Faculty & Staff

North Shore Nursery School faculty are qualified, experienced, and devoted to their work with young children. Their daily practice focuses on the whole child and aims to support each child at their various stages of development.

Our school has a healthy record of retaining faculty and many have been teaching at NSNS for more than 10 years. Each of our six Co-Lead Teachers holds a Master’s degree in Education. Through our  strong commitment to ongoing professional development and an emphasis on developmentally appropriate and inclusive  practices, we celebrate the unique talents and interests of our faculty by supporting their dedication to professional growth.

lightbulb icon

Quick Fact

All Lead Teachers hold a Masters in Education & our faculty has a combined 132 years of service to NSNS.

Child and teacher in a classroom at North Shore Nursery School

Heidi Crosby

Co-Lead Teacher: Toddler Class, Younger Class, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University

 

B.S., Psychology/Elementary Education, Endicott College

 

Joined NSNS faculty in 1993

Children and teacher in a classroom at North Shore Nursery School

Rose Curcuru

Assistant Teacher: Toddler Class, Younger Class

A.S., Early Childhood Education with Honors, North Shore Community College

Joined NSNS faculty in 1996

Child and teacher in a classroom at North Shore Nursery School

Tracy Gleckner

Co-Lead Teacher: Toddler Class, Younger Class, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University

B.S., Early Childhood Education, West Chester University

Joined NSNS faculty in 2007

Child and teacher in a classroom at North Shore Nursery School

Nancy Comeau

Co-Lead Teacher: Older Class, Friday Explorers, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, Lesley University

M.S., Early Childhood Education, Salem State University

A.S., Early Childhood Education, North Shore Community College

Joined NSNS faculty in 2018

Children's artwork at North Shore Nursery School

Christi Melanson

Co-Lead Teacher: Older Class, Friday Explorers, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Gordon College

B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Joined NSNS faculty in 2022

Children's artwork at North Shore Nursery School

Emily Newton

Co-Lead Teacher: Toddler Class, Younger Class, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Salem State University

B.S., Business Administration: Marketing, University of New Hampshire

Joined NSNS faculty in 2022

Children and teacher at North Shore Nursery School

Karen Smart

Co-Lead Teacher: Older Class, Friday Explorers, Stay & Play

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education

MSW, Social Work, Boston University

B.S., Social Work, Syracuse University

Joined NSNS faculty in 2007

Children and teacher at North Shore Nursery School

Heidi Gorton

Movement Teacher: Younger Class, Older Class

M.Ed., Early Childhood Teacher and Training, Salem State University

 

B.A., Environmental Studies: Anthropology & Sociology, Middlebury College

Joined NSNS faculty in 2003

Child and teacher gardening at North Shore Nursery School

Caroline Dalton

Assistant, all classrooms

B.A., Sociology & Spanish, Wofford College

Joined NSNS faculty in 2020

Children's artwork at North Shore Nursery School

Lea Gillis

Assistant, all classrooms

M. Ed., Elementary Art Education, Lesley University

B.A., Studio Art, Wheaton College

Joined NSNS faculty in 2017

Administrative Staff

The Administrative Staff at NSNS comprises the Director of Enrollment, the Director of the School, the Business Manager, and the Marketing Coordinator. Our staff works as a team to meet the needs of incoming families, current families, and alumni families. The NSNS Director serves on the NSNS Board of Trustees as a liaison to the Faculty and Staff. NSNS Administrative Staff is involved in the daily operations of the school, including drop-offs/pick-ups, fielding inquiries, touring, managing school wide projects, and ensuring the days run smoothly. Our Marketing Coordinator works part time, off-site, in conjunction with the Administrative Staff to promote school-wide initiatives from our school to the wider community.

Susannah DiPasquale

Susannah DiPasquale

Director of Enrollment

MSW, LICSW, Social Work, Simmons College

M.Ed., Counseling, Boston University

B.A., Psychology, Skidmore College

Joined NSNS staff in 2012

Jessie Vogel

Jessie Vogel

Preschool Director

M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy Specialization, Lesley University

B.S., Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Duquesne University

 

Joined NSNS staff in 2018

Children's artwork at North Shore Nursery School

Kim Wilkinson

Business Manager

B.S., Accounting, Northeastern University

 

Certified Public Accountant, MA 

 

Joined NSNS staff in 2021

Children's artwork at North Shore Nursery School

Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice

Marketing Coordinator

M.F.A., Creative Writing, American University 

 

B.A., English, Penn State University

 

Joined NSNS staff in 2021