Our Teachers

Discover why our dedicated and nurturing teachers make 

The Village Nursery School special

Mrs. Jean Van Hoof

Jean Van Hoof

Mrs. Van Hoof returned to school for her masters in Early Childhood Education when her youngest went back to school ,"because I just loved that age and adored working with them!"


Today, she has many years of experience, having worked as a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut for a variety of school settings, including public and private schools. 


Mrs. Van Hoof is eager to start the school year with Mrs. Gerace and Mrs. Wagner. "These two women are so talented, and I can't wait to be in the classroom with them."


She and her husband have two daughters and live in Farmington. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and swimming.


Tracee Farkas

Tracee is the newest addition to our team.  She is a former first and second grade teacher with 17 years of experience.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Science in Elementary Education from University of Kansas.

She is very excited to be re-entering the education system as a preschool teacher and is committed to providing a supportive and engaging learning environment for all students.

Tracee clearly has a passion and enthusiasm for working with young children.  She is creative and will bring many skills to the educational team at VNS.

She currently lives in Farmington with her husband and two sons. She loves dogs, and her family includes two older Malteses and a rescue puppy.  In her spare time, Tracee enjoys running, reading and traveling with her family.

Mrs. Tracey Van Hoof

Jennifer Wagner

Mrs. Wagner was raised in Pennsylvania and received her BS from Marietta College in Ohio with certifications in Elementary, Kindergarten, and Special Education.


She taught in Brazil before returning to the states and moving to New York City – which is where she and her family lived before moving to Farmington in 2015.

Mrs. Wagner has her master’s degree in early childhood and curriculum from Fordham University, and has had opportunities to work with children of all ages. But her true love, she says, are children ages 3-5.

Mrs. Wagner and her husband run marathons -- but her entire family, including her three children -- compete in triathlons!