We are very pleased to introduce you to our Educators!
- Abigail Marsters, Executive Director, Director II certified
- Tara Volpe, Floating Teacher, Enrollment Coordinator, DI 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.
- Neha Jaipuria, Floating Teacher, TP certified
Neha Jaipuria 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 16
Susan is our Lead Teacher in Room 16 and 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.
- 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!