Noah's Ark Preschool

Katie Dittmer,President 
Jessica Haffajee, Vice President/Clerk

Sarah Cole, Treasurer
Sarah Walker 

Mike Semprucci
Lauren Knowles

Shannon Recco

Robyn Currier – Lion Teacher

Robyn Currier has enjoyed being a co-lead teacher in the Lion Class since 2015.  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.  

Kate Owens -- Administrative Assistant

Kate has recently joined Noah's Ark as the administrative assistant.  She lives in Needham with her husband and 3 children, all of whom attended Noah's Ark.  Kate enjoys being outside, cooking and spending time with family.

Staff Profiles​
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. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family.  She is looking forward to her 15th year teaching the Lion Class!

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!

Katherine Vettraino - Lion teacher

This is Katherine's second year at Noah’s Ark in the Lion Class. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Bentley College. Prior to Noah’s Ark, Katherine had been working for the Needham Public Schools in both the KASE kindergarten program and the integrated pre-school program as a substitute. Katherine lives in Needham with her husband and 4 children; Amelia, a sophomore at the University of WI, Alaina & Ava, junior and senior at Needham High and William who is at High Rock School this year. Two of her children are NAP graduates. When not attending one of their many sporting events, Katherine enjoys playing tennis, reading, running, hiking and during quarantine became an avid bird watcher.

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 

Sarah (D'Angelo) Evello – Lion Teacher, Extended Day Teacher

Sarah Evello 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 husband 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!

Jen Corrales - Lamb Teacher

This is Jen’s second year teaching the Lamb class. Jen graduated from Framingham State University and holds a degree in Psychology.  She has many years of experience as a nanny and as a teacher in a child care center. She lives with her husband and dog and in her spare time she enjoys dancing, knitting and playing tennis. 

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.  Both girls attended NAP!  In her spare time, Kendra enjoys nature, music and finding seashells at the beach!

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.  NAP students often spot her walking her dog Molly around town.  Leslie is very excited to be in the Llama classroom again this year!

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.