HCDS is only as good as its staff, and its staff is great.
We are proud of the fact that we are approaching our fourth decade with the same lead teacher we had upon opening in 1980. One of early childhood education’s major problems is the high rate of staff turnover. You can be assured that the teacher your child meets on the first day of school will be there on graduation day.
Andrea Murphy, Hogarth’s teaching director, received her B.A. from Regis College in Weston, MA. Since opening Hogarth with her sisters in 1980, she has continuously sought to improve and enhance her abilities to work with young children and their parents. She became certified to administer and interpret the Gesell Developmental Examination for use in school placement. She attends conferences and workshops, and is a member of the The Society Of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Andrea, an award-winning children’s book author, has published in The Mailbox, a national teaching magazine, and writes much of the Hogarth curriculum. Her first picture book, Out and About at the Dairy Farm, written for Picture Window Books‘ field trip series, was published in December, 2002. Her book Georgia for Gareth Stevens Publishing, followed in July, 2005. This book is part of the Portraits of the States series written for second graders. She is a member of The Write Sisters, a group of multi-published children’s authors. Their goal is to spread their love for children’s books and writing, and to share their expertise with others. Here’s an essay profiling a Hogarth alumna Andrea wrote for The Write Sisters’ blog.
Andrea worked collaboratively with The Write Sisters on Apprentice Shop Books’ award-winning America’s Notable Women series, written for elementary-aged students. The first book in the series, Women of Granite: 25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know, was chosen as the New Hampshire Center for the Book‘s recommended book for young readers at the 2008 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Andrea also contributed biographies to the Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Texas and New York books, and is a lead author on the Maine book, which was published early in 2014. Andrea’s work on Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Women of the Bay State: 25 Massachusetts Women You Should Know prompted Channel 9 to contact her for comment shortly before Mrs. Shriver passed away.
Visit Andrea’s author pages at www.andreamurphy.com for more information about her writing life.
Andrea is certified in infant and pediatric safety and CPR, and has done graduate work in early childhood education at Rivier College and the University of New Hampshire. She was nominated for Scholastic Magazine’s Kindergarten Teacher of the Year 2000. Andrea was one of only 500 New Hampshire educators invited to participate in then-Governor Shaheen’s Education Summit. She served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of A Safe Place, a non-profit organization that gives support and shelter to victims of domestic violence. Andrea was recruited and trained by UNH to work as a Family Focus Volunteer. Through the UNH Cooperative Extension, Andrea conducted parenting classes for parents of children ages birth through 6 years. She also taught basic literacy skills as a volunteer with the Exeter Adult Tutorial program. Andrea created the blog The Picture Book Project at Hogarth School as part of her literacy curriculum.
Vicki Dollard works as Andrea’s assistant. She started at Hogarth in September, 2012 and quickly became our artist in permanent residence. The children love “Miss Vicki” and the projects she designs, many of which are specifically geared around their interests. Vicki’s bulletin board design and classroom decorations are the stuff of legend! Vicki, whose children attended Hogarth a few years back, has worked in early childhood education since 2002. Before joining the staff at Hogarth, Vicki spent 5 years teaching in her own classroom in a North Hampton preschool. Vicki’s keen understanding, respect and love of young children takes her teaching to the highest level.
Vicki is certified in infant and pediatric safety and CPR, and regularly attends professional development workshops and seminars.
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I always love to tell people about Hogarth and the most wonderful teacher of children one could ever have. I will always be grateful for what you did for my grandchildren. You are a gem, Andrea! M.F., Satisfied Hogarth Grandparent