Hilary has well over fifteen years of teaching experience, many of which were spent in the early primary grades. She is dually certified to teach preschool as well as special education in the state of New York. Her educational inspiration comes from Waldorf and Montessori programs, where children learn through exploration, drawing their own conclusions. Beginning in 2016, Hilary became a trustee on the Hampton Bays Public Library board. Her passion for education is not limited to school and she enjoys advocating for the children of Hampton Bays through her work at the library.
Hilary grew up in NJ and moved to Hampton Bays five years ago to settle down with her husband, a third generation Hampton Bays resident. Her two sons, Henry and George, are the inspiration behind It Takes a Village.
Maryann has been practicing physical therapy for fifteen years with an expertise in pediatric, early intervention, and school based settings. She has worked with children with multiple disabilities and diagnoses in their homes as well as in school settings.
Maryann was born and raised in Hampton Bays and it’s because of her love of the community that she has chosen to remain here to raise her five children. She is dedicated to providing them with the same inspiring, creative, educational and playful childhood that she was given in this same community.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Michelle moved to NYC to further her education. While there she also earned a degree in Health Science from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy. She worked as a nanny for over 12 years in the city, spending summers on the east end, where she met her husband.
Now a resident of Hampton Bays, Michelle has two daughters, Molly and Maeve. While raising her family she created and facilitated Baby Bliss, a support group for new or expectant mothers, is a co-president of HBMA (Hampton Bays Mothers Association) and is active on the board of LIBN (Long Island Birth Network). Michelle has also pursued Child Development Certification as well, to further help her teach and serve the children of ITAV. She has a true passion for all things children and family and strives to continue that dream with It Takes a Village’s community.
Jacki has been working with children for over fifteen years. She is an experienced elementary and early childhood teacher, as well as private tutor. Through her love of exploring, experimenting, and creating she strives to help facilitate the natural ways children learn everyday. Jacki has a BA in Art History, an MA in Childhood Education, and a New York State Certification in Elementary Education.
The seeds of Jacki’s passion for education were planted and nurtured in the soil of the East End. She has lived on both the North and South Forks and her family, including her three children, are happy to call Hampton Bays home.