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Staff

All of our educators are devoted, creative, nurturing individuals whose enthusiastic and supportive approach and belief of freedom within limits helps children develop self-esteem and respect for others.  Two certified and experienced teachers serve as Co-Lead Teachers in each classroom, and they are assisted each day by an Assistant Teacher, as well as, a parent helper.

Director

Krissy Waters' deep investment in Belmont Cooperative Nursery School, as well as the Reggio Emilia based educational philosophy that is embraced by the school, has continued through many year: first as a parent, then as a teacher, and now as Director of the school. Krissy even attended BCNS and is an alumna, class of 1978. During her years as a parent at BCNS, Krissy had the opportunity to serve as President, Treasurer, and chair of the Publicity Committee. Krissy attended Tufts University, receiving a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1995. Krissy is currently pursuing her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, and continues an ongoing exploration of Reggio Emilia through numerous courses and discussion groups.

 

4 Day Birch Lead Teachers

Maf
Maf is a co-teacher of the Birch class. She has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College, and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in English. After teaching several years in elementary classrooms, Maf found her true joy working with young children at Beacon Hill Nursery School. After time at home with her own children, Maf joined the BCNS staff in 2013.  She spends her summers in the Art Barn at Camp Horizons in Fairlee, VT, and getting out onto the lake and archery range as often as possible.

Kristen
Kristen is a co-teacher of the Birch class.  She graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in Human Development. Prior to teaching at BCNS Kristen taught at Cambridgeport Children’s Center in Cambridge, MA. Kristen lives in Watertown and has a four year old son, and current BCNS student, Henry.

 

3 Day Lead Teachers

Brenna
Brenna Banister graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Brenna is currently a co-lead teacher in the 3-Day Maple and Oak classes and also works as a dance instructor at Creative Steps Dance Studio in Newton. Brenna is very interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, which BCNS uses as pedagogical inspiration. Brenna loves cooking, dancing, reading and doing open-ended art activities with children. In her free time, she can most often be found dancing, especially with the adult group she formed called Alive Dance Collective.

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Erica
began her journey with BCNS as a student intern.  After completing her degree at Wheelock College with a degree in Human Growth and Development, with a concentration in Psychology she joined BCNS as a teacher. In addition to her degree, Erica also has a certificate in Community Based Human Services from Wheelock College and a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics from William James College.  Erica is currently a co-lead teacher in the 3-Day Maple and Oak classes, a member of the Extended Day teaching team, and she teaches an after school Art Class at BCNS.

 

Teaching Staff

Karen
Karen Roth graduated from Tufts University with a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.  She worked in high tech and on environmental justice issues before having her two daughters. Since then she has become a certified teacher, and teaches in the 3 Day Oak class.  When not at BCNS, Karen can be found leading a girl scout troop, out in nature with her girls, cooking, or teaching knitting.

Kabrina
Kabrina Pierce found her love for children while working as a babysitter and nanny for 6 years. After graduating from High School in 2011 she went off to begin college, and is still working on her degree. Transitioning into work in a school environment was a new, but exciting journey that she hopes to continue for many years to come. Kabrina currently works as an Assistant Teacher in the 3-Day Maple class.  In addition, she is a member of the Extended Day teaching team, and teaches a Science Exploration class after school.

Kristina
Kristina Cardello is the lead teacher for our Stay and Play program.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston College and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. Prior to working at BCNS, Kristina taught in the Framingham Public Schools for 6 years.  She taught first grade for 3 years and second grade for 3 years.  She also worked for the Newton Public Schools for 3 years as an assistant teacher while she was earning her Master’s Degree.  Kristina loves ballet, art, music, and spending time with her two daughters who both attended Belmont Cooperative Nursery School.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline Hill is in the process of completing her degree at Framingham State University, double majoring in early childhood education and psychology. She currently is involved with our lunch bunch program and as a substitute teacher.

Courtney
Courtney Cratty is not only an assistant teacher at Belmont Cooperative Nursery School but also a proud alumna. She graduated from Tufts University with a Psychology Degree. After years working as a professional meeting planner, Courtney returned to school and received a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She currently lives in Stow with her husband, two daughters, bulldog, and bunny.

Kim
Kim Blinn graduated in 1995 with a BS in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked for 20 years in the early childhood field.  One of her most memorable accomplishments as a teacher was traveling to Italy and attending a week long class at Reggio Emilia.   Kim truly loves working with children, and could not imagine choosing any other career.