We are very pleased to introduce you to our Educators!
- Abigail Marsters, Executive Director, Director II certified
- Tara Volpe, Floating Teacher, LTP certified
- Nicole DiGiorgio, Lead Teacher, LTP certified, Room 10
Nicole DiGiorgio graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in child development. She did her student teaching in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms. She has worked as a preschool teacher in two different classrooms and is loving teaching five year olds in Room 10! Nicole enjoys supporting children’s curiosity and encouraging them to be creative. She loves dancing, making music and block building with children. Nicole enjoys listening to the children’s imaginative stories, watching them discover why their structure may have fallen over and observing their teamwork. She has truly mastered the intricacies of emerging curriculum and has facilitated exploration into subjects as random and fascinating as string, tape, sticks and Australia! In her free time she likes spending time with her younger brother and sister who sometimes come to visit and share their interests. She loves walking, doing Zumba and baking. Nicole is very excited to be a part of the Sharon Cooperative School and watch the children grow and learn throughout the school year.
- Lisa Carstoiu, Lead Teacher, LTP certified, Room 14
Lisa has a Master of Science in Human Development and a BA in Early Childhood from Wheelock College. She feels understanding a child is one of the first and most important things we can do to help them grow and achieve. Her experience with diverse learners, in public school programs and as a educator focused on process and play makes her an excellent addition to our staff. Lisa is working with Anna Kuo in Room 14 and the two are always coming up with something creative and fun to do! Lisa is lots of fun and brings an easy laugh and manner in working with 3-4 year olds. She has much to share with us and we look forward to learning with her!
- Neha Jaipuria, Floating Teacher, TP certified
Neha Jaipuria has always been around children. Neha is from India and after her Bachelor’s Degree, she got her certification in Childhood Education. She taught for a few years in India and then moved to Massachusetts with her family. Neha has taught since 2010 in preschools as a Lead Teacher and has loved the work with all the funny stories and energy that comes with it. Neha is a resident to Sharon along with her husband, son and daughter. Neha is often found creating, organizing, working with families on all-school events and creating master schedules! In her spare time she enjoys vacationing in New Hampshire and Martha’s Vineyard and spending time with her family. Neha says, “I am really excited to work at The Sharon Cooperative School and be a member of such a talented team!”
- Barbara Simons, Lead Teacher, DII Certified, Room 16
Barbara is our Lead Teacher in Room 16. She is DII certified and has a BA from College of the Holy Cross and a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Adelphi University. She has been working with young children and in the field of early education since 1991. Barbara has worked in varying roles as Assistant Director, Director, Special Needs Coordinator, and she has worked in a Cooperative School in Newton. Her creativity and compassion are strengths and she is a natural in the three year old room, leading songs, finger plays and having a warm and wonderful time!
- Anna Kuo, Lead Teacher, TP Certified, Room 14
Anna is our Lead Teacher in Room 14. Anna has been working with children for over 12 years and is working on her CDA. She thinks her love of children and creativity in working on different developmental levels is perfect for Room 14. Anna is a big believer that children make there own version of whatever topic the class is discussing and enjoys teaching them new things. Anna also enjoys meeting and getting to know the families of the children she teaches. Anna shares that she was adopted from Russia along with her younger sister and her 3 older brothers (all biological) and that she has two sons and has been married for 4 years.
- Lauren Bradley, Lead Teacher, DI Certified, Room 12
Lauren is our Lead Teacher in Room 12 working alongside Sarah Dennehy. She lives in Canton MA and has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Mount Ida College. She has been in the ECE field for 4 years. In addition to teaching, Lauren also coaches competitive cheerleading year round, and have been doing so for 13 years. Her dedication and passion to teach and coach are augmented by an energetic, outgoing, and creative personality. Lauren believes that it is vital to foster the needs and interests of every child and to provide an open environment. Her teaching centers around the development of the whole child by helping to build a home-school connection and encouraging community connection, exploration and play. Knowing each child’s family, background, interests, dislikes, and experiences allows her to tailor her teaching style to bring out the best in each child and contribute to enriching a classroom dynamic.
- Susan Jeffries, Lead Teacher, LTP Certified, Room 16
Susan is our Lead Teacher in Room 16 working with Barbara and Trina. Susan has over 27 years experience in the field of early childhood education including several years in Head Start and as a Special Education teacher. She has also been a toddler teacher and has worked with infants. Her degree from Wheelock College is in Special Education. Susan describes herself as an educator with an innate ability to understand and motivate children. She enjoys hands-on experiences and strives to build self-esteem while encouraging an understanding of cultural diversity, mutual respect and cooperation among all community members. She is skilled in adapting the classroom to children with diverse learning styles. Susan always has a good time with her class, you will often hear the silliness and care she shared with her 3’s.
- Kaitlyn Jenkins, Floating Teacher, DII Certified, Room 10
Kaitlyn has always been passionate about teaching young children and has been working in the field of early education for 16 years. She graduated from Regis College with a BA in English and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has held various roles in early education centers throughout the years including Floater Teacher, Lead Preschool Teacher, and Assistant Director. She enjoys getting to know each child and their families and loves watching their curious minds develop. Kaitlyn works afternoons in Room 10 and in partnership with Nicole DiGiorgio. She enjoys this connection to one group of 5 year olds. Kaitlyn is an integral part of the Floating teacher administrative team and assists Abigail in many of the duties of Director. Kaitlyn is excited to be part of the Sharon Cooperative community, such a committed and supportive group of educators.
- Sarah Dennehy, Lead Teacher, DI Certified, Room 12
Sarah joined the Sharon Cooperative School in January of 2018 as a Lead Teacher in Room 12 working with Lauren Bradley. She is Director 1 certified and is currently on her way to achieving her CDA credential. She has worked with children in many capacities over the years: preschool director, enrichment teacher, gymnastics assistant, homework tutor and extended kindergarten coordinator. Sarah will search high and low for something that makes her smile. She doesn’t have to look hard, because the kids and staff just crack her up. She can be found many days soaking the kids, we mean the planters, with the water hose (just a little) or sitting quietly on the rug while the children like sucker fish eating from her hands listen as she talks their ears off about her many tales of camping. She says her toughest, yet most rewarding job has been being a mom to her 28-year-old son. Sarah explains that her husband of 33 years is amazing and supports her and her new job. She brings almost 20 years experience as she joins us on the Sharon Cooperative School team. In addition to teaching she also has a passion for photography. Her genuine love for children and watching them get excited about learning is what really makes her smile. She enjoys interacting with children and sharing laughs with them. She is thrilled to be here and is having a blast working at SCS.
- Trina Burris, Preschool Teacher, TP Certified, Room 16