Davis Studio was founded in 2003 by director, Teresa Davis. We are committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters the imagination and nurtures creativity. Each student is respected as an artist with their own unique style and unlimited potential.
Davis Studio Preschool Director & Teacher
Elsa is excited to join the Davis Studio Team and brings with her over a decade of experience as an educator. She recently moved back from Denver, Colorado to enjoy life here in Vermont. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College after receiving her Child Development Associate degree, as well as a bachelor’s in Sociology and minor in studio art from UVM. She believes in teaching to individual children’s strengths and encouraging their own inquiry to inspire learning. She is well versed in effective documentation in order to scaffold meaningful learning for children. By using emergent curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia and the arts she cultivates a joyous environment for learning and sees children’s self esteem and love of learning soar. She loves working with preschoolers and believes passionately in the mission of high quality Early Childhood Education. In her free time she loves traveling, playing outside, creating art, and spending time with her husband, daughter and 105 lb. bloodhound named Walter.
Kate has been teaching children of all ages since 2006. She is especially passionate about the importance of development during the preschool years. Kate gained leadership and director experience throughout her years working in early childhood programs. She completed her masters degree in early childhood education from Champlain College in 2017, and is excited to be working toward her teaching license, with an endorsement for ages birth-5. Kate recognizes the importance of creating classroom spaces that feel like home. She believes that children should have opportunities to interact with real materials that they would find out in the world. She loves to incorporate nature and loose parts into play experiences, and allow children to explore ideas and concepts that interest them. She is inspired by the Reggio approach to teaching, and believes that children engage and learn more when they are offered learning experiences based on their interests. Kate married her husband John in 2018, and lives in Essex with their rescue puppy Ripley.
Dominique received her Bachelor’s Degree from Champlain College and is licensed with a dual endorsement in early childhood and Elementary Education. Dominique previously worked in the preschool and infant-toddler center at the Greater Burlington YMCA. She was also a preschool co-teacher at Annette’s Preschool in Hinesburg for two and a half years. Dominique is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. She enjoys finding unique loose parts and open ended materials to add to the classroom environment and understands the importance of relationship-based education in early childhood. She is passionate about exploring nature, open ended art experiences, and encouraging healthy risk-taking with young children. Dominique lives in South Burlington with her fiancé Jeremy and cat Moo Moo.
Chevy is excited to be a part of the Davis Studio Preschool teaching team. She started here as a sub and has since moved into a co-teacher role. Chevy has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years and has her degree in early childhood education from UVM. Her background and passion is in the Reggio- Emilia approach to learning and teaching. She studied abroad in Sweden during college where she was inspired by Swedish and international preschools that placed a large importance on exploring nature and honoring children as members of the greater community. Chevy’s mission is to see every child achieve their potential and realize their goals by helping them discover their true selves and supporting them in their exploration of the world around them.
Davis Studio Executive Director
Teresa has worked for over thirty years with children from preschool to high school, supporting creativity through both visual and theater arts. She has several years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and an art instructor. Prior to opening Davis Studio, Teresa taught second and third grade in Pasadena, California. She was also a preschool teacher and director in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively and spent a year teaching children in Amman, Jordan. Teresa founded Davis Studio in 2003 and loves being surrounded with the energy and creativity of all of our amazing students.
Davis Studio Office Manager
Zoe Bishop received her B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Northern Vermont University-Johnson where she focused on Painting and Sculpture. She has shown locally both on her own and with the Howard Center Arts Collective. She finds great joy and satisfaction in anything creative whether it be cooking, dancing, or painting. She comes to the Davis studio with many years of experience in the Hospitality, Medical, and Human Services fields, and is excited to be surrounded by fellow artists both young and not so young. She currently works out of her home studio where her sole mission is to leave beautiful things behind.
Instructor and Chef extraordinaire
Always curious and enthusiastic, Jonathan brings energy and excitement to each new learning adventure. Creativity runs deep in his family and Jonathan has found distinction in the kitchen. His Artsy Chef approach to food brings new interest to food, preparation and display. He has gained new perspective on buying local and making amazing in his 4 1/2 years in Maribelle’s kitchen in Burlington. Jonathan’s interest in fostering learning has brought him to Davis Studio to share his skills as an Instructor and the Starving Artist Café as Chef.