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The Directors

Who We Are

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Moie Moulton

Founder & Executive 

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Experience with Children: 15yrs

Moie grew up in Vermont, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Union Institute and University. She started the Neck Of the Woods (formerly MECA) Program in 2012 and has absolutely loved watching the Program and families grow through the years. In her free time she loves reading, singing, playing guitar, yoga, playing soccer and spending time with her sweet family.

Katie DeFreest

Cofounder, and Assistant Director

(she/her/hers)

Experience with Children: 9yrs

Katie grew up in Pennsylvania, and moved to Vermont in 2018. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Juniata College and is a licensed early educator in the state of Vermont. She began working at MECA in 2018 and assisted Moie in MECA's transition to NOW in 2020. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her 2 kids and dog, reading, and playing field hockey.

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Suzanne Gardner

Early Education Director and

Lead Pre-K Teacher

(she/her/hers)

Experience with Children: 25yrs

Suzanne is from the Delaware Water Gap region of New Jersey, and spent the majority of her childhood exploring the Appalachian Mountains and the Jersey shore with her family and friends. She's been Visiting Vermont since 1992, and became a "transplant" here in 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in Education from East Stroudsburg University in PA. Suzanne moved here for a teaching opportunity, and that lead her to finding NOW. In Suzanne's free time she likes to do paper curling, jujitsu, see live music, gardening, and connecting with the Earth. 

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Larissa Darias

 School Age Director

(she/her/hers)

Experience with Children: 7yrs

Larissa was born in Miami, Florida and raised by her lovely adopted family up in Pennsylvania. She moved to Vermont in 2015 where she attended Lyndon State College. She graduated with a degree in Visual Communications. She is attending CCV working towards her ECE degree and directors credential. Larissa has experience working with children as a lead preschool teacher in Pennsylvania, an infant teacher in the Mad River Valley and, most recently, a pod teacher and nanny for a group of families in the Valley. She loves snowboarding, mountain biking and all things art! You can find her seeking adventures with her wonderful husband, sweet son and 3 dogs. 

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