Our Staff at Saratoga Apple House


Heather Stewart

Director of Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care Known to the Children at Apple House as “music lady”

Mrs. Heather is the founder, owner and director of Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care which includes “Apple House” and “Pre-K  in the Park”. The philosophy and curriculum of both programs were created and developed by Mrs. Heather. Her motto ‘whole child care’ is supported in all aspects of the school. As a director to her amazing staff, Mrs. Heather holds her staff to this motto, because in a busy world, young children deserve the very best care. Childhood is only a one-time experience!

Mrs. Heather has a B.A. from Long Island University. She has worked with children for over twenty years, both as a mother and educator. Mrs. Heather is a certified postpartum doula, and a certified Lifeways teacher. She brings to both programs her unique gifts of storytelling, singing, puppetry, and crafting. Mrs. Heather plays guitar for the children at Apple House one afternoon per week.

Ms. Mandy Vanderwarker

Apple House Program Facilitator and Lead Teacher

Ms. Mandy is Apple House’s program facilitator and lead teacher. She has worked for the Waldorf School and the Montessori School as an assistant and afternoon teacher. Her experience comes from many years working in these two play based rich environments. Ms. Mandy was our head teacher for our own half-day preschool program Pre-K in the Park. Ms. Mandy has the experience of working in a conventional setting and a home setting. This, plus her love for childhood and her dedication to joyful living gives her the perfect experience to lead Apple House. Ms. Mandy is happy, joyful, organized, and loves spending her days with children! Ms. Mandy loves puppetry and brings many little short stories to the children daily. Ms. Mandy also loves clapping games, finger plays and nursery rhythms. She has inspired a nursery rhythm program for both Pre-K in the Park and Apple House. The hand clapping games with the nursery rhythms are designed to healthy brain development. We are so lucky to have her leading Apple House.

Ms. Johnna

Apple House Assistant Teacher

Ms. Johnna is Apple House’s assistant teacher for all of the children at Apple House. Ms. Johnna grew up in her mother’s home family day care and has cared for young children through out her own childhood and into her own adulthood. Ms. Johnna is a patient and kind human being who adores the children and cares for them with heart and love. Ms. Johnna works as the morning assistant supporting the toddlers with Ms. Mandy, although she helps lend a hand with the infants as well. Ms. Johnna loves children and is honored to support the development of the children at Apple House. She shares Apple House’s values and thus Ms. Johnna shares her many gifts with the children openly. It’s a natural fit.

Ms. Harmony

Apple House Assistant Teacher

Ms. Harmony is Apple House’s afternoon assistant teacher at Apple House. Ms. Harmony loves caring for infants and toddlers. She has also worked at our own Pre-K in the Park program as an afternoon assistant and can be found playing dress up with the children or supporting art time. Ms. Harmony is a kind and loving teacher and is organized and tidy. This makes her a perfect fit as our Apple House afternoon assistant teacher.


Ms. Peyton

Apple House Assistant Teacher

Ms. Peyton is Apple House’s morning assistant teacher. Ms. Peyton comes to us from the heart of the Adirondacks! She has spent many summers teaching children about the wonders of nature through hiking, kayaking and swimming. Her childcare experience ranges from supervising swim lessons to nannying and caring for her niece. Ms. Peyton has a gentle approach with the children and loves to make them smile. We’re so lucky to have her calm, yet firm presence at Apple House!