Thank you for your interest in The Little Farm School at Dragonfly Meadow Farm! My name is Mary Vermette-Graham and I am the director of the preschool and childcare program. My family lives in Limerick on the land I was raised on. We built our home in 2001 and have added lots of gardens and animals since then. We now have a dog, cats, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks and cows!
I have always been a lover of children and families! I began working in the preschool setting 22 years ago including a preschool program that I ran out of my home in 2000-2004. I earned my Child Development Associate in 2000. I am also a graduate of Lifeways of North America. I have over 100 training hours on topics pertaining to families and children.
I also worked for the Parent Resource Center in Springvale from 2005-2009. The Parent Resource Center provides parent education to families in York County.
I was a home-schooling parent for 12 years. I loved being home with my children and being an integral part of their education. I have explored all kinds of methods and philosophies, and have found the Waldorf method to fit our family best. We have been working with Waldorf philosophies for 13 years. I am currently First Aid and CPR certified.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the program offered. I look forward to getting to know you!
Hello, my name is Sonya Tracy. I live in Hollis, Maine with my Husband, Mark, and two children, Sara and William. I adore my family and our home and I am grateful for all that we have together.
In my work, I am an assistant teacher for The Little Farm School. Mary and I attended Lifeways training together and dreamed of one day working alongside one another. In the fall of 2015 we began our wonderful journey as co-teachers. We share a similar love, awe, passion and respect for the developing child and are so fortunate to thoroughly enjoy all our days together. I couldn’t ask for a better partner and friend. Mary radiates LOVE and kindness and I feel at my best in her presence and admire and appreciate her steadfast commitment to our work together.
I’ve been drawn to the care of children as early as I can remember from being a beloved babysitter in my youth, to a professional Nanny. After graduating college with a Bachelors degree in Social Work, I provided case management for families with young children. I became very passionate about the study of child development and family relationships, exploring many theories and approaches. Becoming a mother in 2005 to my first born and then to my second born in 2007 I became even more determined to find “home” as it pertained to how we would raise our children. Fortunately I happened upon a parent/child class at a Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine. I was eager and curious to learn more and could’t wait to attend the class. The moment I walked through the doors of the school room with my two young children, I felt I had found that “home” I’d been searching for. I hadn't heard of Waldorf in all my years of college, professional work and independent study and was in complete aw of the experience, which naturally, led to more independent study, attending the Lifeways course, opening a program in my home (for 5 years, while my children were young) and now at The Little Farm School where I hope to remain as long as I am able! It is truly my home away from home. I am honored and privileged to be in the sacred presence of young children, farm animals, wholesome food, a strong community and our loving, fearless leader, Mary Graham.
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