Meet Our Staff

Here Wee Grow! teachers are trained in the Responsive Classroom Approach. This approach to teaching and learning fosters safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms and school. The outcome from using this approach shows an increase in social skills and academic engagement; establishes a positive classroom climate, increases learner investment and independence and decreases disruptive behaviors. To learn more about the Responsive Classroom Approach go to www.responsiveclassroom.org.

Phyllis Phelan, Director

  • Founding Director 1995
  • BS in Education from The University of North Texas
  • MS in Speech and Language Pathology from The University of North Texas

Patti Glaspie, Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2004
  • Associate in Arts Degree from Jackson Community College
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Michigan

Mandi Herzig, Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2010
  • Associates degree in Early Childhood education from ACC
  • Bachelor of business from Bay Path College

Mary Jo Gilbert, Assistant Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2011
  • BA from North Adams State College

Trudy Heck, Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2006
  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from ACC

Penny Riley, Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2014
  • Currently attending for Early Childhood Education degree

Amanda O’Leary, Teacher

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2017
  • Bachelor of Science degree from UCONN

Cindy Kissel, Teaching Assistant

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2015
  • Associate Degree in Science

Mariah Warnock, Teaching Assistant

  • Began teaching at Here Wee Grow! in 2018
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from ACC