom has been teaching guitar since 1983 and over the last 15 years has dedicated himself to introducing young children to the joys of making music.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Tom studied classical guitar at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received a masters degree in performance.
Juliet Hanak has lived in Charleston for 20 years, but grew up by the beach in New Jersey. She and her husband are raising their two children here and love the community so much. Before having her children, Juliet was in full time practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Then when her daughter was born, she decided to leave her practice and focus on her family. However, she couldn't stay away from the health field altogether. She's now an ACE certified personal trainer, spin instructor, Les Mills instructor, Barre instructor and functional group fitness instructor. She is also CPR certified.
She has a lot of experience teaching children and adults how to make fitness fun. Says Juliet: "I completely enjoy watching people accomplish new levels of health and I especially love seeing that light turn on in children when they discover that they can do their own workouts! I feel so thankful to be able to help bring that confidence out."