Noah's Ark Preschool

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Our Location 

1154 Great Plain Ave Needham MA 02492 
781 449-2439

Laurie Davis – Assistant Director

Laurie is excited to join the Noah's Ark staff this year. She has a degree in Education from the University of Richmond and earned a Master’s degree in Behavioral Education from Simmons College. She has worked both as a classroom teacher, and a consultant to families and schools districts. Laurie has led the Board of Directors for Noah's Ark Preschool for the last 3 years. She has three children; one graduate of Noah's Ark, one currently in the Lion class and the third soon to join the school.

Sarah D’Angelo – Extended Day teacher, Lunch Bunch and Llama assistant

Sarah D’Angelo joins the staff this year as the Lion Extended Day teacher, Assistant teacher in the Friday Llama Class and Lunch Bunch teacher.  She received her undergraduate degree in education from Smith College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Lesley University in Early Childhood Education.  She lives in Roslindale with her partner Cooper and their dog Molly.  In her free time Sarah enjoys crafting, quilting and sewing. She is very excited to be here at Noah’s Ark!

Kate Deeley – Llama Teacher
Kate is enjoying her seventh year as a teacher at Noah’s Ark!  She began as a music teacher and continues to share the gift of music with our classes.  This year she has become one of the teachers for the Llama class as well.  Kate earned her Bachelors’ of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.  Kate lives in Needham with her husband, two daughters and Bella, the dog.  Both of her daughters attended Noah’s Ark preschool which is when her love for the school began.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys playing the clarinet for the Boston College symphonic band, golfing and traveling.

Board of Directors 

Pam Kingston – Lion teacher

Pam has been with Noah’s Ark Preschool since 2004.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Curry College, as well as additional courses in early childhood development.  Pam grew up in Needham and now lives in Waltham with her husband and son Justin, who is a 2nd grader. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family.  She is looking forward to her 13th year teaching the Lion Class.

Noah's Ark Preschool believes that our teachers are one of our features that make us so special. Our staff offers a range of ages and backgrounds, which blend to create an exciting and innovative curriculum. Teachers always take into consideration individual children and their interests. They try to be open to what the children are doing and thinking about, and are mindful of this when planning. Teachers facilitate the children's learning by carefully observing, providing guidance, planning activities, and introducing new concepts and ideas. They strive to create a warm, enriching environment for children and a partnership with parents that emphasizes trust and collaboration.

Frankie Gartner – Director

Frankie has been the Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool since it opened in 2002.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Wheelock College and has been teaching in preschool settings for almost 30 years.  She is a member of the Needham Early Childhood Council, which provides workshops/trainings for preschool teachers.  Frankie has a background in music, which she brings to the classroom on a daily basis.  She creates curriculum, mentors and supervises teachers, oversees the workings of the Preschool, and is a teacher in the Lamb class.  She lives in Medway with her husband and has two grown daughters.   Frankie is looking forward to becoming a grandmother this February!

Leslie Gallant – Llama teacher

Leslie joined Noah’s Ark in 2009.  She has both an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.  Leslie worked for 8 years as a preschool teacher in a daycare center in Cambridge before taking time off to be home with her children.  She lives in Needham with her husband and two children, a 9th grader at Needham High and a Freshman at Union College.  Leslie is very excited to be in the Llama classroom again this year!

Heather Salerno,President 
Elisabeth Meyi, Vice President 
Kate Owens,Treasurer 
Anna Hunnicutt,Clerk 

Susan Miller,Clerk 
Courtney Coughlin
Mindy McGinn
Sarah Murphy

Jane Sullivan -- Administrative Assistant

Jane joined Noah's Ark in 2005 as the Administrative Assistant. She handles all of the bookkeeping, billing and payments.

Sarah Concannon – Lion teacher

Sarah joined Noah’s Ark in 2012.  Sarah has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Lehigh University, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.  She is certified in both early childhood and elementary education.  Sarah lives in Needham with her husband and five children—a 9th,  11th and 12th grader at the high school, a 7th grader at Pollard, and a 4rd grader at Broadmeadow—and their dog, Brenna.  Sarah enjoys reading, running, and spending time at the beach.  She is looking forward to another year in the Lion Class and being a part of the NAP community!

Anne McCarthy – Lamb teacher / Assistant Llama teacher

Anne has been a teacher at Noah’s Ark Preschool since 2007 in both the Lamb and Llama classes.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Pine Manor College and has been a preschool teacher for many years.  Anne lives in Needham with her husband and four children—three college graduates, and a Freshman at The University of New Hampshire.  When she’s not teaching, she spends most of her time watching her children play football, ice hockey and rugby; she also enjoys running and skiing.

Staff Profiles​
Robyn Currier – Lion teacher

Robyn Currier joins the staff this year as the co-lead teacher in the Lion Class.  She has many years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in different capacities.  Robyn holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State College.  She lives in Stoughton with her husband and three sons.  Robyn enjoys attending her children’s sports activities in her time off.  She is excited to be starting at Noah’s Ark Preschool!  

Our Staff

Kathryn Mortimer – Lion teacher

Kathryn returns to Noah’s Ark this year as a Lion teacher.  She has a degree in Psychology and a degree in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies from the University of Rochester, and she has a Master in Early Childhood Education from Boston University.  Kathryn has many years of experience as a teacher and has also been a curriculum director and science specialist in a preschool setting. Kathryn lives in Needham with her husband and 3 sons.  All 3 of her sons attended Noah’s Ark!  She likes to garden, play sports, and cook.