Kendra Puzzangara – Assistant Llama Teacher

Kendra is excited to join the Noah’s Ark team this year.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Colby Sawyer College.  She Co-taught in Kindergarten in Plainfield New Hampshire.  Kendra lives in Needham with her husband and two daughters, one in third grade and one in first.  Both girls attended NAP!  In her spare time, Kendra enjoys nature, music and finding seashells at the beach!

Laurie Davis – Assistant Director

Laurie is excited to return to 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 led the Board of Directors for Noah's Ark Preschool for 3 years. She has three children; two graduates of Noah's Ark, one currently in the Lamb class.

Sarah D’Angelo – Lion Teacher, Extended Day Teacher

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 eighth 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.  She now co-teaches 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 and spending time with her family.

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 3rd 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, and oversees the workings of the Preschool.  She lives in Medway with her husband and has two grown daughters.   Frankie enjoys spending time with her new grandson!

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 lives in Needham with her husband and two children, a 10th grader at Needham High and a sophomore at Union College.  NAP students often spot her walking her dog Molly around town.  Leslie is very excited to be in the Llama classroom again this year!

Heather Salerno,President 
Kate Owens 
Sarah Murphy 
Anna Hunnicutt, Clerk 

Rhonda SIlva
Courtney Coughlin
Mindy McGinn, Treasurer

Jane Sullivan -- Administrative Assistant

Jane has been working at Noah’s Ark Preschool for 12 years.  She lives in Sherborn with her husband.  Jane enjoys playing Mahjongg, quilting, swimming and spending time with her 4 mini dachshunds.

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.  She has raised four children—three college graduates, one of whom is off to Yale Medical School, and a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire.  She has enjoyed many years watching her children play football, ice hockey and rugby and now she looks forward to her oldest son’s upcoming wedding!

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 – Lamb Teacher

Kathryn returns to Noah’s Ark this year as a Lamb 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 Masters 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.  

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Noah's Ark Preschool