1154 Great Plain Ave Needham MA 02492 

Jen Corrales - Llama & 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. 

Staff Profiles​
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. 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.

Jen Corrales- Lamb and Llama Teacher
Jen corrales has been a Lamb and Llama teacher since 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Framingham State University. During her free time she enjoys going on walks with her two dogs, spending time with her family, playing tennis and knitting!

Our Staff

Jay Leonard

Jessica Zbrzezny

Lindsay Kilduff

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.

Board of Directors 

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.

Heather Baranick – Director

Heather Baranick joined Noah's Ark in 2022.  Heather is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College holding a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Education. She has 25+ years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher, assistant director, director and most recently early intervention specialist. Heather truly loves every aspect of working with children, teachers and families. She strongly believes in fostering children’s emotional and developmental growth through play and hopes to instill a love of learning during these important years.
When not at school, Heather can be found spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Raynham with her husband, John and her fur babies, Chloe, Riley and Gracie.

Rachel Gibbon, President 
Lauren Knowles, Vice President/Clerk

Shannon Recco, Treasurer
Amy McDanell

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 another year teaching the Lion Class!

Noah's Ark Preschool

Sara Roberge – Lamb and Llama Teacher

Miss Sara comes to us originally from CT where she grew up, attended college, and began her career as an early childhood teacher. Sara is EEC Lead Teacher and Director certified.  She has been in the field for over 15 years and was excited to join NAP in 2021. In the classroom she likes to bring routine, foster individuality, and a little bit of humor to all the children. She lives locally with her husband and son. In her free time she is at many different youth sports programs watching her son play and enjoys cooking for family and friends!