Essential Early Education (EEE) Teachers

Teacher introductions

Cheryl Phillips

Hello everyone! My name is Cheryl Phillips and I live in Fairfax with my husband, James, our son Oliver and our cat, Dublin. I graduated from UVM with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008.  Since then, I have continued my education in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and am currently working on my master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. I absolutely love working with all children and am very excited for another great year teaching in the Milton Early Education Program. I will be co-teaching with Jennifer and Emilie in classroom 407.  It is my number one goal for the children to build a tight-knit classroom community filled with kindness, learning, joy, and superfriends!    

Didi Kinaman

Hello! I am so excited to meet my new little friends and see my returning friends again this year!  I love Milton and really love the Milton Early Education Program; this is year number 11 for me with the program. I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from UVM and eight additional years of teaching experience in the St. Albans area. I live in Essex with my husband and two children (ages 12 and 15).  I will be co-teaching with Jennifer and Emilie in room 408 this year--I love the anticipation of a new school year; I am looking forward to a year full of making connections, learning, and fun! 

Jennifer Knowles

Hello!  I am so excited to start my 25th  year with the Milton Town School District in the Early Education Program and I really do have the best job in the world! WOW...25 years!    I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from UVM in Child Development, Early Childhood Special Education, and Infants Studies. I will be co-teaching with Didi, Cheryl, and Emilie and providing outreach in the community.   I love cooking, reading, knitting, and watching baseball. I have an 18-year-old son who is a freshman at Castleton University. My daughter is starting her 3rd year at Roger Williams University. I also have an amazing new dog named Benny who I am training to be a therapy dog!   I am looking forward to a fun year with our little super friends! 

Colleen Crowley-Griffin

Hello everyone! This is my sixth year working in the Milton School District.  I graduated from UVM with a degree in Elementary Education and Art Education. I received my Early Childhood Special Education endorsement in 2016 and am currently working on my graduate degree. I live in Milton with my son and daughter (14 and 10), who both attend MTSD schools.  When I am not at school I enjoy baking, hiking, creating art, and spending time with my kids. I am excited to begin the school year with new and returning friends and look forward to co-teaching again with Jocelyn and Lynn in room 410!

Jackie Barone

Hi everyone! This year will be my third year as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the district. I received my Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont in 2016. This year, I will primarily be providing outreach services to children and families throughout the Milton community. I love having the opportunity to work closely with families and childcare providers to best support our students! I live in Williston with my husband and my rambunctious puppy, Nellie. Outside of school, I love reading, biking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and exploring beautiful Vermont. I’m looking forward to a great year!

Lynn Varley

Hi there! This is my fifth year working as a Speech and Language Pathologist in our preschool!  I have a graduate degree from UVM in Communication Sciences. I will be working with Colleen, Tara, and Jocelyn this year. When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a 5-year-old and an almost 3-year-old who keep me very busy (and smiling)! I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, and snowboarding. I love working with your children and I can't wait to start the year!

Emilie Floyd

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be joining the Milton Early Education Program this year! I graduated last May with my Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont. I will be teaching with Didi, Cheryl, and Jennifer this year. I live in Essex Junction with my husband and our two cats, Hobbes and Maya. When not in school I enjoy reading, being outside, knitting, cooking, and baking. I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting year with all of your children! 

Tara Tanguay

Hi Everyone! I’m really excited to start my third year in the Milton Early Education Program. Prior to coming to work in the Milton Early Education Program, I worked in Early Intervention for 8 years.  I was lucky enough to serve families in Milton during those years and really love this community and the people in it. I have my Master’s degree and teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  I’m really looking forward to another wonderful year full of adventure and fun with all of our superfriends! When I’m not at school, my husband and I are usually busy trying to keep up with our 5-year-old son. He keeps us on our toes and always laughing!