Our Educators

We are very pleased to introduce you to our Educators!

  • Abigail Marsters, Executive Director, Director II certified
Abigail Marsters has a degree in Art History from Smith College as well as graduate level courses in Early Childhood Education and Administration from The University of Wisconsin, Massasoit College and Bridgewater University.
Abigail’s professional experience includes 3 years of teaching adults basic skills (Math, English as a Second Language and Communication) for Temple University and 9 years of retail management in a $1.4M store. Her present experience of 25 years in this highly successful non-profit preschool includes all facets of management and oversight, including finances and website and social media management, and implementing a strategic plan process. Abigail’s specialties include implementing the goals, objectives and mission statement of a non-profit, with a positive, professional relationship with all stakeholders utilizing strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Abigail is also a creative and engaging Lead Teacher who can write and present developmentally appropriate curriculum and preschool activities as needed. Her five years of teaching before becoming a full time Director were a wonderful experience. She believes in the school’s Cooperative philosophy, which involves families as partners in the school community. Thinking About the Needs of Others is a standard her family has followed since 1991.
  • Tara Volpe, Floating Teacher, Enrollment Coordinator, DI certified
 Tara Volpe’s love of children started long before adulthood.  She has always been around children and knew at an early age she wanted to teach. For 7 years she worked as a Lead Assistant in a Family Daycare where the responsibilities included creating a loving, warm and fun environment, writing and presenting curriculum and fostering a family like atmosphere for infants to preschool aged children. Tara Volpe has a CDA (Child Development Associate) as well as has taken courses at Framingham State College and Massasoit Community College. Tara  keeps her class full of fun providing new and exciting experiences for all the children and families she works with.  Tara is a warm, energetic, caring, happy person who loves children and loves watching them grow.  The best part of the job is seeing the academic, social and emotional growth a child experiences in a school year.  She loves her job and truly believes it has made her into the person/ mother she is today. Tara has recently taken on the responsibility of enrollment and admission. She is loving this new set of challenges and rewards as she works with families new to the school community she loves!
  • 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.

  • Neha Singhania, Family Engagement Coordinator, DI certified

Neha Singhania has always been around children. After her Bachelor’s Degree, Neha 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 and has loved the work with all the funny stories and energy that comes with it. Neha is a resident of Sharon along with her husband, son and daughter. Neha is an integral member of the administrative team and is often found creating, organizing, and working with families on all-school events and programming. She is a natural Community Coordinator, bringing people together to create friendships and memories that last. In her spare time Neha enjoys vacationing in New Hampshire and Martha’s Vineyard and spending time with her family.  

  • Lauren Bradley, Lead Teacher, DII Certified, Room 12

Lauren is our Lead Teacher in Room 12 working alongside Sarah Dennehy. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Mount Ida College and has been in the ECE field for six years. In addition to teaching, Lauren also coaches competitive cheerleading, and have been doing so for 15 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 14

Susan is our Lead Teacher in Room 14 and has over 28 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 kids.  

  • Sarah Dennehy, Lead Teacher, DII 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 22 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 she so enjoys working with the children and staff at our school. 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 many years is amazing and supports her and her work with children and families.  In addition to teaching Sarah 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. 

Jacqui Pomerleau, Lead Teacher, Room 14

Jacqui Pomerleau graduated from Springfield College in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Recreation Management before attending Framingham State University and earning her license in early childhood education.  Her first teaching job was in Wellesley teaching both preschool and pre-k for 6 years.  Jacqui has worked with children in and out of the classroom her whole life.  She competed gymnastics for 17 years as well as coaching classes ranging from preschool age to competitive team. Jacqui is a big advocate for hands-on learning. She believes that children learn through exploring materials, moving throughout the classroom, and interacting with one another.  When she is not teaching, Jacqui loves to spend time with her husband, RJ and her son, Myles. Her favorite activities include going to the beach, cooking, and reading.  “I am very excited to start this next chapter at the Sharon Cooperative school and I look forward to working with a group of excellent teachers and students!”

Panduka Rice, Lead Teacher Room 16

Panduka Rice is passionate about teaching with preschoolers. She enjoys her time with children: singing, dancing, playing and doing arts and crafts. Panduka also loves math and exploring early mathematics with and developing analytical skills in young children. She enjoys teaching in a nurturing environment where she can help children learn self confidence, empathy and respect of others.

Panduka loves exploring different cultures, celebrating cultural festivals and holidays with families and sharing her experiences with them so the kids will have a great exposure at their young age so that they understand and learn to accept and respect other people and cultures.

Panduka still misses Sri Lanka, her home country. So, her favorite holiday destination is Sri Lanka, where she travels at least once a year. When there, she has been an active member of many charity projects. She has been enjoying helping others. This is one big quality that she has got from both her parents who have been extremely generous. Panduka has a son, Rashawn, 10 and a daughter, Rhianna, 8 who attend Foxborough schools.

Rachel Chirichiello, PT Certified, Floating Teacher and Room 10

For as long as she can remember, Rachel has wanted to work with and teach children. She began by spending a couple of summers as a camp counselor over twenty years ago. Shortly after, she transitioned into working with children in a daycare setting. By floating among infants, toddlers and preschoolers, she was able to become certified in all three age groups. For the next 15 years, Rachel worked in child care, while raising her own three children. When her youngest began school full time, she returned to school to finish her Bachelor’s degree. While completing her Psychology degree, she worked in the public schools as a substitute teacher. She then took a position as a Special Education Paraprofessional in a language based elementary school inclusion classroom. Rachel was impressed with the philosophies, structure and child-based curriculum at the Sharon Cooperative School. Eventually she would like to complete her Master’s degree in Education. In her (rare) free time, I enjoy thrifting, collecting vintage toys, doing crosswords and reading.

Matt Apone, DI certified, Lead Teacher Room 16

Matt has always loved education. Since being a Den Chief in Boy Scouts and a Naturalist, Art teacher and Leader In Training at Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Matt has always devoted his life to education. After running art camps and assistant directing at Moose Hill Audubon, Matt spent time as an Elementary School Art Teacher, a Middle School Librarian, and substituting at all levels throughout the public school system. For the last three years, Matt has worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher, working with children from infant to pre-kindergarten. He is Director 1 certified by the Department of Early Education and Care and Certified PreK-8, Visual Art through the DOE. He has an Undergraduate Degree in Art Education from Bridgewater State University. We look forward to working with Matt and experiencing all the nature and art related activities that he will bring to our community!