Meet the Staff

The Neighborhood Child Care Staff

Jennifer LizotteExecutive Director

Winslow & Vassalboro

Greetings from The Neighborhood! My name is Ms. Lizotte and I am the Executive Director. Our goal here at The Neighborhood is to provide a safe, FUN, and nurturing place for children to spend time before and after their school day. My favorite part of the day is when the children come to us after school and they have so much energy, so many stories to share, and need some serious playtime! That’s what we are here for! On the weekends and during my down time I enjoy reading, gardening, and generally playing outside. My favorite quote is: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” -Dr. Seuss. My favorite color: teal.

Tiffany Carrigan Director


I’m a mom to two amazing children, a boy and a girl. I enjoy spending my free time outdoors. I love making everyone smile & laugh! 

Favorite color: Purple | Favorite quote: Enjoy Every Moment | Favorite part about working at TN: I love that I get the opportunity to care for such wonderful children and to be part of their growth at early ages.

Samantha Bernatchez Director


I have an associate’s degree in ECE. I have been employed with this program for 10 years. I enjoy riding my motorcycle & side by side and spending my free time with my niece and nephew. 

Favorite color: Purple | Favorite quote: “It takes a big heart to shape little minds.” | Favorite part: My favorite part of working here is the children/families that we serve. The relationships that we build are unlike anything else and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Kenzie Small – Senior Youth Group Leader


Hello, I am Miss Small. I am a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mental Health and Human Services as well as a minor in Art. With that being said, I enjoy coming into work every day and helping each child regulate their emotions and discover who they are through creativity.

Aimee DuPont – Administrative Assistant

Winslow & Vassalboro

While I don’t have a background in childcare, I do have a son who has taught me more than I could imagine. I am truly thankful to be working with all of these kiddos. I believe that even though we think we are teaching them, they are the ones teaching us all about what life actually is.

Morgan Knowles –

Little Leaders Program Teacher


Hello, I’m Miss Knowles!  When I’m not at child care playing with your child(ren), you will find me enjoying the outdoors while camping/exploring Maine with my two dogs and boyfriend!

Hannah Armstrong – Youth Group Leader


Hello! My name is Miss. A or Ms. Armstrong. I am a recent graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington where I got a degree in Elementary Education (K-8). I am grateful to be part of The Neighborhood where I can help care for children

Deb Austin – Senior Youth Group Leader


Hello I’m Mrs Austin, I have worked at the Neighborhood for almost a year and absolutely adore all the kiddos. They bring the best out in me, along with my inner kid. I also work for Vassalboro Community School as an Ed tech for 2 years. I adore that all the kids I see each morning and after school, I also get to see during my work day. It warms my heart to hear them say Hi and run up for a hug.

Dorothy Sylvester – Senior Support Staff


Favorite quote: “Love you to the moon and back.” Favorite Color: Blue.

Hello! I am Mrs. Violette! I have two wonderful children, Lawson and Crystal. I enjoy arts and crafts. I spend my free time creating various projects for my friends and family.

Cameron Cormier- Youth Group Leader


Hello Everyone!
My name is Mr. Cam. This is my first year in child care. Being with all of your children has been fun and a great learning curve. I can’t wait to learn and grow some more with them.

Desarae Dearborn – Youth Group Leader


Hey everyone I’m Des!

I am a mom of 3 kiddos and happily married.
I have been working/ taking care of children for 20+ years. I am working on my masters in special Ed teaching and currently working as an Ed tech III/BHP. I enjoy helping children grow, develop, and improve. I love to give kiddos a positive mindset and work hard to know their worth and be a safe place for them.
I’m so looking forward to being with all these kiddos for the summer and having some fun with them!!

Madelynn Cimino- Junior Support Staff


Hi, I am Madelynn Cimino. I am finishing up my junior year at Waterville Senior High School. I enjoy drawing, doing crafts, and reading. After high school I plan to study secondary education in college.

Fun fact: Miss Maddie attended Vassalboro Child Care when she was younger.

Tabitha Craig – Youth Group Leader


Hello Everyone!
I’m Tabi (Miss Tabi)! I am an Electrical Engineering student at UMaine. I enjoy doing art.
Fun Fact: Tabitha attended the child care program while at VCS.

Teegan Marble – Junior Support Staff


Hi, my name is Miss Marble. I am the junior support staff at our Winslow site. I enjoy working with the kids and volunteering!

Meilani Gatlin – Youth Group Leader


I’m Meilani (May-Lan-Ee).
The children call me Miss Mei. I absolutely love animals and one of my biggest hobbies is baking. I really enjoy any time I get to be around friends and family. Being with your children has been the biggest highlight of any day for me. I love reading and drawing as well as being outside in the warm weather with a breeze.
Fun Fact: Meilani attended VCS for Elementary and Junior High.

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