Noah's Ark Preschool

a place where children grow and learn
Kendra Puzzangara – Assistant Llama Teacher

This is Kendra's second year teaching the Llama Class.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Colby Sawyer College.  She co-taught Kindergarten in Plainfield, New Hampshire.  Kendra lives in Needham with her husband and two daughters, one in fourth grade and one in second.  Both girls attended NAP!  In her spare time, Kendra enjoys nature, music and finding seashells at the beach!

Laurie Davis – Assistant Director

Laurie came to Noah's Ark as a parent.  She then served on the Board of Directors for 3 years before joining the staff as Assistant Director in 2016.  She has a degree in Education from the University of Richmond and earned a Master’s degree in Behavioral Education from Simmons College.  Laurie has worked both as a classroom teacher, and a consultant to families and schools districts.  Laurie has three children; two graduates of Noah's Ark, one currently in the Llama class.

Sarah D’Angelo – Lion Teacher, Extended Day Teacher

Sarah D’Angelo returns to Noah's Ark this year as a co-lead teacher of the Lion Class and an Extended Day teacher.  She received her undergraduate degree in education from Smith College and a master’s degree at Lesley University in Early Childhood Education.  She lives in Roslindale with her fiance 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 ninth 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 4th grader. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family.  She is looking forward to her 15th 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 over 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 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, an 11th grader at Needham High and a junior 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!

Sarah Murphy ,President 
Courtney Coughlin, Vice President

Mindy McGinn, Treasurer
Sarah Walker, Clerk  

Rhonda SIlva
Katie Dittmer 
Mike Semprucci

Jane Sullivan -- Administrative Assistant

Jane has been working at Noah’s Ark Preschool for 13 years.  She lives in Sherborn with her husband.  Jane enjoys playing Mahjongg, quilting, swimming and spending time with her 4 mini dachshunds.

Liza d'Hemecourt – Lamb Teacher

Liza joins the Noah's Ark staff this year as a co-teacher in the Lamb Class.  She has two degrees from Boston College, a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education.  Liza has taught kindergarten and first grade.  She is excited to be working with preschoolers at Noah's Ark!  Liza lives in Needham with her husband and 4 daughters.  Her first grader, kindergartener and 1 year old twins keep her quite busy!

Staff Profiles​








Robyn Currier – Lion Teacher

Robyn Currier is enjoying her 3rd year as a 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 thrilled to be working 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.