Hi! My name is Breana Baker and I am so honored to be a part of the incredible staff here at Smart Start. I have been married to by best friend Dave fro 2 years and we live in Newcastle with our sweet rescue pup Sadie! I am also the proud aunt of 7 nieces and nephews, who have all inspired my love for children. The love I have for Early Childhood Education goes as far back as I can remember but it wasn’t until my first preschool job 10 years ago that I realized how important the early years were and the positive impact I could have on their growth. I have by BA in Early Childhood Education, and I am starting my graduate degree this fall. I love to learn, and I love applying my knowledge and experience in both the office and classroom settings. My goal is to constantly create a loving, nurturing environment where children learn through experiences, so I like to create a balance between teacher and child directed learning. When I am not in the office or classroom, I love being with my family, friends, traveling, and gardening! I look forward to meeting and working with all of the amazing families here at Smart Start!
Imagineers Teacher (2 Year Olds)
Teaching is truly an honor. To be able to touch the lives of young children is such a formidable time and huge responsibility that I do not take lightly. It has always been my passion to work with children and give them the confidence they can take with them to the next stepping-stone in their life.
I am a wife and mother of two amazing children. My family, my work and being a great mother is what I strive for everyday. When I am teaching I look at each child as my own and want them to feel important and respected for their individuality. Everyone has their own way of learning and it is my job to help my students find their strengths that give them the ability to succeed.
When I am not teaching I love to spend time with my friends and family. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, camping, and boating with loved ones. I also spent a lot of time as a co leader for my daughters Girl Scout Troop. Being a troop co leader is an amazing way to give back to the community and make wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Becoming a teacher felt natural to me and I am thrilled for my continued adventure here at Smart Start School. I am really excited to work for such an inspiring school and wonderful staff.
Explorers TK Teacher
Hi! I’m Ms. Aly and I’m so excited to be part of the Smart Start family. I have been in the preschool field for three years and I love it! I enjoy teaching kids using many different methods and I’m not afraid to get messy. I enjoy Spanish and I love to share it with my classes. My goal is to make learning fun for your child.
I’m married to my husband, Matt. We have 3 kids, Lucas, Izzy and Jace. When I’m not at Smart Start you can find me with one of my kids at the soccer field. I love to craft but Matt says I love to make messes. Matt and I also enjoy kayaking together.
I’m very happy to be a part of your child’s life.
I have been teaching at Smart Start since 2006. I am married to my best friend Caleb and we have an adult daughter. I am an animal lover and a huge Disney fan.
My love for teaching goes hand in hand with my love of learning. I enjoy geography and social studies and one of my favorite things is teaching my students about the world. I have a love of traveling that only flourished a few years ago and I’m always looking for new ways to engage my students and instill a lifetime love of learning.
I am so proud to be a part of Smart Start! It is such a magical place that I think every child deserves in their life.