CNS Faculty & Staff
Our staff members are certified Early Childhood Educators by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The entire faculty is CPR and First Aid trained and all participate in ongoing professional development. Many of our faculty members have advanced degrees in the field. Our faculty is comprised of a Director, a Community Coordinator, a Business Manager, and classroom Teachers. There are two Co-Teachers in each morning classroom program and additional teachers in the afternoon program when it is in session.
Yellow Door Room (3’s)
Red Door Room (4’s)
Blue Door Room (4's & 5's)
With over a decade of early childhood experience as a teacher and administrator, Kayla is thrilled to join the CNS faculty as Interim Director! Kayla earned her Master of Science in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education, and spent many joyful years teaching preschoolers at independent schools in New York City. After relocating to the Boston area in 2016, she served as the Director of The Children’s Meetinghouse, a non-profit, Reggio-inspired early childhood program in Concord, and taught preschoolers at Newtowne School in Cambridge. As a current CNS parent, Kayla believes wholeheartedly in the cooperative model and its emphasis on relationships and community-building. She has been a member of the CNS community since 2018 and served on the CNS board for two years as Marketing Chair and President. Kayla is deeply inspired by young children and the natural, joyful, curious way they interact with the world. For Kayla, forging meaningful connections with children and families is as remarkable as it is rewarding, and she is grateful for the opportunity to do so at CNS, a place she is proud and honored to call home. When not at school, she enjoys adventuring with her husband and two young daughters (Felicity, 4.5 and Violet, 2).
Stacy Chandler, Community Coordinator
Stacy Chandler has been a part of the CNS community since 2012. Both of her children attended from 2012-2016, and then she worked as a lunch bunch and extended day teacher for the 2016-17 school year. She started as our Community Coordinator in Fall 2017, and this role has given her the opportunity to bring her many work and personal interests together. Before pursuing her early childhood teacher certification, Stacy was a full-time parent. She is also a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) and worked in 2 major Boston hospitals until having her first child. Prior to becoming a social worker, she worked for 10 years in non-profit marketing and development. Stacy enjoys working with her husband in their extensive vegetable and perennial flower garden which also includes peach trees, Concord Grapes vines, and raspberry bushes. She has a joyful black dog named Kipper who protects the garden from rabbits and squirrels. She also loves to bake, kayak, basketweave, bike, ski, make punch needle cushions, and read & swim at her cabin in Maine. Her favorite sounds are loons, distant train whistles, giggling children, and rain on the roof.
Yellow Door Teacher
Jill first developed a partnership with CNS as a parent when her own children attended, and she quickly became a regular substitute. With a background in Special Education, she was intrigued with how Reggio Emilia offered beautiful and natural human interactions that were respectful of children and their development. Workplace relocation brought her family to the Marshall Islands for 3 years. On Kwajalein, her tiny and remote island home, she immersed in simplicity and expanded her personal definition of community. She became the island Pre-K teacher and it was her great privilege to work alongside the talented Marshallese staff. Culturally, they approach child rearing with little interference, a steady presence when needed, and so much joy. In that classroom setting, on the opposite side of the globe, CNS surfaced in her mind and heart as she drew connections between the Reggio Emilia philosophy and Marshallese culture. Upon her return to the United States, she picked up where she left off with substituting at CNS, and an eventual transition to the afternoon program, and now, a yellow door teacher in the core program. She is passionate about lifelong learning, travel, music and her role as a mom to her 3 children. She is also passionate about guiding with kindness, love, an open mind and an open heart. She is thrilled to be a member of the CNS faculty!
Yellow Door Teacher
Christina is a graduate of Wheelock College with BS in Human Development and Elementary Education. She has over 10 years of experience in the Education field including working in the Newton Public Schools as an ABA therapist and in several area Early Childhood Centers. Most recently, she spent 5 years working as a teacher at Bigelow Cooperative, a Reggio Inspired Center in Somerville, and is excited to start a new journey teaching at CNS in the fall of 2020! Christina loves working with young children and finds them to be joyful, honest, caring and curious. She looks forward to being a part of the school’s nurturing environment and working with other teachers to instill a love of learning through discovery and play. In her free time, she enjoys baking, watching movies, the beach in the summertime, being outdoors, and spending time with her two young children, one of whom is a current CNS student!
