The teaching faculty at Heartworks, Steamworks and Loveworks Schools have earned a degree in early or elementary education with many holding a Vermont Teaching License and/or have comparable educational training and experience. Throughout the year, teachers and directors participate in professional development programs, both on and off-site, aimed at expanding and improving their teaching skills and enhancing the mission of our Schools. We are dedicated to providing a program based on quality and consistency in all of the schools. All of our faculty and staff are asked to embrace a heartful and peaceful approach with children and to uphold the philosophies of the school.


Haley Staats

School Director
Before becoming a member of the Heartworks community in 2016, Haley graduated from Castleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She has taught Pre-kindergarten in Heartworks Shelburne for two years and has two years prior to that of teaching preschool in another early education program in Vermont. She also has experience teaching both Kindergarten and Third Grade students. Haley has always gravitated towards working with children; she also organized an after school book club to increase literacy within young girls while at Castleton University. Haley grew up in Brookline, Vermont and has been living in Burlington since 2014. She loves the outdoors and enjoys running, biking, skiing and spending time with family.


Joanna May

Music Teacher

Joanna has been singing and making music for most of her 47 years as a performer and teacher, and for hospice clients in our community as a singer/director with the VNA's Noyana Singers. She studied voice at Indiana University and received a Vermont teaching license and Master's degree in Integrating the Arts into Education from St. Michael's College. Joanna is a certified Music Together teacher and center director. Her most recent musical endeavor was a week-long workshop learning to lead Bobby McFerrin-inspired Circle Songs. She joined Heartworks in 2015 and is the mother of 2 music-loving boys. Joanna's best musical influences were her parents, whose love of music made for a lot of singing in the car.


Jayne Methot-Walker

STEAM Art Teacher
Jayne has a degree in Art Education and a B.S. from UVM in Animal Science.  She has worked as a certified Art Educator in Vermont for over twenty years.  She lives in Grand Isle with her retired husband.  They are both active members of Lyric Theatre in Burlington, and have two daughters.  One is a senior at UVM and the oldest lives in Portland, Oregon.  Jayne’s current hobby is learning the techniques of stand up comedy.


Heather Benton

Coordinator of Professional Development, STEAM and Substitute Teacher
Heather joined the Heartworks family in 2012. She is licensed by the State of Vermont in Early Education, and is certified to teach through the third grade level. A native Vermonter, she attended the University of Vermont and earned a B.A. in psychology. Heather resides in Essex Junction and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, crafting and serving as a Deacon in her church.