Educators

NCNS is fortunate to have a staff of incredible experience and energy. All our teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care in Early Education. Our educators continually embrace professional growth through workshops and classes. They grow together by sharing their knowledge.

One teacher leads each class, assisted by a parent-helper.


Janel Nagtegaal

Executive Director

Janel has been part of the NCNS community since 2008 and brings a broad range of experience to the Director’s job. All three of her children attended NCNS before she became a teacher here, so she knows the school as a parent, a member of our Board of Directors, and a teacher. Janel earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Boston College and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York City.

Previously, Janel taught preschool in New York City and worked as a Developmental Educator in Early Intervention in Massachusetts. She is an energetic, nurturing educator who supports each child as an individual within the larger group. She lives in Winchester.


Laura Connors

Office Manager

Laura was an NCNS parent, board member and teaching assistant before becoming our Office Manager in 2010. She is a 20-year resident of Winchester whose two children attended NCNS. Laura's previous administrative work includes 16 years in Human Resources at U.S. Trust Bank. Laura has volunteered with the Girl Scouts, her church, and her children's schools. She earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Boston University.


Jackie Dee

Lead Teacher 4 & 5 year olds (4-day program)

Jackie Dee has taught at NCNS for 25 years, where she is renown for her ability to follow her students' interests and plan dynamic, ongoing activities that facilitate their learning. Both of Jackie's children attended NCNS.

Jackie earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colby College. She has completed early childhood and elementary education courses at Tufts University and master's level courses that include the Reggio Emilia approach. In addition to her many years as an educator in Massachusetts, Jackie has taught young children in Maryland and New York.


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Denise Prior

Lead Teacher 3 year olds (3-day program) 

Denise is an experienced, devoted educator who joined NCNS in 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Boston College. Previously, Denise taught preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades in Massachusetts and New York. Denise enjoys reading, going to plays and museums, and spending time with her two teenage sons.


Virginie Auvergne

Lead Teacher 4 year olds (3-day program) & French Club (multi-age)

Virginie is a French native who settled in the Boston area after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Nice, France. Her patience and gentle way with children naturally led her to work in preschool education. Virginie spent six years teaching at a bilingual preschool in Newton. In 2012, she helped create and taught at a French preschool in Medford.

She first joined NCNS as the founder of our popular French Club in 2011. Virginie has been leading bilingual tours of the Boston area for the past 16 years. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts, reading, yoga, history, and spending time with her two daughters.


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Heather Pacheco

Lead Teacher 3 year olds (2-day program) & 4 year olds (3-day program)

NCNS is fortunate to have Heather teaching two classes, including our youngest students, many of whom start school before they turn three. Heather is a former NCNS student and the mother of two former and one future NCNS students. She also has worked as a substitute teacher at NCNS. Heather graduated with a B.A. from Merrimack College, where she studied psychology and sociology. She worked in a family daycare and as a nanny for many years and has volunteered extensively at the Winchester and North Reading youth centers. Heather is the first NCNS graduate to become a teacher in the school.


Aileen O'Connor

Teacher - Language and Literacy & Construction Club (multi-age)

Aileen teaches several of our enrichment programs at NCNS. She also is a classroom assistant, working with various age-groups as needed throughout the week. Aileen is an energetic, thoughtful and engaging educator. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. Aileen has worked as a preschool teacher and as a youth camp coordinator in the past. She enjoys playing tennis and going to the beach.


Marsha Durbano

Teacher Language and Literacy (multi-age)

Marsha is a long-time Winchester resident whose three children all attended NCNS. Marsha earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Child Development from Tufts University. She then taught in the Reading Public Schools for eleven years before starting her own tutoring business to support elementary-age children with reading and writing. Marsha leads Fun with Friends two days a week and uses her expertise in literacy and reading development to enrich the daily activities.


Courtney Peters

Teacher Assistant- multi-age

Courtney brings to NCNS years of experience as an elementary and special needs teacher in Massachusetts. Since 2002, she and her husband have lived in Winchester where they are raising their elementary-aged children. Previously, Courtney taught 4th grade in Bedford and was a special education teacher in Newton. She earned her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and her Master's in Moderate Special Needs at Boston College. Her background in special education and, specifically, children with behavioral needs spans all age levels and inspires her to provide a safe, nurturing early school experience for the children at NCNS.