Our Faculty

Each educator at CNS has outstanding experience, advanced training or degrees, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Above all, every one of them loves to guide children through the process and joys of real discovery.

CNS Faculty 2018-2019

List of 12 items.

  • Lindsey Bloomberg

    Lindsey Bloomberg joined CNS from the Bank Street School for Children and now isa second year teacher. She has over ten years of experience working with young children and has taught in schools around Boston and in New York City, including the Chestnut Hill School, Poly Prep Country Day School, and the Brooklyn New School. Lindsey holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College and a Bachler of Science in Counseling from Lesley University. Lindsey is excited begin another year with the Charlestown Nursery School community and passionate about the Reggio approach. She is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with teachers, children, and their families.
  • Emma Boettcher

    Toddler and Preschool Team Coach
    Emma has been teaching for over eight years at CNS. She has worked in the Brookline Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, and as an art educator at the Museum of Fine Arts. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northeastern University, as well as extensive training in early literacy and math. Recently, she has worked with local schools as a consultant guiding professional development. She brings her great interest in painting and the outdoors to her classroom, and runs her own art classes for children. In addition to those interests, Emma enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, yoga and reading.
  • Nancy Cullison

    Riverway, Greenhouse, Afternoon Facilitator 
    Nancy has been teaching for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she has worked at many early childhood centers, including the Harvard Radcliffe Center, and managing her own. She worked closely with the Child Development Department while at Harvard in both practice and training of new educators. She has extensive training in the Reggio Emilia approach, including being chosen to travel to Reggio Emilia on a study tour. She also recently attended a study tour in New Zealand. She brings a particular interest in nature and environmental education to the classroom. In addition to teaching and learning, she enjoys photography, dancing, crafts, bicycle tours and time with her family. 
  • Kate Hulbert

    Kate has been enjoying her work within Early Childhood Education over the past 15 years. Her experiences have ranged from teaching English in a French High School in Martinique to learning American Sign Language along with children in an inclusive setting. She has been both an educator and administrator in home and school settings as well as being involved in teacher education programs and workshops.  Kate started out with a BA in Psychology along with the Elementary and Special Education Teacher Licensure Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  Beginning in 2001, Kate became inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia while teaching at Gallaudet University’s Child Development Center in Washington, D.C.  This led Kate to the Intern/Mentor program at Boulder Journey School where she taught 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds while earning her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Her most recent experiences in the Boston area have included teaching preschool and Kindergarten at The Advent School, managing a Family Childcare center in her home, and serving as an adjunct professor at Lesley University. Having loved her time at CNS, as both a participating parent and co-director, Kate returned as a toddler teacher in the Riverway Classroom.  Her love of language, nature, and relationships has been of personal interest to her as she explores the world with students, educators, and her own 2 girls.
  • Ginny Lewis

    Riverway, Greenhouse
    This is Ginny’s fifth year teaching at CNS, and her fifteenth year in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and romance languages from Georgetown University, a master’s in child development from Tufts University, and is currently working towards an advanced certification in narrative medicine through Columbia University. She has been teaching in Reggio-inspired programs for seven years, and toured the schools of Reggio Emilia in the spring of 2011. In addition to her training as an educator, she is a certified child life specialist at Floating Hospital for Children. She provides child life support for several departments within the hospital. Ginny also founded and runs an award-winning therapeutic writing and book-publishing program, Writers, which is based in the pediatric hematology-oncology department. When she is away from work, she enjoys exploring wildlife preserves and parks with her husband. She also enjoys reading, figure skating and running.
  • Erika Miles

    Preschool Team Coach
    Erika has taught young children for more than fifteen years. A graduate of Lesley University, she has an M.A. in Early Childhood Education as well as extensive professional development – including advanced training in assessment and documentation, and in programs such as Handwriting without Tears and Lively Letters. While at the Madison Avenue Preschool, her parent communication was published in the book 803 Daily Notes, and her emergent curriculum was the subject of a documentary entitled Creating with Recycled and Found Materials. Erika joined an elite group of educators at the Y Conference on Wonder Play as well as visited The Wonder of Learning- The Hundred Languages of Children. exhibit in New York City. She has focused on multiple approaches to literacy, stemming from her work in the Ortin-Gillingham method. Inspired by her trip to Boulder Journey School, her current research includes using music to encourage self-regulation, socialization and cognitive skills. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, baking and reading.
  • Bridget Nyhan

    Greenway, Greenhouse
    Bridget is very excited to be working at CNS in a full-time capacity this year. Her daughter attended CNS in the first years and she is thrilled to be coming back to join the faculty team. She has over 15 years working with young children, the last 6 of those as an educator and administrator in her own home-based program. She holds a Masters of Education from Suffolk University. She spent several years working as School Counselor with both elementary and middle school students. Bridget is excited to bring her love of nature and early literacy to the classroom. When she is away from school she spends a lot of time volunteering in local organizations, sharing her love of the city with her own 3 children, reading, and running. 

