B.F.A. Fine Art-Madonna University - Livonia, Michigan
M.Ed. Education-Antioch New England - Keene, New Hampshire
Years with N&N: 1 year
Hobbies and interests: I collect mermaid tears along the beach, build fairy houses, garden, volunteer with Strawbery Banke Museum, paint, write children's stories, dip candles, wet and dry felt, adore folk art crafting, collect and read books and love a myriad of music genres!
Why I choose to work with children: There is no magic greater than the spirit of childhood. Every day I work with children is an opportunity to help a child discover hidden talents and develop a sense of place in their classroom, community and self. When a child is jumping off a favorite rock, balancing on a log, lending a hand to a fallen friend or collaborating on a plan to catch a frog they are building physical strength, empathy, and social skills that will help them through their life. Play is their work which means play is my work too. I'm here to gently guide them on their path and open a world of exploration to them so they may learn to think and grow one sopping wet muddy step at a time. Why wouldn't I choose this path?
Education: B.S. Education/Psychology - University of Iowa
M.Ed. Early Childhood Administration- University of North Texas
Credentials: E.C Program Consultant, Faculty
After-school Master Professional, Workshop Trainer, Program Consultant
Years with N&N: 3 years
Hobbies: Gardening, golf, travel, cooking, reading
Why I chose to work with children: "To improve their lives and make a positive impact on their future. Working at N & N allows me to work on just that goal."
I have been in the educational field for over 30 years in a variety of positions: teacher, administrator, professor, always advocating for accessibility, affordability, and quality in early childhood education. When I am not at N& N I am working as a site supervisor for Grand Canyon University or Trainer for ACROSS New Hampshire’s after school programs.
President- Ryan Curtis- Ryan and his wife Susie have three children: Carson 7, Crosby 3 and Clara 1. Ryan previously served as Secretary and Vice President on the Board. Ryan does research and consulting on Government records, with a focus on Naval and Maritime studies. He looks forward to another year supporting such a great learning Environment.
Vice President- Heidi Bellamente – Heidi and her husband Mike have two daughters, Sofia has graduated to Kindergarten and Abby May attends Preschool at Nurture & Nature. Heidi is a leadership development consultant and coach
Treasurer- Teresa Marvin- Teresa has two children. Morgan and Mackenzie at Newmarket Elementary. Teresa has served on the Board since 2011 and this is her fourth year as Treasurer. Teresa works in the Finance Department for the Newmarket SAU.
Secretary- Anne Simpson- Anne and her husband Brian live in Exeter and have two boys enrolled at Nurture & Nature. Garrett is in the Pre-K room and Sam is in the Preschool room. This is Anne’s first term on the Board, where she will be serving as Secretary. She is an Administrative Assistant for a local Civil Engineering firm, and a Professional Photographer.
Officer-Emily Stewart- Emily and her husband Bryan have two children who love Nurture & Nature: Rowan is in PreK and Lochlann is in the Toddler classroom. Emily is a primary care, wound care-certified nurse practitioner working in long term care. When not doing mom-things with the boys, she enjoys ice cream, yoga, and old Friends reruns (sometimes all at the same time).
Officer- Melissa Tobey - Melissa is thrilled to join the Board of Nurture and Nature. She and her husband, Mark, live in Newfields with their two children, Violet, who just began kindergarten as a proud alum of Nurture and Nature, and Jonas, who is in the Toddler room. Melissa is an eighth grade English teacher, and Mark is a high school mathematics teacher. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading (mostly novels and celebrity gossip), and spending time on Long Sands Beach with her family.
Officer -Lizzy Franceschini- Lizzy and her husband Darin live in Newmarket and have one child, Sam, in the pre-toddler room at Nurture and Nature. Lizzy is an English teacher at Newmarket High School. This will be her first term on the board.