Our Faculty and Staff
Our experienced teachers are led by Nancy Wilson, M.Ed., a Certified Waldorf Teacher, and all strive to apply Waldorf ideals to the daycare setting. We are committed to enlivening our work and eliciting enthusiasm through artistic expression. We work to create a safe and cozy environment for the young child, using materials that are from the earth. Our rooms are warm and beautiful, with space to move and climb in a safe way. We sing and laugh as frequently as possible. We understand that our children need safety, comfort and beauty in order to grow well. They need to feel that the world is a good place. We strive to create classrooms infused with love and joy where children are cared for with warmth and respect.
Nancy Wilson has been working with young children for over 25 years. She began this journey while attending high school and college. She held both internships and summer jobs in child care centers in New Hampshire and Vermont. After college she followed an interest in natural health and well-being which led her to discover a passion for the Natural Foods Industry. She lived in both California and Vermont opening and managing natural food stores. During this time she worked closely with local schools giving store tours and teaching children about health and nutrition.
The birth of her daughter inspired a career change, leading her to return to school to pursue a degree while working full time as a lead teacher. Locally, she served as the Toddler/Preschool, and Summer Program Coordinator for Monadnock Area Cooperative School formerly located in Hancock, NH. In 2005, she became a Founding Teacher and the Assistant Director of the Pine Hill Child Care Center in Peterborough NH. Here she worked with all age groups developing curriculum and mentoring both high school interns and interns attending the Waldorf Teacher Training program at Antioch University New England. She holds a M.Ed. and Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University New England. She is certified from Early Childhood through Grade 8. She has also completed one year of independent study with Sophia’s Hearth in Keene NH as part of her training.
In 2011, Nancy returned to the Natural Products Industry to support her family during the recent period of economic challenge. She worked as a Sales and Marketing Representative for the largest natural products brokerage in the country supporting 45 brands working with stores in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Nancy is delighted life has unfolded in a way to allow her to return to the work she loves – her heart’s work - serving local children and families. Being part of a community committed to providing the highest quality, true human care is her dream and she is incredibly grateful to be seeing this dream come to fruition at A Child’s Nature. She lives in Peterborough with her partner, Jeff, and her daughter, Maya, a former Pine Hill student.
Gail Agans has held the books since the founding of A Child’s Nature in July 2013. She joined the Pine Hill Child Care Center office staff September 2011 and has worked at the Pine Hill Waldorf School since 2003. Having supported the collaboration of the Pine Hill Child Care Center and Pine Hill for many years in synching the two schools’ books, Gail was delighted to take on the full business role of the office. Gail is committed to the work of A Child’s Nature and finds the balance between a busy office, congenial workplace and service-oriented mission very satisfying.
Originally from Newton, MA, Gail graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the Appalachian Mountain 4,000 Footer Club. Gail's daughters are both graduates of the Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Sunflower Pre-school Class, Lead teacher
Kirsten holds a BS in Communication Arts from Cornell University. She completed her Foundation studies in Anthroposophy from Emerson College in East Sussex, England before receiving her M.Ed. and Waldorf teaching certification from Antioch University New England in 1996. She has also completed a Training Fellow working with children with special needs through The Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington, MA. She has held a number of positions over the years as both a private nanny and teacher working individually with special needs children. She was part of a pioneering Waldorf Early childhood program - Evergreen Garden Playschool in Harvard & Devens, MA from 2002 – 2013 holding a range of positions - Parent-child Teacher, Summer Camp Director & Teacher, Nursery Class Lead Teacher, and finally Lead Teacher and Director.
This fall 2015, Kirsten will become the lead Preschool teacher at A Child's Nature. Her former colleagues describe her as conscientious – careful and thorough in all her work – a talented artistic teacher of young children – excellent classroom management skills – especially skilled with children having challenging moments – excellent partnering with parents – a true collaborator and progressive thinker – an active, valuable member of the community.
Kirsten currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Wild Rose Educational Farm Initiative taking place at the Temple Wilton Community Farm right here on Abbot hilltop. She lives in Townsend, MA with her husband and her son who will attend Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Sunflower Pre-school Class and Summer Mountain Laurel Class
Jo-Ann Maxwell is delighted to join the Staff of A Child’s Nature. She brings her experience of Waldorf Education, gained through working at the Pine Hill Waldorf School for ten years. She served in the office and the school's medical room for seven years. Jo-Ann spent four years as the Pine Hill School's Summer Program assistant teacher and Kindergarten substitute teacher, and supported the young children in the school's aftercare program.
Jo-Ann has expanded her knowledge of Waldorf education over the years through a Waldorf Summer Renewal course and other workshops. Jo-Ann successfully attended child development classes at Sophia's Hearth Family Center and is currently enrolled at Manchester Community College to continue her child development education.
Jo-Ann grew up in Massachusetts. As a youth, Jo-Ann co-created, held a board of director’s position, and graduated from an accredited alternative high school. She has devoted the last 19 years to human development work as a mother, artist and actively involved parent. Jo-Ann has held many volunteer roles at Pine Hill, including Parent Council Liaison for eight years and Auction Chair for four years. Jo-Ann lives in Amherst with her husband, Brad, and their two daughters, both of whom are successful graduates of Pine Hill Waldorf School.
For our summer program at the Children's Village, Jo-Ann is leading the older preschool group, the Mountain laurel Class.
Sunflower Pre-school Class and Summer Meadow Larks Class
Kristina Sanford comes to us with a BS in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University and a strong interest in learning more about Waldorf Education.
For our summer program at the Children's Village, Kristina is leading the younger preschool group, the Meadow Larks Class. (More complete bio coming)
Bluebell Infant / Toddler class, Lead teacher
(Zoe - bio coming)
Bluebell Infants and Toddlers
(Linda Rosati - bio coming)
Lynne Pentler experienced Waldorf education from the parental side as her daughter attended Pine Hill from kindergarten through eighth grade. She believes that the protective nurturing of Waldorf-style education and parenting prepares the children to go off into the world with confidence and compassion. Lynne has a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as being NH lead teacher qualified. She has worked in a variety of jobs from research in biology labs and technical writing, to co-managing a retail arts and toy store at the Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Her prior teaching experience consists of four years at a more-traditional preschool, four years as a special education aide at the public middle school level, and a lot of volunteer work in the classrooms at the Pine Hill Waldorf School. Lynne joined the Pine Hill Child Care Center in the summer of 2006 as an Associate Teacher working with all of the age groups. In 2010, she became the Lead Teacher of the Infant Program caring for babies aged 6 weeks to 18 months, and in 2012 she completed the early childhood training certificate at Sophia’s Hearth Family Center specializing in the child from birth to three.
Lynne helped with the transition from the Pine Hill Child Care Center in Peterborough to A Child's Nature on the Pine Hill campus in 2013. She has been teaching first the Toddlers and now the Infants in the Bluebell Cottage, and enjoys seeing how the little ones change and grow.
All classes, Part-time/substitute teacher
Heather Bourgeois has a BS in Early Childhood Studies from Plymouth State University and her M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University. She is currently a Head Start Teacher at Southern New Hampshire Head Start in Nashua, NH. She will help us out this summer and as needed during her school district vacations throughout the next school year.
Note from a new young teacher:
“This past week working has been great! I am loving what I am experiencing at A Child's Nature. Adjusting to a new center doesn't happen overnight, yet I am feeling more and more confident with the ins and outs of ACN. This environment is a great place to work with children to guide them as they grow. I foresee this as a great opportunity to grow and develop more teaching skills in new and different ways than I have had to before.”