  • Stephanie O'Hara

    Greenway, Greenhouse
    Stephanie has been teaching for over 15 years. A graduate of Emerson College, she has a master's degree in Communication Disorders. As a speech and language pathologist, she has experience working with children and adults in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and early intervention programs. She brings a particular interest and expertise in language and literacy development. She recently attended a study tour to Reggio Emilia and this summer served as a guide at The Wonder of Learning. Besides teaching and learning, she enjoys reading, traveling and sailing with her family
  • Carly Reagan

    Arboretum, Olmsted
    Carly has been working with young children for over 10 years. Since 2007, she has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and embraces this approach both in the classroom as well as in her life outside of school. With a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature and Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, reading, writing, and storytelling with children is especially close to her heart. Recently, she joined a study tour with Bank Street to see the schools in Morocco. Apart from learning alongside and being inspired by children, Carly enjoys cooking, writing, and loves traveling the world and learning from new experiences outside of her comfort zone.
  • Valerie Fontana Shulman

    Esplanade, Investigators, Explorers
    Valerie joined CNS from Shady Hill School and begins her second year at CNS. In addition to her teaching experience, she has a degree in architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California. She enthusiastically embraces the Reggio Approach principle of the Environment as the Third Teacher.  Bringing over a decade of experience as a designer into the classroom, which shares the teaching practices of careful observation, deep listening and connection-building, She is inspired by the relational aspects of teaching and believes that social-emotional growth is key to living healthy, balanced and fulfilling lives. Valerie lives in Cambridge and enjoys an active lifestyle within her neighborhood. Outside of school, she loves art and making things, dancing and playing volleyball, baking and gardening. Environmentally conscious, she is a committed bicycle commuter.
  • Julia Soyer

    Esplanade, Investigators, Explorers
    Julia has been working with children for 16 years, ten of those as an early childhood teacher. She holds a MEd in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a MA in Theater History from Tufts University, and a BA in Theater Studies from Wellesley College. Julia has explored and been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach for a number of years. She is especially drawn to Reggio’s focus on relationship, discovery, and the classroom as a collaborative and joyous learning community. Outside of school, Julia enjoys sewing, learning Mandarin, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Lise White

    Lise has been teaching at schools in the Boston area for 12 years. She has a Master of Science in Child Development from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Lise has been studying the Reggio Emilia approach since 2000 through coursework, trainings, study groups, and conferences. She spent 8 years as a teacher-researcher at Harvard’s Peabody Terrace Children’s Center, working with her colleagues to transform the center into a Reggio-inspired school. Lise is particularly interested in how children develop relationships with materials and how children’s questions inspire learning. With Stephanie, she went on a study tour to Reggio Emilia and has served as a guide for visiting educators at CNS. She also teaches educators at the university level as part of the Lesley-Bunker Hill collaborative. Recently, Lise has been studying nature-based early childhood education and focusing on how to foster a relationship with nature among young children in an urban environment. Away from the classroom, Lise enjoys producing theater with middle schoolers,  reading and spending time outside with her family.


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  • Kelly Pellagrini

    Co-Founder and Co-Director
    Kelly Pellagrini brings more than 15 years experience in early childhood education. In addition to a B.A. from Bates College, Kelly holds Masters degrees from Smith College and Lesley University, in Curriculum and Teaching and Bilingual Early Childhood Education, respectively. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and curriculum coordinator at the Saint Francis School in Moravia, Costa Rica, public schools in Amherst and Boston, Massachusetts, and at the Smith College Lab School. She has served on the Mayor Advisory Committee for 0-5 School Readiness, and has been active in creating early childhood programs throughout the area. She recently received an Unsung Heroine Award for her extensive civic involvement. In addition to her work at CNS, she serves as an advisor to many schools as well as mentor, instructor and advocate in early childhood. She writes, speaks and consults on early childhood research. When not at CNS, she enjoys time with her family, especially playing with her two children who continue to inspire her work.
  • Cady Audette

    Cady has over 15 years of experience working as a teacher and administrator in independent schools. She has a B.S. from Boston University and a M. Ed. from Lesley University, with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning. She started as a Lead Teacher in an independent primary school, teaching grades 4, 5, and 6 with an emergent curriculum. Inspired by the Reggio Approach, Cady then went on to develop a fine art curriculum while teaching studio art and art history classes to preschool- 5th grade. She was the Director of a large summer day camp on Cape Cod for ten years. As a former Gallery Instructor at the MFA, she is trained in VTS and continues to practice and study the methodology. She enjoys teaching and playing with her three young children.
  • Tara Vuono

    Finance Manager
    Prior to joining the team at CNS, Tara worked for over 8 years in public accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, New York City and London. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Alfred University and is a former CPA. Tara joined CNS in 2012 first as a room parent when her oldest son started in the toddler program, then as part of the board in the Assistant Treasurer position and now as part of the administrative team, helping with the bookkeeping and finances for the school. She enjoys baking, excel spreadsheets, and spending time with her four children.
  • Jennipher Ray

    Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
    Jennipher Ray has been involved in CNS since the beginning as a parent, board president and director. Now, she volunteers and works as an administrative support on occasion.
  • Kristin Valdmanis

    Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
    Kristin is now living with her four children and husband in Hong Kong. She continues to connect CNS to a global context for our work.

Board of Directors

List of 13 items.

  • Karen Tompros, Board President and Founding Member

  • Kathryn Hassell, Vice President

  • Josh Bresler, Treasurer

  • Stephanie Berdik, Secretary

  • Anastasia Catrickes

  • Elizabeth Chiu

  • Kyle Garvey

  • Taylor Kearns

  • Brett Paulsrud

  • Alicia Piedalue

  • Jessica Seney

  • Melanie Wachtell Stinnett

  • Amy Street