The mission of The Beagle School is to provide a quality early education experience that fosters the sense of wonder and discovery that naturally exists in all children. Through a variety of enriching experiences, children will be supported in all areas of development, with a particular emphasis on such traits as self-motivation, responsibility, and creativity. This will be accomplished through The Beagle School working together with families to assure a safe and nurturing environment for each child.
Beagle School Facilities
The Beagle School operates out of two locations, each located in the heart of Saratoga Springs. We strive to offer a friendly and casual environment in which to build a strong foundation for future learning.
Our two-year old program, affectionately known as “Little Beagle,” is located at 107 Circular Street. This warm and cheerful environment allows for a perfect introduction to the school experience. A house corner, science center, a large open space for circle time, and a fun outdoor play area provide the youngest members of the Beagle family a variety of outlets for exploration and play.
Our three and four-year old programs are held at 115 Regent Street. The open floor plan lends itself to multiple opportunities for self-guided discovery. This location also features a large outdoor play area. A variety of play structures are in place to develop large motor skills while encouraging creativity and fun.
Beagle School teaches our daughter something new every class, and at home she makes connections and associations of her knowledge and her environment by identifying shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc... She just turned 3 and she can already spell her name!
- Jon D
Beagle School Staff
Jessica Todtenhagen, Director
Jessica joined the staff at The Beagle School as Director in 2017, however her connection to the preschool goes back much farther. She first became a Beagle parent when her oldest son became a student in 2010 and then joined the school’s Board of Directors in 2012. Her passion for our school and love of children make her a great asset to our programs. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Education from The University at Buffalo. She began the Beagle School’s Read-A-Thon, as well as
co-chaired the first Annual Saratoga Day of Play in 2017. She is a mother to three Beagle alumni.
Colleen Park, Business Manager
A dedicated member of the Beagle community, Colleen joined the office at The Beagle School in 2017 after having served on the school’s Board of Directors for 5 years. Her friendliness and dedication are a great addition to the office. Colleen is a graduate of Marist College and has many years of experience in project management and administrative roles. She is a mother to two Beagle alumni.
Explorers, 2 Year Old Program
Ms. Anna, Teacher
Anna taught in the New York City public school system for many years and is a NYS permanently certified teacher. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Ms. Anna provides a safe, nurturing, and creative environment where the children can learn and grow through developmentally appropriate classroom activities. She fosters a love of learning to our two-year-olds and her loving approach creates a warm environment in which the children can thrive. Anna is a mother to three Beagle School alumni. Prior to joining our staff Anna served on Beagle School Board of Directors for two years.
Voyagers, 3-Year Old Program
Ms. Linette, Teacher
Linette brings a fun, energetic warmth to our 3-year-old class room as the Lead Teacher in Voyagers and as Assistant Teacher in Beyond Beagle. She is full of great ideas that incorporate STEAM into our program. Linette has over 14 years of experience teaching preschool as well as substitute teaching in local districts. In addition to teaching during the school year, Linette also serves as our Summer Camp Lead Teacher. Linette is a mother to two children.
Ms. Barb, Assistant
Barb is the assistant for the Little Explorers program. Her warmth and compassion, paired with her years of experience volunteering in her children’s school, make her a great addition to our Voyager team. The students love playing cars, trains, dolls, and kitchen with her. Barb is a graduate of SUNY Purchase and a mother to three children.
Ms. Sarah, Assistant
Sarah is the assistant for both Voyagers programs & the morning Discoverers program. She brings warmth, conscientiousness, and reassurance to her students; all of which are needs of 3- and 4-year-olds. She is also an assistant teacher during our summer camp programs. Sarah loves seeing her former students over the summer and enjoys meeting those who will be in her class the following fall. She is a mother to a Beagle Camp alumna.
Discoverers, 4-Year Old Program
Ms. Laura, Teacher
Laura is the teacher for both our Discoverers and Beyond Beagle programs. She joined the teaching staff at The Beagle School in 2018, bringing with her over twenty years’ experience as an early childhood educator. She has a BS in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from The College of St. Rose. Her warm, caring nature, paired with her excellent and unique ideas, make her a wonderful addition to the Beagle family. Laura is a mother to three children.