Red Door Teacher
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Education from from Colby College and her Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College Language School. Danielle was inspired to join the CNS staff in 2012 by the joyful experience CNS afforded to her two children and also to Danielle and her husband as parents in the CNS community. After teaching high school Spanish for 11 years, Danielle saw the cooperative, nurturing, child-centered approach as the next chapter in her journey, and it has been one even more fulfilling than she imagined. The curiosity and the imaginative questions the children bring into the classroom are endless, and the opportunity to encourage their learning about the world around them and to guide them through their own journeys to discover answers brings Danielle joy each and every day. Outside of the classroom, Danielle loves traveling and new adventures, doing yoga and skiing, and cheering from the sidelines of her children’s sports.
Red Door Teacher
Sutton has been working with young children professionally since receiving her BS in Early Childhood Education from Boston University over 20 years ago. Since then, she has continued to expand her knowledge through master level courses, workshops, and hands-on experience. Before arriving at CNS, she held several roles in preschool settings, including classroom teacher, curriculum director, and summer program director. She also spent time as a Site Manager for Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program that brings a social/literacy curriculum to preschools in low income neighborhoods, ass well as teaching a Child Development course. Sutton arrived at CNS in the winter of 2015 to cover a maternity leave and was grateful to return when a position opened in the Yellow Door Room in the fall of 2016. Since that time, she has returned to the Red Door where she first covered a maternity leave.She can also be found at Summer CNS each year. As a teacher, she can often be found engaging in conversations with children (by doing a lot of listening!), reading books, singing songs, encouraging artistic exploration, exploring nature, and supporting the process of problem-solving. Each year, she looks forward to creating a classroom environment that fosters play, discovery, joy, community, collaboration, and respect.
Blue Door Teacher
Noni received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College. After spending much of her own education in child-centered, inquiry based learning environments, she came to CNS in 1998 as a parent and never left. CNS embodies all that she has learned and that she believes when relating to children. Noni loves the hum of the school, the camaraderie and collaboration of the teaching staff, and the involvement and support of the families. Her spirits are lifted every single day that she is interacting with and observing the children. She believes the future of the world rests in the souls of these young people and believes the atmosphere and philosophy at CNS serve as a stepping stone for their futures. CNS is truly a magical place to be, both as a parent and as a teacher.
Nafees Shah Hussain,
Blue Door Teacher
Nafees received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development as well as her Masters in Special Education from Lesley University. Originally from Pakistan, Nafees developed an interest in early childhood while volunteering in various non-profit education centers. Since moving to the United States, she has expanded her educational experience to include Special Education, the Montessori System and the Reggio Emilia Philosophy. She encourages the children’s freedom to find their own identity through exploration and discovery. Her work focuses on providing an open environment where we value diversity, to create a true sense of community. Nafees works to bridge the gap between the natural and cognitive world, creating an enriching and nurturing space for the whole child. She believes children are endowed with “a hundred languages” and CNS is the environment where they are able to create, play, imagine and soar!
Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hartwick College and has many years of experience in a Waldorf/ Montessori inspired cooperative preschool prior to her years at CNS. Being part of a community and forming relationships with families has been a very joyful part of her job. She loves bringing her passion for color, beautiful materials, enchanting play spaces, and children’s picture books into her work with the children. Designing vignettes for storytelling and small world play is another way she likes to create magic and spark imaginations. She has an ever growing interest in exploring the themes of emotions, compassion, kindness, and diversity through stories, art and play. She is also a seasoned movement specialist, bringing yoga and creative movement to the children to encourage body awareness, mindfulness, connection, and creativity. The beautiful and holistic education her now grown children received in Waldorf education continues to inform and inspire the magic she wishes to create for all children.
Joanne received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed by her M.Ed from Lesley University. CNS has been a very important part of her life for over thirty years. She has had the privilege of seeing Community Nursery School through the lens of a parent (1986-1988), a teacher (1988-1991), director (1991-2010)… and as a grandparent (2017- ). One of the very best things about working at CNS is having the daily opportunity to watch and listen closely to children, and try to see the world through their eyes. There is so much to be learned from them! Collaborating with parents and teachers for the benefit of the children makes CNS a very special place. These partnerships serve to support the healthy growth and development of children -– and all members of this nurturing learning community.