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Who We Are


McKinley Pierce

Qualified as: Teaching Assistant
Experience with Children: 3yrs

McKinley was born in raised in the Mad River Valley. She has lived in Massachusetts, California, and New Zealand. After McKinley graduated from Harwoord, she went on to obtain her Personal Training Certificate with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is currently continuing her studies at the Community College of Vermont where she is studying psychology. She has been coaching and counseling children since she was a teenager in dance and ninja warrior classes. In her free time, McKinley likes to do ninja and compete, travel, hike, do anything involving movement and sunshine, read, and drink coffee. McKinley has been featured on the sports entertainment competition TV show, American Ninja Warrior!

Raya Berenback

Qualified as: Lead Teacher
 Experience with Children: 5yrs

Raya grew up in Vermont and has lived here all of her life. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont. She loves to snowboard, go camping in the summer with her dog, Koda, and fiance, Ben, and tend to her garden. Raya has worked in various child care and school settings as both a teacher and behavioral interventionist. She loves everything outdoors and is excited to be a part of a community that shares those similar values! 

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