Teachers

Our teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified and compliant with all New York State licensing credentials. They draw upon a wide range of life experiences and educational training to create a stable and thoughtful environment, and provide comprehensive, individualized care.


Hillside's Head Teacher Cheryl Demuth

Cheryl Demuth

Owner and Teacher

I have been working in educational settings with young children since 2000. After many years of teaching and caregiving children, including work as a Head Teacher at Vassar College’s Infant and Toddler Laboratory School, I decided to return to school. In 2008, I received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. Shortly after graduation, I began forming Livingston Street Early Childhood Community (a pre-school) which opened its doors in November 2010. However, with the understanding that the Kingston community was sorely in need of an infant/ toddler program, I opened Hillside Nursery in August 2011.

While I love my job working with children and families, I also have many other interests. My home, where I live with my husband Tim, is above Hillside Nursery. We have two house rabbits, Hazel and Florian, who enjoy visiting the nursery every chance they get (especially at lunch)! I like to travel, read, hike and bike, and just putter around the house.


Katelyn Semon

Katelyn Semon

On-Site Provider and Co-Teacher

Katelyn has worked at Hillside Nursery since the business began in August 2011. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Katelyn believes childhood is a special time that should be honored, protected, and unhurried, and that all children deserve to be nurtured in a caring environment. She appreciates the unique characteristics of each child and encourages development by introducing children to new methods of play and exposing them to a wide variety of sensory experiences. She believes that the seasons and the environment offer their own curriculum, highly valuing the chance to exhibit learning opportunities outdoors.

Katelyn strongly believes that good nutrition is essential in developing both a healthy body and a healthy mind. She buys organic food whenever possible and supports local farming by sharing in a weekly CSA, which has inspired many creative menus and snacks. Hillside Nursery’s own garden provides a bounty of fresh snacks for the children in her care. Katelyn is an artist at heart, and she loves to experiment with both traditional and non-traditional media, usually with children at her side. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys exploring the surrounding neighborhoods or trekking into the Catskills with her partner Richard, their daughter Maiah, and their son Rex.


Edith Bolt

Edith Bolt

Co-Teacher

Edith was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After moving to the United States in 1984, she subsequently received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. She has worked as a classroom teacher for eight years, first at the early childhood center in Brooklyn College and later on at Beth Elohim Congregation early childhood center in Brooklyn, NY. And, most recently, she has taught at Livingston Street Early Childhood Community in Kingston.

One thing that she is passionate about is integrating art projects in daily classroom activities. She has collaborated with artists via Studio-in-a-School, a program that integrates art education in early childhood and elementary school settings. She is certified by the New York Public School System to teach both Birth-2nd grade and visual art K-12, and she also holds a Certificate of Aesthetic Education from the Lincoln Center Institute for Imaginative Learning.She has worked as an art teacher in after school programs at Cahill Elementary School in Saugerties, and has taught the free walk-in Art Lab in Saugerties.


Diana Miller

Co-Teacher

Diana was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She graduated from The City College of New York with a Bachelors in Education and Psychology. She has spent many years teaching children in classrooms and homes. This includes her son Elijah who attends Livingston Street and daughter Clara who thrives here at Hillside. Her educational philosophy is “teaching is not the filling of a vessel but the kindling a flame.” She believes children learn through play and imitation and that a teacher’s role is simply to be a guide, creating a safe and nurturing environment.

Diana strives to live simply, organically, sustainably and within community. She loves to learn about local farms and nutritious whole foods, sharing that knowledge with family and friends. She enjoys tending her garden and three chickens, Dragoney, St.George and Gracie. In her spare time you can find her making cards and exploring the Hudson Valley and Catskills.